With Satoru now caught by the police there is only one way to resolve anything…
I’m not sure I like the fact that suddenly he’s able to beg his power to take him back.
I said in the last episode that there would be a do-over and that is exactly what happens.
Whilst being dragged away by the police he begs to go back just one more time and then suddenly he goes back. Not all the way back, which would have just been plain silly of course, but back to the visit to the museum or science centre, whatever it was. That gives him amply amount of time now armed with even more information to once more save Hinazuki’s life. Just this time he isn’t doing it on his own, Kenya has finally shown his cards and decides to help.
For me this is where it gets convoluted.
The whole “moral of the story” just a few episodes ago was that you can go back but fate will find a way. That is a good moral of a story because at the end of the day time travel is a tricky thing. For everything you’d put “right” something else would go wrong. The butterfly effect and everything else means that the Satoru in the future that had to come back to save Hinazuki in the first place won’t be the same person anymore. He’s already changed enough that Kenya confides in him that he wants to help Hinazuki but didn’t know how to do it.
NOW we get do overs. How many times is he going to be able to go back in time to save one girl? And what happens if he saves Hinazuki but not the others? Is that somehow OK? He doesn’t seem to have bothered to think that there are other girls and one boy still threatened by this guy. I think he’s under the belief that if he changes this one event then everything will be fine but that isn’t how it works at all. A serial abductor/serial killer will just move onto their next victim. They couldn’t get Hinazuki? Fine they’d get someone else. Yuuki talks to enough kids in the park that there are bound to be plenty more for them to snatch. INCLUDING the ones that are already at risk just because of fate itself.
He knows more about it, he’s now had a whole practise run and knows all the answers.
Thing is I’d kind of don’t care anymore. Before hand his ability was hidden and he had no control over it. Now he can beg it and force it to take him back to exactly where he wants to go. Hinazuki can die 100 different ways but the anime could continue to go back just to try again.
When you thought there was the one time only feel to it you had to hold your breath at every single moment because if one thing went wrong then history wouldn’t change and his mum would still be dead and so on and so forth.
THAT HAPPENED. We learnt that history can’t be changed, if you change it in a small way it’ll just heal the wound and continue in a different vein with the end results being the same.
Hinazuki was never meant to live past 1988.
Then again his ability never was shown to throw him right back to the “present” as such. I know he’s never gone as far back, usually only moments, but its developed into a certain way that makes any drama really redundant.
With it kind of being a mixture of a whodunit and a thriller it kind of needed that drama to really hit you.
Having lost that edge we’re now floating around in a middle ground.
If anything the one thing I will say shone in this episode and made it less of a disappointment was the bonding of the kids.
Again that will probably end up being the big thing for me. Satoru doesn’t just need to change history to save someone he kind of needs this to live a normal life in the future. He’s on his own and he’s miserable but there are people RIGHT HERE IN THE PAST who cared about him. Just because he pretended to care about them doesn’t stop the fact that they really do care about him.
His biggest character developing moments is when he lets his guard down and lets his friends in. THAT if anything is going to be the most important part of it for Satoru. He won’t learn anything else from the proceedings. Plus with all these new adventures of sorts and the bonding he’ll have when he goes back to the future if they even think of just dumping him in a world with Hinazuki and his mum alive but everything else the same it will completely fly in the face of anything you’d think you knew about time travel, or just common sense.
Happy to be back in the past though. In a strange way. The anime is just better in the past.