Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 3: Something isn't right here...

Ugh...I can't just skip the recap of last episode at the start of the episode because it actually has some new information. Also, isn't the middle girl one of the kids that hangs out with Satoru? If so, why doesn't he care about her death? Or was she just kidnapped? I feel like he should still care, though...

I know that it's not really important to the scene, but wasn't this race a bit unfair? The entire course was a loop and Satoru got to start on the inside of the loop from the same spot as the other guy. Shouldn't the other guy have had a head start to balance the extra distance from being on the far side of the bend?

This scene is very interesting. Are there supposed to be any implications? Is this scene trying to say that Satoru will tend towards repeating the past? It's strange, though, isn't it? Letting the other guy win the race was purely a decision of free will for Satoru. Why was it so important that it happened to be the same thing he did last time?

Is it wrong of me to find this guy suspicious?

Didn't Satoru say earlier that Kayo had to have been kidnapped between March 1 and her birthday? Still, it feels away too convenient that he was able to narrow it down to March 1. Also, why did the newspaper print that she was 10 if she was kidnapped on March 1 and (I'm guessing) her corpse was found after that? Did they just pessimistically assume she died right when she disappeared? I suppose they could have done forensic analysis to determine that her approximate time of death, but would it even have been doable with her body found in the snow?

Hahahahaha busted!

Whoa...I was not expecting that. I mean...we knew that she was being beaten, but I didn't expect it to come out like this.

What do you mean? She just got pissed at you for throwing the ice skating race! Throw that stuff back in her face!

I know we saw red eyes on the killer in the future, but these red eyes on this guy and Kayo's mother are probably a red herring. I'm guessing those eyes are just meant to symbolize evil, not point out the culprit. That would be way too easy.

When in doubt, blame the government, right? Also, why do I get the feeling that getting child consultation to bust Kayo's mother will actually seal Kayo's fate? Things feel like they're progressing too quickly for this to end well...

Nice one!

Wait...what? What's actually going on here? Is that Kenya? If so, he's already off of my suspects list...why are they trying to put him back on?

There was something about this episode that was really throwing me off when I was watching it. I'm not sure if it's the translation I was watching or whether the Japanese actually reflects this, but I find it strange that Satoru seems always narrate in a way such that the "present tense" is the future he left instead of the "present" that he is currently experiencing as a child. Is that supposed to indicate that he's just controlling his past self and that he truly exists in the future or is he unable to fully re-insert himself into the past timeline?

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