It’s week eleven–second to the last week for most shows–and the season really seems to be winding down. Somehow, by complete accident, I have managed to drop.., well let’s call it get behind because I do want to finish most of the shows, but I have managed to get way behind on all but three of the shows I was watching from this season–and I’m like 20+ episodes back on all of my long running shows!
There’s something about trying to keep up with 8+ new shows, while keeping up with shows I’ve been watch for years, on top of writing 1500+ words a day for various projects, and living life that just seem next to impossible. And it seems once you fall behind an episode or two, the snowball effect sets in, and it becomes too daunting a task to find the time to binge watch a show (let alone 10!) like I could in my youth.
We can only work with what we got, and we’re all prisoners of the moment here so let’s overreact!
**May Contain Spoilers proceed with caution**
Weekly Review: Once I realized why it was that that Satoru’s mom was working in a grocery store, a ton a questions raced to mind.. How did he not die? Where is his teacher? Where is Airi? And a ton of cliche paths I could see this story taking started to mount up as well… I figured Kayo had been waiting at his side for him to recover… I figured that since he was found drowning in Yashiro’s car that he would be found out or ducked out of town. Surely despite all of Satoru’s efforts and pain Yashiro wouldn’t still be on his original path to becoming a powerful city counselor, killing off people as he saw fit for years.
As the episode rolled on I wasn’t sure if I was beginning to be disappointed by the lack of cliches and expectations I had built up falling through, or if I was just deeply saddened by the cruel reality that Kei Sanbe, the manga’s author, had written for Satoru.
Satoru lost Airi, the one girl in his time that he shared a bond and deep friendship with. He lost Kayo, and not only lost her, but to his best friend no less. His mom lost 15 years of her life to suffering. He accomplished next to nothing–sure he saved Kayo–but do you think Yashiro gave up his grotesque lifelong hobby?
I don’t know how well this anime has stayed true to the manga (only that I will be buying it once it is released here in America), and I don’t know if anything has been left out up to this point, but I can tell this much; there will be no picture perfect ending for Satoru. He’s lost entirely to much and gained very little, in fact, he’s gained nothing aside from there being less weight on his conscience than what could have been.
He didn’t get the girl. He didn’t win his fight. But he has starred in a damn good story and a damn good anime.