While the first episode’s mystery felt like a warmup, this is finally the real deal as Shoutaro finds a little girl all alone walking to a convince store.
It seems that an empty fridge allowed Shoutaro to find another mystery to solve with Sakurako. Apparently, it involves a little girl who refused to reveal her true name. It’s not so surprising since she a child after all and doesn’t know what is actually going on. Given her injuries after Sakurako’s aunt changed her clothes, the little girl’s arm was injured from a fall and it not treated properly. Of course, it gave clues that led to a recent murder scene.
Compared to last episode’s mystery, this one was not too straight forward. Sure, the mother of the little girl got stabbed and died from blood loss from several wounds, but this makes you wonder why didn’t she escape with her children in the first place? Since the house is filled with trash bags, the only logical choice she can make is to have her daughter pretend to go somewhere by having her escape through the window while she hides the baby under a cupboard and sacrifice herself to protect her baby son from the attacker. Sakurako basically came up with that theory after finds out that an attacker came to the house and realizing that there were unopened cans on the kitchen floor. She found the mother’s baby son and successfully revived him from a heat stroke.
While we didn’t get the whole story of what actually happened aside from how the mother saved her children, I still have my theory on what led to the attack. Perhaps the attacker was the mother’s disarranged husband. Probably she encountered him after he turned to illegal drugs, probably cocaine since his eyes were dilated and he exhibited violent behavior, paranoia and he was almost naked due to excess sweat, something that is referred to as an episode of excited delirium. The mother probably tried to went to the hospital to have her daughter to get her arm treated, which Sakurako blamed the child’s mother, but unable to. Out of fear, the mother gave a fake address. Of course, her efforts did not work since the attacker eventually found her, despite efforts to hide her location and filling up the windows with stacked trash bags.
Despite my theory on what possibly lead to the attack, the attacker’s motives and the mother’s effort to protect herself before the attack is not essential to solve how the murder carried the murder out and how she saved her children. However, we learn that Shoutaro is actually badass. Apparently, he knows how to defend himself from being trained to become a black belt since he was able to restrain the attacker and knock the knife out of his hands.
Sure, his ability to stop the attacker was impressive, but surprisingly, Sakurako became upset since what he did reminded of a something involving a little boy, possibly her loved one leaving despite pleading not to go. This makes me wonder if she experienced a loss of a loved one who looks similar to Shoutaro. I guess time will tell. Still, I have to admit that this mystery is a noticeable improvement over the last episode’s as it finally showcases what Shoutaro is possibly capable of.