Considering that Sakurako suddenly told Shoutaro to forget about her, will he accept it or try to convince her otherwise?
From the looks of it, it’s clear that Shoutarou cannot accept Sakurako’s decision to have him forget about her. During his decision on whether or not he should go to her house or not, we get a nice flashback of him meeting Sakurako for the first time during his time in middle school. From first sight, he thought that she was a woman who came from a dream. Sadly, he eventually finds out that it’s not necessary the case when he finds out her obsession over bones of dead things. At one point, he thought that Sakurako has cook the bones of his neighbor’s grandmother, Hatsue Yachi who escaped from the nursing home.
While it’s a funny misunderstanding, underneath it all reveals something tragic that Yachi is hiding as she searches for a particular shine. This is basically the first time Shoutarou and Sakurako solves a mystery by finding the thing that Yachi was looking for. They eventually find bones at the Shirayama Shrine under a tree and it revealed that Yachi was the one that killed her father when he was going crazy from a drinking problem. Thus, her heart was filled with regret or rather, it was frozen in time. Regardless, time will not stop, which is something that Sakurako told Shoutarou after finding out what happened to Yachi’s father.
After Shoutarou remembers what happened two years ago, it’s clear that he does not want Sakurako regret her decision of forgetting about him for the sake of her protecting him from Hanabusa. Believe it or not, being separated with each other increases the chances that Shoutarou will get harmed opposed to if they were together. Besides, he is a valuable asset to Sakurako after all in solving mysteries. Without him, she wouldn’t be able to solve all the mysteries. Besides, it seems that Sakurako’s caretaker miss him as well. With them reunited and Hanabusa is still at large, it’s up to Sakurako and Shoutarou to take him on while they protect each other.
While the mysteries were a mixed bag at times, it was interesting to see how mysteries are connected to Sakurako in one way or another. Sure, some of the mysteries are influenced by a criminal mastermind, but it seems that the show is not as thrilling as I thought would be. Despite few of the mysteries being somewhat lackluster, I still think the interactions, dialogues and visual representations is what makes the show enjoyable and interesting to watch despite the flaws.