Case File Synopsis
Date finished the Psync with Mayumi. The Somnium was not what was expected, but Date was still happy with how things turned out.
Ota was almost certainly not the culprit. Date visited Ota with Mayumi, where everything was explained. Ota recounted the memory of the Odoroki-man chocolate and apologized to Mayumi for everything. For perhaps the first time, it felt like they both truly understood each other. Date left them in the hospital room, with their joyous laughter echoing behind him.
Central Hospital, Tuesday 5:22 PM
Mayumi returned to the hospital to visit Ota. She told him she retracted her confession, and explained that she was led to believe he was the culprit because she tailed the van. The two apologized to each other, and Ota asked why she bought the Odoroki-man Chocolate. Date guessed that she bought it because she remembered Ota loved the chocolate and wanted him to come back.
Ota decided to look for a job to support his mother while he worked towards getting published. Date reintroduced himself to Mayumi as Ota's friend, and informed Ota that Iris was awake. As Date left, Ota promised to introduce Iris to Mayumi.
Matsushita Diner - Flashback
Ota recounted an event from his past as a young child, in which he yelled at his mom from buying the wrong chocolate snacks. When Mayumi went back to buy new chocolates, she ran into her husband Takero, who returns home to reprimand Ota. Several days later, Takero approaches Ota with an idea for Mother's Day, in which the two of them would give her matching gifts. When the day arrived, Takero gave Mayumi a flower apron, and Ota gave her the flower knife. The family then joined together for a family photo.
ABIS HQ, Tuesday 10:31 PM
Aiba explained to Date and Boss that she had two new pieces of evidence. The first was an enlarged version of the reflection on the wok in the video Aiba recorded at Matsushita Diner. Iris could be seen taking the floral kitchen knife from Mayumi's hands before leaving the diner with Ota. The second piece of evidence was an object in Renju Okiura's intestines that had been identified—Shoko Nadami's left eyeball.
- The name syokuzAI (贖罪) translates to "Atonement," which is in reference to Ota Matsushita atoning for his behavior and actions towards his mother, both in the past and in the present, while also potentially a reversal in which Mayumi Matsushita attempts to atone for mistakes in the past resurfaced by her dementia.
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