Ooooh nice reminder mimsy!
About Battler’s sin… I’d like to highlight some points about it.
What clues have we got to go on?
[quote=“Aspirety, post:25, topic:31”]
If it helps any, you can rest assured that the mysteries of Rokkenjima are entirely solvable from this point. Yes, that includes Battler’s sin from six years ago.[/quote]
Our biggest clue is that we have enough clues.
Alright, what clues do we have? What do we know about Battler?
We know that Asamu is not his biological mother, or at least if she is, they did some advanced sciency egg trading or something, as he was not born from her
There is another person, also named Ushiromiya Battler who was born from Asamu
Actually this one is debatable, Beato’s reds could have been referring to what the concept of Battler is, rather than a literal other person. Could someone check that scene?
There is a reason Battler did not share the information that he is not Asamu’s child
He might not know
He could be deceiving the others
Another thing regarding Battler, his birthdate.
Remember Episode 3? Go check out Chapter 17: “The Witch’s Courtroom”. Near the start of this chapter the group of five happen upon a number on the parlor door before they discover George’s corpse.
The number on the door is: 07151129
Battler notices that the first four digits could be a date in mm/dd, and that they are actually his birthday. The second digits also look like a date, so everyone goes around checking if it’s anyone’s birthday. Here is the full list of people who do not have a birthday of the 29th of November
Nanjo (implied by Nanjo, “I cannot think of anything”)
Eva (Eva, “It isn’t from my family”)
George (Eva, “It isn’t from my family”)
Hideyoshi (Eva, “It isn’t from my family”)
Jessica (Jessica, “It’s not anyone in mine, either…”)
Krauss (Jessica, “It’s not anyone in mine, either…”)
Natsuhi (Jessica, “It’s not anyone in mine, either…”)
Any other servant (Jessica, “I know it for all of them”)
Wow, that’s literally everyone on the island. Battler then proceeds to think something blitheringly stupid:
Hoooo boy, I did some rudimentary calculations, and came out with a probability of it being a coincidence (that either of the two sets of four numbers were Battler’s birthday in mm/dd or dd/mm, and then the other was a valid date in either format)
The answer was quite low: 0.5513%
That’s so low that’s it’s reasonable to assume it’s not a coincidence, right?
So a Birthday, followed by a date. I can think of three possibilites
A Death Date for the person whose Birth Date was written.
But Battler isn’t dead by this point, and we see him die, well before this date. Maybe talking about someone else with that birthday?
A Birth Date of someone important to the case
someone important to the case, who is not among the 18 (or Ange, or any other servants)… someone important, not among the 18… food for thought.
A date that is meant to be significant for the person whose Birth Date was written. (so Battler)
Was battler hiding something from us? Or did he genuinely not recognize the date?
All three of those either points towards this “other Battler” or points toward Battler hiding something from us.
Cute. That’s all I’ve got, I ought to go to bed soon after all.