Who was the man with the knife targeting or trying to attack in episode 1?

He didn't really stop, he just left the knife and kept going. Was this a random event? Kind of like a drive-by?

Did the attacker want to kill a random person?


Who was the attacker targeting in Episode 1? No one in particular, the attacker was just a random criminal. In the light novel,

the man had 'a backpack in one hand and a kitchen knife in the other.' After Satoru was stabbed, as stated in the light novel, the man ran off shouting: “Get the hell outta my way!” (Volume 1).

While the man was made to look like just a random guy sprinting in to attack Satoru in the anime, the light novel was more specific. From this, it can be said that the man is a criminal or a thief (as he has a backpack but is not wearing it over his back, which he probably stole hurriedly). Also, the man yelled to get out of his way, meaning he was in a hurry trying to get away from someone or something.

The wiki synopsis also states that the man is a robber.

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