So I finished 2.4 and eagerly went to your spoilers, only to find that you guys are already talking about 2.5 now
I’ll still join in to as far as I got, although whatever I say will be irrelevant given that you’re further along. Oh well.
Spoilers for up to 2.4 and speculation:
It was my first thought, just like the writer intended, I’m sure. But hasn’t he shown his face around the university? Wouldn’t he be recognized by the students by now? Although I think he has successfully avoided being around students, he must have been seen walking around the campus.
I think it was an official trip though?
I think it’s the same guy. His appearance is described as harmless and ordinary, he could be anyone. His coat - both times- seems expensive, which puts both girls at ease. I did a search for コート (in the parts I’ve already read only) and the only ones who are explicitly stated as wearing one, other than him, are Katayama and Mitamura.
I’m certain she doesn’t. At first she’s worried, but then he seems just a harmless prostitution client to her. If she recognized him, I’m sure she wouldn’t be scrutinizing him so closely, and would just feel relieved -or worried- based on that.
Thinking about it some more, I believe there’s someone else who may be a good suspect, although it’s not apparent at all till now if and how he is connected to anything else. Harumi was seen with some man, who looked married and middle-aged, wasn’t she? Could it be the killer? Could it be Hayashi?
And please don’t talk in page numbers, poor ebook readers like me have trouble following!