EP5 Not how do we explain Battler seeing Kinzo but rather why he wanted to see Kinzo in the first place. Have you given this another thought? Battler himself made a blue counter saying that he confused Kinzo by some blanket, at that point Lambdadelta didn’t bother to counter him.
Excluding the fact that game piece Battler was being controlled by the witches, he could still not do moves that weren’t out of his control. This is mentioned in the game, therefore I believe that he had reasons of his own for claiming to have seen Kinzo. If we recall prior to seeing “living Kinzo” Battler had some internal monologue in which he starts to doubt whether it was the right call or not and if he made mistake by letting Erika trick him into helping her.
It’s strange to mistake a blanket for a person and even be led to believe you had a conversation, right? Battler claims in blue later in the game that he was “excited” therefore he thought to have seen and had a chat with Kinzo. That’s meta Battler’s way of rationalizing why his other self did such thing but I think there’s a better explanation than the one he poorly gave us. Of course this is only an alternative interpretation. Tsk tsk.. Battler.
Rationalizing this, it’s more likely that the reasons behind it was that Battler wanted to have an excuse in case his “unintentional discovery” brought calamity to his family. What leads me to this reasoning? The text that comes a bit before that scene serves as nice proof of this.
Battler is clearly worried about not being liked (hated) by his cousin Jessica, who after many years he had not seen, same goes for his cousins aunts and uncles and overall of the consequences of playing around will bring to Ushiromiya family Battler does this. This is why Battler thought of an excuse that would justify him finding the gold.
This could also be interpreted that Battler already suspected that Kinzo was dead (though unlikely) therefore his claim would be outrageous to people that knew he was no longer in this world, however, by the same reasoning they couldn’t talk back for the same reason. Kinzo is supposed to be dead. No one wants to reveal that.
If Kinzo was indeed alive then because of how odd he is, it wouldn’t be unlike him to go out for a drink in the middle of the rain”. This later mentioned in the first encounter against Eiserne Jungfrau which Kinzo of the magic world makes such statement followed by Battler using the same claim. This evident easily helps me gets past Knox’s 8th: It is forbidden for the case to be resolved with clues that are not presented and with what is mentioned above everything “makes sense”.
In other words, even with a bit of help from a certain someone who had died a long time ago. Battler thought it was a “safe move” to say it was Kinzo because he is the impartial party in this island as the gold being “his” he would not object or take part in the distribution (because he was dead). If it was any other Ushiromiya or servant they could be questioned, etc. Simply put Kinzo is as usual the best scapegoat.
In others words, that’s how we can explain Battler seeing Kinzo in EP5 rather than that sloppy claim of a blanket ignoring that he couldn’t possibly have mistaken him because it is simply not possible in this game as “no person would make Kinzo by sight!” This is the part where everything ties nicely back to the idea that Battler’s claim to have seen Kinzo was indeed deliberate even before the end of EP 5.
Simply the existence of living Kinzo and Battler’s sloppy reasoning this level of reasoning is possible. What do you think, everyone?