And so it ends, and I have to say that this end did rock my soul. The ending is just as perfect as it could have been and I won’t have it any other way. Sweep way any thoughts of a bad end because they aim for a happy one (and about time a series did this).
In a Nutshell: A gunshot was heard, but when Hayami open her eyes, she finds that Takuma had pushed away the shotgun before she was shot. Takuma is protecting Hayami and yells at granddad for hurting his mother. Hayami holds him back and he faints after hearing her voice. In the distance, Hotaru comes running into the scene calling out Hayami’s name. Uncle shows up with Hotaru who tells Granddad that she has called the police. She tells him that she has revealed everything and that the village does not belong to him. Takuma wakes up but asks for his mother.
At the hospital the doctor is explaining how his memories may have become mixed up with his subconscious. Uncle is worried about what to do and it seems that trying to make him come back will instead make his condition worse. Takuma goes into the room and asks for his mother. Hayami responds and they end up holding hands at his request.
At school the paparazzi is crowding around Hotaru and pestering her about how she felt about her granddad. He friends soon break everyone up like friends do. Yui complains about them being persistent but Hotaru accepts that there is nothing they can do. Trying to cheer up the situation, the group supports Hotaru and suggest that they go to Takuma’s house.
They all sit around the table and Hayami is asked about her arm. It has healed up nicely she announces. They then ask for Takuma who is in a less fortunate position. It is then revealed that for Takuma’s sake, Takuma and Hayami will be moving back to Tokyo. Despite this, Hayami is actually happy that there is someone who cares for her.
Later that night she tucks him into bed. Uncle gives Hayami the address to the apartment where Takuma and his mother used to live. It seems that Takuma’s family do not want anything to do with his situation and so Hayami will not be getting support. Hayami then tells him that she will go for a walk.
Hayami ends up visiting various places around the village and recall lots of past fond memories.
Her final destination was on the top of the hill where Hotaru came to meet her. Hayami tells Hotaru how sad it is to part even though they have been through difficult times. Even though they hurt each other a lot they finally learnt how to hold each other. Hayami then tells her that Hotaru is her best friend. Hotaru bursts into tears and hugs her and that they will never forget.
The teacher announces to the class that Takuma and Hayami are leaving.
Uncle asks Hayami whether it was alright to not say her goodbyes. Hayami says that it is fine. We then hear the voice of the two bullies from the side of the road, apologising to Hayami. She tells them to take care of Hotaru and leaves in the taxi. Takuma holds Hayami’s hand through the journey.
They manage to find the apartment with the help of Takuma pointing it out. Hayami enters the apartment and takes a look at a photo of Takuma with his mother.
We then hear Hayami’s narration of a letter to everyone back in the village. She tells them how the temperature is very hot in Tokyo and that she is doing well with her job. Takuma hasn’t changed much but he will show past behaviours from time to time. She then mentions that he did have a dream about a girl called Hayami who seems like a lonely person. But he does think that she is a good person and becomes embarrassed when Hayami ask whether he liked this person. She ends her letter, telling everyone to take care.
Hayami returns home from work and tells Takuma that she will be going shopping. Takuma moans to her saying that he wants to go as well, so Hayami decides to take him along. During the walk home Hayami asks Takuma what he thinks of his mother. She refers to his real mother and tells him that she doesn’t seem like the person to abandon him. The train signals begin to sound and Takuma’s state becomes worse. Hayami tells him to believe his mother’s feelings and goes after a boy who has strayed onto the tracks. The act of letting go of Takuma’s hand made him realise an important fact that he was missing. He remembers that his mother died because she was saving a kid on the tracks, not because she as suicidal. Otoha appears and tells him to accept everything and he wakes up from his trauma. He can see again but he is too late to save Hayami from being hit.
Another narration from Hayami telling the viewer her feelings. During that we see how everyone else is continuing with their lives but never forgetting such a great friend. Her final thanks were for Takuma.
We then hear the insert song rolling and a narration for the end of the poem ~footprints in the sand~
(sorry, but something must have gotten into my eyes…”whaaaaaa” ;__;).
Well years pass by and we hear a grown up Yui arguing with a grown up Hotaru about the watter supply. Grown up Maki comes in carrying a baby who looks like his father. Hotaru compliments on the baby’s looks and Hamaji sneezes. Yep he is still wearing his maid outfit.
We then see Takuma putting the finishing touches onto the windmill he has been making with uncle. He compliments on Takuma and ask him if he is satisfied. Takuma comments that Hayami loved windmills.
We then hear a scream from the forest and out jumps a small Otoha. She lands onto Takuma and tells him that it has been a while. She tells him that it was hard to convince the spirit council to do this so that he should protect her properly this time. Otoha leaves but in his place walks a grown up Hayami. She smiles at him and the both enjoy their moment of being reunited, looking at the windmill as the ending comes to a close.
Thoughts: Oh wow, this was one hell of an end. From bittersweet to being just sweet, they did indeed throw down one final twist.
Right. Takuma does save Hayami from Granddad and just in time, Hotaru comes with to tell him that she has called the cops (good job!). It ends terribly well with Granddad being thrown into jail but the problem still remains; Takuma still thinks that Hayami is his mother, and what’s worse? His mentality has gone back a few years.
This causes the decision to be made that Takuma should return to Tokyo for treatment. Hayami goes with him because he needs her there and hopefully over time his illness with heal.
Quite a touching scene with Hayami going through the village and recalling her memories. We can see that Hayami will miss the village even though she was treated badly. The parting with Hotaru is just…touching. Parting has always been a major weakness for me ;__;
And so! life begins anew for both of them in Tokyo. Hayami is doing well to take care of Takuma and he hasn’t completely forgotten about Hayami either (he still dreams about a girl called Hayami that he liked as Hayami questioned).
But when you think that this would be a happy end, you are wrong. One day Hayami asks Takuma about what he thinks about his real mother. This was outside and the train signal begins to ring, instantly having an effect on him. Hayami wants him to believe his mother’s real feelings and this is where the twist comes in.
A kid kicks a ball onto the tracks and Hayami let go of Takuma to save him. During this scene Takuma remembers something crucial. This is deja vu for him as he remembers the reason why his mother died was because she was also saving a kid on the tracks. So as a final twist it is revealed that his mother wasn’t suicidal!
But that doesn’t save Hayami from getting “hit” by the train and disappearing. Though Takuma do wake up from his childhood state and is now able to see. But the scream he gave out was enough to shake the soul. I guess this is what they meant by ROCKing your soul.
Well time passes and everyone grows up. Takuma returns to the village.
The epilogue was very well done in my eyes. It wraps everything up nicely and some old personalities never change ~ it was very nostalgic ^^
But if you think the story is over, then you are wrong. Here goes the bitter and sweet and in comes the SWEET.
Takuma just finished building a windmill and thinks of Hayami. But what comes from the bushes? Well if it isn’t otoha but younger version.
She comes and brings a final bit of miracle to this story…yes…after all these years Hayami is back. The final word she gives is for him to take care of her this time.
This is just a heartwarming end to the series. Really well done.