From that day Satoru sunk to the bottom of the cold water, years have passed.
It’s 2003. Satoru survived the accident but had been in comma ever since to this day. He finally regains consciousness, and then feels shocked to learn that he has been in bed for fifteen years. Not only that, he has lost memories regarding the past incident.
Sachiko has been pouring all of her time and devotion to Satoru’s recovery. She seems to be avoiding any conversation regarding the past incident. Sensing the intention in her behavior, Satoru feels reluctant to force himself to dig up painful memories.
One day, a woman visits Satoru at the hospital, with her baby in her arms.
It is Kayo Hinazuki – the girl who Satoru has saved in the past. Satoru feels a jolt of overwhelming joy, and congratulates Kayo and her baby. Triggered by this event, Satoru doubles the amount of rehabilitation regimen, and works harder than ever to regain his physical strength.
By autumn, Satoru befriends with a little girl named Kumi, one of the patients at the same hospital. She shares with Satoru her anxiety over her anticipated bone marrow transplant operation. Satoru encourages her. While they converse, the guy in the hat, Nishizono, appears. Nishizono informs Satoru that he met him before. His name is Gaku Yashiro, the homeroom teacher of Satoru’s class in the fifth grade.
The friendship with Kumi and Yashiro continues after that day. Satoru focuses on his rehabilitation program. His physical strength shows visible progress, however, on a contrary, his memory stays foggy.
Kumi is counting days to her transplant operation. At her ward, Satoru runs into Yashiro, and as suggested, he follows Yashiro to the roof top. It is raining. Yashiro starts reflecting on his memories of the past fifteen years.
All of the sudden, Satoru turns to Yashiro with a sharp look in his eyes. “Yashiro. My memories are back.”
The eleventh episode starts with a hamster that doesn’t stop running on a hamster wheel while all other hamsters die one by one, sinking under water. A monologue begins and ties in the restless hamster and the famous novel by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “Kumono Ito” (Spider’s Thread).
After the opening theme is over, Sachiko’s quite ordinary everyday scenes are illustrated. Her fifteen years appears to be consumed to do only one thing; to care for her vegetating son. A monotonous, repetitive day comes and goes. It becomes increasingly heartbreaking to watch.
One day, while Sachiko is preparing dinner as she usually would, Satoru wakes up from the fifteen years of comma. Sachiko steers at her son. Tears well up in her widened eyes. This scene is a must-see. It is as simple as he opened his eyes. But imagine how long she has been waiting for this scene, how happy she is to witness this moment.
Once Satoru is awaken, things move on speedily. Despite that he has been asleep for fifteen years, his friends start visiting him within a matter of several days. They interact just like they used to when they were kids. Satoru was able to speak in normal volume immediately after he regained consciousness again. He quickly starts working on his rehabilitation program. The fact that he has such remarkable command on his body functions is a result of Sachiko’s devotion. She has cared for and massaged Satoru’s body for the last fifteen years, believing that this day will come.
During the hard rehabilitation period, Satoru receives a visit from Kayo with a baby in her arms. The moment he sees them, Satoru bursts into tears. His uncontrollable emotions almost made me cry.
She tells Satoru that it’s her and Hiromi’s baby. His memory about the incident is still messed up, but, his joyous demeanor shows that he is genuinely pleased to find out his friends are happily married and gifted with a child. Kayo and Hiromi could have been murdered if the Revival Phenomenon hadn’t had allowed Satoru to rescue them.
Through his rehab program, Satoru finds a young friend, Kumi. While he chats with Kumi, a paparazzi snaps a photo of them together. A man named Nishizono intervenes and kicks out the paparazzi.
Nishizono introduces himself and says that he used to teach Satoru. His former name is Gaku Yashiro, and he was Satoru’s fifth grade homeroom teacher.
In the scene where Yashiro, Satoru, and Kumi enjoy chatting, things may look perfectly genuine and heartwarming. Satoru makes a new friend, while a former teacher goes out of his way to pay a friendly visit to the troubled youth. The truth behind this facade will be revealed in the next and final episode of the show. Embrace yourself…!
Shortly before Kumi’s scheduled operation, Satoru and Nishizono run into each other. Nishizono suggests to have a conversation somewhere, and rather forcibly turns Satoru’s wheelchair to a darker, deserted corner of the hallway. Because we don’t want to worry about those reporters with cameras, he says.
Nishizono pushes Satoru’s wheelchair to the old cob-webbed delivery-only elevator. It perhaps leads to storage rooms, but why would he want to have a conversation in a hospital storage room?
The two eventually arrive at the roof top. It is raining. Under normal circumstance, a person of normal modesty would suggest taking back a sick patient inside. Instead, Nishizono leaves Satoru under the rain and keeps talking.
Here is the shocker! At this point, Satoru’s memory has fully regained. Raindrops keep falling over his face. Satoru declares to Nishizono, a.k.a. Yashiro.
Yashiro. My memories are back.
In the forthcoming final episode, we will finally see the real meaning behind Satoru and Yashiro’s words. Stay tuned! Don’t go anywhere!
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