Satoru is under arrest. He aggressively commands his brain to do the “Revival” trick once again. Successfully, it worked. He’s back to eighteen years ago.
He is convinced that this is the last chance of “Revival” he can ever earn. He swears to himself; he’s not going to fail. Not this time.
He’s got a second chance. That means no mistake is allowed. How is he going to face the future?
Synopsis: Episode 7
Satoru caught a glimpse of “a guy in a hat” among the bystanders who observed Satoru being dragged by the police force.
“This can’t be over …I still have things to do…!” His desperate prayer brings a miracle.
When he comes around, he finds himself at the scientific center. This marks his third time being here. The time is 1988, it is four days before day X. Hamasaki is healthy and alive, smiling right next to Satoru.
No more regrets this time… with the renewed determination in heart, Satoru takes the first step.
Time to Catch Some Breath and Relax
The very first “Revival” experience miserably failed and Satoru faced the worst-case scenario, up until the previous episode. With such an unexpectedly intolerable aftermath, personally, after having finished watching the last episode, I felt depressed and powerless. So I’m really glad to see a glimpse of hope in this improving situation.
There are in fact multiple points that helped me feel hopeful.
First up is the heartfelt reunion with Kayo (Hinazuki) and Sachiko (Satoru’s mother), two women he thought he had lost from his life forever. Overjoyed, Satoru can’t help his tears running down his cheek. He doesn’t even have time to conceal his emotions. His frankness is, actually, touching.
Second, a powerful ally appears. His name is Kenya, one of Satoru’s closest classmates. Kenya says he has been noticing certain changes in Satoru. It’s like Satoru has suddenly transformed, Kenya says. “I want to help you as a friend. I want to know what you are struggling with.”
Kenya at last asks Satoru; “Who are you?”
Triggered by this question, Satoru determines Kenya is his confidante. He unloads everything he can share, and as a result, Satoru earns Kenya’s full support.
With tears in the eyes, the two boys start pouring their hearts out. This scene illustrates how their bond gets tighter and deeper, and it was moving. Personally, I feel it is such a relief to get Kenya on his side to help Satoru to rescue Kayo.
Last but not least, the relationship between Satoru and Kayo gets, well, intimate. Because no more mistakes are allowed, Satoru drops all the presents and starts acting super aggressively. In order to prevent Kayo from going near her mother, on the way home from the birthday party, Satoru declares that he is going to kidnap and take Kayo to his secret base.
“You know what, I’m gonna kidnap you now. Are you OK with that?”
Kayo replies back, “Are you stupid or what?” She blushes and actually agrees to him to go with his suggestion.
Satoru acts like a hero, really cool. His interaction with Kayo is irresistibly heartwarming.
Difference Between the Last Revival and This One
Satoru puts up his best efforts to prevent Kayo from being kidnapped. He worked hard last time too but there is a difference. Let me list up some of the things he did differently this time.
- Kenya became an alley
- On day X, which is March 2nd, Satoru helps Jun Shiratori to build an alibi
- In order to prevent Kayo from staying close to her mother, Satoru locks her up in his secret base for several days.
- He also provides a shelter for Hiromi, the other kidnap incident victim
Well, how did you enjoy the show?
Do you think Satoru can eventually corner the real culprit who did all this?
©Kei SANBE 2015／KADOKAWA