Kanon – 22
On the way to the hospital, Yuuichi and Nayuki pass by the scene of the accident, and Nayuki is shocked to see the piece of strawberry cake strewn among Akiko’s bags and shoe on the ground. The doctors at the hospital tell them that Akiko’s life is still in danger, so Yuuichi and Nayuki stay in the waiting room for better news. They are eventually told that Akiko’s current condition will last for a while, so they should go home for now. At home, Yuuichi finds a hungry Piro, so he fixes dinner for everyone, but when he serves Nayuki, she starts blaming herself for what happened because she had wanted to eat strawberry cake. Yuuichi calls her an idiot for saying this, but Nayuki doesn’t respond and locks herself in her room upstairs. Since he has to head to school to talk to their teacher, Yuuichi lays a plate of food outside Nayuki’s door before leaving. At school, he runs into Kitagawa who offers to do anything he can, and Yuuichi also passes by the now-melted snow bunny. After remembering what he did to Nayuki seven years ago, Yuuichi returns home to find the uneaten plate of food still outside Nayuki’s door. He tries to get her to open her door, but she just tells him to stop.
Back in his own room, Yuuichi pulls out the purikura photos that he took with Akiko, Nayuki, and Makoto. Looking at Makoto specifically, he wonders if she would have been able to brightened things up if she were here. His thoughts go back to how he slapped the snow bunny out of Nayuki’s hands seven years ago and how she’s remembered it all this time. The problem is that although he’s remembered everything about Makoto, Mai, and Nayuki, he doesn’t remember why he was crying on that day and feels like he’s forgetting something very important. The next day, Yuuichi leaves some food at Nayuki’s door again and then goes to the hospital to check up on Akiko before tackling some errands. Upon returning home, he finds the food eaten and the door no longer locked. Deciding to go into the room, Yuuichi opens the door and finds Nayuki curled up by the window. She tells him to get out because she wants to be alone, but Yuuichi changes the subject to his cooking. When he accidentally compares it to Akiko’s, he decides to confront the issue head on by affirming that Akiko will definitely be saved.
It is at this point that Nayuki asks if he can cause a miracle. Nayuki admits that she’s always been with her mother in this house, and she doesn’t even know her father’s face. She was never lonely with her mother there, but now because of her own fault, Nayuki feels alone. Yuuichi tries to point out that she’s surrounded by lots of friends including himself, but Nayuki calls him a liar for having forgotten her for seven years. He hadn’t replied to any of her letters, so she had thought he never got them. That’s why she had been afraid that he wouldn’t remember her name when they were finally reunited. Yuuichi admits that he now remembers what happened seven years ago with the snow bunny and apologizes for it. He tries to give Nayuki back the red marble from the melted snow bunny, but she doesn’t take it. She refuses to let him stay here with her and says that she can’t smile anymore. Nayuki starts crying as she remembers how she had always been with her mother, and then she tells him to get out again, this time with such force that Yuuichi drops the marble and finally leaves. As he lies on his own bed, Yuuichi thinks about the miracle and starts to remember someone else getting hurt badly a long time ago, but he hadn’t been able to do anything.
Seven years ago, Yuuichi had rushed to meet Ayu at the big tree and was bringing a present for her. As the two ate taiyaki together, Ayu reminded him that this wasn’t the last time they’d see each other because they promised to meet again here at this tree. Yuuichi had reaffirmed the promise and had even said that he’d introduce her to his cousin the next time he was here. When Ayu climbed the tree again a little later, Yuuichi decided that this was a good time to give her the present. Unfortunately, before he could do so, a heavy wind blew by and caused Ayu to lose her balance. Much to Yuuichi’s shock, Ayu fell off the tree branch and onto the ground below. At first Ayu experienced much pain, but she soon told Yuuichi that she didn’t feel it anymore. In addition, her body wouldn’t move either, and Ayu was most worried about not being able to play with Yuuichi again. They tried to promise that they will play together again, but because Ayu couldn’t move her hand, Yuuichi had to take it and do the yubikiri for her. Soon after they made the promise though, Ayu stopped responding to Yuuichi’s pleas that she had to let go of his finger for it to be a yubikiri. Having Realized that Ayu was gone, Yuuichi cried out her name in tears.
Having finally regained this part of his memory, the current Yuuichi awakens suddenly from this dream. Grabbing Ayu’s backpack and the angel doll, he runs out and past Kitagawa who came to visit. After telling Kitagawa that he remembers about Ayu and asking him to take care of Nayuki, Yuuichi runs off towards the forest. The fierce snowstorm pelts Yuuichi as he makes his way towards the tree stump looking for Ayu. Not finding her there, he continues trekking through the storm while calling out her name until he finally collapses. Lying there in the snow, Yuuichi wonders to himself if he can go to where she is and then apologizes to everyone as he closes his eyes. Things look grim for Yuuichi, but a bright figure suddenly appears in the storm: Makoto. She walks over to his body and hugs him as an even brighter light appears in front of him. Closing his eyes again, Yuuichi sees himself from seven years ago giving the present to Ayu. The present had been the hair band, and Ayu had said that she’d wear it the next time she met Yuuichi. The two had promised on this.
I had expected that something supernatural would happen when Yuuichi went into the forest during the storm, but I hadn’t been prepared to see Makoto again. That entire end segment didn’t make a ton of sense to me though. Makoto seemed to show up to help or comfort Yuuichi, but she also looked a little surprised to see the bright light. That ensuing scene with Yuuichi giving the hair band to Ayu was also confusing because it didn’t seem to fit into the timeline. Yuuichi hadn’t given it to Ayu when she died, so I can only assume that he gave it to her ghost or spirit afterwards…?
Speaking of Ayu’s death, that was such a sad scene. Given the previous clues, I had long since suspected that she would fall off the tree, but it was still painful to see Ayu lose all feeling and then die in the middle of the pinky swear. It also seems clear now that all those promises that Yuuichi made with Ayu is what led her to appear again seven years later. I’m still a little unsure as to exactly why Ayu suddenly disappeared two episodes ago, but hopefully that’ll be explained in the next episodes. With the way the preview shows only landscapes plus the Ayu voiceover until the very last shot of her, I’d almost think that next week would be the conclusion. But there are actually still two episodes left, though perhaps I should say that there are only two episodes left.