Shigofumi – 12 (END)
Fumika ends up telling the police everything about how her father abused her, and when Natsuka later asks her why, Fumika explains that she had to do it so that she can move forward. Sometime later, she is enrolled in the same school as Kaname, but she soon realizes that everyone is watching her because word had spread about the abuse. This frightens her, though when she talks with Kaname, she claims to be having fun at school. Kanaka meanwhile is having problems after having been reassigned to a new partner and accidentally burning the girl. Matoma reports that Chiaki is also burned out, but in her case, it’s due to how she found a legal precedent to get Fumika approved only to have Fumika disappear. Back on Earth, the media picks up on Fumika’s story, and crowds of reporters gather in front of Natsuka’s house wanting to speak to her. Fumika still manages to attend school though, and while waiting for her one afternoon, Natsuka and Kaname talk about not having said anything to her about Mika. After Natsuka brings up how Kaname had liked Mika and suggests that this is why he’s nice to Fumika, she finally confesses that she likes him. Unbeknownst to them, Fumika overhears all this.
That night, Natsuka questions Fumika about the gunshot she heard at the shrine back on the day Fumika had run out of the house. Fumika, however, dismisses it as Natsuka’s imagination. She ends up feeling even worse after overhearing Natsuka’s mother complaining to Natsuka’s father about the media hounding them. A few days later, Fumika heads with Kaname’s father to the airport to meet her mother Aizawa Kirei who is flying in from Italy. Kirei, who is quite pretty, likes how her daughter turned out and thinks that Fumika can become even more beautiful. However, she claims that she wants to stay a woman and doesn’t want to take responsibility for her daughter. This causes Fumika to question why her mother got married and gave birth to her, so Kirei reveals that she just wanted to experience a woman’s joy once. Kirei then runs off with a rich guy, leaving Fumika behind with Kaname’s father. Moments later, Fumika starts to hear the clicks of cell phone cameras taking her picture, and she tries to run away from it all. After he loses sight of her, Kaname’s father calls his son to tell him what’s going on. Kaname ends up heading to Natsuka’s house, but since Fumika isn’t there either, he guesses that she went to her father’s house.
Fumika is indeed at her old home, and she’s about to shoot herself in the head when Mika suddenly shows up. Mika feels that Fumi didn’t change and recalls how Fumi couldn’t pull the trigger back on the day they met at the shrine – it was Mika who helped her do it. When Fumi questions why Mika appeared again, Mika explains that it’s because Fumi tried to run away again. Fumi denies this and tries to slap Mika, but Mika punches her in the face first and then punches her again when Fumi blames her for always stealing what she tries to do. Picking up the gun she dropped earlier, Fumi questions why Mika doesn’t wait for her until she can get some more courage and do her best. She surprises Mika by throwing her the gun and challenging her to shoot so that they can both disappear. When Mika cannot, Fumi accuses Mika of wanting to live and to make friends. Mika admits that this is true and reveals that she also wanted to do things like play basketball and have a part-time job. In response, Fumi confesses that she wanted to do these kinds of things too, and in the heat of the argument, the two girls start listing off everything they can think of.
Mika eventually realizes that this is a future that could have occurred, and she thinks that the Shigofumi is the same in that it is a letter that couldn’t be sent. She then admits that she felt she had to disappear because she was a personality that wasn’t truly there, and she thanks Fumi for creating her. This leads to both girls crying, and they’re still doing so when Natsuka, Kanaka, Kaname, and Chiaki find them there. In the aftermath, Fumi and Mika continue along their separate paths, and Mika stays a Shigofumi courier with Kanaka as her partner.
This final episode had a rather “blah” feel to it. Yes it was a happy ending and yes it gave some closure for all the characters we’ve seen in the past episodes, however the whole crying scene just didn’t do it for me. I was really hoping for another plot twist that involved Chiaki, Kirei, and/or Kirameki, but there wasn’t one. I thought they’d definitely include more of Chiaki doing stuff after what last episode showed with that Lisala lady, but her role here was minor at best. In fact, the key of this entire series, the Shigofumi, is also almost entirely absent from the final episode save for one minor mention. Surely they could have used that in some clever way, but instead we see the girls cry, make up, and that was it. It just wasn’t a very satisfying ending.
Final Thoughts: I can still remember how surprisingly the first two episodes were and how much they made me want to watch the rest of this show. If only the production team had been able to keep up the good writing and excitement the entire way through, then this could have been a great show. Shigofumi ends up being rather inconsistent in that regard because while there are some good episodes and interesting characters, there are also some bad episodes (I still hate the bullying one) and a mediocre ending. It’s a shame too because after the first two weeks, I thought that Shigofumi might change my mind about generally staying away from episodically structured shows. In the end though, it merely reinforced that idea.