For all of the issues we’ve had with this series, I think it’s safe to say that the last few episodes have been an improvement over those before it. It’s ironic in that it also highlights how good the series could’ve been with proper pacing and development, but at the very least, this week gave us another decent episode and I quite liked how things ended up being done here.
Focusing on the aftermath of Kumagami’s death, this episode essentially ends up a farewell from the cast as Yuu embarks on his solo journey, and I think it’s times like this—the moments right before the grand finish—that Maeda Jun shines the most. What we could’ve gotten was a monotonous, rapid-fire montage of how Yuu slowly rehabs his way towards normalcy. What we got instead was a sequence of hospital visits from the cast, interlaced with the occasional glimpse into Yuu’s recovery. The result is a gorgeous sequence that not only highlighted the passing of what should’ve been a fair amount of time, but also the little time Yuu has left to accomplish his new found mission.
The fact that each visit involved only one cast member also gave us the chance for vital character development, and although it doesn’t make up for the first half a dozen episodes, it does arguably succeed in making us realize how many people he’s interacted with, the influence they’ve had on each other, and how far they’d be willing to go to help each other—regardless of how uncertain the future is.
And what an uncertain future it is. The fact that Yuu can no longer time leap means there are no more redos, and with the impending spill over of conflicts from overseas, there’s a lot of potential issues on the horizon. The development of a successful vaccine only means something if they survive long enough to ensure it’s proper implementation, and it’s this realization—along with the desire not to lose anyone else—that ultimately leads to Yuu’s departure. The possibility of him succeeding aside, it’s clear that Yuu’s grown following his botched rescue last week, and there’s much to be said about how he’s gone from someone who panicked at the key moment to someone who’s not only going to shoulder the burdens of thousands of people, but the hope of those whose powers he’s already looted, the hate of those who wanted to keep their abilities, and the fear/jealousy of those without powers or with malicious intent.
It’s a lofty goal if I’ve ever seen one, and it doesn’t take a genius to realize just how impossible it would be to plunder the abilities of everyone on the planet. Despite this, my interest in seeing how this would all play out makes me want to see him succeed in doing so, and—amazingly enough—I enter the final episode with measured excitement at the possible endings and the stakes of it all. Misa’s sacrifice only served to emphasize the latter, and ultimately, it’s pretty sad how she and Yusa never actually had the chance to talk to each other the entire time. Yuu’s confession to Tomori and the latter’s acceptance—pending Yuu’s successful return—is yet another thing riding on it all, and here’s hoping that Maeda Jun manages to pull one last piece of magic with Charlotte’s finale.