Then, the strong wind blows off frightened Kasane’s hat. The men look tense and quiet. Izana had calmed down and says that she knows already. Putting her arms around her, Izana says, “..I won’t go anymore. I’ll return to your side.” Kingo calls out to Izana. *there is a scene of Kingo looking at present Kasane who is trembling while holding her head. She seems to have remembered what happened.*
Atae looks pleased as Izana goes to his side. Atae says, “Your intention of wanting to run away has been swept away together with the flood. As long as you are there... *Kasane exclaims, no...!* ...there’s basically no need for other things.” With that, he lightly pushes Kasane off the railing.
Izana looks surprised as Kasane starts to fall down. To the two men’s shock, Izana immediately rushes forward and jumps off to catch Kasane. Kingo calls out to Izana as she and Kasane fall down to the river below. *A tear falls from present Kasane’s eye* As Kingo looks down the bridge, Atae calls out, “Sugeyo...? *bewildered* How can this be...”
*Kingo looks at tense Kasane saying that at that time, she and her mother...* Izana hugs Kasane tightly as they fell into the water. Holding Kasane tightly, Izana swims up to the surface and manages to grab a branch. She smiles at terrified Kasane. Then, she nervously looks behind her.
They are being pushed away by the strong current. Izana tells Kasane to grab this branch firmly. Kasane tearfully says that she’s scared. Izana assures her that it will be alright. Izana notices the branch she’s holding is breaking apart. Izana looks surprised then she seems to have come to a realization. She holds Kasane and says something. End flashback.
Kasane looks surprised and says, ..eh? Kingo asks what it is. Kasane says that it seems...at that time...her mother is saying something to her... Kingo asks, what. Kasane says, “But...I couldn’t remember it... She ought to have said something very important to me...!
*Kingo looks tense* No good... I couldn’t remember what happened afterwards... Why...!” Kingo looks straight ahead and remembers that time. Flashback: Seeing Izana and Kasane clinging on a branch below, Kingo calls out to Izana. He quickly rushes towards the other side of the bridge.
While Atae still looked stunned over what happened, Kingo had already slid down to the river bank. He slipped and hit his butt on the ground. After recovering from that, he looks towards the river. He is going to call for Izana again when he saw her holding out her hand to him.
He was surprised as the waters quickly dragged her away. And, she’s gone. On his knees, Kingo can only dejectedly watch the fast water current. End flashback. While Kasane looks surprised, Kingo says that it was for a split second [and she’s gone]. “—afterwards, her remains were found downstream...
...Her body is already full of bruises [/covered with mud] but it is unknown why her face is still so beautiful even if 12 hours had already passed since the ‘switch’. In other words, she finally had totally attain beauty. But that person died in order to save you... no, she died because of you.
*a tear falls down from his eye as he grabs Kasane’s collar* I’m even asked by her to drag you into the spotlight [/lead you into the light]!!! So for my and your own good, no matter what, you must let ‘Saki’ continue on living on the stage [/at the light]...!!! Even if it is for her [Izana]...!” Kasane tensely looks at him then she looks down. The rain had stopped. They have arrived at their destination.
After getting off the car, Kasane calls out to Kingo and says, “If I know the complete method for mama’s ‘total switch’, I’ll accept [/try it] no matter what and how much pain I’ll have to endure. I’ll become more heartless than mama. But, let me say it again, actually, it is also just for me myself...in order to grasp ‘acting’, that sole light. In order to always and continue on gazing upon it..!
...*hand reaches out to the light* This can probably be her answer to mother’s wish, right.” [/she cannot let down her mother’s expectation] Then, she leaves. Kingo mutters, ...probably, huh [/..fine]. “Since the day when that person died, I’m always living in this forever never ending final chapter. [Behind] the dark curtains [/no light] that forever won’t be pulled open...
...Perhaps, there will be a day when the dark curtains...can really be pulled open once again [/perhaps one day the light will come]. If only Kasane would always really just concentrate [/gaze] on that bit of light---”
At a dressing room, a man calls out to a young woman who is reading a script book. He informs her that the practice room is going to close soon. The woman apologizes.
While walking at the hallway, the man says that she’s really diligent [/enthusiastic]. The woman says that the audition is coming soon... The man says is that so. “Good luck in getting chosen. Your name is...” The woman smiles and says “Igarashi Iku.”
Comment: From threat to kill/holding Kasane hostage, it had become attempted murder for Atae. He really underestimated Izana’s love for Kasane. Maybe, he is too deranged to realize that no matter what Izana will choose Kasane over him. ^^; Now, with Izana gone, I wonder if he started to vent all his negative emotions on Sugeyo and Nogiku. Strangely enough, he didn’t do anything to Kasane after what had happened.
Despite everything that had happened, I can say that it is really amazing how Izana showed her motherly love for Kasane. I’m not sure what she did though that enabled Kasane to survive. Did she let go of the branch or something? Now, what could she have told Izana when she realized that she isn’t going to live after this?
I’m not sure if at this time she would tell her the method on how to attain that ‘permanent switch’. Perhaps, it is what she wished for Kasane? Like what Sugeyo advise Nogiku when she’s dying. I think we’ll know what it is when something similar happens to Kasane to jog her memory. Of course, whether it will be tragic or not like she wasn’t doing what her mother wanted, time will tell.
I feel for Kingo. To be totally helpless and watch the woman he loves swept away like that in front of him. It is interesting that he changed ‘saving Kasane’ to ‘died because of Kasane’. I wonder if it is intentional to spur some guilt on Kasane or that is what he really felt. Is he blaming Kasane for it?
That might be part of the reason why he can treat her quite harshly aside from being desperate to fulfill Izana’s last request. Perhaps, that is why it took him so long to go to Kasane. From what he is saying, it seemed like, why would he help her when she caused Izana’s death. It doesn’t help that Kasane isn’t quite like Izana.
I do think that despite what Kasane said, Kingo isn’t convinced that Kasane can do it. Still, it’s good that Kasane is doing it for herself rather than for someone else. So, this ends this arc without an ending for him. He is still in the dark as he isn’t sure that Kasane can really stay focused.
Since they are talking about that ‘light’, here comes the character who I think personifies ‘light’ in this series. It’s none other than Iku. Unlike the others, iirc, Iku befriended Kasane and accepted her as she is. How will things turn out when they meet each other again? Will she somehow foil or help in making their ‘wishes’ come true? Or, will she end up as another tragic character in this series? I hope not. Scans by RAD汉化组
Quote of the day:
No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star. ~ Edwin Hubbell Chapin