“Yashiro, I have my memories back.” This was the moment I feared for Satoru’s life. I thought Yashiro would try to kill him in that moment. But I was wrong. Satoru knew something I didn’t.
The gate on the roof opens – symbolizing that there is an opportunity to win. Yashiro’s evil smiles leads us to believe that it is he who will utilize the open gate, literally and figuratively to kill Satoru.
“That’s right, I have friends I can trust! The killer is Yashiro” This uplifting scene is very contrasted in tone to Satoru’s face off with Yashiro. It is delightful, because it gives us a piece of hope before the audience goes too deep into the intensity.
“This was far beyond the level of a child. It was as if you could see the future.” – Yashiro
This is where the scene starts to feel like a Sherlock Holmes vs. Moriarty. Two very smart and resourceful people fight with words to determine who will win. This is the classic confrontation. The killer tells of how the hero was always able to outsmart him, but this time, he wasn’t going to get away with it. Of course to follow, Satoru reveals that just as he did when he was a child trying to save his friends, he has a plan perfectly laid out that goes right over the killer’s head.
Satoru’s cell phone was great idea, but it was way too obvious to work. What is Satoru doing here? The killer spots it in an instant. This makes Yashiro every so cocky, that the rest of Satoru’s plan is destines to work. The cell phone wasn’t the plan, it was a red herring. Satire shows here that he understands the mind of this killer. If he can make him feel like he’s winning, specifically beating his ultimate rival, then he won’t be able to see clearly in the next coming moments. The gate opens wider, Yashiro believes he is winning, but actually, it signifies Satoru steps closer to victory.
After Satoru woke up, his friends said they didn’t want to pressure him by asking him about the past. They wanted him to heal his broken mind and body. So in this scene, I’m surprised how well Satoru is acting, acting like he’s going to be defeated. His body language, sitting in a wheel chair, relaxed arms, a frown, it makes him look still innocent like the child he was before he woke up. Physically he can’t do much, but mentally, he continues to mess with Yashiro the to the very end. This is very contrasted to Yashiro’s ability to move around freely, push the wheel chair, flap his hands in his pockets, and wave his big mouth. The confidence is all in his eyes, and his slicked back hair, but as he stands taller then Satoru, the more he will fall. Perhaps not literally, but most defiantly figuratively.
This very scene is the last scene between the good guy and the bad guy. Satoru hasn’t been able to have full closure. He beat Yashiro by saving the victims of his crimes, but he hasn’t been able to beat him by sentencing him to the punishment he deserves.
The hero and villain have their face off on the roof. Most important things happen on the room in anime anyway, but this is especially key in this instance. Yashiro taking Satoru to the roof shows his sense of superiority. He feels on top of the situation because he thinks he’s winning. Satoru knew this, and used it against him during the final moments leading to his victory. Being on the roof also sets the tone, since the clouds have made it overcast and it looks like it might rain.
“But in that moment, you were my father, Sensei. You filled the hole inside of me.” – Satoru
This is such a beautiful quote. We know at the time Kayo was taken away, Satoru was an adult in a child’s body. He didn’t really need a father the way a child does, but he still allows himself to be filled with hope and joy by this man who played this significant role for the wile. When Satoru said this to Yashiro, I think he needed to admit this so that he could say goodbye to that father figure he looked up to, before he had to defeat him as a villain. Maybe he also wanted to make him feel guilty. The hero admits the he felt fondly of the villain. But what is interesting is that Yashiro follows up with a similar confession.
“I’ve also been waiting 15 years four you to wake up Satoru. Ever since you left, I lost the impulse that defines me. It’s been so long. But-” -Yashiro
“No you’re not alone anymore. How do we settle things between us?” – Satoru
Yashiro and Satoru’s destinies are intertwined. Satoru looked up to his teacher as a father figure. Yashiro looks to Satoru as a reason to live. This is the same in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes find that they can’t live without each other because each person gives the other a reason to go on. –To catch each other. This scene is so brilliant because it uses the classic formula. The idea that the hero and villain can’t live without each other is one of the best ways to tell a crime story. The dynamics are incredibly interesting.
“I think I’ve already won… Kayo Hinazuki, Aya Nakanishi, Hiromi, Yuuki… I saved all of them…I ruined your plans because I know your future. That’s all.” – Satoru
Then, the string on Satoru’s head appears…
“Satoru, I could’ve have killed you at anytime.” – Yashiro
“Sensei, you let me live for 15 years, because you needed me! I was your reason to live! I was your hope. I filled the hole in your heart! I beat you Sensei.” – Satoru
Suddenly, Satoru fills with confidence. He let Yashiro have his long speech and boast about how he was going to win. But now Satoru is getting to business. Now is the time to win. He flings himself off the building and proves what he said before.
“You can’t kill me, Sensei.” – Satoru
Satoru knows Yashiro. He knows how much he needs him. The flashback that proves the relationship he had with Satoru that existed even while he was in a comma. He can’t beat him because he needs him.
“Your alive because I’m around.” – Satoru
Satire knew that their relationship of cat and mouse evolved into a symbiotic relationship after he fell into a coma. And I believe that Yashiro became obsessed because Satoru said that he knew his future. That was the spark that started his obsession.
“You’ve murdered a number of my friends, Sensei, But right now, I bear no hatred.” – Satoru
This is Satoru’s strength ultimate. This childlike faith I talked about in a post some weeks ago. Hate is a emotion that holds much power over people, but Satoru still really I a child, who finds it easy to forgive. Satoru truly wants to move on, so he’s willing to throw a curve ball and forgive Yashiro. That’s how he’s defeating him. Now, both hero and villain can redeemed and move on.