Taira loses his shit and some things are resolved.
Due to the stress from being constantly left behind due to his injuries, Taira’s mind snaps. He hallucinates his family and promises their specters that will soon be back with them. Predictably, what happens next is him attacking Ryouta and Himiko when they return, knowing that if he takes their chips, he will have enough to get him off the island.
The two are shocked by this unexpected betrayal, especially Ryouta who recalls Taira’s fear of being left alone and the way he was devastated when Ryouta kept doing it. He rightly deduces that Taira has lost it because of the strain. And since there’s no time like when someone is trying to kill you to have a flashback, Ryouta remembers the way he always felt like he was a secondary concern to his parents and realizes that he has been treating Taira the same way his father treated him. He also has a vision of his inner Oda. Yeah…
Meanwhile, Taira keeps attacking and Himiko takes it upon herself to protect an injured Ryouta. Her actions remind Ryouta of an incident from Btooom and he comes to the conclusion that Himiko is indeed his online wife Himiko. The two of them outsmart Taira and chases after him with th intention of getting him to join them again. I’m impressed by how they, Ryouta especially, are so understanding of Taira despite his recent actions.
Ryouta’s sincere apology and offer to leave together finally reaches Taira but too late as he finds himself surrounded by the evil lizards of doom. He uses his last bomb to kill himself, too fed up with the pain to keep going.
After finding his body, Ryouta and Himiko return to the observation point. Ryouta continues to blame himself for not noticing how Taira felt and for not being able to save him. Himiko offers to let him kill her so that he can escape the island. Himiko feels as if she has nothing to go back to and would be content if at least Ryouta is safe.
As expected, Ryouta vehemently denies the offer and reiterates his intention for them to leave together. He confronts her about her identity and they have a nice little kiss, complete with happy tears. It seems like it’ll go further but Ryouta spots Himiko’s fear in the nick of time and recalls the bad experiences she’s had with men. Ryouta’s inner Oda shows up to taunt him but Ryouta proudly declares his newfound belief that it’s caring or others that makes life worth it. He vows to leave behind his self-centered days and tells Himiko that they’ll start officially dating after they leave the island together. Inner Oda disappears with a sigh.
A note on the romance in this series. I really like how Himiko and Ryouta’s relationship develops. It’s neither rushed nor snail-paced, and despite the rocky start, they seem to be good for each other.
Back with the douchebags in charge, there seems to be some technical issues that has cut off the live feed of the island. Two men are dispatched in a helicopter with instructions to fix it within 24 hours. One of the men’s thoughts seem to suggest that he’s on Ryouta’s side. Did he somehow engineer the problem to try and help Ryouta? It seems likely but will we ever know for sure?
Well, one could read the manga. That’s an option too but not one I’ll be taking.
So here we are. The final episode. I was warned before starting this show that it didn’t have much of an ending so I’m not all that surprised. I am a little disappointed but I’ll just pin my hopes on a second season. As for these 12 episodes, it’s been a fun ride.
The new OP is good but I prefer the usual one
Prince of Stride: Alternative won the last poll with a 45% majority. Keijo came second with 27%. Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai and Battery had 18% and 9% of votes respectively.
Basically, two made-up sports won over baseball and pro-wrestling. Ain’t that funny?
Thanks to everyone who voted!