Okitegami Kyoko No Biboroku Episode # 10 / Series Finale Recap
The episode starts with Yakusuke’s narration about how time is equal to everyone, even Kyoko; just because her memory resets that doesn’t mean she will get to have multiple lives and wonders what their choices will amount to.
Recap – Summary :
Kyoko wakes up in an unknown room- she checks her arm by reflex but there is no markings there, but instead she finds a wedding ring in her finger.. She examines her room and find a sign on the TV with a dvd that says “Play Me.” She pushes play, and it is revealed that her name is allegedly Sawano Satomi, and is married to Shinji Sawano. Her memory resets every morning, but her husband helps her along the way.
She meets him in the kitchen, and he greets her telling her he made breakfast for her- Kyoko asks him how they share the chores, and he replies that she does cleaning, laundry and dinner. He tells her that her going out alone can be dangerous because she might get lost and would like meat and potatoes for dinner. He also advises her that if she’s to go out to wear her black wig.
Kyoko doesn’t know how to properly cook and goes out to buy the food- she encounters the flyer of the movie she was supposed to watch with Yakusuke, and gets excited visiting the theater to check about possible screenings. Yakusuke calls out her name a few times before she faces him- she feels like he’s hitting on her and leaves. Yakusuke follows her but Kyoko manages to trick him and mentions that incident to Shinji.
He puts some kind of sleeping drug in her tea and erases the markings she made on herself about wanting to see the movie the next day. Kyoko’s next day, starts exactly the same as the previous before.
Yakusuke’s boss asks him what he’s gonna do since Kyoko doesn’t remember him, and he replies that he wants to pass her a long letter he wrote, which in reality is the memorandum of hers. He goes to the park where he last saw Kyoko and sees her feeding a cat. He tries to approach her but Shinji blocks him, saying that Kyoko’s name is Satomi and is back in her real life now. Yakusuke asks Nuru to check on Shinji’s whereabouts and Nuru informs him that his info is legit.
Yakusuke follows Shinji and Kyoko around and when they sit in a cafe, he asks Shinji to talk with her only for a bit; he allows him to, and Yakusuke tells Kyoko how she helped him a lot in the past. He asks her if she’s happy, and she replies that since she has food, clothing, shelter, she feels relatively happy. Yakusuke upon hearing that, tells her goodbye after wishing her to cherish every day, something that resonates with her.
Back in SandGlass, he tells the crew what happened and when Horo tries to treat him, Yakusuke says he has to leave, and departs in a dejected mood. Horo says that every story must end and tell Makuru and Nuru to think about what they will do now that SandGlass’ sponsor died and will have to part their ways. Nuru questions the timing of Kyoko’s “husband” reapparing that coincides with Sorazane’s death and both Makuru and Horo are surprised at him using deduction skills!
Yakusuke returns to his apartment and looks at the memorandum where all his notes of his missions with Kyoko lie; he forces himself to sleep and wishes he can forget everything. Meanwhile, Kyoko marks on her leg something about Yakusuke but Shinji erases it after he drags Kyoko again. The next day, Kyoko finds Sunaga’s sensei books and is happy to read them, but asks about the last volume- Shinji says he will buy it “tomorrow”, something that Kyoko repeats but then tells him that is fine.
Yakusuke meets with the detectives that knew Kyoko and tell him that the last place Kyoko was seen, was the same place she had resolved a case years ago, but the perpetrator was never prosecuted and is now living under a different name- Yakusuke sees his picture and realizes that it is Shinji. He goes back to SandGlass and they all try to connect the dots. Horo says that Sorazane, SandGlass’ sponsor had an illegitimate child that might be Kyoko. Since he left half his fortune to her after his death, that made the Tachinoki president who had married his sister infuriated, and he co-operated with Shinji who wanted revenge on Kyoko for revealing his crime. It seems their hypothesis might be right, as Shinji is later seen talking on the phone with Tachinoki President telling him that Kyoko no longer poses a problem.
Back in SandGlass they talk about possible anniversaries that would make Kyoko want to go out and they could meet her there, but it seems every Sunaga anniversary is months away. However Kyoko sees the present day on a newspaper, and declares she wants to go out to buy offerings for Sunaga’s Anniversary, called Wriggling Day. Shinji doesn’t want her to go out but Kyoko is already on the door and talking with neighbors and is forced to accompany her.
Kyoko runs away when she finds an opening and heads to Yakusuke’s workplace- she grabs a paper that has his address while Shinji is chasing after her. She breaks into Yakusuke’s apartment and calls him. Yakusuke picks up and Kyoko says that she hasn’t slept since the day she met him- she remembered his tag when he talked to her in the cafe and ended up using that info to make it there; she somehow feels like she can trust him when he told her to cherish her every day, and can’t trust Shinji who puts up things for tomorrow constantly. She asks him to tell her who is she really, but before Yakusuke has a chance to reply, Shinji cuts the phone wires outside the house and enters the apartment. Kyoko has already managed to escape, after having taken “K’s Memorandum” with her.
Yakusuke rushes to his place, only to find Shinji and his men there; Makuru and Nuru tell Yakusuke to go find Kyoko while they fight off Shinji’s men. Kyoko has taken shelter in some sort of warehouse and reads “K’s Memorandum” that starts with the line “This is the story of a quirky detective I met.” She keeps on reading about her days as a detective that Yakusuke has recorded, and finds the last page that is written by his hands : “This story is not over as long as you are here- to Okitegami Kyoko”. She sheds a few tears after finding out her name but quickly has to escape again as Shinji’s men are close.
While she runs, the pages are taken away by the wind and when she collapses on the floor, Yakusuke arrives to find her- he calls her by her name, Kyoko, and she tells him that this is who she wants to be; who she is. Horo lends a helping hand to fight Shinji’s men by gathering all the detectives he knew of; Nuru calls Yakusuke and asks him and Kyoko to stay in the warehouse a bit long till the situation is clear.
Yakusuke tells Kyoko to sleep but she doesn’t want to, since that means she would forget everything, including him; Yakusuke says he will remember for her, but Kyoko kisses him and repeats that she doesn’t want to forget, while crying. Yakusuke is taken aback, but kisses her back and reassures her that she can sleep now, calling out her name all the while, and she doesn’t have to worry as he will definitely remember for her. They hug, and Kyoko finally sleeps. The next day, she wakes up asking Yakusuke who he is; he smiles at her question, as things are back to normal again.
In SandGlass, Horo reveals their deduction was wrong, and Sorazane’s secretary confirmed that Kyoko is not his daughter, but she helped him solve a case once and was grateful for that; so when he found out that the apartment she was living in was gonna get demolished, he bought it and let her stay in there along with hiring the SandGlass crew. The hint for the daugther is apparently somewhere hidden inside a bear and Horo and Nuru start to think that Makuru might be the daughter connecting a wooden bear to her.
In the end, nobody really knows who was the person that wrote the huge note on Kyoko’s ceiling and Horo concludes that it can stay a mystery, something Kyoko agrees with, as she makes her way to SandGlass, giving her business card to Yakusuke. Horo remarks that she has forgotten everything but Yakusuke says that the last thing Kyoko told him in the warehouse before she sleept, was to make her fall for him all over again, and he will be giving it his best shot from now on!
He makes his way to sit with her and ask her how she remembers things; Kyoko tells him about the markings, while Horo remarks from afar that Kyoko’s body reflexes remain there despite her memory loss and that whenever there is a mystery, there is hope. Yakusuke tries to invite Kyoko to various things, in which she replies “Pass” to everything and moves away. Yakusuke tells her about Sunaga’s latest book and they finally start to hit it off.
The episode ends with Yakusuke’s narration, wondering how many times again he might be rejected; he hopes that someday, the unforgettable days he spent with her, recorded in “Okitegami’s Kyoko Memorandum” will make Kyoko smile- the episode concludes with a future scene of them holding hands.
Reflection Corner :
So about that ending….I’ve listed my expectations in the penultimate episode, so I knew what I wanted and while I didn’t get what I thought I wanted, I got what I didn’t know that I wanted! Does that make sense? IT’S EVERYTHING I NEVER KNEW I WANTED IT TO BE AND MORE. I mean, okay putting aside (hell no, I ain’t leaving them!) the Kyoko/Yakusuke goggles for a second, Kyoko’s past was never fully explained; I mean, how did she lose her memory? Who was the one that wrote that marking on the wall? I expected at least the former to be answered, but in a way I don’t mind it. I guess I swallowed the pill of “device-mystery” as a whole and never looked back lol.
Where do I start with Yakusuke/Kyoko this episode? It was like a heaven paradise for shippers! Do I start with Yakusuke letting go of Kyoko with a pained expression on his face? Or Kyoko’s expression when he saw Yakusuke’s last handwritten page about the story never being over as long as she’s there? Tons of scenes to dive into! But that warehouse scene though, oh boy, that scene was magic! Kyoko breaking down not wanting to forget Yakusuke and Yakusuke encouraging and reassuring her in his tender, gracious way accompanied by his words and genuine look, it was simply amazing. I wouldn’t care if they didn’t kiss (don’t get me wrong that was great obviously lol) because to me, the real stealer of this whole scene and the episode, was this:
Kyoko finally being at ease with herself and feeling no stranger to the world, and having the knowledge that Yakusuke, the person she would never want to forget, will always be by her side; that’s the look of like, how to explain this- I actually have a Greek idiom in my mind but not sure how to properly convey it..hum, it’s like when you breathe, but you’re breathing better sometimes? When you know that things are gonna start looking up and you’re gonna be fine. Yep, something like that.
I absolutely adored that scene, and I shall never, eveeeeeeer forget it. Gakky did such a great job of depicting the “…finally” expression and so did Okada with his soft voice and manner. Obviously, the particular tender melody track (I’m so buying the OST) chosen for this epicness of scene, elevated it to tear-jerking position (I admit, I shed a couple tears; always rely on good score to provoke the cries/cries!) Crap, I could talk about that Resident-Evil warehouse scene forever.. so yeah, I think I made my point clear, lol. It was a legendary segment, simple as that.
Oh, this might be one the most best (romantic) lines I’ve ever had the honor to watch :
“I choose to be the me you wrote.”
while this IS the cheesiest (but in a good cheese way haha) line I’ve ever watched :
“Next time we meet, please woo me again from the start.”
And both came from Kyoko, what do you know huh?
Credit to the SandGlass crew, they didn’t let us down and they were all active in the last episode, helping both Kyoko and Yakusuke and having fun at the same time.
To sum it up, Okitegami wasn’t a groundbreaking or an outstanding series; I mean, from the get-go it wasn’t supposed to be like that, it’s a light mystery-comedy-romance, but without being pompous or hypocritical, it meant to highlight in a colorful way the will to live each day to the fullest; come to think of it, if you suffered from the same reset-memory as Kyoko, what would you do? (..Imagine forgetting all the Arsenal matches I have watched since 1998 when I was 8-9..what a NIGHTMARE.)
But seriously now, Kyoko was the embodiment of “getting on with your life”; try to do your best, even if riddles of existence/life pop up in your mind, the only way to move forward, is to actually move forward. Yakusuke represented the quiet yet powerful inner strength we all have to put all our energy into protecting our precious people and finding anew the will to do it over and over again. One completed the other, and “Kyoko’s Memorandum” could only be written by the both of them present.
I’m not sure if it’s my top favorite (favorite and best-executed differ in my mind, the latter goes to Ouroboros and The Emperor’s Cook, hands down, out of everything I’ve watched this year) drama of the year but it’s from the very few that possessed that warm and fuzzy feeling that stays with me; I just knew that every time I’d sit down to watch Okitegami, it would put my mind at ease and send my brain and heart to an uncomplicated place where I would just enjoy and cherish it. It’s the feeling I get when I drink warm chocolate that propels me to nostalgic good ol’ days- Okitegami was my Saturdays warm chocolate drink, yep.
Oh did I praise the OST enough? It was absolutely great; the instrumental tracks (especially that piano and the soft guitar one) accompanied the scenes very well, and of course you know, like YOU have to know….wait, you don’t know what I mean? I mean….”cause baby you’re my number number number number oooone, and you’re the only only only only ooooooone.” Admit it, you probably sing this aloud as you’re reading this! I know I sang it aloud writing this, it’s my jaaaaam! The intro song was very catchy too.
Overall Grade (objectively) 9,11/10
Warm Chocolate Grade (so so objectively lol) 9,9997777999/10
Is there a tiny chance for a potential SP? Huuum, probably not but I will keep on hoping. (WHERE IS MY CINEMA DATE..still hung up on that haha) Darn, I’m so fired up right now I might write an Oh Ship post about Kyoko and Yakusuke despite having to go somewhere in an hour..CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
Farewell but not goodbye Okitegami, you will remain in my heart for a very long time and I will be thinking of you when I see women with white-light-pink hair down the street..what are the chances, lol.
disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only + huge thanks to candylemon