We’re not even sure the ambulance scene is real. The light reflected on the hospital windows triggered the dream sequence.
The hospital being over capacity, as depicted in Mirai’s dream sequence now makes sense as something consistent to how hospitals have been described in the narrative. Mirai’s school, where the church acted like some kind of morgue is a telling example.
That said, I will still find that the operating room scenes in the dream to be improbable, since it would mean that Yuuki was accomodated despite what would probably be a long queue. The gravity of his injury may be enough reason to cut through the queue, but his condition was never really explained.
When we find Mirai waking up, she goes around and finds Yuuki in an informal football (soccer) scrimmage; just a bunch of kids kicking a ball around. When Mirai calls him, it doesn’t really disrupt the game. However it’s also convenient to speculate how there were no kids around to verify the scene’s existence in reality.
Remember, Mirai doesn’t interact in the episode with anyone except Mari and Yuuki. This is another area where it is easy to speculate on. There’s no interaction that can verify Yuuki’s existence.
With regards to the speculation on the Death Certificate… this is tough. I don’t know how it works really. Mari is not their legal guardian. I can’t vouch for the translation either, but the official said “Here are your legal documents.” (Emphasis mine). It could very well just mean records of being a patient in the hospital.
Still, it’s not clear and there’s more than enough space to speculate.
When Mari finds Mirai, Mirai explains she looked for Yuuki. Yuuki made a funny face towards Mari. But Mari never acknowledged it, though he was looking at Yuuki’s direction while Mirai went on and on talking about finding Hina. This was interrupted by the large helicopter landing on the hospital grounds.
During the walk leading to the park, Yuuki was conveniently (for speculation of his death) walking way ahead of both Mirai and Mari. Mirai kept talking about being positive and Mari looked clearly troubled. It serves the speculator’s end to interpret this as misdirection by the narrative: I certainly focused on Mirai being proactive and being supportive of Mari.
Mari didn’t quite need the support as much, perhaps. She just didn’t have the tools to deal with Mirai right then. She said that she left a message for her parents, ignoring the elephant in the room. But Yuuki easily could’ve been here at this moment, but he isn’t.
Here’s an important thing though, Mirai says “And for Yuuki, I’ll–”
Mirai cuts her off, saying
It’s okay. I understand. He looks fine now, but he’ll need to be examined properly. He has a habit of hiding how sick he feels. So you don’t need to worry, Mari. we’ll be fine. I’ll go look after my brother.
Mirai doesn’t stop with the upbeat supportiveness. At some point, Mari apologizes. But for what? She apologizes deeply, bowing, and in tears. What could she be that sorry for?
Personally, I feel compelled to believe that Yuuki is dead.
What does this all mean to me?
What I thought would’ve been a curious, if quiet episode, as I wrote in my previous post, I now think to be a brilliant turn for this show. It caught me between the eyes. I slipped me the cruel joke, and I missed it. Now that I am in its presence, Oh wow. Oh fucking wow. It’s giving me a rush I can’t describe in full! I mean, I abhor what the show did to Yuuki! He’s my hero, my idealized self as a kid! How can they kill him! But, given the treatment… the ambiguity, the mystery, the mixed signals… It’s a hell of a gamble, a daring conceit, but a virtuous one in my eyes.
I got played, like a grand piano: the SECOND movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto in C minor.
If Yuuki turns out to be alive, I then got played, like a violin: the THIRD movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D!
The previous post, where I missed all this completely [->]
The comments that got me thinking! [->]
Sorrow-kun’s take is rather interesting, and quite opposed to mine [->]