If you’re a frequent reader of this blog you probably know that I’ve been following the drama Lost Days this season since it started airing and writing about it every so often. On the weekend the drama’s final episode(Day 10) aired and there was a lot of hype about the climax in the two episodes before it, even to the point where they weren’t showing any new footage in the previews after the closing credits. Unfortunately the last episode, at least in my eyes, didn’t live up to all the hype that was surrounding it. In my opinion it felt kind of rushed and I was a little disappointed by it. If you haven’t watched the last episode yet I suggest that you don’t keep reading because in the paragraphs after this one I’m going to talk about what happened and why I was disappointed with it. If you’ve already seen it or don’t want to watch it anyway feel free to keep reading on.
So a big part of this drama was the whole “Who Done It?” bit. Throughout the series you kept hearing about some serial murderer that was roaming around the area they were staying in and the way the drama was shot was very biased because it portrayed Wataru, Miki’s older brother, as being crazy(well I suppose he was actually crazy) and the most likely candidate out of all the people staying in the house in the woods to be the serial murderer. During Episode 10 you actually find out that Wataru isn’t the serial murder and that he didn’t kill Satsuki. Instead it was Rika who threw her off the cliff, and it probably would be more specifically manslaughter because you can see how surprised Rika is when she realises that Satsuki is actually dead after the fall. She threw her off the cliff because they got into an argument and she wasn’t able to control her anger any more. So yeah, she ends up regretting it and this cancels out Wataru’s involvement completely.
Wataru also ends up leaving the house after Shino tells Miki that Wataru is actually in love with her. Wataru himself finally realises that his feelings towards his sister are unnatural and we’re also shown the painting that he keeps working on and quitting when he gets close to completion. They’re all portraits of himself without the face missing on and Mana deciphers this as being symbolic of the fact that Wataru doesn’t know who he is any more and is having serious identity issues. She also says that he used living through his sister(Miki) as a way of coping with those issues. Everyone also reads through Satsuki’s daily planner and they find out that Satsuki actually really liked and admired all of them but had trust issues and that’s why she kept doing things that conflicted with how she actually felt about everyone. I didn’t really understand this part at all and it just seemed like an explanation that was tacked on but oh well.
After all the dust has settled they go to where Satsuki fell and put a coat over her dead body then pray for her. They all make a vow together that in a few years they’ll come back to the place where Satsuki died and make sure until then they live their lives as fully as they can for her sake. They don’t really make it obvious as to whether they are going to report her being dead or take Rika to the police, they just kind of leave the body there and do nothing. Wataru ended up returning the key to Shino’s car before he left so they get all their stuff together and leave in Shino’s car and after the credits there’s a final scene where you see a hitch-hiker’s hand go up in front of their car and it has obvious blood stains on it. That’s where the episode ends.
I think what disappointed me the most is how they made it look like Wataru could have been the murderer in the end but don’t make it obvious. It could have been anybody, it could have been a random person that they don’t even know. Pretty much everything is left up to your imagination and I think that kind of ending is good for some series but definitely not this one. They dragged everything out and generated a lot of hype for the climax and in the end left things off without a clear answer. Most series like this one end with you getting answers and that’s usually why you watch so I’m not sure what the writers and producers were thinking with this ending. It’s certainly nothing to be proud of. The only smart thing about it was the left it right until the very end for you to know you weren’t going to be given any clear resolution, which would have ensured ratings remained stable. Anyway if you feel the same way about this or if you have a completely different opinion or perspective of the Lost Days finale please make a comment below. The rest of the drama was great, it’s just this last episode that I didn’t really like.