clakaz wrote:The japanese internet is surely flooding with theories about Atami no Sousakan.
Can you translate, quote them, I don't know Japanese so it's hard to me to understand and I am really curious about the interpretations of the ending.
justpeachy wrote:Loved this drama. It was fun, quirky, interesting, and oh so retro. The characters were unique and entertaining, especially the investigators/cops. I really, really didn't want this drama to end. But again, another drama this season ended with unanswered questions.
[spoiler]I didn't like the end becase I didn't want Hoshizaki to leave Kitajima. Her last scene with her watching him run away and hoping he'd come was was heartbreaking.
So does this mean Hoshizaki's dead? Why did he want to follow Shinonome so badly? What is she anyway? Was she a spirit or a Shinigami helping people cross over, or something? And what was up with that hospital scene with the 3 girls chatting and then them being shown still unconcious. Was that their 'spirits' chatting or something? I shoud've paid more close attention to the drama. The bad guy is apparently fine and just killed? the nurse. I don't like that he'll get away. I also hope the '2' could mean a 2nd season so we'd know what the '2' really means and have the bad guy gets what he deserves.
One thing they didn't explain that bothered me was when Hoshizaki yelled at Kitajima about going off and doing stuff by herself because something could happen to her like Mokoto(name?). Isn't that the person who he always talks to on the phone; their boss or something? When he said that, I got a really weird feeling, but they didn't elaborate.
I got way too attached to these characters. [/spoiler]
lollercopter wrote:I think this show was immensely promising at first, but the various plot threads didn't end up connecting in a coherent way, with some of them being seemingly forgotten along the way, and the final scene just came completely out of left field and didn't answer anything.
Mirokujin wrote:based on what Ive read last night
[spoiler] I believe Kitajima is one of those who committed suicide, so she belongs to South Atami which is a zone inbetween live and dead. She's probably the nurse on the floor in the end when the environmentalist woke up. Remember the school teacher? Hoshizaki asked her if she commited suicide before... Also remember the lady who runs the potery club? She has scars on her wrists. Also the lady working in the Cafe who said she's bored but couldn't leave...maybe the hotel owner as well. All these are people who came to South Atami after they commited suicide and will forever be there.
The biggest mystery in this drama is stated by the title of Gauguin's painting Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? South Atami is a world in between, not heaven not hell not human world either. Hoshizaki and us went through 8 episodes to get it.
South Atami residents can be
# people who commited suicide, such as the school teacher the lady in Cafe and Kitajima
# people who live like vege in the human world, such as the environmentalist.
# people who died from various reasons. (one interesting thing is...they have the opposite memory of the reality. When they say a girl is the only one survived from an aircrash...it actually means she's the only one died).
The big case in Tokyo mentioned by Hoshizaki and kitajima probably killed many police officers, including Hoshizaki's female boss. Hoshizaki's probably not dead but dying...maybe he's under surgery in the human world now, so he still has the chance to go back (kitajima was afraid that Hoshizaki would leave her alone was probably because she felt she couldn't leave South Atami but Hishizaki could...kitajima never managed to get through her phone call to Hoshizaki might mean...they were not in the same "world")
Obviously most of South Atami residents don't know they are dead. However there are a few who do know where are they. For example, the four girls, the bus driver, the witch, possibly the mayor as well (who doesn't behave like a mayor but he always says South Atami has its own balance and doesn't want outsiders to dig in too much) .
Hoshizaki said the whole city was trying to cover the case and prevent it to be solved. Yeah...because the residents of South Atami knew there's something untouchable behind the disappeared bus. Something they refused to know/face--they are dead.
There's a mystery between kitajima and the environmentalist...it'll be interesting to know their relation in real life. Also we don't know where the bus goes in the end, heaven, hell or the human world? [/spoiler]
Mirokujin wrote:[spoiler] the scene with the nurse on the floor is probably a scene of the real life. The guy lost his concience in South Atami after Hoshizaki shot him, so his woke up in real life where he was put as vege in hospital. The nurse on floor is probably kitajima in real life.[/spoiler]
Reira_pl wrote:[spoiler]Why do you think Kitajima is the nurse? Shouldn't she be WAID agent or police officer? What was her relation with Hoshizaki than?
I would like to think that Hosizaki returned to real life as a reward that he figured it all out, but I'm not sure.[/spoiler]
StatelessRich wrote:The similarities between this and Twin Peaks are endless.
The local police force
The powerful man with connections to the mob and a secret brothel
The daughter of the powerful man who investigates the brothel and is attracted to the investigator
The weird locals
The scenes in a diner
The one survivor girl who awakens from a coma
As a big fan of Twin Peaks I'm very much liking the Japanese take on it
Did anyone else notice Shinonome walking toward the front of the bus when we see the girls in the window? I think she was being manipulated by someone to drive the bus.
I'm not sure if I'm supposed to put spoiler tags around anything... this is my very first post D:
chokubi wrote:Display outside South Atami Police Station  - This figure has a description indicating the number of days since a traffic accident had occured.
Which goes to show that the town probably had "frozen in time" since 67 years ago. I guess this one explains the attire and fashion of the townsfolk, as well as some other stuffs.
clakaz wrote:Oh, some people have stated that are some indications in the last episode that the actual investigations take time in 2013, so the bus incident ocurr in 2010, our current time. In other words, actually the city doesn't have traffic accidents since around 1945.
antspace wrote:It's Gnossienne nr.1 by Erik Satie. All of the music in this series is so good. All of this series is so good : ) The soundtrack contains the piano version and also the saxophone version. I believe it's still for sale at cdjapan. At least that's where I bought it.
quluts wrote:I know you are just making fun of us, but few of us (myself included) noticed all the allusions and symbolism while we were enjoying it.
[/spoiler]Of course while there is no reason for conclusions drawn from Insects to hold any water in Atami, the connections between them are clear.(...) the realm of death is the same as our living world. (...) In any case, being alive or being dead are similar. So everything in the world seems less significant. (...) In the end, I don't really know if I'm alive or dead. You know, it doesn't really matter!
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