Well, that got real dramatic really quickly. I’m not surprised that the story took this turn, but I didn’t expect it to be quite to this level. I’d say the flimsiest piece of this puzzle was the part about stopping Shunsuke from time leaping to stop the plan. I get careful planning, but surely there was something that could be done, choosing a different driver, for example. The explanation I would have accepted from Shunsuke is such: I’ve already experienced the failures of time-leaping multiple times to prevent a single tragedy, so I don’t want to risk losing the time leap ability forever to potentially repeat that loop. As it stands, I think he accepted the enemy’s demands too easily, but maybe that’s just me.
I get the idea of making things look bleak by sealing the time leap ability, but at this point, the eventual happy ending is going to seem even more unrealistic/unbelievable than a normal happy ending. I guess it all depends on how important Kumagami was supposed to be as a character…I personally liked his character, but he does possess many of the traits of a side character. It’s highly likely that he just gets to remain dead. That being said, these shows are known for wrapping everything up nicely, so I’m not really holding my breath. I do wonder how they’re going to pull this one off, though. If it were me, I would make it have something to do with the fact that Yuu is the only person capable of remembering the events before his brother’s time leaps. It’s an anomaly that they even acknowledged this week, so I would try to make it relevant somehow if I were writing the story.