Restoring The Love That Has Lasted Through Time in ‘AntiReset’ Season Finale

Ever 9 has started to become aloof and has put some distance between them in an attempt to subtly get Yi Ping ready for their breakup. Yi Ping, on the other hand, attempts to persuade Uncle Wei to grant him permission to keep Ever 9 while pretending not to notice any of these. As he says his final goodbyes, Ever 9 crashes for no apparent reason once more. Check out BLTai’s recap of the ‘AntiReset‘ finale episode to see how this human-robot relationship ends!

Warning: Spoilers alert. Read at your own risk. 

Episode 10

Uncle Wei finds Yi Ping passed out on the couch while Ever 9 lies motionless on the ground, although his almost blank gaze never leaves Yi Ping until he completely loses consciousness. The barcode at the back of his neck also electrocutes the laboratory researcher that Uncle Wei brought with him. When Yi Ping finally wakes up, he finds the house void of Ever 9, and on his side is Uncle Wei with a crestfallen face. Yi Ping immediately inquired about Ever 9’s whereabouts, but Uncle Wei answered that it was already broken and had been sent to the laboratory. Yi Ping begs Uncle Wei to return Ever 9, but the latter remains firm in his stand and exclaims his regrets for sending the robot to his nephew. In the end, Uncle Wei gives in after seeing Yi Ping emotionally distraught and brings him to see Ever 9 one last time. While the laboratory researchers prepare to reset Ever 9, Yi Ping watches miserably from the side, but Uncle Wei tells him that he can no longer change reality. He also tells them to treasure the memories he made instead and advises them to let go. However, Yi Ping is determined to have no one else but Ever 9 and even wagers with Uncle Wei that it is the first time he has ever asked for something from him. Uncle Wei responds that he can replicate Ever 9 with the same appearance and even the same chip if Yi Ping is that desperate, but the latter refuses to accept the offer and insists that a replica is different. Seeing the desperation on his nephew’s face for his love for a non-human, Uncle Wei bursts out that Yi Ping is even crazier than his parents. Their argument halts when a laboratory researcher approaches them to report that, despite inserting the reset chip, Ever 9’s memories, for some reason, couldn’t be deleted. In the end, Uncle Wei concludes that the only way is to destroy Ever 9.

Yi Ping is sent home by Uncle Wei, who also gave him Ever 9’s dog tag necklace, and finds a video recording on the screen. He sees Ever 9 talking to the camera and telling him that by the time he has seen the video, he is already broken. In the video, Ever 9 talks about being reset and knowing that after that, he will never be the same again; all lessons and emotions learned during his stay with Yi Ping will be forgotten. Knowing that one day Yi Ping will grow old and he will be broken, Ever 9 documents a video for his keepsake. In the video, Ever 9 tours him around the house and points out memories shared together, such as their first meeting and him cooking for him a bland meal. Ever 9 wishes that Yi Ping will find someone to help him out like he does in the future and thanks him for letting him experience many first-time things. Yi Ping completely breaks down as he watches the video and remembers until it ends, where Ever 9 apologizes that he will not be able to grow old with him. In the last seconds of the video, Ever 9 promises that he will only be Yi Ping’s Ever 9 and also asks him to promise that he will find someone to take care of him. Ever 9 tells Yi Ping not to grow old alone and offers his pinky to seal their promise. Under his bed, Yi Ping accidentally finds the tin can that Ever 9 holds close to his heart, where there are copies of the photos that Ever 9 took off from the fridge and burned. After crying over the photos and realizing that he at least has them to remember Ever 9, Yi Ping puts them back on the fridge, just like the former did. He also starts to take care of the plans that Ever 9 left, and just like before, he hears the silence of his home loudly. 

Seven years later, Yi Ping receives a call from Uncle Wei on his birthday that he has decided to celebrate alone. He also refuses Uncle Wei’s offer to treat him to dinner and says that since he hasn’t found someone yet like Ever 9 asked him to, he must take care of himself then. After ending the call with Yi Ping, Uncle Wei contemplates how his nephew is still holding on to Ever 9 for the last seven years, making it hard for him to also forget what they have done. However, Uncle Wei believes that if he can return in time, he will still make the same decisions, although he admits to himself that there are multiple possibilities now compared to before. Back to Yi Ping, who has finished cooking for himself only to realize that he ended up cooking what Ever 9 always cooked for him, he hears the doorbell rings and a familiar voice airs via the intercom. The person from the other side of the door announces that he has a delivery for Yi Ping that requires his signature. Yi Ping immediately opens the door and finds Ever 9 standing in front of him, repeating the same lines he used when they first met. While Yi Ping is speechless and is unable to stop himself from staring, Ever 9 complains that he didn’t even double check his identity and asks if he hugs everyone who comes to his door. Yi Ping couldn’t help but ask Ever 9 if he was dreaming, and to answer his question, the latter moves in close and kisses him. The two kiss passionately and only stop to breathe for awhile, where Ever 9 playfully comments that Yi Ping knows how to give a warm welcome. Meanwhile, Yi Ping retorts that kissing is the only way he knows that Ever 9 is really back. On the other hand, Uncle Wei sends Yi Ping a message to wish him a happy birthday and say that he is now giving him his baby, which must be sent for maintenance every five years; the charge is all on him. He then deletes all of Ever 9’s data on his computer and says that from then on, there will never be 9 in any of his robot series. While there are still conflicts with the relationship between a human and a robot, Uncle Wei just wants to see his nephew happy. 

The following morning, Yi Ping wakes up and panics when he finds himself alone in the bedroom but hears someone cooking in the kitchen. He rushes downstairs and sees Ever 9 cooking for him just like he used to seven years ago. He then notices that in the fridge hang their reunited dog tag necklaces and looks at Ever 9 fondly. Ever 9 tells Yi Ping that he must accompany him to fulfill all of his wishes for the last seven years. As the two exchange kisses, Yi Ping knows that while they may not be able to know how far they can go, having Ever 9 by his side is enough for him. Meanwhile, Ever 9 pledges to grow old together. 

 

Writer’s Thoughts

After running from the third quarter of last year, both the VIdol series and ‘AntiReset’ have finally come to an end. We are somewhat relieved that the conclusion did not follow the typical path, which would have involved the robot revealing itself as a human or transforming Ever 9 into a human overnight through magic. Even though the final episode’s phasing happened much faster than in the preceding episodes, this increased the tension by making it clear that every second of the finale matters. We wish the past seven years had included a few scenes showing Yi Ping’s journey back to his feet and further explanation of what Uncle Wei did to Ever 9 on that fateful day when he shut down, but we suppose the viewers (or readers) will have to make that decision in this case but still with Yi Ping and Ever 9 getting back together. BLTai’s summary of the VIdol series has now officially ended and we hope to see you on the next one!

Enjoy watching ‘AntiReset’ on a bigger screen because GagaOOLala is now available to watch on your smart TVs by downloading the app on Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Roku.

 

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