Repair Mends Both the Robot and the Heart in ‘AntiReset’ Episode 8

Just when what they feel towards each other becomes mutual, Ever 9 shuts down for no reason and is rushed to the laboratory. Meanwhile, Yi Ping anxiously waits for Ever 9 to wake up. Will they now have to face the dreaded reset, or is there still hope for a human-robot relationship? Let’s find out in BLTai’s recap of ‘AntiReset’ Episode 8!

Warning: Spoiler alert. Read at your own risk.

Episode 8

Ever 9 undergoes a thorough checkup after he shuts down on Yi Ping, where the laboratory researchers notice that his tolerance for love is remarkably low and sadness or anger least affects him. One of the researchers interprets it as Ever 9 malfunctioning due to receiving love when the purpose of his creation is to give love. Meanwhile, Ever 9 realizes that love can be painful for his well-being. The researchers collect Ever 9’s data and decide to send it immediately to Uncle Wei for his disposal. On the other hand, Yi Ping anxiously waits for Ever 9’s checkup in Uncle Wei’s office, where the latter tells him that the process can take a lot of time. Uncle Wei further adds that he can just send a new one to Yi Ping, who goes by the name Ever 7 since Ever 9 might already be due for a replacement. He continues that he didn’t imagine that his nephew could wreak havoc on his experiment, but Yi Ping refuses to get a new one and tells Uncle Wei to just inform him once the repair is done.

The following day, Yi Ping feels the silence of his home due to Ever 9’s absence and tries his best to prepare for work as normally as he can. Before leaving his house, he notices the plants that Ever 9 takes care of and waters them that day. On his way to work, he sees an old couple walking hand in hand and remembers his conversation with Ever 9 about growing old together. He also remembers Ever 9’s promise that he would always be the only person in his heart. Yi Ping couldn’t help but think that while there’s a saying that it takes twenty-one days to form a habit, Ever 9 has already become a part of his life, even if it hasn’t been twenty-one days since he met him. Ever 9’s absence is also noticed by Yi Ping’s class, who asks him where the former is and becomes disappointed when the latter simply answers that something comes up. Throughout the class, Yi Ping feels like he sees glimpses of Ever 9 sitting in one of the chairs and diligently listening to his lessons. The class didn’t just notice the difference the Ever 9 brings to the class but also how Yi Ping seems to look lonelier than usual. In his office, Yi Ping sees Ever 9 playing cards the same way he saw him last time: the latter got jealous of Holi; however, it turns out to be just his imagination, and so the other times that he thought he saw him tending to him. When he reaches home, the quietness of the house welcomes him once again, and he ends up curling up in the corner just like Ever 9 did the first time that they got separated. Yi Ping starts to count the number of hours that they have been apart and realizes how sad it is for someone to be on the waiting end. He spends the whole night playing the paper game that Ever 9 is so fond of after he cooks himself a healthy meal, as he knows that the latter will not like it if he returns to eating instant noodles. Before going to sleep, he messages Uncle Wei again and asks when Ever 9 will return home. Uncle Wei scuffs Yi Ping for using the word home for Ever 9 when he is just a robot. 

 

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The following day, before sending Ever 9 home, Uncle Wei calls him to his office and starts to interview him. He also explains that the conflict between Ever 9’s system logic and emotions is the reason for his sudden shutdown. He assures him, however, that once the training ends, he will be reset and will forget everything that happened. Ever 9 tries to convince Uncle Wei to let him stay and help Yi Ping with the household chores; however, the latter answers that he knows his nephew well and that what he needs is not a housekeeper but someone human to hang out with. He also instructs Ever 9 to be the one to tell Yi Ping once the time comes. At the end of their conversation, Uncle Wei reminds Ever 9 that he is just an AI robot. Later that day, Uncle Wei brings Ever 9 to Yi Ping, who immediately latches on to him to check for any physical changes or damages. Completely ignored by his nephew, Uncle Wei stares deeply at how the two behave with each other, especially when he observes Yi Ping initiating close contact with Ever 9. He also overhears Yi Ping telling Ever 9 not to get broken again, as he is no longer used to not having him around. Still distraught from his conversation with Uncle Wei, Ever 9 is visibly distracted, making Yi Ping worried; however, the former assures him that he is fine. After sending off the couple, Uncle Wei requests the researcher the data that Ever 9 tagged as non-deletable in his system, meaning the one he sees as vital to his system, and is surprised to see that everything is about his nephew, including the kiss shared between the two. Uncle Wei questions himself about whether he is doing Yi Ping good or harm when he ends up falling in love with a robot. In his palm is Ever 9’s reset chip, which can change everything if he ever uses it. 

Back at home, Ever 9 requests Yi Ping to cook for him but ends up doing it instead after the latter burns himself. Throughout the day, Ever 9 clings on to Yi Ping, whom the latter enjoys until bedtime comes, and he is surprised when the former enters his room and asks if they can sleep together. As the two cuddle each other, Ever 9 says that he can hear Yi Ping’s fast heartbeat and asks if the reason is him he traces his fingers on the latter’s chest before asking if he wants to try things they have never done before. He then reminds Yi Ping of his additional features, prompting Yi Ping to pin him down in bed and get on top of him. Yi Ping confesses that he doesn’t have many experiences in that field, but Ever 9 assures him that it is fine before inviting him in for a kiss. The two make love all night and wake up in each other’s arms wherever 9 tells Yi Ping that what happened the night before is them making love and not just making use of his additional features. The confession results in the two making love once again after Ever 9 kisses all parts of Yi Ping’s body as he tells himself how he loves every part of him.

 

Writer’s Thoughts:

This seems to be the beginning of Ever 9’s separation from Yi Ping after receiving orders that he will shortly be reset, so it’s a bittersweet way for them to consummate their love. We can’t help but want the two to have their well-earned happy ending, even though it’s still unclear to us whether what he feels is true love or just his system setup taking over. Hopefully, Uncle Wei will be able to determine whether or not sending Ever 9 to his nephew was a good idea—or if doing so actually caused more harm—and what steps he will take to address it. Regarding Yi Ping, all we can do is hope that he understands the internal turmoil that Ever 9 is experiencing because of him. Watch out for how this human and robot troupe ends—there are only two episodes left! Make sure to tune in every Friday exclusively on GagaOOLala!


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