How will our beloved characters spend their last few chapters? At least for our self-aware classmates, time is of the essence to right any wrongs or simply to just enjoy their last few scenes left. Their time in the comics has been nothing short of extraordinary, and we can only hope that their next life will be as fruitful as this one!
Making the most of their precious time together, Ha Roo is able to check Dan Oh’s new bucket list involving writing each other a letter and kissing 100 times (haha!). He is worried about the comic book coming to a close but tries his best to be enthusiastic for Dan Oh. More and more students are missing from the class record book already and even Ha Roo’s name in the locker has been erased.
Ha Roo tries to fulfill Dan Oh’s bucket list and he makes both Dan Oh and him a necklace made out of colored paper. It’s a sweet gesture although not very fashionable, hehe, but Dan Oh appreciates his effort and they kiss happily on the lips💋 Do Hwa happens to see them wearing the necklaces and thinks that it’s one of Ha Roo’s attempts in making her remember her self-awareness. He finds out that she’s recovered and hugs her with Ha Roo getting jealous and steering him away from her, haha! Their friendship was formed out of a mutual connection of being self-aware so it’s nice to see them grow into good friends until the end.
It’s fun seeing Ju Da teach Nam Ju to become thriftier since he keeps giving her expensive gifts. She’s become a whole different character in the shadow and teaches Sae Mi and the other girls not to mess with her anymore. She makes an offhand comment that she should look for someone close to her and find someone that likes her more instead of the other way around. Su Chul is nearby and she hugs him for comfort, pretty subtle huh? Ju Da talks with Do Hwa one last time in the library and still wears the rubber shoes with the butterfly drawing that he bought for her. Although she wasn’t able to change her stage and create a butterfly effect, she thinks that someone else might find the symbol meaningful. With that, our potential couple closes their chapter.
Even Dried Squid makes an effort to patch things with Baek Kyung and Ha Roo. He cooks for them sweet treats that they loved eating in Trumpet Creeper and holds out his hand to Baek Kyung to instigate in forgetting their ill-fated past. Baek Kyung says nothing more but he does shake Dried Squid’s hand. Calling Ha Roo by his name, Dried Squid also bids him farewell while mentioning that it must have been hard for him all this time. Ha Roo smiles and takes one of the candies that Dried Squid cooked and leaves.
While Baek Kyung couldn’t get the girl in Secret, he still has someone by his side — his younger brother. His set-up had always been lonely and brooding but his brother tells him that he was affectionate and friendly before. He lets go of the charred pieces of the Trumpet Creeper comics and with that, he releases himself from the burden of his past life.
Episode 32 (Last Episode/Ending)
It’s as if the writer penned a note to Ha Roo of his impending departure, he knows that his time in Secret is coming to an end. Dan Oh becomes worried when she finds Ha Roo gone after she ties her shoelace in the shadow. She is relieved when she sees him in the stage immediately after, but senses something amiss when Ha Roo disappears in the shadow. She finds him in the library and grows tense as she and Ha Roo run away from the room as the lights all begin to turn off. Stopping at the school’s stairway, Ha Roo apologizes that he can’t be with her until her last scene. They both cry and hug each other as darkness consumes them. As Dan Oh calls out to Ha Roo, the lights turn back on and he is gone.
Time has fast forwarded in the comics and it’s 1 year after already. It’s graduation day at Seuli High and every character that’s still around are celebrating. Baek Kyung finds Dan Oh at the nurse’s office and encourages her to smile. Although she misses Ha Roo, getting to graduate is a good thing. Our ever crybaby Do Hwa writes a letter to his A3 brothers and cries about their friendship. This is also where Su Hyang lets Dried Squid know that she’s been self-aware all this time and he hugs her dearly. I am not crying!!😭
Having their final moment together, Baek Kyung thanks Dan Oh and she says the same to him. They didn’t need any big words as their thankfulness for each other bears significance to where they are now as friends. Baek Kyung takes his tennis ball from his locker and goes outside. As he puts his graduation diploma and ball on a ledge, he looks around the school one last time and gives a slight smile. With that, Baek Kyung’s story is complete.
Dan Oh finds a notebook that Ha Roo hid before on the ground at the old tree and discovered that this was his parting gift for her. Filled with drawings of their various moments together, she cries as she flips through the pages and remembers their precious memories. She thanks him for being her 1st love and destiny. As she reminisces about him, Dan Oh suddenly feels something and looks to the unknown.
Darkness engulfs the screen and for awhile, this must be the deep sleep that Dried Squid talked about once the comic ends.
In what seems to be a new comic book world, the class have moved on to college (with all new set-ups!). Dan Oh is seen running to class and now has long wavy hair and she looks just as pretty! Nam Ju is not liked by his legions of fangirls anymore as he has a different style of dressing (He still loves em’ strawberries). Su Chul is now dressed to impress and acts more refined with Sae Mi crushing on him hard, haha! The Y3 boys are now nerds and the nerds now have a bad boy set-up😎 Although not everyone is back in this new comic, it’s nice to see some familiar faces.
As the new Dan Oh studies in the library, she just misses a mysterious figure who happens to be in close proximity to her. When she goes outside to read a book, a butterfly rests on the page she is reading and she grows curious of it. She follows where it flies and it happened to land on a drawing that Ha Roo made in Secret of him and Dan Oh sitting on the bench of the old tree. She takes the portrait and overhears Sae Mi and the other girls talking about the same old tree being existent in the campus.
The power of love is as strong as ever as Dan Oh remembers the words she and Ha Roo exchanged in the previous comic about meeting at the tree on October 10. She meets the new Ha Roo there too and hands him the picture. Although he doesn’t respond immediately, he calls Dan Oh’s name just as she walks away. He hugs her from behind and with tears in their eyes, they express missing each other as they have finally reunited.
These last 2 episodes were about goodbyes and wrapping up loose ends on certain relationships. There was no stopping the comic book from ending and in everyone’s hearts, they knew that the last page was coming. Dan Oh and Ha Roo changed their fate as much as they could and they just had to trust that they’ll meet each other again one day. I wished other characters (Do Hwa, Baek Kyung) were also part of the new college comic book but we can always imagine them joining the pages at some point😊
Extraordinary You to me is a bittersweet ending because our main couple have reunited with each other, but the fact remains that the writer would have to draw them both for it to be possible. To know that the bond they made with other characters (Sae Mi, Do Hwa, Dried Squid) in the previous world are now just a memory and that they fell into a deep sleep after Secret ended is a scary loop to be stuck in. It reminds me of Goblin since a person can get reincarnated 4 times in their lifetime so everytime Ji Eun Tak dies of old age, she gets reincarnated every so years and then Kim Shin waits for her to grow up and meet again? Another new comic book signals an end too so Dan Oh and Ha Roo will have to get separated again and hope that in their next life, they’ll find each other again? Don’t get me wrong, I love that the ending makes sense from a story standpoint but it’s just not entirely a happily ever after scenario.
Still, I’m glad that Dan Oh and Ha Roo’s love was so strong that their memories carried over to their new world. They couldn’t change the world they lived in and although were defined as being mere extras, this fact did not stop them to spend their time with the people they loved and enjoy each moment in the shadow.
Extraordinary You is definitely one of my favorite kdramas of all time as it is a parallel to real life. Death is like a comic book character getting erased while meeting again someday in a new comic is the promise of an afterlife. Though there are some things we cannot change, our free will to make decisions can impact our lives significantly. I will miss Dan Oh and the gang and hope that even if they reside in a comic book world, they will live their best lives in their reality💖