Ayano thanked the audience for their love for the first movie which led to the production of the sequel. When asked to reflect on his 2016, Ayano said that it was a year when he had to run at full steam with the help of everyone around him. As he is always worried about missing out the happiness around him, he tries to live each moment to the fullest. However, he feels that this movie is something which makes him hopeful about happiness in the future and hopes that it will bring the same feeling to all who watch it.
As for his collaboration with Asano, Ayano said that his co-star has so much power and screen presence that during the scenes when they clashed , he felt a fear as if he had a gun pointed to his head. In response to this, Asano said that he felt secure working with Ayano since they had collaborated before in a NHK work and praised Ayano for being very good at his action scenes.