Nine turns himself in to the police, but refuses to speak to anyone but Shibazaki. He demands a press conference at a specific location and time or he will activate the atomic bomb prototype. Shibazaki visits Shunzo Mamiya, who confesses that he created the Athena Project as part of a plan to revitalize Japanese national morale following the nation's defeat at the end of World War II. Five is hospitalized due to her deteriorating health as a consequence of the Athena Project experiments. She learns of Nine's surrender, and desperately drives off to reach him. Five's accomplices pursue the police convoy carrying Nine to the press conference through Shuto Expressway, only to find that the truck is a decoy. Enraged and desperate, Five pursues Nine herself. Twelve catches them on his motorbike and stops the truck carrying Nine, but Five cause him to crash. FBI agent Clarence attempts to stop her, but she kills him. Five confesses to Nine that she always wanted to beat him but never could. Knowing that she is dying, Five gives him a brief kiss before committing suicide by detonating the spilled gasoline from her car. The Japanese airwaves are then hijacked by a prerecorded message from Nine stating that the countdown for the atomic bomb's detonation has begun. Declaring that this is the final message from Sphinx, Nine unmasks himself and bids the people of Japan farewell.
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