Yuuichi deals with Shioriâ€™s fate as he spends his days with Nayuki and Ayu, reflecting on the past.
This episode greatly focused on Ayu and Nayukiâ€™s arcs, which they moved into rather nicely. Although Shioriâ€™s arc didnâ€™t end concretely, it wasnâ€™tâ€™ too much of a shock to suddenly move into Ayu and Nayukiâ€™s arcs which are pretty much at the same time, as they both deal with the feelings each girl has for Yuuichi. They seemed to move into it slowly, even considering the big advancement Yuuichi and Ayu had with their kiss. Not to mention they threw in a bunch of stuff about Ayu and Yuichiâ€™s past which, without spoiling anything, I can say is one of the things that makes the final arc incredible. I just hope that they show Nayukiâ€™s feelings well, considering theyâ€™ve already given Ayu the huge lead with the kiss. Whether or not he ends up with whomever, I just hope Nayuki doesnâ€™t fall too far behind because its much more interesting to see the two of them showing the feelings at the same time, rather then him picking Au and then Nayuki having an episode or two of jealousy and then the end.
As for Yuuichi and Ayuâ€™s kiss. I heard multiple people saying how it was too sudden or something like that. I completely donâ€™t understand that. I thought the kiss was perfectly placed and paced in this episode. Itâ€™s not like they just met, and even so itâ€™s not like they had sex there on the spot, itâ€™s just a kiss. Even so, even considering how big of a deal it signified, it was justified because not only did they have a good chemistry and relationship, they knew each other in the past. Not to mention it happened during a time where they were both reflecting upon serious emotional losses. The moment made them really feel connected as they had both experienced someone dieing in front of them, with them unable to do anything about it. The kiss didnâ€™tâ€™ quite happen at the same time as it did in the previous version, but it was around this time that it happened. It didnâ€™tâ€™ seem sudden then, and I donâ€™t really think it seemed sudden now. Although they were fighting, their chemistry and relationship was great and itâ€™s obvious that feelings were there, especially in the past. I think that the moment it happened was perfect considering the focus and drama about them both experiencing losses.
Now, about Shiori. It really seems pretty obvious that sheâ€™s alive. In fact, multiple times they made reference to her and her condition, so itâ€™s not just a matter of how people are acting. Even for lack or real focus on the aftermath of her arc, there were plenty of statements that made me think 100% that she is currently alive, and would likely and most probably survive in the end. I mean, when Ayu asked if Shioriâ€™s illness was serious Yuuichi said that she couldnâ€™t step foot out of her room, which pretty much means that she is being hospitalized or in extreme care. Plus Kita seemed to say that her condition was getting better, according to Kaori. I was surprised at how little they actually talked about her though, seeing as how un concretely her arc ended, but it seems like she is fine and will likely survive and appear near the end of the season as spring comes about.
Thereâ€™s not too much to say here. Iâ€™m really glad that they talked more about some of the stuff in the past. Not just showing the flashbacks, but including that the doll has wishes on it, and showing the tree that Ayu falls off of. Speaking of which, they also mentioned her school again, which Kita didnâ€™tâ€™ seem to believe. The school being in fact that tree, which was Ayuâ€™s second wish. The main thing Iâ€™m really hoping for is just an outstanding knockout emotional screen where Ayu uses her third wish. That moment was if not first, tied for first with Shioriâ€™s moment last series. When Ayu used her last wish to make Yuuichi forget about her, that was just outstanding. Given that Shioriâ€™s scene, especially if sheâ€™s alive, wasnâ€™t nearly as emotional as it was in the old series, that would leave that moment to be by far the most emotional one, and with KyoAni doing it it will be even better.