After being rescued by the real Makoto, the foxâ€™s namesake, Yuuichi sets off to fulfill his promise with Ayu and tries to meet with her for a final goodbye.
OMFG! Now, nowâ€¦Iâ€™ve watched the first series twice, once a couple years ago and once a week before this one aired. Iâ€™ve read full write ups and scripts of the game, but Iâ€™m still just on the edge of my seat, jumping around like a lunatic at this episode and the upcoming end. I honestly donâ€™tâ€™ know how exactly itâ€™s going to go down. The thing that Iâ€™m just baffled by is that they have not closed out a Nayuki ending yet. Iâ€™m not saying I think it will be, or want it to be a Nayuki ending but they havenâ€™t not made it impossible. She has almost as good of chance as Ayu. With the unknown wish, Nayuki and Yuuichi making up before anything happens with Ayu. In the original series Ayu made her wish for Yuuichi to forget her and disappeared, and then well he didnâ€™t and so on, wont say it here. But he kept going after her. In this version the unknown wish really REALLY throws a wrench into things. I canâ€™t clearly see that will happen, even as for the arcs I donâ€™t know HOW they will play out. I am baffled at myself at how anxious I am for the final episode. Given I know a lot more about this series and what other versions had then it seems a majority of watchers, I am just as much if not more anxious to find out what the hell happens.
I was waiting for the final wish scene for so long. KyoAni did a great job but itâ€™s hard to compare them. That scene in the old series was one of the two most emotional ones in the whole series by far, tied with Shiori making up with Kaori which was also different in this version. In the old version she left after making the wish for Yuuichi to forget her. In this version, basically the wish is made, its emotional, but then pulled back by Ayu staying. Itâ€™s interesting, and I think this unknown wish makes the whole series much more unpredictable for me. I love the angle, as it doesnâ€™t throw Nayuki out of the competition, but it made the scene less emotional.
I was just shocked beyond belief when I found out about the real Makoto bit. All along I knew from the old series and what I knew of the game that there was a real Makoto. He explained it that Makoto was an older girl he had a crush on, so he named his fox that. I didnâ€™t think for a minute that they would actually show the real Makoto. I think itâ€™s incredibly cool that they did so. It was something I didnâ€™t expect but it didnâ€™t hinder the plot or anything like that so it was just purely a cool bonus. She wasnâ€™t vitally important, I could have seen Yuuichiâ€™s pass out go a different way with never seeing the real Makoto, its just really cool they put her in there. The similarities like bell, fox stationary, and nikuman were cool but got a little bit unbelievable, as there shouldnâ€™t actually be any connection except namesake, if there was then it wouldnâ€™t be as interesting or good for the story.
The whole music montage bit was amazing. It was beautiful, showcasing not just Ayu but some other characters and just points in the story. I found it a perfect fit, as they hadnâ€™t really done much of these, and instead of showing Yuuichi struggling though the trees or instantly not having to walk though them, I thought this was a great placement. The narration bit at the end is what I loved the most though. The one thing I remember bout the original Kanonâ€™s narration bit was it was at the beginning of every episode and if you thought about them, they were important to the story. It was a great thing in the story, despite how some may view the old anime (I donâ€™t think it was bad just because of animation) the narration bit was nice. This episode used it perfectly, summarizing in a philosophical and underline point of the whole series kind of way. How itâ€™s a repeating dream, emphasizing the point of waiting and keeping a promise, and so on. It was chilling how well it fit.
I still think there is a possibility of a Nayuki ending for a couple of reasons. Yuuichi finds out about Ayu being a live and in a comma when visiting Akiko. He hasnâ€™t visited her much nor as he been to the hospital, so he doesnâ€™t know that. However even without Akiko being better, Yuuichi has reconciled with Nayuki. Before, he reconciled afterwards, almost after Ayu had been found to be alive and came back. With their reconciliation and meeting at the bench, that was a huge push that she isnâ€™t out yet. Second, the unknown wish is something the old series didnâ€™t have, which leads to believe that Ayu could very well have wished for Yuuichi to be with Nayuki. If she doesnâ€™t want him to forget her but still remain happy that could have been a logical wish in Ayuâ€™s mindset.