When Kuu uses her power to stop Bastille from destroying the world, it causes her to have to say farewell to Kyoshiro.
The three words that pop into my head upon watching this final episode and seeing the ending pretty much stayed in my head for a long time while I reflected upon this end. They were as follows: WHAT THE FUCK?!?! Ok, seriously this ending was just so damn bizarre and confusing that I donâ€™t know where to begin. Itâ€™s not even just that what happened was unexpected or anything, not that the end was surprising but more to the point where it was confusing as to what the hell just happened. I could handle the whole Kuu disappearing thing; it added some drama to her sacrifice and the whole situation. I could even understand and buy, and like the ending quite a bit if it went along where she disappeared and Kyoshiro eventually found her and Setsuna gave up her feelings, so on and so on and Kuu and Kyoshiro lived happily ever after. Thatâ€™s essentially what I thought was going to happen. However I am just simply speechless with confusion as to what the hell happened when all of a sudden they showed little Kuu, and a much older Kyoshiro with Setsuna who had long hair again, and then all of a sudden they like went inside Kuuâ€™s mind and they said how once upon a time a girl met a prince. What the fuck!?! So did Kuu return to her grown up form when she met him or was that just mental? How long exactly was it, what happened with Kyoshiro and Setsuna if it was years before finding her, if she didnâ€™t resort to adult what the hell was going to happen, some 20 something with a 10 year old? That wouldnâ€™t be right, its almost like it could either be that Setsuna and Kyoshiro end up and Kuu relives her life, but that wouldnâ€™t make since because its not like she lost her childhood. Did Kyoshiro just replace the prince in her eyes? /sigh I really donâ€™t know, this is one hell of a confusing end. If it just ended before the credits and they didnâ€™t have the bit at the end that would have been so much more understandable. It would be open ended so would leave a bit room for interpretation like most anime do, but it wouldnâ€™t have left me staring in disbelief at my screen for half an hour.
Even with the odd ending going about, all I seemed to care about as the episode unfolded was Setsuna. It was so sad as she just stood there all alone crying. Batraz had Sojiro, Kaon had Himeko, Meganjord or whoever had Kazuya still, and Kuu had Kyoshiro. All the shots of everyone together and then Setsuna’s shot made me feel so sorry for her. The thing though, is she really didnâ€™t get much closure. I thought it was very nice that she got the scene where she cut her hair. I donâ€™t know what quite the point of it was exactly, but having a dramatic talk with Kyoshiro at least showed they didnâ€™t completely screw over Setsuna. However, I still feel a bit un-fulfilled with how she ended. Not taking into consideration the weird after credits scene, Setsuna didnâ€™t get closure. She cut her hair, said she will follow Kyoshiro till he meets Kuu again, and then say goodbye. What the hell is the point in that? She is still screwed over. It would have been better if they would have shown that she accepted it more, that she would continue to be with Kyoshiro not to be his sword but to be with him even though he was with Kuu. Not the best ending still, but at least a bit more conclusive.
I was pretty surprised by Kazuya in this episode. At first, I didnâ€™t expect him to be alive at all. It seemed like it would have been ok for him to have died when he was stepped on. His presence any further wasnâ€™t really that vital to the story, and in fact after revealing he wasnâ€™t dead he didnâ€™t do much of anything. I would have thought that if a giant mecha foot comes crashing down on you from a mecha that is able to destroy time itself, that you would die. Normally, if that happened to me per say, I wouldnâ€™t bet on my survival. Still, what was a bit weird about him not being dead is that even though he suddenly burst up as being alive, he did almost nothing. He attacked them but it was blocked and then apparently that made him get paralyzed because next he was in Meganjordâ€™s (I still don’t know if thatâ€™s correct term, maybe Kuu was Meganjord, the long blond girl) lap. It seems a bit odd that even after all of that, he is just alive and nothing done about him; although nothing really needed to be done as either he is brain damaged or just a paraplegic who is depressed.
I remember my first impressions of this show were basically that it was one of the oddest things I have seen. That was, at first, the reason I kept watching it. It was the so many weird moments such as Kuu narrating everything; like â€œIâ€™m taking a bath right nowâ€ Her phrase â€œHaike, atashi wa ouji-samaâ€ will forever be stuck in my head. It was also some of the things such as these people like Batraz and Setsuna; they didnâ€™t board mechas to fight, the all of a sudden just seemed to grow the limbs of them. Half the time they showed a full mecha being behind them under their control, the other time Batraz would just grow a giant mecha foot and Setsuna would counter with a huge arm. It was just so odd, yet original so I wanted to see what happened. I think it was more then the appeal of something odd, it as how unique and fresh this was. Not in an entirely good way, but unique none the less. Overall, Iâ€™m glad I kept watching. It may not have had the best or most coherent ending, but things really did get quite interesting.
Setsuna was definitely my favorite character in this anime by far. Hell, sheâ€™s probably one of the reasons kept watching, I wanted to find out what happened to her because of her situation. Now, I didnâ€™t like her solely for her looks or anything like that, it wasnâ€™t really her looks at all. She was such a more interesting character then that. It was her situation that made her so damn interesting and captivating. Here she was, completely devoting her entire life to Kyoshiro. She knew all along that he was trying to destroy all of the absolute angels, yet she still continued to follow Kyoshiro and was basically as she describes, his sword and nothing more. She cared so much for him that she helped him lead to her eventual death, so she thought. Then, Kuu comes along. Setsuna has been completely devoting herself to Kyoshiro, Kyoshiro is her life. Then Kuu comes along and steals away any hope she has for a relationship. However, Setsuna was just happy being near Kyoshiro, itâ€™s not so much that Kuu took that chance away, just that now Kyoshiro cared for her and didn’t pay any attention to her. Hell, Kyoshiro even treated her like complete crap. She was begging, hurt and almost dieing once and begging for Kyoshiro to help her and he basically blew her off to run over and see if Kuu was ok, after she risked her life to save the both of them. I thought her situation was expertly describing a couple of times, that Setsuna gave everything for an empty future. It was descried that Setsuna gave her everything for Kyoshiro, all of it JUST to spend time with him however the time wielded nothing for her. Despite the ending, she is still my favorite character. As Iâ€™ve said above, the ending is very confusing so Iâ€™m not sure EXACTLY what happened, but Setsuna still lost it seems. So she remained a tragic character, which is a bit fitting but sad.
Overall, if nothing else, this show will be memorable. Not so much because it had a great plot or was truly groundbreaking, but of how odd it was. Sure its weirdness wasnâ€™t the only thing; it ended up having a very interesting connection between relationships and an overall plot that tied different people together rather well. It was more then just an odd show, but I think I will remember it as one. For how it started out, the weird quirks, â€œHaike, atashi was ouji-samaâ€, and the messed up ending. This may not have been the best show, but it was a very very interesting one that Iâ€™m glad that I watched. I really did have fun watching it, and because of how unique it is I really did continually look forward to what was happening.