Nanaka recounts the event of the fire after she remembers what happened and Sana tries to bring her out of her depression she falls into after remembering it herself.
This episode was incredible. I didnâ€™t think things would turn out to be this dark at all. Even knowing they would end up revealing things about the fire and the deaths of Nanakaâ€™s family I still didnâ€™t think things would be this dark. Hell even the fire story itself was deeper and more serious then I thought. I was a bit surprised at how it turned out, as it did kind of seem like the uncle might have done it. I had thought it might be something such as Nanakaâ€™s mom having an affair but I still didnâ€™t really think of the dad being the arsonist. I didnâ€™tâ€™ think the affair would be in the past either; I thought it would have been closer to the time the house burned. It rally seems worse this way as the person I would blame in this situation is the father when I originally thought it would be the mother and teacher for having the affair. For not forgiving something that long ago and going that drastically far defiantly made him the bad guy, even perhaps not taking the fire into account, things before that made him bad.
However that wasnâ€™t even the most serious part of the episode. I found the whole topic about suicide was incredible. I never thought the show would get into things as serious as that, I didnâ€™tâ€™ think the watch was a part of that either. The fact that Nanaka tried to do it and it wasnâ€™tâ€™ just something in Sanaâ€™s past was also huge. It just seems like this episode had thing after thing after thing of huge development and drama, it was amazing and did conclude to be a great ending for a great series.
The epilogue of this episode was absolutely amazing. I ALWAYS think that more shows need epilogues like this one had. It really makes a show seem like all the events that happened throughout really added up to something and werenâ€™t just about things going on in the moment. The fact that the epilogue was ten years later and not something like 6 months was incredible. Iâ€™m ecstatic at the fact that Nanaka and Sana ware getting married because I would have been so pissed if there wasnâ€™t some conclusion to how things ended up for them. I was also happy to see Shuu and Shuri return, even though they didnâ€™t meet with anyone that we saw, Iâ€™m sure they did later. Even if they didn’t it was still fun to see them. I have a kind of â€œI told you soâ€ moment with their appearance as I said they wouldnâ€™t appear unless the show had an epilogue that was at least a year later. It was also just fun seeing the other characters like Aoi, Hinako, and Asami older. It was also a cool bit of development that Asami kind of redeemed herself by being the one that saved the park. They didnâ€™t give her much closure on her issue after Shuu and Shuri left, but this was fine.
This series is one of the two from this season that really had me shocked at how they turned out. I wasnâ€™t expecting this show to be much of anything really. For the most part it seemed like it was a simple harem show. Although Iâ€™ve said before that I rather like harem shows and the whole school romance setting, not saying that itâ€™s good I just like it and find it fun to watch. Still, this show surprised me with how much it broke away form some of the normal things and made things really serious at times. There was much more to the relationship part of the show then normal romance. It dealt with some really tough and serious issues. There wasnâ€™t a simple girl falls head over heels for a guy, she used to like him, things she doesnâ€™t, realizes she does, canâ€™t get close because of a horrible childhood, struggles, so on. I could explain it more and in a bit more detail but its almost the fact that it has any of those above girl is crazy for a guy and tries to win him over makes this show above the other in its category. As far as school romance shows go, especially excluding shows that are more shoujo like, this is one of the best.
I do have to mention Shuri and Shuu because their part in this series was very interesting and a bit surprising. Really from the start both of them seemed like characters that would become nothing more then support characters. Shuu being some best friend for Sana, perhaps going as far as to give him advice or encouragement, and Shuri just being there for humor because of any clashes she has with Shuu. However their role and part in this series changed into so much more then I ever expected it to be. The show eventually broke down into two stories for the most part, one involving Sana and Naka and the other involving Shuu and Shuri, perhaps Hoshino a bit too. When the episode came that concluded their arc, or their role it was incredible. It was one of the most emotional scenes in the entire series for characters who started out as side characters for the most part. I said this before when mentioning their story but it really did become interesting enough with enough really interesting and high quality drama going on between them and thief family that I could easily see a series that focused just on them, thatâ€™s how in depth and intriguing their story was at times so even if you consider San and Naka as the main focus, which is probably technically true, it says even more for the show to have a â€œside storyâ€ that interesting and in depth.
Of course the other story if you consider this series to be split in two would be Sana and Nanak, again something that really turned out differently from what I expected it. At the beginning I really thought it would just turn into some love triangle involving Sana, Nanaka, and Hoshino. However Hoshinoâ€™s role kind of veered off into something that was really more a part of Shuri and Shuuâ€™s story leaving Sana and Nanaka by themselves but still with a very interesting story. Most harem shows like this donâ€™t really deal with issues as serious as they did in this show. It really became much more then the two of them admitting their feelings it became about horribly traumatic pasts and overcoming them. I really was just speechless at how serious and dark their situation came. Dealing with suicide as a topic like that was miles further then I thought this show would go and when they revealed it it just drew me in even more. It truly was an incredible show that was far far beyond just a normal romance story.