Renji is at a loss for what to do after Chihiro breaks off all ties to him and is unsure of what to do about her or his life.
Wowâ€¦ I absolutely loved this episode. Iâ€™m just ecstatic about the way it ended. This show got to the point where the overall conclusion to Renji and Chihiroâ€™s arc really would make this show spectacular for me or just alright. I ha thought of so many possibilities about how this could end. After the way last episode needed so many things could still happen, good and bad and I was a bit pessimistic about it because it seemed a lot of the happy endings were a bit of a stretch. However they managed to make it a happy ending while not saying everything is completely fine and cured. Having Chihiro remember Renji even after throwing away the pages was great. She isnâ€™t cured completely so itâ€™s not like itâ€™s a miracle cure that was convenient, but it really fit. They said before that certain things important could be an exclusion in the memory thing. Having her remember him just fit perfectly I thought. They donâ€™tâ€™ have to restart their relationship or anything and because she remembered what happened and kind of realized something about it I really didnâ€™t get the impression she would do it again. Even though Renji actually collecting pages didnâ€™t help too much, it may benefit them a bit knowing exactly what happened, but for the most part it didnâ€™t matter, it was still a breathtaking scene when the music was playing and he was putting all his energy into it. Really I couldnâ€™t have possibly hoped for a better conclusion to their arc.
I absolutely loved the epilogue of this series. Iâ€™ve said it before and Iâ€™ll say it again, I love epilogues in general, I think more shows need them. I am kind of comparing this epilogue to the one from Myself; Yourself since both shows just ended. It really was quite different as it took place maybe a month or so later or just a couple of days later instead of ten years. I think this one was great though. It showed the situation and setting that everyone is in now that all these events are done while leaving mystery as to what exactly the future holds. It was really nice to just see more closure on everyone, not just Renji and Chihiro. It felt like before this episode Keiâ€™s character didnâ€™t have as much closure as it needed, but this helped. It really was a great end for all.
I do have to mention Himura a bit, because he was one character that was very interesting throughout the series while at the same time not getting any real focus. From the little Iâ€™ve read of the game his role is bigger. They explain what his relationship is with Yuko, the nun girl, as far as I can tell. I donâ€™t get into it too much, as it technically isnâ€™t any part of the anime and thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m talking about, but it was still a bit settling and nice to see him get a scene at the end even though it may not be apparent what it actually means. He was never a bad person but he was obviously troubled by his own past so he was a bit negative, still he gave warnings and advice that were for the most part accurate. Anyways, it was nice seeing him get closure even if they donâ€™t really say what that closure means.
Iâ€™m not really sure where to begin when talking about this show overall. This has been one of the best shows Iâ€™ve ever seen. I have heard a couple of people say they dislike the show and have even heard that some people hate it and I donâ€™t understand that. However honestly, I donâ€™t really care. This show has been amazing for me and the amount that it has drawn me in and made me care about the characters is rivaled by few shows, if any. I like it to the point that I donâ€™t give a damn about people who dislike it, they are entitled to their opinions and Iâ€™m not saying they are wrong, but this show has had such an impact on me that nothing will sway that. Really I think the best example of how much this show has hit me have just seen some of my reactions to what has happened in several episodes. I can only remember a few times when I have watched something and just been speechless. I had to pace back and forth for several minutes after watching an episode to just process the magnitude of what had happened, and few shows have made me do that before. Just the fact that it was able to strike that kind of a reaction in me shows to me how much I loved this show.
One thing I do have to say about the show is that it was interesting to see the series, for the most part, have two separate stories going on. There are hundreds of series that have subplots or have side characters that get their own story and so on but I havenâ€™t really seen a show like this before. For the most part the two stories that they had going were completely separate and had nothing to do with each other. Sure there were connections, Chihiro and Kei were twins after all and they were each in a different story of the two that were there but that never really made too much of a difference in what was going on. I had hopped that there would be a bigger connection between the stories but throughout most of the series they didnâ€™t have anything to do with each other and they could very well have said that Chihiro and Kei didnâ€™t know each other and had nothing to do with each other and not too much would have changed. The only time their connection really mattered was when Kei was blaming herself for Chihiroâ€™s accident, and because of that guilt she was unable to act as she wanted to really, but even that wasnâ€™t really emphasized much so it never became important. Still, regardless of what they could have done differently it was defiantly interesting to see the way the two stories were handled at the same time, as they both still had similar traits in the way the drama and tragedy was effecting everyone involved.
I donâ€™t really know what more to say about this show overall. As I said I love it so itâ€™s hard to say much without saying something mindless like this aspect of the show was particularly blah blah blah. I havenâ€™t seen a drama/tragedy anime like thisâ€¦ever. Iâ€™ve seen shows of this genre before but they are always handled differently. This wasnâ€™t some mindless harem romance, this wasnâ€™t some multi layered shoujo romance, this was something rather different. It was sad and tragic while at the same time not being a completely depressing make you want to kill yourself downer. It was very interesting to watch and I think it was very unique in the way it handled the characters dealing with these tragic situations.