Himura goes back to Japan in order to face Yuuko.
This episode was absolutely brilliant. There was a lot more of the story focused on Himura then I thought there would be, but it turned out great in the end. I thought, although I predicted it, Himura facing Yuukoâ€™s spirit was great. Although I knew it was going to happen as he walked to the church my heart was pounding faster, it was great. I thought the OP at the end was beautiful. I admit that itâ€™s at that point in the episode I cried. It was just seeing that OP really emphasized everything that has happened. The way they did the OP was just great, just like they did the first seasons OP earlier in this season, changing everything to symbolize the changes that have taken place. Himura and Kuze no longer in shadows, Mizuki and Yuuko not disappearing but holding each other, Himura breaking free from the wall, the three of them holding hands, and Yuuko with angel wings. The OP just really made it clear and emphasized the whole series and it was very emotional.
At first, I was slightly disappointed that Kuze lived. Him dying would make his story much more serious I thought, however I donâ€™t really think that was the point of his story. The point wasnâ€™t him dying and the things that happened as a result of that, it was more about him realizing he wanted to live. The fact that he went though with the surgery was the critical point in his story. He admitted to himself that he wanted to live, he didnâ€™t want to have this heart defect and he wanted to go on with life and with Mizuki. It was pretty important without him dying, plus Yuuko dying was enough deaths for this series. Kuzeâ€™s story still has plenty of merit with him being alive.
Itâ€™s hard exactly to describe why I like ef so much. And I know there are going to be people out there who hate the show honestly because others like it and they want attention, and there will be people there who dissect the show into tiny bits and analyze it, criticizing it so much for unimportant things. However in the end I donâ€™t care. I felt really passionately about this series and I donâ€™t really care why. The fact is that as I watched it I got pulled into the story and the characters. I cared for them and for what happened to them and it was very emotional at times. It doesnâ€™t matter why the show made such an impact and Iâ€™m not saying the show is without its flaws but for a show like this, its not that its flaws may be minor its that the good parts of the show so outweigh any flaws that I just donâ€™tâ€™ care about them. The bottom line is I just loved this show.
Comparing this season of ef with the previous is interesting. It had a similar structure in that there were two stories that were effectively separate but the characters knew each other and there were some connections. However it really feels like both seasons are very simply a collection of four stories that can really be told in any order. The main important part is the individual stories themselves and in all cases, they were some really good ones and itâ€™s a bit up to personal preference which one you like better. I will say that melodies was definitely much darker. Facing issues such as rape and abuse like they did with Yuukoâ€™s story and having her die was a pretty serious deal. While the other stories were nothing to scoff at, Miya finding a place in this world she belonged to admits being abandoned, Chihiro clinging to a normal life with her condition, and Kuze facing his mortality were all serious, but Yuukoâ€™s story seemed much more in your face about these serious things. Kuzeâ€™s story to some degree was also darker then the first seasons. That doesnâ€™t necessarily mean its better, but facing your death is something serious and the other season didnâ€™t really deal with death. Itâ€™s almost a bit of a shame, Kuzeâ€™s story was really very good but it got overshadowed by Yuukoâ€™s. Still, they were both great
In the end, this series didnâ€™tâ€™ disappoint. I loved the first season of this series for the exact same reason I loved this season. The stories it told were gripping and emotional. The characters were interesting and complex and the show you really made you care for them. I cared for what happened to them and what was going on in the plot and when something big happened, it affected me. The series drew me in and simply captivated me, and I loved it.