Otonashi regains more memories and makes a major decision.
Anyways the episode did delve further into Otonashi’s past. I was curious since he survived the crash, but it appears he died from internal injuries. You have to wonder how many organs from someone who died from that kind of injury would really be usable. It was pretty nice to see the whole group deciding to do something even if they were screwed.
It seems that the future is going to be tough for the SSS now. A traitor in their midst is going to make it tougher to accomplish their goals and stay in that world. I can see them getting picked off one by one until some final struggle appears. Who would have guessed that the last boss could actually be Otonashi himself?
This was a pretty big episode in terms of setting things up. The end of the episode showed how things might start to unfold. They managed to survive the numerous clones of Kanade, but their new task will be dangerous since they won’t see it coming. After all Otonashi is trusted so much that few would really see his betrayal coming. His intentions might be positive, but it doesn’t change that he is a traitor. If he was willing to talk to everyone about his feelings that would be one thing, but even Otonashi realizes some wonâ€™t want to move on so he is planning on manipulating them to give up and move on. He has no idea what really happens after someone vanishes and yet heâ€™s made this unilateral decision. Who does Otonashi think he is? His actions are in the same general area as Naoi who would manipulate using hypnosis to make the SSS vanish.
Virtual Reality – I don’t see this theory gaining much from the latest episode. We still have Kanade’s powers being affected by the computer, but that’s nothing new. It’s possible that Otonashi was put onto some kind of life support, went into surgery and barely survived. The theory isnâ€™t killed, but it would mean that Kanade likely doesnâ€™t know much about the truth.
Purgatory â€“ Well this does seem much more probable now. With Otonashi’s injuries it seems almost impossible that he could have survived. Kanade herself even talked about the purpose of that world. It’s hard to believe she would be lying to Otonashi since it seems out of character for her. Their conversation seemed to point toward this being a world for people to work out their problems and have some happiness that their real lives lacked.