The SSS has their graduation assembly and Otonashi learns the truth about Kanade.
It’s become clear to me that I’m a terrible person. I was probably supposed to feel sad at the end and instead I was laughing at Otonashi’s position. He so freaking deserved it that I couldn’t have written a better ending for him. Of course obviously he does eventually leave and meet up with Kanade again from the ending. Still I never really got over my dislike of him from that moment he went on his mission to “save” everyone. Just not that interested in his need to save people due to not being able to save his sister. It was a nice moment for me to see him at least have a hit before it was all over.
In the end the last episode went pretty much as I expected it to. Otonashi just gave a speech and they used up an episode for a big assembly with only a few people there. I wasn’t that interested in it, but in the end that’s all we got. Few answers were handed out, but this wasn’t a series that really cared about telling us much.
Seems confirmed that world was truly just a purgatory, so all those hoping for a virtual reality solution were wrong this time. Although it’s not like the afterlife was delved very deeply into. Itâ€™s pretty amazing that the SSS belief in reincarnation seemed accurate even though they were completely guessing.
Really there isn’t a lot to say about the last episode by itself. It was mostly wrapping things up for the characters that didn’t vanish. I find it hard to believe guys like Noda just vanished considering his attachment to Yuri. Still I guess they didn’t want to waste time working through any more issues so the rest of the SSS were just conveniently vanished off-screen to save time. It was nice to see Yuri relaxed without that heavy mantle of leadership weighing her down. Though at the same time it was actually weird to see her so silly and not having a level head.
In the end this series really surprised me. It was a show that just jumped around from point to point so fast you could get lost in it. I think they had way too much material for a 13 episode series and had to rush and cut out a lot of things. It really made the series feel unstable to be running around so much. By the end it seemed each episode had a new villain that was standing in the way of the SSS. It really hurt the series I think to not have any stability in what was going on.
Otonashi’s character is pretty interesting as well. I really started off liking the guy and getting behind his imagination when it came up with some extreme version of the SSS operation names. By the end I really disliked him and was smiling when his attempt to keep Kanade around blew up in his face. It just felt like he had a serious messiah complex after getting his memory back. Having failed to save his sister it was like he had to save every single person he could whether they were alive or now in that purgatory. He just blew apart the SSS making their existence to that point meaningless since they failed to accomplish anything at all. Then right at the end he tries to have his cake and eat it too by keeping Kanade with him while he continues to send people along. It’s good that it didn’t work out since really if the others can’t stay with their friends why should he stay with the girl he loves? Obviously he couldn’t keep saving people forever from the very end of the episode when we see his reincarnation.
I was just hoping for a lot more answers from this series. At least they showed that it was reincarnation and apparently not a virtual reality. But I wanted a lot more answers about things. Plus if this was purgatory would it have been too much to have some showing of God in this? I would have found it interesting if Otonashi wasn’t just an accident but a deliberate weapon sent in by God to eliminate the SSS. Plus Kanade went from Tenshi to actually no one special at all. Somehow she stumbled upon the Angel Player software and was able to use it to fight. In that respect she’s no more important than the guys in the guild. Of course she was key for having Otonashi’s heart that he gave up and being Otonashi’s love interest. Besides Kanade was a cute character which gets her points from people regardless.
I understand the purgatory view and how staying isn’t really supposed to be good for anyone; though I can’t help being unsatisfied just kicking people out because it’s a purgatory. I mean it seemed pretty possible for the SSS to stay and enjoy their time. New things could happen as they took action and there was that system that allowed for changes to the world. It just feels like everyone was just shoved out and not really having moved on. Yuri really left mostly because she couldn’t stand going through the same thing again. Having the whole SSS leave and her staying behind would be a repeat and she couldn’t take that. They left and she had to follow them. Well I guess on the positive they all got new starts and perhaps some of who they are won’t be lost during reincarnation.
Overall I’d say it was a decent show. The pacing was pretty bad probably due to the low episode count they gave to it. I just had higher expectations than what it turned out being. The comedy and serious moments sometimes clashed instead of really working together. We didn’t get to find out much about the SSS including TK which I’m sure bothered many. Yuri and Otonashi got some serious background which made sense due to their central role. But the show also gave a lot of time to Iwasawa and Yui who were just singers of the band. It was probably done so they could make some CD’s from it, which kind of makes me wonder of the motivation behind the series.
It wasn’t a bad show, but it wasnâ€™t something special either; 7/10.