sola – 11June 19, 2007
Slowly the end draws near and the protagonists leave the stage one after another, so this was a quite sad episode. Mayuko and Takeshi are gone for good now I think, but with Koyori sleeping at the place where the showdown is supposed to happen I don’t know if this is the last thing we saw of her and Mana. Speaking of Mana, it was pretty clear that this episode was dedicated to her, as she was the person who was acting the most and who got the most screentime. And she really deserved this, because her role in this story was (and maybe still is) much more than just being the cute friend from school of the male protagonist. In the end she did more to reunite Matsuri and Yorito than those two did themselves. She collected information and combined them, retrieved and sheltered Yorito, did most of the running and helped everywhere she could. It’s only fair that she, as such a good friend, is one of the last to remember Yorito and to cry for him even after she forgot about him.
Koyori on the other hand could never be for Aono what Mana was for Matsuri, although she tried her best. Unfortunately she just never got to know what was actually going on.
I’m now quite curious what Matsuri and Yorito are planning to do. It still looks like Matsuri is going to kill Aono with the katana she got from Takeshi, but this just so contradictive to her usual pattern that I can’t completely believe it. Also it seems too cruel for Yorito to lure Aono in safety only to give the laid trap a better chance to succeed. Furthermore Mayuko was talking about a sacrifice, similar to the one Matsuri should have been as Takeshi had planned. Matsuri would never kill Aono just to to live happily with Yorito and Yorito wouldn’t accept this either. Beside she offered Yorito to vanish together. The only alternative I see is that she might want to kill herself to give Aono back her human life. Thus Aono wouldn’t be able to keep Yorito alive any longer and he and Matsuri could vanish together. But then again, Aono doesn’t want to live in a world without Yorito as we know and in order to kill oneself Matsuri wouldn’t have to learn how to use that katana. Questions, questions, questions…
As a sidenote, I really liked the music in that last scene, it fit the atmosphere pretty well. If I remember correctly there should be 13 episodes altogether (+2 episodes on the DVDs), so I guess the next episode will be dedicated to the past of Matsuri and Aono (and Yorito). The final episode then should feature the conclusion of the story, however this conclusion will look like.