sola – 12June 27, 2007
The end of the road.
Finally we are shown what Matsuri is capable of if she gets serious. Her battle with Aono (respectively her paper alter egos) was just splendid to watch and while Aono seemed to outmatch her in the most situations she still hold her ground. The background music was again quite fitting and added well to the atmosphere. Sadly they relocated the fight, so there was no opportunity for Kaori to show up (by the way, I surely hope Aono thought about her at the time she de-assembled her house). I also liked the way they constantly switched from past to present, this way they could tell about the background of the conflict and put more tension in the battle itself at the same time. I was a bit surprised how the past Aono differs from the present one in character (and talkatively). Well, what happened to her was harsh enough to change her in some way I guess.
Interesting to note is that Matsuri couldn’t tell Yorito how it feels like to die. This means that she didn’t became a yaka through resurrection like Aono. I’m pretty curious about her origin now, but I guess this won’t be featured in the final episode, there should be more important thing to fit in the last 25 minutes after all. But maybe one of the extra episodes might tell about this. Also I wonder how many other yakas are out there. I can’t believe that Matsuri alone could (and would) have made (at least) one village believe that yakas are fearsome beings that are to be calmed by human sacrifices. Equally we still don’t know about the yaka that revived Mayuko. Aono is still a possibility, but to be sure about that we’ll have to see about what (and if) they talked at the time they met.
The ending of the episode, while not too surprising for me because I already found the change in Matsuri’s and Yorito’s character too drastic to allow them to coldheartedly plot the killing of Aono, was pretty shocking. From Yorito’s reaction (respectively the missing of any) to Matsuri’s sacrifice this must be what they’ve planned all the way and it wasn’t a sudden change of mind by her because of the blue sky that was displayed on the projection screen. But I’m still unsure what they are trying to achieve this way. Aono clearly stated that she can’t and won’t live without Yorito by her side. By turning her back human they will take away her ability to keep the present Yorito alive, thus taking away her sole reason to live and only forcing her to repeat her suicide. I hope they have something planned to help Aono living on, otherwise it would have been gentler to kill her right away I’d say.
On the other hand we haven’t seen yet that Matsuri really used that katana to “heal” Aono, so maybe sola is still good for another surprise in its final episode. Of course a tragic ending would have a much greater emotional impact, but because I liked the first few rather calm and peaceful episodes best (not that the later ones weren’t great, too, but these first ones were sooo nice to watch) I’d prefer some happy ending this time.