Da Capo Second Season – 24
While Sakura dreams of her grandmother, Aisia stands in the forest looking happy that she’s succeeded. In the morning, Junichi finds Aisia still gone and goes out to look for her. He instead sees Suginami and Kudou doing research, and they point him and follow him to the shrine where Tamaki is. Suginami notices that something is up when Tamaki and Kudou both start to tug on Junichi. Meanwhile, Kotori’s friends, in reference to Junichi and Nemu, tell her that a little sister and a lover are different. Kotori finds something strange about that statement, but her thoughts are interrupted when Nemu passes by on her way to deliver a boxed lunch to Akishima-sensei (at Miharu’s request). At the urging of her friends, Kotori heads to the Asakura home, but when she thinks that Nemu is just a little sister, she also wonders about all the times she’s felt sad around Junichi. After hearing Sakura wake up, Kotori ends up asking her if Nemu and Junichi are only siblings. Sakura is about to answer that they’re lovers, but then she sees a few sakura petals float by. Realizing that people’s memories have been turned back, she rushes to the old sakura tree to find it alive again.
Sakura pleads for the tree to go back to sleep, but it just continues to bloom. After Junichi and company arrive onto the scene, Sakura sends everyone off to find Aisia, saying that she underestimated Aisia’s power. She explains to Junichi that he and Nemu have returned to being brother and sister after the tree reacted to Aisia’s wish, which included giving everyone an equal chance after starting over. Suginami, Kudou, and Kotori find Nemu instead of Aisia, and urge her to go to the old sakura tree where Junichi is waiting. With the magic is wreaking havoc on Junichi’s mind and memories, Sakura tells him not to forget his true feelings. A frantic Nemu runs onto the scene, and hugs Junichi. He promises never to separate from her, and the two share a kiss. However, the sakura trees are still in full blossom…
ED2: 「記憶ラブレター」 by CooRie
New ED sequence shows Aisia plus the two girls who weren’t in the first ending, Nemu and Sakura. The vibrating string is still there, and Nemu’s is incidentally colored red, ie. the red string of fate.
Aisia looks positively evil from her smirk during the first minute of this episode. Her wish has finally come true, and everyone has apparently forgotten about Junichi and Nemu being lovers. Well that is, except for Sakura and the two lovers themselves who, with the power of their love, know their true feelings and actually end up kissing (finally). That sounds corny, but that’s basically what happens.
The way this episode ends (a shot of Hatsunejima with sakura trees in full bloom, and then the image and sound of a TV screen being shut off) completely blew my mind the first time I watched the episode. My thought process at that point went something like “Ok, they just gave us something which could almost resemble the end of a series. What now?” And then they do that, which I suspect may indicate that the reset is complete, whatever that may lead to.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this episode, though the art is shoddy at places. Next week is 「ダ・カーポ」 (Da Capo), which could end up meaning any number of things. We’ll just have to wait and find out. :)