Da Capo Second Season – 25
The reset is complete: Hatsunejima is covered with sakura trees in full blossom, and everyone has forgotten Junichi and Nemu’s relationship. In fact, all the girls are now aiming for Junichi, including Aisia who seems to be enjoying herself. Mako in particular, seems to want to ask Junichi out on a date while they’re walking to school, but isn’t able to because Aisia spots Kotori. During class, Suginami shows Aisia a relationship graph with Kotori having the highest bar.
Mako ends up giving Nemu the ticket and asking Nemu to give it to Junichi for her. However, when Nemu goes to speak with Junichi about it in the evening, she finds him already asleep. She tries again after school ends the next day, but Junichi has already gone out with Kotori. With no other choice, Nemu shows up at the meeting place and apologizes to Mako for not having been able to give it to Junichi. Returning home in the evening after having baked some cookies with Alice, Aisia is confronted by Sakura. Sakura questions if everyone is really happy and explains that, before, everyone understood the relationship that Junichi and Nemu had. Sakura tells Aisia not to forget that a person’s feelings win over magic. Aisia, however, still doesn’t think that she did anything wrong and still believes in everyone’s happiness. But Sakura’s words have their impact, and Aisia starts questiong herself on the way home.
It has started to rain, and, caught in the storm, Junichi and Kotori take refuge under the old sakura tree. When Junichi tries to take a handkerchief out of his pocket, the watch he bought with Nemu falls out. Grasping it, Junichi remembers the kiss he had with her and starts experiencing chest pains. He apologizes to Kotori and runs off. Meanwhile, at home, Nemu opens her drawer and sees the watch and all of the letters she wrote to Junichi. She surprises herself when she starts crying, which is the state a very shocked Aisia finds her in.
This episode ends up being fairly predictable, which is a bit disappointing. The TV turning off last week did indeed signal a complete reset, with the only people who completely kept their memories being Aisia and Sakura. The point of the episode becomes showing how the girls fawn over Junichi, which to Aisia makes it look like everyone is happy. But the Mako trying to ask Junichi on a date angle demonstrates that not all is well. This is compounded at the end by how Nemu and Junichi start to suffer as they somewhat remember their memories from before, helped along by the symbols of their love (the matching watches and the letters).
I admit that I was hoping for Aisia to become a grand villain, but that wasn’t realistically going to happen. Instead, she’s still lead by the everyone’s-happiness belief. I think Sakura basically verbalizes the theme of this season with her “a person’s feelings will win over magic” line. If that is truly the case, as they are showing it is, then the last episode will probably have Junichi and Nemu overcoming the sakura tree’s power with their mutual love and memories, maybe with a little help from Sakura, Aisia, and even their friends. Not really groundbreaking (sequels rarely are), but I’ll reserve judgment until I see it. Onward to the finale!