Da Capo Second Season – 26 (END)
Aisia, seeing Nemu’s tears, runs out of the house and bumps into Junichi, who collapses in front of her. The next day, Aisia notices that everyone has a sullen attitude, especially when Junichi doesn’t show up for lunch. In the infirmary, Nemu starts to ask Akishima-sensei about the letters, but the power of the sakura tree takes effect and causes her to run out in pain. She doesn’t get very far though, running into Kotori, who stops her. Meanwhile, Suginami shows Junichi the relationship graph that he made, except with Nemu written in, reminding Junichi that she’s a candidate for his love. But when Junichi opens his mouth to say something, the sakura tree once again takes effect, causing him pain. Suginami has noticed the strange sakura blossoms, and asks Junichi if he knows what he should do now. Junichi runs off, but stops when he sees Nemu and Kotori. Nemu hands him a letter she wrote – in it, she addresses him lovingly and ends by calling him her number one, most liked brother. The present Nemu feels that it’s strange that siblings would communicate like that, but Suginami throws the word lovers in. Aisia sees everyone smiling as they watch from above, but she then sees Nemu collapse after a breeze full of sakura petals blows by. She realizes that it’s all her fault, and rushes to the old sakura tree.
Aisia wishes for Junichi and Nemu to stop suffering, but the tree does not respond. Sakura, however, does appear behind her. Aisia wants her to do something, but Sakura knows that it’s impossible for her. However, Sakura reminds Aisia of her grandmother, which in turn causes Aisia to realize that now that she truly understands everyone’s feelings, she can do anything their sake. Junichi, who has been searching for Aisia ever since Alice told everyone that she was missing, finally finds her all aglow in front of the tree. Aisia apologizes for what she’s done and bids him farewell. Junichi tries to stop her, but Sakura holds him back, saying that Aisia finally understands everyone’s feelings. Aisia has a few final words for each of the girls and Junichi, and then says goodbye as she disappears at the same time the old sakura tree’s petals do.
In the aftermath, life appears to go on normally, with Misaki joining the group. The seasons pass quickly, and one spring, wedding bells are ringing. Junichi and Nemu appear in front of a crowd, apparently just married. When Nemu throws her bouquet, a mysterious hooded girl catches it. After she throws it back into the air, it explodes, and mini-bouquets fall into the arms of all of the girls. As this hooded person walks away, Sakura smiles at her. However, Junichi’s voice stops her, and Aisia turns around and throws herself at him, calling out, “Junichi!” As the series draws to an end, we see that each of the girls is pursuing her own dreams. And the girl who is leaning on Junichi’s shoulder as he admires a photo album is indeed none other than Nemu.
So the ending itself didn’t turn out to be anything too surprising, though some of the details were. I didn’t think Suginami would play as big of a role as he did, nor was I expecting a marriage to end the series. The letters come back to play a part in reminding Junichi and Nemu of their love, which Suginami affirms. I’m not sure if Aisia killing the old sakura tree brings back their old memories or if it just stops interfering. Either way, Junichi and Nemu end up happy as do all of their friends, including Aisia. As for Aisia, I liked how her character turned out in the very end, but I could have done without all repeated the magic/happiness stuff from most of the series.
Thinking about it, the wedding is a nice touch to finally solidify Junichi and Nemu’s relationship. That in itself really made me enjoy this last episode, since it gives a much more concrete ending than what I remember from the original Da Capo.
Final Thoughts: DCSS ends up being quite a mixed bag for me. There are several good episodes (I’d consider the finale to be one of those), but there are also several that feel like wasted time. So I agree with a lot of people in saying that this probably didn’t warrant the entire 26 episodes. It ended up being a lot about Aisia, but not so much about Kotori, as had been mentioned by the director before (which I’m sure got lots of people’s hopes up). But ultimately, Junichi and Nemu remain the couple.