REC – 09 (END)
Because of what Fumihiko had said the night before, Aka is having trouble concentrating at work. When she gets home, Fumihiko wants to apologize to her, but all he can say are more mean things. It gets even worse the next morning when he suggests that she move out. She leaves, but then yells “Baka” at him from downstairs. In the office, Hatada cheers Fumihiko up by reminding him that he’s the neko-ki’s creator. They go drinking, however Aka and her co-workers also happen to be there celebrating the start of their TV series. The two hear Aka’s voice and barge in on the celebration. Hatada mentions that Fumihiko is feeling down because his proposal got rejected. The guys there try to cheer him up, but it’s Aka’s speech about how she started to love her job that really reaches him. Fumihiko then tells everyone about how angrily he acted towards the girl he loved. Hearing this, Aka replies that she doesn’t think that the girl will think he’s angry because she’s worried about him. Fumihiko apologizes, and after the party, he hugs Aka tightly. Fumihiko asks Aka to become his girlfriend, and she agrees. They kiss and head home.
Well that was a happy ending, pretty much what I expected. I wish they had given a closer-up shot of the kiss, but oh well. Now that think about it, I don’t really think that the series needed to be any longer because they did a fairly good job exploring Aka and Fumihiko’s relationship (which is contrary to what I had thought back around episode two). Fumihiko was once again an ass-hole at the beginning, but he gets redeemed by the end.
Final Thoughts: REC focuses on the budding relationship between two people that started from a random encounter on the street that led to a one-night stand. For me, that one-night stand was really the hook for getting interested in this show. My favorite character is Aka’s manager Yoshioka, which may be partially due to the fact that she reminds me a lot of Ayuki from Kashimashi. Anyway, REC is rather short, but the nine fifteen-minute episodes are enough to tell a good romance story.