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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.

March 31, 2006 at 4:48 pm
  • March 31, 2006 at 6:11 pmLOPLOP

    This was a nice little series. I hope somebody at TBS took notice and it comes back in some form in a full length series and with full length episodes. The Manga is great if you have not read it . . . .

  • March 31, 2006 at 6:14 pmJT

    yay happy ending! !

  • March 31, 2006 at 6:22 pmpach

    Good ending. So, Aka’s speech was from her inspiration or from a Hepburn movie?
    Let’s see if they animate more volumes of the manga.

  • March 31, 2006 at 7:46 pmgolthin

    Ah! finally an Awesome ending! I wish they had gone further that just the first Volume of the manga.

  • March 31, 2006 at 8:29 pmRasmiel

    I thought it was a great place to stop. Romance animes/games tend to get boring when they get dragged for too long because they tend to have less interesting conflicts after the main characters make up.

  • March 31, 2006 at 8:57 pmKaito

    omg, tokyotosho!
    that’s gotta be an april fools joke. i hope

  • March 31, 2006 at 9:08 pmHypernova

    Personally I think the series was a bad idea, they should have waited for the manga more and would have more material to work with, A full length series would have been a much better choice. OVA’s seem to be trendy this season so we’ll see what happens.

  • March 31, 2006 at 11:56 pmsinistral


    It was an april fools’ joke.

    I like happy endings \o/.

  • April 1, 2006 at 1:48 am*Chi*

    The whole fun starts in the manga. But it was a nice little series. Something different because of it’s length, but I think this is also a good possibility to tell a romance story.

  • April 1, 2006 at 6:26 pmrelentlessflame

    Looking forward to seeing what’s in store for the DVD bonus episode (Episode 10) when it’s released mid-May… The DVD will also have the ED that got cut for the TV broadcast. There was also talk at one point of this being a multi-season deal (three seasons was what they were saying…), so we’ll see how sales go…

  • April 1, 2006 at 9:17 pmMike

    I really like REC alot compare to some other series I been watching lately, some of u suggest Fumihiko & Aki doesn’t make the best couples, but I have to admit they are so cute together. Wish this series a bit longer.

  • April 2, 2006 at 1:30 amVexx

    A really cute little story (I may go hunt up the manga) …. it seems like the anime people are doing better with many of these short stories than the “bigger budget” 24 ep series.

  • April 11, 2006 at 10:04 pmAznSoulBoy

    “some of u suggest Fumihiko & Aki doesn’t make the best couples”

    BETTER THEN NEMUXJUNICHI =.= I just rewatched Da Capo cuz the song of kotori missed me. and then I was like STUPID ASAKURA WHO LOVE NEMU =.= llololol grr. I hope de DC2 wont mess up.

  • May 2, 2006 at 12:51 amPakxenon

    I thought this was a 9+8+8+1OAV series, but whatever. Some of us had to wait a month for a subbing group to finish. T_T It was well worth the wait!

  • November 14, 2006 at 9:31 pmmudkip

    Well, take away the first episode and you have a fairly realistic love story about two people establishing careers and young adults and trying to find themselves. They made a lot of mistakes and they weren’t perfect but they did find ways to make things work out and they had to work together to build up to a relationship.

    I enjoyed this series, it was short but sweet.

  • November 27, 2006 at 1:51 amHarouki

    The anime was pretty great considering they only did volume 1 of the manga. WOnder if they are going to do another season?

  • December 11, 2007 at 9:38 amtoriyaki

    have anyone c REC Ep 8.5???