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Kashimashi – 13 (DVD Finale)

One winter night, Hazumu tries to get Tomari’s attention by throwing stones at her window, but Tomari hides from her. Hazumu ends up leaving an invitation in the mailbox before leaving. The invitation is for Hazumu’s Christmas party, though it also mentions the Christmas concert that Yasuna will be performing in. Yasuna herself is actually acting very lively and feeling very free. When Ayuki asks her if she’s really getting off the stage and if she’ll really be ok alone, Yasuna replies that she won’t be alone. She explains that secluding yourself and walking alone are completely different things. That’s why, back then, she had told Hazumu that she wanted to walk alone and that it’s ok if she couldn’t be by her side.
After school, Hazumu tries to ask if Tomari saw the Christmas party invitation, but Tomari just ignores her and keeps running. Long after Hazumu leaves, Tomari continues to practice her running until Ayuki comes by. Ayuki feels that Tomari is being stubborn and should give her answer to Hazumu, but Tomari still remembers that Hazumu chose Yasuna back then. Watching from the roof of the school, Yasuna recalls how back then, she had confessed to Hazumu that she also loved Tomari. When the time for the Christmas concert comes, Yasuna personally asks Tomari about coming, but Tomari says that she has a part-time job. Hazumu still saves a seat for Tomari, but she never shows up.
Afterwards, outside of Hazumu’s house before the party, Yasuna asks for Asuta’s help with something that she’s been planning with Ayuki and Sora, who’s come back. This plan goes into action when Tomari doesn’t show up for the party and Hazumu takes that as her answer. After Ayuki and Asuta leave together, Yasuna suggests to Hazumu that they go to Kashima Mountain. At that time, Tomari is at home reading the invitation when Ayuki, dressed as Santa, suddenly appears. Tomari figures out that Ayuki wants to take her to Hazumu, and she doesn’t want to go. Ayuki decides to bag up Tomari and flies her outside into the cart that reindeer Asuta is ready to drive – all of this is thanks to Jan-puu’s powers.
The group arrives at the base of the mountain where Yasuna is waiting. Tomari asks Yasuna if she’s really ok with this since Tomari still thinks that Yasuna likes Hazumu. Yasuna recounts how she had told Hazumu that she depended too much on Hazumu’s kindness. She has decided that she has to walk alone and feels that the person who can really make Hazumu happy is Tomari. That’s why she wants Tomari to go and answer Hazumu with honest feelings. At the top of the stairs, Tomari finds Hazumu waiting in the snow. As she walks over, Tomari remembers that back then, when they were facing each other across the stream, Hazumu had confessed to her. In response, Tomari had just turned around without answering Hazumu.
Now, Tomari is finally able to admit that she wants to become Hazumu’s bride. After Tomari apologizes and hugs Hazumu, Jan-puu appears and grants them both wedding dresses. Jan-puu also creates a crystal cathedral, and so Hazumu carries Tomari up the stairs to the priest Sora. Tomari and Hazumu then kiss, which clears the skies and causes a beautiful aurora effect. The two get on a sleigh driven by Yasuna, and Tomari takes the chance to thank Yasuna and everyone else. As they fly towards the moon, the girls know that there is a miracle called love that brings people happiness. This miracle is inside of everyone.

So this was the DVD 13th episode that concludes the Kashimashi series. I’ve got pretty mixed feelings on this, though not many are positive. The OP and ED were still the same as the rest of the series, except that the OP was full-length, and they recapped the first 12 episodes during that extra OP time. The episode started out normally enough with plenty of angst that felt like rehash from the rest of the series. It was the last six or so minutes that had me mostly speechless. The whole Christmas miracle/wedding dress/flying sleigh felt a bit ridiculous, to the point where I even laughed out loud.
All that aside though, this is clearly a Tomari ending, so at least the who-will-Hazumu-end-up-with question is put to rest. And the frustrating ano ne… ending from episode 12 was cleared up, though it was split into flashbacks that were spread throughout this episode. I’m a little surprised that Yasuna just gave up Hazumu like that, but it is believable that she would want to walk on her own and let Hazumu find happiness with Tomari. I guess in a way, you could call episode 12 the Yasuna ending and this episode the Tomari ending.
The episode didn’t really help or hurt my opinion of the series as a whole because it wasn’t great and wasn’t horrible – it was merely alright. I enjoyed hearing all the voice actresses (Horie Yui, Tamura Yukari, and Ueda Kana) in their roles again, but the main thing is that this finally gives some closure after the ano ne… end of the television broadcast, which was almost exactly seven months ago today. I still wish that they could have found some way for a true three-girl ending, but that’s just me. Kashimashi has plenty of good yuri moments with lots of angst, and I’d call it a worthwhile watch overall.
If nothing else, this finale got the ending song Michishirube into my head again after such a long time…

October 27, 2006 at 11:11 pm
  • October 27, 2006 at 11:38 pmHypernova

    I was scrolling down the caps thinking typical typical, and then towards the end WTF WTF!

  • October 28, 2006 at 12:20 amHung

    Tomari wins!? Yesssssss!

  • October 28, 2006 at 12:53 amZzz…

    I liked Tomari so…yay (lukewarm cheer)…
    could you say…like why bother after all this time…when it’s lost all meaning…
    *walks away*

  • October 28, 2006 at 12:57 amAC

    Man Omni, what happened to your cronies that were supposed to be helping you out? :-p

  • October 28, 2006 at 1:04 amOmni

    I answered that question in another post a week or two ago.

  • October 28, 2006 at 1:10 amAmbient Escape

    uhhh wow…

  • October 28, 2006 at 1:42 amHaesslich

    Thank the GODS, Tomari got a proper ending. The ending to the series in Ep 12 was a little… cheesy, IMO, so I’m feeling a little better about this. Especially with the bride promise being followed up on.

    But I have to agree with Zzz… in that this was a little.. well, late. I really wish they’d ended the series with this instead of that lukewarm ending.

  • October 28, 2006 at 1:45 amHaesslich

    Actually, i take it back – I just wish they’d ended the series without the lukewarm ending. The Yasuna thing didn’t make any sense, but this one… well, it’s more Magikano than Kashimashi.

  • October 28, 2006 at 2:20 amZzz…

    8th Row 2nd picture

    …tacked on after the fact endings to a series never work out right…except maybe Uta Kata…at some point people should understand they should just give up…

  • October 28, 2006 at 2:47 amSyaoran Li

    ara… I was so exited abotu this… but, well, time to sleep

  • October 28, 2006 at 3:11 am*Chi*

    Cute, just so cute *speechless*
    Well Omni, at least we got a nice happy ending which is not the everyday thing nowadays in animes..

  • October 28, 2006 at 4:27 amVexx

    Kind of what I expected (Yasuna realizes it was “need” more than “lovea” and we end up with Tomari) but the execution was pretty bizarre if the last six minutes are as the screen caps indicate. You almost keep expecting someone to wake up and say, “ah just a dream” which would suck.

    Yeah, I’d have preferred a threesome (hey, Fut Alt pulled it off) but this does seem to be a more meaningful finish with everyone patched up in their own way.

  • October 28, 2006 at 5:42 amAi-Tan

    YES! YES! And YES! Tomari wins~~ Ah, i’m happy. But i regret deleting the episodes of Kashimashi frommy comp. I want to watch them again. Well, i might download them once again. XD I also want episode 13. Where did you find the RAW? Or is it directly from the DVD?. I hope it’ll get subbed, if it can. XD

  • October 28, 2006 at 7:33 amRasmiel

    This is really weird…Kashimashi has space ships, aliens, and a boy who turned into a girl, yet a flying sleigh seems so out of place. For me anyway. O_O

    *Waves Tomari flag*

  • October 28, 2006 at 8:20 amKei-sama

    so hazumu win tomari?! YEAH!!!!

  • October 28, 2006 at 9:54 am-Z-

    ahh, so they fixed the ending. ^_^

  • October 28, 2006 at 10:37 amAesir

    w00t! tomari ending!!

  • October 28, 2006 at 11:21 amimPanda

    mmmm ribbons…

  • October 28, 2006 at 11:54 amSyaoran Li

    Maybe someday, a threesome will be possible, but for now on… is time to cry…

  • October 28, 2006 at 7:12 pmNobunaga

    I had the feeling that Tomari would win at last!

  • October 29, 2006 at 12:23 pmAerika

    yay! Tomari!
    but uhhh… i agree with Zzz too, why now?? The Ano ne thing was wayyy annoying but this… kinda silly. kinda really silly. >

  • October 29, 2006 at 2:59 pmg-cel

    !hazumu win tomari??? !~!!~whatevehhhhh

  • October 29, 2006 at 7:41 pmconfusedmanchar

    I’m glad Tomari won, but I still think Hazumu should have been turned back into a boy. Then (mostly straight) Tomari wouldn’t feel so weird loving a girl.

  • October 30, 2006 at 10:24 pmXellos-_^

    I want my lesbian threesome ending.

  • October 31, 2006 at 11:11 amDevilen

    either lesbian threesome or turning Tomari into a boy :D …

  • October 31, 2006 at 11:51 amTsukiyo

    So this ending takes place like, 3 months later? The end of ep 12 was the end of summer (according to Hazumu in one of the eps), and now its winter? So Hazumu basically stayed with Yasuna for 3 months, ignored Tomari and now 3 months later decides to make up for it? O.o

    The ending was kinda… out of place. Spaceships and aliens are one thing, but that reindeer-sleigh thingy is just plain weird.

  • November 1, 2006 at 5:28 am*Chi*

    Tsukiyo, this is anime, everything is possible :D

  • November 1, 2006 at 8:13 amA+

    ———-Kitaaa——— …… XD
    Tomari, GO FOR IT, YAY. Tomari wins ehehehe :]

  • January 3, 2007 at 8:18 amRhian

    Seems like lots of people want that threesome ending. I think that would be awesome, but since Hazumu has Tomari, I want Yasuna. Her voice is by my favorite female seiyuu, and she is too cute for me to ignore. I shall put my skill into making a little Yasuna plushie doll for me to hug when in need of a hug.

  • January 9, 2007 at 11:37 pmburusu

    I just finished watching the ending of this show and I wasn’t totally sure I understood this episode correctly (my Japanese is not very good). After reading this synopsis it looks like I was about right. It’s nice to have a real finite ending but it really doesn’t sync up with the rest of the series. Yasuna’s feelings seems to change overnight and everything from the card game on seems really tacked on. This show is already silly enough, why did they need do this. It almost seems like they had planned out an entire second season but didn’t get funding for it so they had to move everything really fast to fit it in one OAV. I know I’m late on this but I need to write this somewhere.


  • January 15, 2007 at 2:49 pmKen-Shi_Kun

    Well, after subbing it and after loving the whole anime… I agree with the 12th eps final secounds was… “anone…”. it was necessery to make-up for it from the authors ^_^, and so, here is ep13. This I think is the TRUE ending for the whole series in any ways, any more and the story will be busted, but with this much it is OK for me. And of course this is anime, anything is possible ^_^, that sleight was a piece of the mood esspecialy beacuse it’s at the end of december. Marry Christmas.

    Oh, and: 3X hurray for Tomari, Yatta! Yatta! Yatta!

  • February 14, 2007 at 10:40 amash

    yattaのhazumuの勝利tomari Iはそれらを愛するそんなに私が望む彼女がHazumuの花嫁になりたいと思うtomariの発言時私がこのエピソードを戯曲実際に見るとより多くのエピソードを、私叫ぶ作ることを TT__TT

    さようなら ^-^v

    yatta hazumu win tomari i love them so much i wish they make more episodes , i cry when i watch this episode its really Drama when tomari say she wants to become Hazumu’s bride TT__TT

    goodbye ^-^v

  • April 17, 2007 at 10:17 pmFalen Angel

    kinda weird how it ends, i sorta expected hazumu to turn back into a guy… and sorta “straighten” things out, but i guess this is cool, better than a threesome which would be chaotic. Just goes to show, the road call love has many unexpected turns

  • August 18, 2007 at 1:02 amLelouch

    i prefer this ending

  • December 10, 2007 at 12:12 pmrandom_rant

    I really wanted Hazumu to end up with Yasuna… it just seemed so, I don’t know, perfect… I don’t know, I still think it would have been awesome if Hazumu ended up choosing Ayuki even though she wasn’t even “on the stage”… I can’t believe after Yasuna finally got Hazumu that she just let her go like that… That was awful… I couldn’t believe it… Maybe it’s just me, but I really didn’t like Tomari…

  • February 28, 2008 at 10:37 pmHappy@Shirune

    this is so yuri though XD

    Why do i even care to watch and commoent on it … XD

    the endin i guess was ok

  • July 28, 2008 at 1:44 pmkyou-chan

    aww. thank god they fix the ending..
    i rily love hazumo wid tomari rather dan hazumo and yasuna :}

  • September 4, 2008 at 3:47 amMandyGirl

    The ending could have been better, but at least no man was in it and at least it was a true Yuri anime!

    I’m sick of hetero endings.

  • July 11, 2009 at 12:17 amarimareiji

    Read the manga, that’s all I have to say. It’s extremely rare that anime and manga can diverge from each other as wildly as these did without one being extremely lame – but Kashimashi managed it. Well, except for this episode, which I prefer to pretend doesn’t exist.

  • July 11, 2009 at 12:18 amarimareiji

    But Hazumu’s still a little slut. ^_~