Da Capo II – 12
Absent from class again, Koko pays a visit to the sakura tree that’s in full bloom. Yoshiyuki is concerned about her, but on his way out from school, he gets sidetracked when he finds out that Minatsu’s shoes have been stolen and hidden somewhere. Minatsu doesn’t mind so much, but Yoshiyuki makes it a point to look for them, and he eventually finds them sitting in the school’s incinerator. When he brings them back, he questions why Minatsu isn’t frustrated and annoyed by all this. Her answer is that she’s used to it, and it’s enough for her that Yoshiyuki is angry in her place. Yoshiyuki then notices Maya listening in on their conversation, but she starts to walk off when he sees her. Already feeling unfriendly towards her, he starts arguing with her, and even after Minatsu tries to break it up, Yoshiyuki chases after Maya to question what’s so wrong about them being getting along well with Minatsu. When pressed about why she treats Minatsu like an enemy, Maya explains that she knows Minatsu didn’t push her father towards death and that all robots aren’t bad. However, the reality for her is that robots screwed up her family, and her still young brother Yuuto doesn’t remember his father’s face. It’s because of this that Maya can’t accept robots.
Yuuto happens to have come to meet his sister at the school gates, but he doesn’t look before crossing the street and soon finds himself in the path of a rapidly approaching van. Reacting quickly, Minatsu dives at him and shields him as the van crashes into them. Luckily, both of them are okay, and Maya is reunited with her brother who’s now in tears. Minatsu, however, loses power as soon as she tries to stand back up, so Yoshiyuki and Yume take her to Mizukoshi. The prognosis is fortunately good, but Mizukoshi worries that they won’t be able to lie about Minatsu any more. As for Yuuto, he asks his sister about the girl who saved him because he hasn’t been able to thank her yet, leaving Maya at a loss over how to explain things to him. The following day, the news of what Minatsu did is all over the school, and when she shows up to class, everyone surprisingly applauds her. Their views of her have changed, and some apologize for how they’ve treated her. Even Maya approaches Minatsu and thanks her for saving Yuuto. This makes Minatsu quite happy, and she invites Maya to eat lunch with them.
After lunch with everyone, Minatsu and Maya stay on the rooftop, and Maya wonders why Minatsu saved her brother despite everything she had done to her. Minatsu feels that it’s in the past and reveals that she used to be like Maya, except that instead of hating robots, she hated all humans. It was thanks to Yoshiyuki and company that she realized that humans weren’t bad, and in thinking about what her creators wanted, Minatsu stopped unnecessarily holding a grudge against humans. She now wants to be the link that brings together the hearts of humans and robots, and for her, this means getting along well with everyone. As this conversation goes on, Yoshiyuki and Yume watch from the rooftop door and are glad that everything is okay now. All does not stay well for long though because Minatsu is then called to the principal’s office where Mizukoshi reveals that the board of directors decided to kick her out of school. Yoshiyuki wants to know what Sakura thinks, but Mizukoshi explains that even if Sakura opposed it, she can’t overturn the board’s decision. Not giving up, Yoshiyuki goes to look for Sakura anyway since she isn’t around right now.
As he runs along the path lined by sakura trees, Yoshiyuki suddenly encounters Koko. When he asks her why she’s here, she explains that she came here after thinking about him and apologizes for worrying him. Koko then figures out that something must have happened again for Yoshiyuki to leave school in the middle of classes. She likes the Yoshiyuki that is kind to everyone, but recently she’s felt a pain in her chest. Remembering how they happy used to be, Koko goes on to suggest that they end their relationship and go back to how they were.
Did it bother anyone else that they never showed anything about the driver who completely wrecked the car that almost killed Maya’s little brother? I know it’s a small detail, but it’s usually something that’s accounted for. Anyway, it wasn’t very satisfying to see that one incident like that changed everyone’s minds about Minatsu. However, her saga still isn’t over yet since she’s now been kicked out of school. And with Koko breaking up with Yoshiyuki, that still leaves a lot to cover in the final episode. They still haven’t introduced anything about the sakura tree either, despite showing it repeatedly this episode. Of course, that might never come up in this series, since, as relentlessflame pointed out out, the Lantis web site claims that Koko and Minatsu are heroines for the first half of the anime – meaning that there’ll be another half eventually. I’m not a huge fan of them doing it this way, but if I had known about it earlier, I would have probably cut this series a lot more slack. Maybe if they’re feeling evil, they’ll end the series on a cliffhanger…