Heading to school one afternoon after leaving Makoto with Akiko, Yuuichi finds Mishio on her way out. He tells her about how Makoto won’t talk, laugh, or get angry – seemingly losing her emotions. The only person she lets her guard down for is him, so he wants Mishio to meet with her. When Mishio agrees, Yuuichi brings Makoto out to her, and Mishio introduces herself to the shy girl. With Yuuichi’s encouragement, Makoto eventually goes over into Mishio’s arms and warms up to Mishio because of how she pets her. Since Mishio succeeds in getting Makoto to say her own name and then Yuuichi’s, he is quite happy that she was able to remember. However, Mishio then warns that it’s only temporary – Makoto will forget soon. She also knows that Makoto’s time will come when she gets another fever, so she asks Yuuichi to grant any wishes Makoto has.
Returning home, Yuuichi asks Makoto if there’s anything she wants to do, but the girl only replies to him in Auu-s. He ends up taking her out with Akiko and Nayuki to a restaurant, and they have a meal as one happy family. Afterwards, Yuuichi points to a photo booth because Makoto was always staring at them before she lost her ability to speak. Although Makoto takes a little coaxing to come, Yuuichi, Nayuki, and Akiko get her into the picture of the four of them together. The rest of the evening is spent enjoying senkou hanabi (Japanese sparklers), but as the night progresses, Makoto comes down with a fever. Yuuichi can only hold her hand and stay by her side through her suffering. When Makoto wakes up the next morning, she’s doing a little better and Yuuichi pampers her, though he soon realizes that she prefers just to be with him.
Yuuichi decides to read her the shoujo manga that she loves, and when he gets to the end, he is reminded of how she wanted to marry him. He brings Makoto downstairs where he tells Akiko that they’re going out for a while. As they exit the house, the pair find Mishio waiting outside. She walks with them to school, holding Makoto’s hand because she considers herself Makoto’s friend. Outside the school building, Mishio bids farewell to Makoto and is tasked with passing along a message to Nayuki for Yuuichi. Nayuki ends up coming out during lunchtime and playing with Makoto for the short while before she has to go back inside. Like Mishio, Nayuki also parts ways by hoping that she and Makoto can play together again. Alone with Makoto again, Yuuichi takes her up to the top of Monomi Hill and sits down in the middle of a green field. As they share a meat bun, the two stare at the view of the city while the afternoon comes and goes.
By sundown, Yuuichi is ready to accomplish what he came out to do. Since he can’t buy an entire wedding dress for Makoto, he has instead bought a wedding veil for her to wear. As they stand together in the open field, he vows to stay by her side in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. Thinking to himself, Yuuichi believes that Makoto’s wish has been fulfilled, but he wonders if she’s happy being with him, who she supposedly hates. He knows that everyone liked her and admits that he loved her too. If she had noticed, she should have been happy, but he’s not so sure that she did. Just as he’s saying to Makoto that they should always stay together, a strong wind blows the wedding veil away. As a result, Makoto starts crying, so Yuuichi calms her down by letting her sit in his lap and by stroking her head. He turns her attention to playing with the bells on her wrist, but Makoto soon gets tired and closes her eyes. Her hand falls limp to her side, and just like that, she disappears. The green fields are now covered in snow, and the only thing left of Makoto are the bells he bought for her.
It is sometime later that Yuuichi, as he is remembering how they all took a photo together and how Makoto wanted spring to come and stay forever, has another chat with Mishio at school. She believes that when spring comes, the kitsune will be running around the hill again. A new life will be born and raised, and this child will come, yearning for the warmth of a human again. There’s no helping it because this is their nature. She suggests that half the city could be made up of the kitsune, and they simply don’t notice that everyone isn’t human. Yuuichi starts to think that Mishio is implying something, but she claims that she’s joking. Mishio then explains that if all the foxes worked together, they could produce an amazing miracle. She admits that it’s a dream of hers, and then wonders if it wouldn’t be great to see candy falling from the sky. Yuuichi doesn’t think so and Mishio calls him too practical. He in turn says that she has unexpectedly girlish tastes and imagination, and the two laugh about it.
Yuuichi thinks that they were having the same dream, and then came back from it. When Mishio finally asks what Yuuichi would want if miracles could really occur, he simply says he already knows: in a spring landscape, Piro curls up next to a sleeping Makoto…
Have a tissue ready…
It’s actually been quite a while since I’ve seen a series so incredibly sad and depressing. Even though I knew that it was coming, it still made quite the impact. And everything seemed to be amplified all that much more because of how well Kyoto Animation handled this end to the Makoto arc. I guess that final shot should be interpreted to be what Yuuichi would wish for in a miracle.
I can’t help but wonder if Makoto will not be mentioned again or if what happened here really had an impact on Yuuichi and will influence how he acts from now on. Then again, those two things aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. In any case, as much as I liked this arc, I’m curious to see how good the rest of the story is. With Makoto is gone, the focus should be shifting to one of the other girls, which would appear to be Mai.