「決戦！ユウサリ中央（セントラル）」 (Kessen! Yuusari Chuuou (Sentoraru))
“Decisive Battle! Yuusari Central”
Tegami Bachi is generally know for its immersive world and emotion-filled stories, but this lead-up to the finale gave quite a different look with its action-filled city-wide destruction. Once the Bee Hive was completely destroyed by Cabernet, it honestly felt like the series had tread past a point of no return. Once Maka showed up to help and Yuusari Central was getting destroyed from the inside out, the scale of the battle was taken to a whole other level. As is often the case, there wasn’t really a sense of urgency while it all happened. Instead, it was simply bewilderment over the fact that something so drastic was happening that made it all exciting to watch.
My hunch on giving Thunderland the benefit of the doubt wasn’t for naught, so I was secretly happy about seeing that come to fruition. Aria also got her moment in the spotlight by foiling Lawrence’s plan to a certain degree and springing the surprise on Maka’s arrival. Given how she appeared right on cue, it seemed like the legendary creature was lying in wait for Cabernet to come busting through the city, though I’m inclined to believe that Maka had just made it to Yuusari and that Aria and the others would’ve liked to save the Bee Hive if possible. Of course, that seemed to be the least of their concerns with the chance to bring down Lawrence, Caribs, and Hazel.
That was a pretty weak attempt on Aria’s part to apprehend the Reverse trio considering that none of the Bees were packing guns. I can’t say I’m all that surprised that it turned out to be just another face-to-face confrontation, considering how all of Lag’s run-ins with them have ended up the same way. The best thing I took away from the discussion was how Signal and Signaless really stuck it to Lawrence by revealing that they planned to betray him from the very start. Lawrence was livid and I enjoyed every moment of it.
It wasn’t quite how I imagined, but I did get what I was hoping for — Noir and Roda fighting alongside Lag and Niche. The former two have become a respectable pair who doesn’t support the Amberground government or Reverse, so it’s quite possible they may show up periodically in the future to lend Lag a helping hand. Unfortunately, that seems to close the chapter on the hopes of bringing Gauche back, as indicated by both Lag and Sylvette’s acceptance of it. I don’t know if it’s any consolation knowing that he’s alive and pursuing his new-found aspirations supporting Roda, but Lag seems to have come to terms with how Noir still exhibits a lot of Gauche’s characteristics even without his memories. From a viewer’s perspective, it’s far from a happy ending but definitely not a horrible one. I’ll still have mixed feelings about it if they leave it at that, provided there is a third sequel in store later on.