「中多紗江 後編 オネガイ」 (Nakata Sae Kouhen – Onegai)
“Nakata Sae, Second Chapter – Wish”
We come to a close that turned out to be quite a strong arc! Sae keeps strong, Junichi goes through his redemption, and Miya eats as always. Although I do not personally enjoy Sae as a character, her arc’s development was pulled off well, including the things that make Amagami arcs enjoyable.
At its core, without the nice little extras here and there, Sae’s arc exceeded my expectations. The narration continued to hold the story, the conflict deepened more from last episode, and it ended fairly well. Although the pacing was a teeny bit rushed, as it is with almost every other episode, it’s forgivable, considering the two-episode constraint. What fit into these two episodes was heartwarming and humoring, cats and all :).
Similar to Divine’s views, I was hoping to see Sae and Junichi switch roles, where she’s now confident and he’s…less confident than he was before. The fact that it actually happened is a huge plus, though I feel that they could’ve highlighted this switch more aggressively. Last episode was great in terms of development, and this episode almost made it as well, if not for the lack of conflict. Personally, I thought the closure could’ve been stronger if Sae emphasized the stress of council work more. The time they set aside for it, I felt, was too short and too shallow, which was something Junichi easily fixed.
However, the little tidbits here and there made up for it. Cat costumes, camera stalking, and most of all, a time skip! I feel with the theme of the show…every character deserves time skips like Tsukasa, Sae, and Haruka have received. It’s such a great closer that any arc that misses it…is missing out on 30 seconds of potential!
I feel this arc was a good primer for the next one: the coy princess herself! Of all the endings in the first season, Haruka’s was probably the most emotional. It was a pleasant surprise when Amagami pulled off that ending. The fact that Haruka could hide behind both her own personality and the metaverse of a B-list Romantic Comedy made it a fulfilling ending. To see it continued is well…INEVITABLE KINKINESS APPROACHING!
See you all next week!
P.S: If you didn’t notice already, ALL the images have alt-text. I will try to do this for every episode I blog from now on.