Now that the end has finally come, I’m just going to jump straight into final impressions. Not necessarily because I don’t want to say anything in particular about this final episode but it’s more like I don’t have anything to say. If anything, I would sum this episode as more of the regular rigmarole that had me thinking, “This could maybe turn into something awesome if it weren’t the last episode.”
For a show that I was totally pumped up about after someone linked me to it on our IRC channel, I’m really disappointed that it didn’t turn into the show I hoped for. Surprisingly though, it seems that this show ended up being really polarizing — even with a majority of the readers voicing their complaints week by week, there were some who said that the show just worked for them. So before we jump into the real impressions, let me say that there were some genuine points throughout the show that really worked for me.
As a show billed as a romanticish slice-of-life with some fantasy elements weaved into the mix, there wasn’t enough of any single part. Sure there were some romantic antics amongst the main cast that were resolved but none of them had any of the impact you’d expect from a show that promised we’d see some romance. Sure, we had guys and girls fighting over Touko but there was never a point where I didn’t think Kakeru would overtake the others. Which to me is a little odd since it felt like their relationship felt awfully forced. Starting from a shared interest in the fragments of the future (I’ll get into that in a little), it seemed to just jump from acquaintances to star-crossed lovers without any of the passion or flag-setting occurring. Then you have the side characters who we’re led to believe ended up with their own happy endings but honestly, there wasn’t enough buildup to really make us feel anything for them.
So, you’d think that if romance wasn’t the focus then the whole fantasy element would be, right? Especially when the show throws in Kakeru having conversations with himself, RIGHT? But in the end all we got was a half-baked explanation about things that modern science would probably classify as an explosive imagination. Toss in last week’s episode where Touko ended up in an alternate dimension and you have a hot mess of topics that never really get tied up.
All that said, there was something that this final episode helped me realize. If you take this show as a depiction of a teen’s final summer, I think you can justify most of what happens. Maybe the point of everything is that during that hectic time where your decisions could ultimately decide where you end up in life, lots of things that don’t make sense happen. So in the end, maybe it’s really about the crazy journey you take to really find out what you want?
Anyways, while the show personally didn’t do much for me, I wouldn’t say it was a complete train wreck. There were certain elements like Hina and the adorable relationship between her parents that managed to capture my attention when the main story almost had me turning away. Toss in Yuki and Yanagi who I’m assuming got into a successful relationship with each other and I had most of my wants fulfilled (Yeah, Hiro and Sachii are okay but still YukixYanagi). When everything is said and done, I don’t think I would recommend this show to anyone besides those looking to fill their P.A. Works collection.
And that’s about wraps it up! Thanks again to everyone who’s been following the posts. I know the show wasn’t what we expected but at least we stuck it through till the end right!? See you next season!