Even though I already knew exactly what was going to happen, it didn’t stop the tears from flowing as the episode came to a close. If anything, I think I was crying a lot more than I should have specifically because I knew what was coming.
After a getting a bunch of hints throughout the past few episodes about what was to come, let me put that to the side for a second and start this post off by taking a slightly closer look at Yuki and her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Technically I guess you could call this PPTSD since the cause of it all was the loss of Megu-nee, but semantics aside I think we have to give some credit to Yuki for managing to keep her cool for as long as she did. Because when the world’s falling apart and everyone outside a small building is probably dead or worse (worse than death, what a concept haha), it doesn’t seem all that hard for someone to breakdown once the cold truth of reality starts falling down upon them. But judging from what we saw, it looks like Yuki was able to keep up with things for at least a little while!
When it comes to the story though, I think the anime adaptation did a fantastic job at giving us some true insight at what’s going on in Yuki’s head. Using the other three characters to help explain the situation and highlight the different views about how to handle the situation, it was clear that there was a distinct divide between just how the group should proceed. What the anime viewers probably don’t know though, is just how quickly Miki changed her opinion about Yuki’s condition in the anime compared to the manga. If you caught the post last week, you should remember how I alluded to this episode covering Miki and her counter-stance to Rii-san and how she’s been handling Yuki. What I was really concerned about was how the show would convincingly give us the feeling that Miki truly understood just how important Yuki is to the group. Not someone who’s delusional, but instead someone who can see things as they were and continue to keep everyone around them going. And luckily, I was happily surprised how well they managed to do it with less than half an episode. While the critics may have complaints that it might have happened “too” quickly compared to the manga, I truly think it was done well in the time they had.
We caught a glimpse of it last week and it’s finally been revealed that Megu-nee actually isn’t there anymore. Long gone before the events of the anime, her sacrifice to protect her girls against a wave of zombies unleashed such a big wave of emotions that I had tears falling down my cheek before I even realized it. Thinking about how much courage it must have taken to act so selflessly makes me head hurt! And as if that wasn’t emotional enough, the ending sequence and preview for next week’s episode was just too much for me to handle. Watching Megu-nee fade away during the ending sequence hurt, but seeing her silently appear in the preview and just slowly disappear was the final nail that actually had the tears flying off of my face.
After an episode like this, I feel pretty exhausted. Everything about it was so good, but if I had to pick only one thing it’d have to be the amazing use of music throughout the episode. With perfect timing and just the right amount of intensity in each scene, it was truly the final piece in the puzzle that brought everything together. Besides that, it looks like the preview is suggesting something big might be happening next week. And as unsure as I am about whether or not my body can handle another hit like this week’s, I’ll never refuse more feels.
Thanks for reading the post and I hope to catch you around for the rest of the season! On a side note, please refrain from posting spoilers in the comments. Not only are you ruining someone’s experiences, but because this is an adaptation, it’s possible you could be spreading misinformation! So, please abuse that spoiler tag and if you want to talk about anything related to this anime or if you wanted to ask me something specific, shoot me a tweet @rctakaii!
See you next week!
ED2: 「アフターグロウ」 (Afutaa Gurou) by 黒崎真音 (Kurosaki Maon)