「つゆのあとさき」 (Tsuyu no Atosaki)
“After the Rain”
They sometimes say that journey can be worth than the destination and in Koi wa Ameagari no You ni’s case, I think this might ring true. Not that the destination was bad though!
Boy, after 12 episodes I can’t believe that it’s already over! Before diving into the final impressions and some parting thoughts since I think we’ve hit a lot of the main points throughout the previous posts, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going to be a little bummed that we won’t get to see more of Tachibana, Kondou, and the rest of this show’s cast. As a whole the show has really grown on me and while I think where things ended was pretty good, I want to know more. With that said, let’s dive into the final impressions!
With things said and done, I think we can all agree that we’ve ended up on one of the best timelines possible for Tachibana and Kondou. The two had various problems that needed solving and by the end of the series, I think it was clear that they were both heading down the correct path. With the former overcoming the trauma that comes with a painful injury/experience and the latter rediscovering the passion they once had for something they loved, all that we needed was a little more time in which I’m pretty sure they’d be able to reach the first of many goals toward the prize they were aiming for.
Rewinding things a little, I wanted to talk a little about Tachibana’s journey from when we first met her to the Tachibana of today. Comparing the two, it’s almost night and day when you look at them. However, what probably felt even better than knowing how much she’s grown was the fact that we got to watch all of it unfold right before our eyes. As Tachibana overcame the negative memories of injuring her Achilles and acknowledging (or at least somewhat acknowledging) that she may have been acting like a terrible friend toward the one person who she may have needed the most, the feelings and emotions we experienced as each episode played through was one that I wish I could rewind and experience all over again. As I said in the excerpt for the post, the journey in this show’s case I think edges out the payout of reaching the destination.
Changing sides to Kondou, it was fun watching him embark on a journey of his own. As the secondary main character to Tachibana, he definitely had his own issues to deal with minus an attractive high schooler having a huge crush on him. And while I wish we had a little more time to flesh out all the complicated emotions that he had swirling around inside of him, I’ll accept the fact that with the time given we got a pretty darn good glimpse at what he was struggling with. Age or time is something that we’re all fighting against and as more of it goes by, it gets a lot tougher to reconcile with your regrets or failures. As a 45 year old divorcee with a young son, it’s take a lot of gumption to face your fears and I’m glad the show was able to show that on-screen.
Besides that, I think this last episode was a pretty good way to close things out. With most of the major points closed and the romance between Tachibana and Kondou somewhat resolved, the only downside was probably that things felt a little rushed. Tiny gripes aside, I think that this show did a great job at what it strove to do. Sure it may have lied to us about it being about a relationship between a high school girl and an older aged man, but boy am I glad that things played out how they did.
As always, thank you everyone for keeping up with the posts! It’s been a blast and I’ll catch you around next season as all the new shows kick off. See you then!