Clannad’s end made me cry. Angel Beats’ end didn’t, but it was still a very good finish.
The graduation ceremony was really sweat. Although the preview from last time showed that it was going to happen, I didn’t realize that it would only be the five of them. I also didn’t realized Yuri had a cute tsudere-side to her and Kanade was actually pretty lighthearted about graduating. It was funny now that I think about it that Kanade could be the bad guy, but I guess everything had to change. The episode got sadder and sadder but it left me with a smile on my face. It couldn’t outdo Clannad, but maybe it’s because it only had thirteen episodes.
Ahhh tsundere Yuri. If there was a reason she couldn’t top the other Newtype females in recent rankings, it was because she didn’t have a girly side. Yuri throughout the entire episode was tsundere so much that it seemed that the producers remade every character. It didn’t help that Kanade was actually talkative and laughing a lot between Yuri’s actions (I know, right? Kanade was laughing!). This series needed more tsundere Yuri, not yuri Tsundere (… my bad).
My reaction to the song mirrored Hinata’s expression as well, but you have to give credit to Kanade for attempting to write a song for the occasion. It surprised me when she actually hid behind Otonashi when she got scared, since normally she would just whip out Hand Sonic V10000000 and kick the crap out of Hinata. But then again, nobody can die. If that was the case, how were they planning to kill Angel in the first place?
This character I really did not understand why he became a part of the big four. Why couldn’t it be Yui or Iwasawa or TK? Speaking of which, TK is still alive. He is now the God of this world as he is the only non-NPC and he is currently owning. Just kidding, but Nao was such a useless character and I don’t know why the producers focused on his parting so much with the tears. I hate you, Jun.
Bro-five! But Hinata still was a pretty sad main character, since he had nothing really redeeming about him.
This turnout came out as a surprise, but not really. I joked about Otonashi getting together with Kanade, but I wasn’t really expecting it. It turns out that Kanade received Otonashi’s heart as a result from him being a donor, and she remained in this world to find out who the person was how gave his life so she can prolong hers. Otonashi found about his past while resting on Kanade’s heart (aka chest noice) and he finally confesses that he loves her. Kanade disappears after she thanks Otonashi for his love – wow, that was something I didn’t expect. Kanade actually acted… like…. a girl here. Kanade FTW
This week’s alternating ending… they also changed the song so look out for that as well.
I’m glad to see that Otonashi and Kanade meet up after they’re reborn through the humming of Iwasawa’s [My Song]. I hope the other SSS members met up again as well.
Final Impressions: 8.5 / 10.0
A good series, but it wasn’t great. At the same time, it was always fun to look forward to and it always gave us good plot twists and good action scenes. The characters will probably last for a while in fanart and we don’t have a second season to look forward to. Not one of Clamp’s best, but certainly something everyone should watch this past season if you haven’t been watching this.
On the side note, I’m moving back to the States tomorrow so don’t expect any posts for the next two/three days. Sorry.