January 30, 2006
Wow, how DEPRESSING. I wasn’t really expecting this series to have a happy ending, and in a way it was bittersweet and extremely Japanese, but wow. A stomach socker.
I say extremely Japanese because a mech comes out of nowhere, and I tend to avoid that particular cultural fascination the way I tend to avoid reality TV and Paris Hilton. Other than that, it was really awesome, but just really depressing. I felt like the actions weren’t necessary, and I wasn’t sure why it had to go that far, or how it got to go that far.
The one thing I was a bit mad about was that it always seemed like Shuji and Chise were being punished throughout the entire series for being shy with each other. This is NORMAL. I had a more-or-less boyfriend for about six or seven years where we never spoke of or confirmed our relationship, but there was certainly something there all the same. Should the two be taking it out on themselves for never saying the right thing? Should they be taking it out on themselves so hard for not being able to have sex with one another? God no. I felt like Chise’s slow rotting bodily destruction had a lot to do with that, and I didn’t want it to. I wanted to reach in and grab them both and shake them and say “JUST DO WHAT FEELS RIGHT AND COMFORTABLE!”
How did this rank in with my strict view of series endings? I don’t know. I don’t know. It was certainly mind-blowing, and even though it didn’t go any of the routes I foresaw, it went a route I should’ve seen coming, and it went there in such a hard and extreme way it was just… cathartic. It was really hard to deal with. Rough. Yeah, I guess it was amazing.
I did get to find out what the last love song on this little planet was too, which was nice.