Saikano 7

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.

4 Responses to “Saikano 7”

  1. yang Says:

    Yes. It is definitely depressing. One of the saddest mangas/animes I have ever had the fortune to experience. I tried to take it like a man but i couldn’t stop the damn tears. >.<

  2. Connie Says:

    It’s been a couple years since I’ve read this series, I forgot how much I liked it. Almost nobody talks about it now, but it really was fantastic, and now I’m going to be running the end of the series through my head over and over again today.

  3. Moon in Autumn Says:

    It’s very powerful. It’s hard to say I enjoyed it because how can you say you enjoyed something like Grave of the Fireflies? But it’s really fantastic, brutally tragic and romantic in an oddly realistic way (as you mentioned).

    I’m not so sure they were being punished; it was more like normal romantic fumbling takes on a new dimension in a situation where the world is literally falling apart around you. There’s just no time, but you’re still shy and awkward, and you can’t really get around that just out of necessity.

    By the way, have you seen the anime? If so, what did you think about what they did with the ending?

  4. Connie Says:

    No, unfortunately, I haven’t seen the anime. I didn’t even realize there was one. How different are the endings between the two?

    Wow, I had forgotten about Saikano, it’s been so long since I read the last volume. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but I ought to re-read it now that I’m a bit older and enjoy those types of strange, awkward romances a lot more. I was pretty hard on the couple in this review, I have a feeling it’ll seem more right in context if I read it again.

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