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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted 9 months ago
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To me, the best finales are those that wrap up everything we’ve dealt with so far, but leave the future open to be whatever we, the audience, want to imagine it will be. Clean up the dangling plot threads, but leave endless opportunities ahead. In this, and by the soaring, glorious feelings that filled me for damn near every second of this episode, made this one of the best finales I’ve seen in a long time. Consider me thoroughly biased, but I say it nevertheless. Here’s why:

Symbols of Love

In romantic fiction, a kiss is something to be held back, hoarded, so that they can be deployed for maximum effect later on. Rare enough is the show that has this many couples that are all equally likable, interesting, and important to us viewers, but rarer still is one hat is willing to give us not just one, but three kisses within a single episode! I’ll talk about the first two, and something else besides.

First is Ryuunosuke and Rita. Oh my gods, I almost fell over cheering at that!! I have alluded to this before, but this kiss actually happened earlier in the source material – during Valentine’s Day I believe, though don’t quote me...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted 9 months ago
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Setting Up The Moment

Though good scenes are often made of bigger things, it’s the little details that make them great. Last week I spoke about how Rita’s presence gave us a chance at a resolution of her and Dragon’s love affair, but she also added to the effect this time merely by being another person who truly cares about Sakurasou. She also – though it was Ryuunosuke’s idea. Who would have thought! – brought the sakura pins, without which the vote later on would not have been nearly so uplifting. Of them all though, perhaps my favorite was when we later found out that Misaki’s speech was actually handed to the principal, who didn’t even bother to read it. That Jin’s old friend would go so far as to place the offending speech in the principal’s hands, knowing full well that he only had to glance at it to ruin everything…well, that little detail added spice to the moment, power to their triumph. It’s always the little things that matter.

Misaki’s Speech
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted 9 months ago
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After the last episode I felt emotionally drained, like someone had strapped a vacuum to my soul and sucked out all the life. This week, I feel uplifted. All the pain, all the struggle they went through lead to something fantastic. Characters grew, learned about themselves, and came to realize what the true happiness of Sakurasou is all about. I could almost sing.

Mashiro’s Painting

Yet not all that glitters is gold, and though uplifting by the end, this episode had its punches to throw as well. It was subtly painful how they didn’t know that Mashiro was gone at first, but what did it more was the painting. As soon as I saw it, I saw the beauty of it – not necessarily in the placement of the brush strokes, but in the feelings they conveyed. It was like looking through Mashiro’s eyes at the Sakurasou she loved – which is when I realized what Sorata noticed as well. Mashiro was not in it.

The whole first third of the episode was heartrendingly beautiful, from Sorata’s frustration at Mashiro’s departure, to Jin and Misaki’s kindly advice, all the way to Sorata taking charge so definitely when it was Mashiro that may leave...
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