It is alive!! Despite all the recent worries and information we might not see episode 12 at all prior to DVD releases the episode was actually aired. And so – with this episode the lovely school days of our teenage cast comes to an end. And uh boy – what an ending that is …
Picking where we left off the last episode – Makoto and Kotonoha are still outside, walking the streets with her clingin on to his arm. Makoto stops and mutters to himself it is cold … then Kotonoha takes his hands and places them on her chest. Overall she still looks out of it, despite her eyes no longer being zombie-like.
Meanwhile Sekai is at Makoto’s apartment, cooking dinner while looking rather depressed and looking at a picture in her cell of her and Makoto dancing by the bonfire. She decides to call Makoto because she wants to have dinner with him (She is cooking after all) but the guy refuses. Sure enough – he is in a restaurant, having dinner with Kotonoha. Hey – the cooking must be better than Sekai’s right ? The argument gets rather heated (involving Sekai’s pregnancy) and in the end Makoto yells at her to go home and hangs up. We hear a sound of plates crashing.
Sekai leaves his home in anger while makoto and Kotonoha get on a train to Makoto’s place. Now, we all know Sekai needs to take a train home as well. What are the chances of her not noticing them ? Sure enough – as the train with Makoto and Kotonoha passes the station she notices them (Kotonoha clinging to Makoto), much to her disbelief and horror. (Damn, she has some good eyesight to notice them in a bypassing, crowded train). As such she turns back and runs runs the way she came from.
Makoto arrives home with Kotonoha and he goes to make some tea. In the kitchen he finds a lod of food sprawled on the ground – apparently Sekai swiped everything from the table on to the floor in anger. Makoto starts to clean the mess up, though he isn’t angry. The doorbell rings and Makoto goes to answer. Though looks like Kotonoha answered first – and surely enough, gets slapped by Sekai. role reversal, huh ) Sekai starts accusing Kotonoha of being here and demands that she leaves while shaking her like an old Christmas tree.
Kotonoha reacts calmly though and in turns says it is Sekai who is trying to pull Makoto and her apart and mentions that Setsuna must have been acting on Sekai’s behalf as well. Sekai doesn’t understand and Kotonoha reveals Setsuna loved Makoto as well, which is a huge shock for Sekai. Then Kotonoha says she won’t hesitate anymore and kisses Makoto ..ok, the kiss is mutual, and a very passionate one. Sekai watches and screams in shock before leaving.
As she is walking home Sekai remembers a conversation with Setsuna a while ago (Setsuna seems to be a lot more soft-spoken back then) when she had told her about Makoto. The scene shifts to darkness and several cloaked figures with masks are present. The person with red mask accuses Sekai of being the one actually responsible for all this. When Sekai tries to deny it, the figure removes the mask, turning out to be Setsuna, which causes Sekai to break down.
Next morning Sekai gets a message from Makoto and is overjoyed. (She just doesn’t learn, does she ?). As expected, her joy is short lived, as Makoto mentions one of Kotonoha’s acquaintances in a hospital, basically saying she needs to have an abortion.
In school Makoto looks relieved that Sekai has not come. After all – he gets to spend time with his newfound love (lol) – Kotonoha. They eat dinner on the school roof and Makoto is acting all caring towards her. (What the hell ? Whats with the attitude change, when he could barely stand being around her a while ago ? ). The two share a fairly romantic kiss, and Makoto doesn’t even attempt to grope her this time. It has got to be the end of the world!
Evening brings Makoto a not so pleasant experience – a conversation with Sekai. He asks her how did it go, but she does not answer. After a moment of silence Makoto gets up to get the tea, but Sekai abruptly gets up and goes instead. While in the kitchen she takes out her cell and sends a message to Makoto, which distracts him. While he goes to get his cell she glares at him while holding a knife in hand. Makoto hater rejoice – looks like you are getting your prayers answered!
Makoto checks the message and is surprised to see it is from Sekai. First line reads “i am sorry”, followed by a lot of empty ones. When he finally gets to the last one it reads “goodbye”. Makoto turns around with a shocked expression only to find Sekai charging at him. Before he can react he is stabbed in the gut and falls to the ground. Sekai yells he is horrible and continues to repeatedly stab Makoto who is incapable of resisting. *hears the cheers of a crowd rising* In the end Makoto is as dead as dead can be, and he is even bleeding pitch black blood yay for censorship. (On the bright side – they actually showed the scene instead of cutting altogether).
Compared to the game where she looked really regretful at what she did, Sekai didn’t show much remorse for the killing here. They sure make it too easy in the anime to hate the characters. Poor Kotonoha is in for a nasty surprise though when she gets back from shopping.
Sometime later Sekai gets a message from Kotonoha and the two meet on school roof. They have an argument and Kotonoha does not believe Sekai was actually prgenant. Then Kotonoha says Makoto is right here and points Sekai towards the bag she has brought along. Sekai reluctantly open it and instantly drops to her knees, vomiting. (Yep, thats right – the bag contains empty spac… i mean Makoto’s head). Kotonoha the reveals to be holding a saw/cleaver … she wonders if that is really so (about the pregnancy) and says she will check it out and dashed forward.Sekai pulls her knife out (yep – she had brought it along … and it is still bloody), but Kotonoha disarms her (damn, this scene is pretty damn cool, if we ignore the fact Kotonoha seems to have obtained assassin like skills) and slices her neck, killing Sekai. After that she slices Sekai’s stomach open and comments in a bored voice she was not pregnant after all. (Seriously, what was she expecting to see ? 0_O).Later we see Kotonoha lying on a yacht (assume it is her family’s … Nice boat !… sorry, never liked the stupid joke), drifting in the sea, while cuddling with Makoto’s head, muttering how they are alone at last.
(Oh, we have various footage about the other characters going about with their lives, but who cares about that).
Overall this episode delivered something a lot of the fans were dying to see, but it felt ridiculously overdone, as was the previous episode. The whole killing thing was blown out of proportion. The series was somewhat good up to the last two episodes, but then it all went to hell. It seems the writers simply wanted to squeeze in as much as they could from the game, resulting in overload and a lot of useless scenes. (What was the point of Kotonoha’s rape scene again?). Definitely a unique show among the romance genre, but a far cry from what it could have been.