Strangely, not as tear-jerking as I thought it would be…
Makoto has regressed to a stage where she can’t talk and doesn’t seem to have human emotions anymore, prompting Yuiichi to meet Amano after school and ask her to see her once. Amano agrees and when they both meet, Amano helps Makoto to remember back her name and Yuiichi’s name. Before parting, Amano reminds Yuiichi once again, if Makoto catches a fever then it should be the end and asks him to fulfill any wishes that Makoto has before that. Later that night, Yuiichi, Makoto and the Minase’s go out for dinner and take a picture at the _purikura_ stands. When they return, Makoto comes down with a high fever…
The next morning, Makoto wakes up and Yuiichi reads her favourite manga to her, which reminds him that Makoto wants to be married to him. He decides to take Makoto out and meets Amano at the front gate. The three of them head towards school, and Yuiichi thanks Amano, who replies that she’s her friend now. Reaching school, Yuiichi asks Amano to call out Nayuki and Amano leaves them, with a single “_Sayonara_” to Makoto. During lunch break, Nayuki appears and she plays with Makoto for the duration of it, telling her that they’ll play again.
Yuiichi then brings Makoto up the Monomi Hills, her birthplace, and feeds Makoto some _nikuman_. Then, with a wedding veil, he performs a simple ceremony to wed Makoto and holds her together, playing with the bell bracelet, until Makoto falls asleep and finally disappears… leaving only the bracelet behind..
After that, Amano meets up with Yuiichi at the observation spot and she’s surprised to see that Yuiichi’s in a much better condition than she expected. Amano jokes that the city might be made up of foxes that have taken form of humans like Makoto, only they don’t realize it. Amano then wishes for sweets to rain from the sky, to which Yuiichi shoots back that it would be gross, prompting rebuffs from both. Amano then asks Yuiichi if a miracle could happen, what would he wish for? Replying “That it’s been determined” to it… the scene pans to a shot of Makoto sleeping on top of the hill in spring, with Piro beside her.
This episode was not as sad as I thought it would be, and it was… much rather more happier than the ones before this. I think it’s mostly because that KyoAni realises that the fact that Makoto will disappear has already been established early and this episode is mostly to give Makoto a happy farewell instead, rather than dragging the tear-jerking aspect in again. I was quite happy with the way that the show presented Makoto’s disappearance and to give a hint of a, perhaps, happier ending too. Also, this makes it easier to transition the mood of the show back to the more lighter tone of the earlier episodes, and I liked on the short meeting between Yuuichi and Amano-san in the end, which showed her in a much happier state. No wonder people are demanding for a Amano arc XD.
For the next girl, KyoAni has chosen to delve in to Mai’s arc first, with the next 3 episodes all a Mai affair, I would love to be able to hear Yuuichi’s glibness again, this episode really reminded me on how much I’ve missed that usual sarcasm of his :3.