Hilltop Requiem

Kanon 2006

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.

Kanon 2006

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.

10 Comments

  1. wontaek Said,

    December 8, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    >>> No wonder people are demanding for a Amano arc XD.

    I, myself, was more attracted to Amano compared to Makoto.

  2. AC Said,

    December 8, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

    The music through this episode was perfection incarnate.

  3. Kefit Said,

    December 9, 2006 @ 5:26 am

    >>> Strangely, not as tear-jerking as I thought it would be…

    The problem is that Makoto died off screen between the last episode and this one. The girl who followed Yuuichi around in this episode was no longer Makoto. Rather, she was an old dog who happened to be in Makoto’s body.

    What we saw in this episode was that old dog living its last days. Still a sad scene, but not nearly as sad as having to actually watch Makoto die would have been.

    This arc left me feeling kind of blah, like it didn’t amount to anything. I think it would have been better if more focus had been placed on Amano – after this episode I am tempted to say that this arc is really all about her, rahter than Makoto.

  4. Syaoran Li Said,

    December 9, 2006 @ 10:22 am

    Well… sayorana Makoto…

    I really liked this episode, I know wasn’t as sad as I believe it would be, but her last moments beside Yuuichi were really touching, at least for me.

    Amane play her role as Yuuichi’s guide and did everything she could after living the same experience… KyoAni… thanks for the Melancholy of Yuuichi Aizawa…

  5. Eleutheria Said,

    December 9, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    Amano ga amaimono suki desune… amai no? aitsu

  6. Ravage Said,

    December 9, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Indeed, I was expecting this episode to be much more harsh on my emotions, but it wasn’t nearly as sad as I thought it’d be.
    Eps 7-9 made me cry at least a little at the end of the episodes, but strangely, that didn’t happen during episode 10.
    I liked the way how KyoAni handled the end of this arc, with even a small hint at a possible comeback and happy end for Makoto, although I must say I damned them to hell at first for finishing with a cliffhanger and leaving me stranded for a week(after that I kept punching the cushions in the couch for about a minute… ;) ).

  7. dave Said,

    December 9, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

    so she died? or the miracle that kyoichi wished became true?

  8. Syaoran Li Said,

    December 9, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

    Dave, I don’t think so… they only show us what wish Yuuichi will choose over everything else…that spring that never comes for her… that eternity that never reaches her… another chance to wbe with her…

    KyoAni knows how to do it’s job… sniff sniff

    One more tissue onegai…

  9. Tim Said,

    December 9, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    Pretty much what happened in her ‘best’ ending in the original game. In retrospect, the choice of a slightly more ambivalent, happy-ish conclusion to the arc was the only one the story could really sustain; Makoto’s story coming before any of the others, the sad conclusion everyone seemed to expect would have placed too much strain on Yuuichi (and the audience) to expect him to continue with the other girls as normal without a lengthy grieving period.

  10. Syaoran Li Said,

    December 9, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

    This episode sure brings back too many memories from the past…

    I was twenty (I’m twenty two now) when the original Kanon reach me. Oh men, my tears didn’t stop for a while when Makoto disappeared meanwhile Yuuichi piggy-backed her to Scenic Hill. That scene broke my heart for a while, those were good times… good times indeed.

    Two and a half years later, KyoAni has done something more beautiful than his original. Since episode eight, those people who never saw the first one, already knew that Makoto would leave, one way or another, and then in episode nine everybody knew that her leave would be sad. I believe for us, who watch and enjoyed the original, felt a little weird with this… I mean, how Yuuichi takes care of her, his way of thinking, everything…

    Even now I feel sad. You wonder why? I’ll tell you…
    As on a ferry tale, a happy ending will be waiting for you… but then, you came back to reality (inside that fantasy) and wake up from that beautiful dream.

    Fourteen episodes more to go… I don’t know if my heart will last until the end… I wish, no; wishing is wrong, I hope… I hope I can last…

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