It’s official. sola is the best show this season.
The episode opens with a flashback to the trio’s past and it’s revealed that Aono was chosen as a sacrifice to appease the Yaka curse and she was have supposed to die. Yorito and Aono mention about leaving and Matsuri seems sad about it until they both say all three of them are going together. A rather lighthearted scene of Matsuri kicking the well, whose rope is stuck, ends the flashback.
Coming back to the present, Matsuri provokes Aono at their house, inviting her to follow her to an abandoned part of town. Yorito and Matsuri are at a movie theater there and they share some small talk before Aono appears there.
Once she arrives, Aono and Matsuri duke it out, Yaka-style, grandly destroying the buildings around, with flashbacks of their past interspersed throughout the fight. Aono has the upper hand throughout the battle, with her mastery of paper and after some effort, Matsuri manages to land a hit in with Takeshi’s katana, revealing that the Aono she was fighting was another paper construct. The real Aono, meanwhile, finds Yorito at the movie theater.
Back to Matsuri, the paper construct explodes in a storm of paper which causes the surrounding items to attack her. Yorito confronts Aono, saying that he’s not a true existence and both he and Aono should be erased. This angers Aono and he restrains Yorito while Matsuri has managed to reach the movie theater.
Aono and Matsuri resume their fight, and again, Aono has the upper hand with her paper skills. Matsuri is thrown back and as Aono gets ready to land the last blow, Yorito frees himself and restrains Aono. Matsuri readies herself to deal the final blow when the movie projector, inadvertently switched on during the fight, suddenly displays a movie of the sky, causing her to pause for a moment… then she stabs herself, with a flashback to Takeshi revealing that with the exchange of a Yaka’s life, the sword can return a Yaka back to human, with Matsuri deciding to turn Aono back to a human. The episode ends as Matsuri thrusts the sword downwards…
Whoa…. I didn’t expect that to happen. Seriously.
First off, I have to say that the Aono vs Matsuri fights were awesomely choreographed and executed, with both of them using their Yaka powers. Aono clearly seems to possess the more powerful ability and I have to say that her mastery of paper is pretty awe-inspiring but Matsuri might have most probably held back from using her own powers, judging from the way she fought.
And the finale of Matsuri stabbing herself with the katana was seriously out of expectations and I say it was quite a good twist. I had to rewind the scene twice to believe that it was happening but it was well explained, IMHO, also resolving a bit of mystery left behind with Takeshi and Mayuko’s storyline.
Given that Matsuri evidently is sacrificing herself to return back Aono to normal, this means Aono will be the last person standing amongst the three and the next episode is still pretty much open to deduce what happens next, with either Aono possibly commiting suicide as she has done before, or will she continue living on and not to mention maybe a deus ex machina of the three of them actually surviving.
In any case, sola has really been a rollercoaster of a ride. Let’s hope the final episode ends the ride on a high note.