Aono manages to throw off Yorito and avoids Matsuri’s stab. Aono tries to attack Matsuri but Yorito stops her and she runs off. Aono then finds her Yaka powers weakening while Yorito piggybacks the injured Matsuri to find Aono, where they share a last intimate moment together before Yorito himself starts to disassemble. Seeing this, Matsuri decides to go alone, reassuring Yorito that they’ll meet again… which Yorito remarks that it’s an obvious lie.
While searching, Matsuri reminisces back on the times past when she met Aono. They finally confront each other for the last time and Matsuri thanks Aono for teaching her the human heart before starting. As again, Aono has the upper hand, but only just barely. Knocking her down, Aono grabs Matsuri’s sword and tries to stab her but the blow is taken by Yorito who returns to paper. Matsuri then hugs the crying Aono and stabs her, giving Aono her life to change her back in to a human. The sun rises and Matsuri smiles for the last, while remembering back a part of her past where Yorito and Aono tries to show her how the sky looks like.
Time jumps to roughly a year ahead and a boy is seen trying to feed a kitten he has found when he hears a sound coming from a cardboard box, opening it to reveal Mayuko. Both she and Takeshi are still travelling as usual (Remark: Takeshi is right… her dress sense is getting weirder :P). Mana and Koyori are still as usual, with Mana inheriting Yorito’s love for the sky and Koyori still learning origami. At the same time, Aono comes back to town and she first meets Koyori, helping her to grab a book from a tall shelf then teaching her some origami before introducing herself again.
Next, Mana bumps in to Aono at the school’s roof, who’s wearing the school uniform and seems to have transferred in (Remark: The uniform doesn’t fit her at all… probably because I’m used to seeing Aono in conservative dresses.). They talk at length about the sky and the show ends with Aono, Mana and Koyori waking up at 4am to catch the sunrise, just as Yorito did.
Not exactly a very memorable ending, as I hoped it would be, but all in all, it’s a nice, happy ending for the series. Still it was sad to see Matsuri go, as she is rightly the series’ poster girl. Yes, I will definitely miss her. In the end, she was the embodiment of the show’s name.
As for the rest of the ending, I’ve got no other comments as it’s just another happy, life-goes-on ending. Yeah, I guess sola’s appeal for me ended with Matsuri’s disappearance. There’s still another 2 more DVD-only episodes for it, and I wonder what it will be about. Given that it’s from the AIR writer, I guess it will be a flashback episode, ala AIR Summer Special style.