So serious, even Shiina asked questions.
So um, basically the first time for the series that a cliffhanger ending didn’t lead to an anti-climatic lead-in the next episode.
In many ways, this was a pretty disappointing episode. Otonashi’s death memories are fleshed out more and as much as they -tried- to make it touching/sad/whatever, it just felt like a really contrived ad for organ donation at the end of it. I mean… if he died immediately in the train crash, I’d be more understanding of his feelings of regret, but he and a bunch of survivors actually managed to live for a week, trapped in the tunnel, IN MODERN JAPAN? Kinda ridiculous.
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If you think about it, would it be possible for the authorities, especially the TRAIN COMPANIES in Japan to not notice a train missing for so long and then taking nearly a week to excavate them out? Sounds really unlikely in Japan. Not to mention the awesome timing of the rescuers to reach them right after Otonashi breathed his last? Hurr.
Heck, they even hinted that he didn’t even know exactly what his little sister’s sickness was. And then he only realized with his dying breath in the tunnel? Man, felt utterly contrived.
Oh well, it was made up by Kanade acting really cute this week. She is totally an awkward person, to have escalated the conflict between herself and the SSS members for the purpose of letting them have an enjoyable youth.
Oh man, you had us all worried!
And now, Otonashi’s turned from the pretentious goody-two-shoes to the two-faced betrayer, hell-bent on making everyone disappear. Feels really awkward in terms of setting a direction to the show, but oh well…. :(