Best fucking scene of the whole show.
While Youjouhan Shinwa Taikei isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill anime, it’s really a normal story of a guy, disappointed by his choices in life, regrets them and wonders what it would have been if he had made a different choice and in the process, sinks in to a despair and isolates himself from the real world, losing even the choice to make choices. Honestly, it’s a really stylized show about growing up and making one’s choice count. And quite frankly, half the show’s charm lies in its presentation. I quite like the rapid-fire dialogue that is both witty and sharp while still being self-depreciating.
I’m not exactly sure about the general reception of the show, but I really did like it. Who hasn’t felt the regret “Watashi” has whenever he comes to a difficult part of his life and thinks back on the different choices he could’ve made and what would it have been like if he chose a different path?
Alas, the real world isn’t that forgiving and the cathartic final arc of “Watashi” realizing that life is all about making choices, whether right or wrong, whether good or bad outcomes prevail, the most important thing is to be able to make that choice instead of endlessly fretting on lost opportunities. It’s really the last two episodes that everything transpired over the previous nine comes together in one great payoff, a very important lesson in life that people usually lose sight of at times, myself included. Watching Youjouhan has reminded me of that and the show is well worth the time spent.
Rewatch: Worthwhile in another year or until I feel depressed about life again.