A long distance relationship… from 2 feet away.
|I bought Pokemon Conquest (also known as Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition in Japan) on a whim today and it is waaaaay more amusing then I thought it would be. It plays pretty well as a combination of Pokemon and a strategy game too, so I suggest you try playing it if you’re on the fence about it. …If my opinion even means anything to you. In any case, this week’s episode of Tasogare was… not exactly what I was expecting. This is a good thing.|
So I’ve heard of people not being able to see ghosts anymore, but I think this is the first case ever of a ghost no longer being able to see a human. Way to break convention. It was undeniably depressing to watch Yuuko suddenly become alone again. …Er, well, I guess she still had Kirie, but it’s just not the same thing. It’s great that Niiya found a way around it though with the notebook though. I was getting angry watching this before that since he wasn’t even trying to look for a loophole. Kirie’s explanation about how Niiya is now part of the memories that she threw away was extremely informative. I think I can appreciate how simple the Tasogare story has been made now since if this was any more complicated, I probably wouldn’t have gotten it as fast.
I am perfectly okay with these particular harem members turning into OTP support. Kirie really is doing her best to support Niiya and Yuuko in her own way and Momoe is way more subdued now. She may have been somewhat bipolar about their relationship before, but in the end, Kirie really does want Niiya and Yuuko to be together… kind of. At least she straight out told him in the end that even she thinks that it’s better if the two of them just get back together. I still not all that fond of her character, but over the course of the anime, I’ve found her much more tolerable.
Karma strikes! The men who killed Yuuko all died in a terribly ironic fashion. The other ironic thing is that Asa WAS related to Niiya. Totally called it! So the ‘reason’ (or an extension of her bloodline) for Yuuko splitting (and dying in the first place if you want to get technical) is also what brought both halves of her together. I’m just going to assume this is also why they got along so fast. So was Asa actually cured? Was she sick in the first place? I don’t think it matters much at this point. One of the questions I still have is why those choose Asa as the Red Person in the first place. Though at this point, I’m just going to assume it was because they thought she was sick in the first place/ expendable since she had no other family. It really is adorable that Asa and Niiya are related though and that both got to see the good sides to Yuuko. I kind of wish we had gotten to see more Yukariko and Asa bonding (since it looks like they were on better terms after Yuuko died). …But this also kind of brings up the question that if Asa knew that Yuuko had disappeared because of those men, why didn’t she tell the authorities or something? Also, if the men knew that Asa knew of their crime, why didn’t they get rid of her too? Not that these unanswered questions are ruining the story for me or anything, but it does make the plot less seamless.
“You’re both the Yuuko that I love.” Definitely saw this line coming from a mile away, but it was nice to see regardless. So at last Yuuko and S. Yuuko are reunited and Niiya’s overly accepting personality pays off. The whole Yuuko reunited thing seems extremely… simple considering that Yuuko has been like that for so many years, but I goes it’s because nobody else ever talked to her. I have to hand it to SILVER LINK though, they solved this one without any groping whatsoever. …What does this mean for their relationship now though? The bell falling off at the end of the episode wasn’t exactly a great sign for things to come.
Since Yuuko seems to be at peace with herself now, is she finally going to move on? That means leaving Niiya behind though. So I’m fairly sure that Yuuko is going to disappear, but I also think that SILVER LINK might do something cheesy like have some other girl who conveniently looks like Yuuko show up (with her memories too maybe?), or have her reincarnated or something. …Or they could just leave us with an extremely sad Niiya. Could this entire season of anime just been for a bittersweet conclusion? God I hope not. Sure they could do it, but so far the whole story has been revolving about how Yuuko and Niiya can overcome pretty much every obstacle in their way. Having it end with Yuuko being gone forever would just make the whole production seem kind of pointless. Niiya never really changed as a person and he wouldn’t really walk away with a life lesson learned (other then don’t date the dead), which is normally what makes tragic endings with people disappearing like that okay. Another alternative is the whole ominous warning at the end of this episode be a troll and Yuuko is actually allowed to stay for Niiya. None of these really seem right though. Plus there’s going to be an unaired 13th episode coming on one of the DVD/BDs, so I assume that Yuuko will be sticking around. I doubt there will be another season (unless it’s anime original) as well since they’ve wrapped up the conflict pretty nicely here and the manga hasn’t even fully covered this subject as far as I know.
So overall, a pretty good wrap up of Yuuko’s conflict and we have a general idea of what the last episode will be about. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to Yuuko. …Hopefully it will be at least a semi-happy one.