Kouko tried, but she can’t give up Banri
It wasn’t the last episode of Golden Time, but it sure felt like The End.
At least Banri finally got lucky, right?
Taken from the beginning of the series, if I had had to pick the person who would get hurt the most in this show, it’s hard to believe that I would have picked anyone besides Banri. Maybe you could have argued that whatever girl lost (when it was still looking to be a pick of the harem) would have been hurt more, but it was more a question of “will Banri be hurt by not getting crazy Kouko, or will he be hurt by getting crazy Kouko?” And even through the previous episode, after Kouko broke up with him, he definitely seemed to be the one hurting.
Kouko was hit the hardest
But to me, this episode really brought home the fact that Kouko is the one most hurt. And she ‘won’. She had the guy, she didn’t even get dumped. And she’s still the person bearing the brunt of the pain. Her pleading, promising that if Banri didn’t forget her, she’d always be with him. And then that quick glimpse of her with Mitsuo, destroyed after Banri forgot her and ran off. That was probably the most heartbreaking moment of this whole show. And Banri saw it after returning to his present self, but doesn’t know why she’s crying (although I’m sure he figured it out quickly). I’m sure that the “Kouko explained everything to me” that Mitsuo talks about the next day, after helping the Festival Club get back on track, was pretty tear-filled, but I’m sure it also helped Kouko to get through it, especially being with someone who is such a close friend (and talk about relationship rehabilitation, it’s really nice that Kouko and Mitsuo could end up being good friends).
Mitsuo is able to help out
The End of New Banri
2D-kun finally flips out
There were a lot of one-sided goodbyes this episode. Banri saying goodbye to Nana-sempai, to Kouko, to Mitsuo. And none of them really accepted it, even though they could see during his episodes that he really was different, and didn’t remember them at all. And in the end the thing that was driving the group apart – Banri’s secret past that some people knew and some people didn’t, and his relationship with Linda, and people not knowing what was going on – is the thing that brings his friends together to help him, and helps see him off at the end of this short but fun life.
It’s not a horror show, Banri
Perhaps the most annoying thing to me is that when Banri would lose his memories, he’d turn into Old Banri, who I still don’t like. He’s still whiny and useless. I get that he’s scared, but man it’s hard to like him even understanding that. And it looks like the finale next week is going to be going to Shizuoka, to Banri’s home, to maybe start a new new life for him. I hope that the Banri they find there at least has some of the personality of New Banri.
Bonus Yoga Pants!
So much pain for Kouko, this really had to be so rough on her. If she thought this was something that would happen, it’s no wonder she was trying to separate herself from Banri on her own terms, but we see that she just wasn’t able to do that. She was still desperately clinging onto the hope that he would stay himself, with the promise that she’d never leave if he did. And yet, she still lost him. We’ll have to see what the next episode starts, for the future of both Banri and Kouko, whether it be together or separate, and if there’s any hope for the two of them.