This anime ends with Nike accidentally seeing Livi and Kitora doing yaoi stuff (I wish)
Welp, here it is, the ending of Soreseka. I watched recently, and… What can I say?
It’s all about family // So I guess the last episode conclude the conflict between Tohara and Nike. And I was right about the whole conflict ends up being Tohara not wanting to let go Nike. She just misses her granddaughter. I can say nothing about this except how ridiculous the family conflict turned out to be when it’s all about the family members missing each other. But then again, it ended up with some important discussion about Nike’s power, so I guess the conflict is useful after all.
Though I find the whole conflict to be silly, I can’t help but shedding some tears when Tohara sang the Farewell Song for Nike (and a waaayy better song than that damn Tender Rain). This one I can understand why Nike ends up crying a lot during her departure to the Sun Kingdom. As Baba is the one who supported her in her hardest moments in her childhood, it is understandable for Nike to cry, as she left things off without any kind of resolve. Well, Tohara did end up forgiving Nike (thus all that singing), but not doing it face to face is kind of… Sucks.
And I predict that Tohara’s song has a much deeper meaning than it’s supposed to be. First, it is a song from an ancient language, emphasizing the importance of the song in their culture. This is confirmed by the sisters’ remarks about it never been sung before. Being an important part of the culture, I am sure the song is only sung during important moments, such as the death of someone important, war, and so on. And I am pretty suuree permanent departure from the kingdom is also important.
I’m not so sure whether it’s important or not in the West, but in my place, sending off the bride permanently is an important occasion that deserves a sob. And during those moments, the brides usually cry both from joy (of being approved by the family members) and sadness (from leaving the family she grew up with). Sending off a bride is also another way of letting the bride go, an indirect way of saying that the bride now should be with her husband, no matter what. Basically, Tohara singing this song is another way of saying that she finally let go of Nike and allows her to join Livi’s household in the Sun Kingdom. It’s time for Nike to focus more on her life in the Sun Kingdom instead of reminiscing about her hometown. Being the bride, Nike realized that. No wonder she cried. After all, it is hard to let go of a place where one grew up. But alas, Nike made her choice to be with Livi, and she must live with the consequences of . But she still can visit them anyway, so meh.
Late Puberty // What Nike’s body change and the climax of this anime is all about. Basically, Nike is starting to miss Livi physically due to the fact that she is finally aware of Livi as a man. This sounds silly for many of us, but for Nike, there’s nothing stupid about this. PUBERTY IS SRS BUSINESS. After all, Nike is a girl who has never experienced love and all those nonsense related to it before. So of course, the changes in her body is new for her. She is also aware that this stuck-in-love personality is sooooo not like her, and it’s true if the audience compares episode 12 Nike to episode 1 Nike. Nike is different not. Different or not though, Nike decided that she will love Livi no matter what, even until the end of time (the end of this anime, in this case)
So! That was a…. rather unique ending, I’d say. I thought it would be an explosive ending and all, but I guess I’m wrong. It’s all calm and quiet and about self-acceptance, but it is fine for me. After all, this anime is all about the relationship between the couple and about the character development of the main characters. Livi changed from a cold-hearted king into a kind one, and Nike changed from a stubborn girl into a more feminine and loving woman. So did this ending end the whole anime properly? For me, it did.
I did notice, however, that the pace for the second half is too fast. Maybe it’s due to the fact that it’s a 25-minute material squished in less than half an hour, but the rushing pace makes the ending to be… Awkward, in a way. Nike’s self-acceptance skipped too many days, and it lacks the conflict that makes her self-acceptance more meaningful. I mean, whoa, she accepts the changes in her quickly! My puberty period is shorter than normal girls’ due to circumstances, but mine is sure as hell not as fast as Nike’s. The ending feels monotonous also due to the lack of big conflict, but since this anime is all about changes in character and relationship, it’s understandable for it to have a calm ending. At least, Nike closes the anime with a resolution, not leaving us hanging like that.
Overall, this has been an enjoyable ride for me. It is not a unique shoujo for me since I’ve read manga with similar protagonists and plots, but it has been a while since I’ve watched a shoujo that actually did not piss me off *burn a stack of Peach Girl manga* Seeing a shoujo anime like this is definitely refreshing, especially in the midst of all these harem anime and all. The characters are enjoyable, and the story is fun. I definitely did not regret watching this anime, and I hope the others enjoy it as much as I do.
Shota of the Year