Posted by psgels on 19 June 2010 with categories: Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei



This was just awesome, the way in which everything came together in this episode, and there still are two episodes left for Yojou-han’s conclusion. This episode took events from all of the previous episodes and wove them masterfully into one.

Very different from usual, Watashi ended up being a bad guy here, rather than joining a regular club. It was some sort of evil society that was responsible for the rounding up of bikes in episode three. I think that this was the first time he really made Akashi angry here. In fact, we get confirmation that she’s still a member of the same clubs as she’s ever been in, and we get more and more a confirmation that every episode is the same, aside from which club Watashi decides to enter. The previous three episodes were special in the way that he wasn’t too involved in these clubs (an English club and reading club… yeah), which allowed him to explore love a bit more, instead of getting all caught up with these clubs here.

In all of these episodes, he met Akashi in different ways, because they pretty much were in the same campus, and she happened to live next to Ozu. Ozu on the meantime… I really begin to suspect that he was involved in everything here, from the tennis club to being Higuchi’s disciple to being the captain of the lucky cat Chinese restaurant. The reason he was involved in the cult in episode five was because his girlfriend was that raven-haired maiden that Watashi was chasing after back then; that’s why he crashed that airship. This episode finally revealed all of his motivations.

There was one big difference here though, that doesn’t really fit into the canon of the other episodes: Watashi did NOT find Akashi’s Mochiguman, but instead Ozu went after it. Could this be a hint that Watashi is getting further and further away from her, and that he’s just failing to notice what’s right in front of him? This episode does show that now that he finally found wealth and power he still feels like he’s missing something, which was pretty much the first time he acknowledged this.

Also, this episode did NOT feature a rewind. Instead we just have Watashi sulking in his room. I think that out of all the conclusions this season, Yojou-han is the one I’m looking forward to the most. There are just so many ways in which it can go, and I really feel like the creators have been carefully building up towards that ending.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

6 Responses

  1. Marmoset says:

    I think with this series whathisname (I can’t remember it, it’s japanese) has cemented himself as my favourite anime director. For me his series (I’ll let the second half of Mind Game slide) just shows up so much of the crap that many bloggers pointlessly devote thousands of words to.

    I’d have more of a point if I could remember his name I’m sure.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Masaaki Yuasa. ;)

    Although I’m not quite sure I understand the point you’re trying to make…

  3. reverse says:

    I was right about Ozu, although the show pretty much give it away since first episode

    the only thing that i don’t get it, what deal with the fortuneteller. went a show in a borderline between “magic” and reality making assumption is kinda futile. and since the show is from a novel asking for an explanation/theory isn’t good, i dont want to get spoils

  4. Josh says:

    This episode blew my mind. Higuchi’s message (about the “rose colored college life” does not exist because “life is not rose colored”) struck a poignant cord. Now the protagonist doesn’t rewind time, but stays at home. Is he going to become a NEET? Is this a prequel to ‘Welcome to the NHK’? (joking)

  5. Bruce says:

    I’m thinking the next episode will be him Trapped in a maze of 4.5 Tatami Rooms, with the last episode being True Love. It makes sense that he doesn’t rewind time, because we saw an older version of himself with a beard in episode 6.

    I’m so excited for this conclusion, but I’m also somewhat apprehensive. I didn’t like the last episode of Kaiba that much – not because it was bad necessarily, but because it didn’t fit the feel of the rest of the series and wasn’t nearly as good as the episodes following up to it.

    The episodes leading up to the end in this series, just like in Kaiba, are getting better and better and I’m a bit worried Masaaki Yuasa might try pulling off one of his ‘unique’ endings.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Bruce: I’m not sure whether you’ve seen Kemonozume. I’ve yet to really discover a pattern to Masaaki Yuasa’s stories, so who knows?

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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.

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