>Holy shit episode 08 was great! I don't think they will be able to top this!
>Holy shit episode 13 was great! I don't think they will be able to top this!
>Holy shit episode 15 was great! I don't think they will be able to top this!
There seems to be a pattern going on around here and I'm inclined towards lumping this week along with the three above. It's strange that while the episode itself more or less unfolded in the fashion that I had expected, its execution and delivery left me in awe and at the brink of tears. Twenty weeks of suffering and buildup finally paid off, with interests and then some.
I appreciate the liberties the production team took in explaining how Chihaya came to losing her voice; which is a far cry from the convoluted KEY AIDS plot device that the game employed, which involved ghosts and talking birds. And while Broducer is an extension of the player - thus making him the 'main character', I'm glad that they let him take the backseat for this one. The onus of saving Chihaya may have been placed upon you in the game, but here, that responsibility belongs to only one person.
Folks, you know me; I'm a conservative who believes that the two people in a pairing should only be between a man and a woman. However, even I was disappointed at how they botched the opportunity to appease the yurifags by having Haruka perform a duet with Chihaya, and in turn rescuing her from permanently breaking down. Biggest cuntblock if I ever saw one. Heck, I even borrowed a pair of yuri goggles just to justify the occasion, though it seems I had my yuri headphones put on, since I could have sworn I heard Haruka say 'Aishiteru' instead of 'Aidoru' when she was at Chihaya's flat. Get it? Chihaya's flat? ... I'll grab my coat.
Either way, everyone coming to Chihaya's side towards the end was probably a lot more satisfying and appropriate, though I was expecting a hug at least, which ironically was hijacked by Miki Miki who took first dips wwww
I got misty-eyed at several points throughout episode; most notably Chihaya's solo ARUKOU~ during the song right after a dramatic silent pause and the waterworks that followed suit. After nearly a decade of suffering, you would think that someone like Chihaya would have had her tear ducts all dried up, but if anything, it just showed that she had been holding it back before finally letting the dam burst. No matter how many times I see anime characters crying, I can never seem to quite get used to it when it is properly animated, with actual beads of tears and all that. I actually chuckled for a bit there when I saw Chihaya crying, though it probably helped prevent me from doing so as well
This. The apparitions of loli Chihaya and her otouto manifesting themselves were the moments that really tugged my heartstrings; there was once upon a time when Chihaya was an innocent and happy little girl and there is no way she can ever relive those times again Using children to toy with my emotions like that...Well played, A-1, well played
I don't think they will be able to top this.