Continuing from last week, Mana is reborn in Inori and prepares to repeat the Lost Christmas. The battle begins between Shu and Gai, Daryl continues to face off against Ayase, and Haruka confronts Keido. When things look hopeless, Shu sees the flower that Inori bloomed before she disappeared and draws her sword from it. With it, Shu is able to beat Gai. Gai reveals that everything he has done was a plan to force Shu to come after him and finally save Mana. Shu then starts to draw the virus into himself from everyone, but Inori sacrifices herself to save him.
Wow…just wow…that was…bad. First problem: the final momentous battle between Shu and Gai. You know, the one that the past few episodes have been building up. Over in like…5 minutes? Second problem: was it really necessary to keep Shu alive? If you look at that ending and change it so that Shu dies, what really changes? Third problem: Daryl’s thing and Haruka/Keido were resolved so quickly. Maybe they tried too hard to give this show a really happy ending. It just didn’t sit well with me. Or maybe they tried to resolve too much in the last episode and everything became rushed.
But hey…I have to point out the good parts of this episode too. First off, Argo with the giant gun…super badass. And also, the whole “it was part of my plan” thing from Gai, while expected, was a nice touch. That’s how Gai is supposed to be. Anyways, it’s finally over. I’d like to say it was a nice journey, but it would be a lie. When I look back, it isn’t the worst show in the world, but it was pretty painful for me. I will probably sit down and review the show as a whole soon.