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I think this series managed to give a surprisingly satisfying conclusion to Urachi’s plan. I’m not really too zealous about animal rights, though, so I’m a bit curious how others might react to Kei’s solution. I do, however, really appreciate how this series uses its characters.
It really does feel like each of the abilities is weaved together into this series. It feels like a reference to the very first episode, when the Kei makes it a point to say that the abilities in Sakurada are generally useless.
And I guess since Kei is the one bringing these powers together, the MacGuffin is supposed to be symbolic of human relationship or something. It’s pretty generic, but it’s not enough to detract from this episode.
The concept of Urachi’s mental strength is an interesting one for me. It’s something I’ve had to think about in myself as well, as I tend to be more tolerant. Urachi’s mentality is one I’ve tried to escape, one that expects others to be able to live up to his own standard.
As Kei states, others may not be equipped to show the same “strength”, so Urachi is effectively hiding behind his natural strength while attempting to suppress the analogous strength of those who do not have his strength. Not sure if I made this more confusing…
Part of me feels like Urachi is meant to somewhat represent us living in our mundane world, or maybe it’s more appropriate to say he represents the world outside of Sakurada. To everyone else, the existence of abilities seems “extra” or “unnatural”. However, Kei’s point is pretty much that the very existence of these abilities proves that they are natural, and therefore a valid part of reality that we must deal with.
Next week is finally the conclusion. I’m curious to see how it turns out. The end of this week’s episode seems to indicate that Sumire will be throwing another wrench into the story. The preview suggests that it may have been her plan all along. At the end of the day, I guess the final conflict in this series is the love triangle…