If you haven’t seen this show, STOP READING NOW. Maybe read this instead for an introduction to the series [->]
St. Yuuki did indeed die, but the thing is we weren’t sure. The show suddenly became quite vague about it in episode 8, and will not confirm it until the finale 3 episodes later. The hint of death happened cliffhanger-style at the end of episode 7, so it was indeed a long drawn out affair, easily the focus of the final third of the show. For some people, I think it ruined the show for them! It’s not the case for me, but I do sympathize with them.
What was so awesome about it is how many people completely missed it. I completely missed it. Instead of landing on Odaiba, Tokyo I ended up somewhere in Ateneo de Manila¹, or Neverland, or someplace completely fictional. I did NOT see any insinuation that Yuuki might be dead at all (yay me). I wrote a post about the episode too, and promptly got schooled by the comments. I ended up writing a completely new post that explored the possibility, and the discussion went back and forth concerning two main things:
- Is Yuuki alive or dead?
- Is this a good thing (by a show that has been very solid and trustworthy up until this point)
While I’m interested in finding out how you feel about the show now some time has passed for a more sober reflection, do tell me when (what episode) did you decide for yourself that Yuuki was dead.
¹Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) is not in Manila, but in Quezon City. There is no Ateneo in Manila, no matter what their alumni tell you. Full disclosure: I’m an alumnus of De La Salle University (DLSU), the rival school. I don’t hate Ateneans. I love them wwwwwwww. Mechafetish is one, but more importantly I married one; hello sybilant! ANIMOU LA SALLE
This is how I failed (to notice anything) [->]
This is where I caught how awesome it is to get caught up by this sudden turn, with everyone else watching the show [->]
Here’s a note on how viewers have difficulty handling Yuuki’s death (usagijen 2009/09/04)
I considered this a mind screw perhaps [->]
And I’m not alone (usagijen 2009/09/02)
I thought it all worked out in the end, while fully acknowledging how distracting the whole St. Yuuki business [->]