Moment #9 – kurenai
Initially, I was totally turned off by the character design and such – I’m sure many others were – but I got back and marathoned the series. Needless to say, I was awed. It hits me in just the right places. Compelling story, slice-of-life-y with a hint of action, great production values, good voice acting… and the list goes on. However, something about the series always bugged me – the ending. Now, a lot of people say that the ending was good. Indeed it was. But it wasn’t gratifying for me. I’d expected to have Murasaki just get the hell out of the household and live with Shinkurou. But instead, she resolves to fight against the Kuhouin traditions. A losing fight, perhaps, and perhaps not, but it just didn’t jive with me too much. It felt as if my expectations were betrayed (and in fact, they were). Shinkurou, Benika, and the gang, all went through hell and back to rescue Murasaki; she says that she’ll stay there in order to reform their ways, and everyone just accepts, no questions asked. Perhaps it’s just my tendency to go for those endings that appeal to your emotions. You know, the happy endings. I guess that in the end though, this was really one of the better ways to end it – a bittersweet, “true end”-like conclusion. But if I ever end up rewatching this gem of a show, I’ll always have the lingering feeling in me wishing for that “good end”.