AMNESIA Episode 12: The Journey is Over [FINAL]
BRAINS BASE YOU WERE DOING SO WELL UNTIL THIS FUCKING ENDING HAPPENED.
I have mixed feelings about the finale, I honestly do. One of the things… Oh my god. I just realized that Ukyou and the heroine didn’t get their kiss.
WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT?! NOPE. NOPE. I DON’T BELIEVE IT. HOW COULD THEY.
NOW I AM PISSED. I MEAN KENTO DIDN’T GET A KISS BUT— FAAACCKKKKKKKKK. /RAGE QUIT
First of all, I felt it was very underwhelming (WHAT IS WITH ALL THE UNDERWHELMING ENDINGS THIS SEASON?!?!). Maybe I had my hopes up too much, but then again lets be real here, there was something missing and I can actually pin point what it is. It is that obvious.
As you may know, when it comes to delivering heart wrenching scenes, tragic moments of being overwhelmed by emotions I ALWAYS. CRY MY. EYES. OUT. But this time, I didn’t. And honestly throughout the entire weekend, this was the exact thing I was so concerned about.
I think it would have had a much greater impact if we were able to see firsthand of Ukyou’s rounds of despair of ending up killing the Heroine every time he had attempted to save her. This is because this whole parallel world jump ‘reset’ scenario is very similar to Homura’s (Mahou Shoujo Madoka) determination of going back into time to prevent Madoka from her cruel fate ahead of her (which still, no matter how many times i rewatch has a strong delivery). When Ukyou freaking STABBED HIMSELF so that he wouldn’t let his insane!side kill her and then told us about how he had killed her so many times- it failed to come anywhere close to that. That is why I felt the delivery was weak and I was genuinely disappointed that I wasn’t crying.
Of course since this is an adaption from a game, and I am sure that the game does not show us the flashbacks of Ukyou’s tragic experiences. Still… I WANTED TO CRY FOR UKYOU! I REALLY DID. THIS GUY HAS BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH ALL IN DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO SAVE HIS LOVE, SO IT MAKES ME UPSET THAT THEY JUST COULDN’T DELIVER THAT! I don’t know, maybe it all has to do with the Seiyuu. I have noticed but decided not to pick on it for the past two episodes that Ukyou’s voice, it lacks delivery on both personalities. At first Insane!Ukyou did scare me, but now I find his voice not exactly ‘psychotic’ or rather to be more accurate, I don’t feel threatened by it and I don’t sense that killer intent from him like I would for other characters in other shows.
The next thing is, (this may be bias it’s because I am a Ukyou x Heroine shipper) I desperately wanted a beautiful animated reunion of the two reuniting with each other (no not a fucking still-image thank you very much). I mean come on! After all the despair he had gone through, Ukyou’s wish had finally come true and we don’t even get a decent reunion? I understand the concept of how she had five entrances to decide which one is her original world, and lets face it- in a way that’s a win win situation because they dodged the open ending. We know that whichever
door card she chooses, she will end up with one of the five guys.
With that rant aside, I am glad they tied up the loose ends and filled in most if not all the remaining questions.
– How Ukyou was able to travel to different worlds
– The reason behind the Heroine’s random jumps between different worlds
– How Orion came to be by her side
– What was the Heroine’s original fate
– How Ukyou’s split personality came to be
Lets address the first and the most important one. We learned that there is a Fairy like Orion (except higher status) who is the Creator named Neil. Because of his interest in Humans, he has been granting wishes- and Ukyou is one of those people. It was because of Neil’s power that Ukyou was able to jump around to different worlds, but because his wish to save the Heroine was difficult to fulfill and Ukyou had to go through a lot of painful experiences. Neil was also the one is who was partially responsible for the Heroine’s amnesia because Orion was meant to merge with her and guide her through the worlds. Then during that time when the Heroine fell off the cliff, Insane!Ukyou was intending to let her die, but Ukyou broke down and Neil sent her to another world as an emergency measure. However as result he lost control of his power and that is the reason why she kept on randomly being tossed around to different worlds.
The reason why August 1st is an important date because it would determined whether the Heroine lives or not.
The Heroine’s original fate from her true world was dying in her coma after having been caught in an explosion at the University. Everything else after that was part of Ukyou’s death experiences and since she did not belong in that world (Foreign Existence if you would), Fate was trying to set things back into order.
When it comes down to fighting against fate, I always loved these scenarios because they are inspiring and they are also very meaningful. Again, Mahou Shoujo Madoka reference, while Homura couldn’t stop Madoka from becoming a Magical Girl, Madoka instead after having learned what Homura had gone through and experienced decided to tweak her fate a bit. While she did follow her fated path, the only different is that she changed the outcome, so Homura’s efforts of fighting against fate was finally a success.
Ukyou’s split personality took form after having experienced death so many times. Makes sense since well dying over and over and over again with cruel deaths and killing your lover when you intended to save her is bound to cause psychological issues.
Last but not least, the farewell scene with Orion moved me. My eyes were starting to sting a bit, (finally!) and I felt very sad that once the Heroine regains her memories, she will not remember nor see Orion anymore. They have had quite an adventure together and Orion has been a great guide and supporter. So it was sad to see them say goodbye to each other. The promise the Heroine asked Orion to make was very sweet, and I hope that she does instinctively respond to him even when she can’t hear/see him.
In the end, despite the underwhelming ending, AMNESIA is still a fantastic show to watch. The plot made it worth it, the romance… hmm, it is ultimately up to you I guess. It isn’t the primary focus, it’s more of a… side quest if you know what I mean. However even though it was a side quest, it was still good. The characters were likable, my favorites being Ukyou, Kent and Orion. One of the things I really liked about this show besides the plot was that despite the circumstances I liked the Heroine’s growth. No she is not flawless, there are a couple of issues and I do wished that she had a bit more firepower during her last fight for her life against Insane!Ukyou without needing Orion’s encouragement to not give up yet, but I still like her. At the very least she gets off her ass and is capable of making her own decisions.
I am just going to wrap it up here. I think I am going to snap if I think about this anymore. My shipping-conscious needs to cool down. I STILL CAN’T GET OVER THE FACT THAT THEY DIDN’T KISS OH MY FUCKING GOD. AND I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT TO, AND YET I FORGOT ABOUT IT AND THEN I REMEMBERED AND NOW I AM SAD. GOD DAMN IT BRAINS BASE, YOU WERE SO CLOSE, SO FUCKING CLOSE TO MAKING THIS ONE OF THE BEST OTOME ADAPTIONS I’VE SEEN IN AGES BUT NOOOOOO, YOU JUST HADDDDDDDDDD TO WITH THIS ENDING. FAACCCCCCKKKKKKK.
BRB JUST GOING TO SULK IN A DARK CORNER.
The Overall Review will be posted separately and be out shortly.
EDIT: THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE IF I AM MORE EMOTIONALLY UPSET ABOUT HOW THE ENDING TURNED OUT THAN I WAS WHILE WATCHING THE EPISODE.
EDIT2: If you are up experiencing another FEELS wave, I suggest you hunt down some Ukyou x Heroine fanart, there are PLENTY of heart wrenching ones about his cruel routine that I felt was missing from the show. /BRB DROWNING IN A SEA OF FEELS