Chapter 107: Conclusion
It's spring again, and all the girls have just finished fixing the inn back up. This includes a pretty funny bit where Nana's arm falls off, and Mayu barely reacts. They pick Kouta up from the hospital, and he narrates that it's been four months since last chapter. Arakawa was able to mass produce the vaccine and save humanity, but she's still haunted by her involvement in the first place. He's brought back to the present by promising to never leave Yuka.
In the underground lake, Anna suddenly shoots out of the water, back to normal. What? Where? Who?
The bodyguard's also there, still alive due to the diclonius falling off the sinking island before they attacked him. Anna tries to think of where the exit is, but has a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
when she realizes her mind is normal again too. Followed by a Crowning Moment of Funny
when the bodyguard asks if her former body is edible.
Wanta wanders outside, where it appears that Nana's visiting a memorial to Kurama in the garden. I'm not buying it, since Okamoto pulled a fakeout exactly like this in his excellent one shot Allumage (seriously, check it out, it's also up on onemanga). Sure enough, Kurama's right behind her, and the memorial is really for Mariko. They have more cute conversation, but Wanta wanders away before we hear the end.
Next Wanta goes past a poster of the mother of Lucy's friend, though the onemanga edition didn't translate the text so I don't know what it means. Little help, please? He goes to the beach, where Mayu is still cleaning up litter in honor of Bandou. But then Bandou reveals to her that he's still alive with mechanical legs, and she runs over and hugs him. He accepts it in another Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
Everyone goes to the festival and seems to have moved on with their lives, while Kouta goes to the tree Lucy told him about. There's a strange little montage of him waiting there through all kinds of weather, then a two page spread of a photo-realistic landscape. Nice Scenery Porn
, but what's the point?
Ah, but that was actually a Time Skip
over ten years, and Kouta now has a daughter named Nyu. They adorably argue over her being allowed to play in this area like Kouta used to, and Nyu finally finds the letter that Lucy buried. You're not very bright, are you, Kouta? Also in the jar is the stone that Kouta gave Lucy, and the letter says she'll always cherish it. A couple pages are dedicated to the Tearjerker
this moment deserves, then twin girls, one named Kaede, come and say they're waiting for an important friend. This gets Kouta smiling again.
A pretty decent wrapup, touching on almost all the characters I really cared about, though I remain puzzled by Nozomi. Despite giving the series its title, we spent so little time with her over the series and didn't even find out if she ever recovered her voice to pursue her lifelong dream. Also, Mayu's mother and stepfather getting Karma Houdinis
really doesn't sit well with me, and what are we to make of Anna and the bodyguard being seemingly trapped forever beneath the ocean? Other than that, though, some very well done emotional moments that sends the series off well.
So, there were a few parts that could have been better and the climax was a bit of a cocktease, but I definitely don't regret reading this series. It features a truly masterful blend of different emotions and a wonderful variety of characters so that anyone can have a favorite as long as they can stomach some gorn along with it. The character development is also top notch, with every action being completely true to each character based on their current status. I'll definitely be following Okamoto's current series Nononono
as onemanga gets their hands on it.
edited 12th Feb '10 10:00:14 AM by Eegah