“Suicide in the woods”
(Poor Hazuki will fall apart being a ghost-third wheel)
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+
Released: July 1 2012 – onwards
From the last episode, Hazuki spies on Atsushi and Rokk’a reconciliation. Even though Rokka declared her love for Hazuki a few moments before, surely she will pick her first love and late husband over the newcomer?
Will this be the end for Hazuki?
Warning! May contain Spoilers!
Atsushi and Rokka talk about the times they have missed, and what times could lay ahead if they decided to be together.
(‘Eeny, meeny, miney, mou’ isn’t the best way to sort this out…)
Rokka doesn’t want Hazuki to be caught up in between of their problems. Atsushi suggests suicide, and returning Hazuki’s spirit to the body afterwards. Rokka reluctantly agrees.
(“Rokka, the only way to choose correctly is to map out a spider diagram”)
When Hazuki tries to interfere, he is blasted by Atsushi’s consciousness into an Alice in Wonderland type fairytale.
(Wonderland would have been a lot more interesting than the Little Mermaid)
The suicide is cancelled, and Atsushi instead bites Rokka to mark her. After telling her to keep him in her memories, he leaves Hazuki’s body.
(“Oh midget-face Rokka, I will miss you…” )
Hazuki returns from the wonderland to his own body. Rokk and Hazuki congess their love for each other, both of them moving on from the paranormal events.
(Hazuki missed food the most)
The episode skip to after Hazuki and Rokka are dead and their only daughter is organising their funeral. their grandchild, who looks a lot like Rokka meets Atsushi is the room above the flower shop.
(“I need to move on, but first let me totally addict you to flowers…”)
Atsushi asks him for a favour: to throw away everything in his room, and to call him grandfather once.
(Throwing everything away saves on dusting, and opens up potential space)
After his wish is fulfilled, Atsushi leaves the earth and flies into the sky.
(Goodbye, Atsushi, goodbye)
Overall, the finale of the series ties everything together in a short and sweet moment and gives a conclusive ending.
The plot was dragging for the past couple of episodes, particularly with Hazuki stuck in a completely different location. The ending came as a surprise to me, because I had been expecting more locales, and more confrontation between Atsushi and Hazuki.
The boys handled it very well, and Rokka cried the entire way through. She couldn’t let go of either man, and eventually Atsushi, being dead, had to step aside.
I’m glad that Hazuki and Rokka got together as a couple, something that the entire series had been leading up to. There were plenty of tangents, though, which threatened to take the fun out.
All’s well that ends well. This is a Josei series that I will remember fondly in the future.
Rated – 4/5 Satisfying end to a roundabout and bittersweet story.
— THIS SERIES HAS ENDED.