I didn’t realize this was coming out, even though it makes sense since part 1 ended on a cliffhanger. I feel obligated to at least offer some thoughts on the last part of the Kimi no Iru Machi anime, though this will be a fair bit shorter considering a lot of what I had to say in my earlier review (found here) carries over to this episode. Still, there’s a heaping helping of new content to get into so let’s take a look.
Okay, so we left off last time at a precarious position. Haruto was caught… doing something that could easily be explained. So what’s Eba’s incredibly normal reaction? To run away from all her problems, crying all the way. Her boyfriend was, after all, seen holding hands with another woman. But anyway, this episode deals with the aftermath of that situation. At first Haruto is at a loss, but after some perking up by his friends, he decides to go visit Eba at her house. Unfortunately for him, Eba isn’t actually at her house. Fortunately, the best character in the show just happens to be there, Eba’s sister, Rin. They have a little chat, and then some memories happen. I guess a bit of a preface is in order.
Since this OVA’s story is based on some random event that didn’t happen in the manga, but would take place maybe a third of the way, a lot of important events that are referenced in the OVA aren’t quite shown. Instead, the OVA uses various flashbacks to kind of bring the watcher up to speed. While it does work to a degree, I think new watchers would miss a lot of little things when watching the OVAs. Like the Kure-nai OVAs, these are mostly made for people that have read the manga and would pick up on all of these things. Anyway, throughout this episode, like the previous one, there are various flashbacks that attempt to explain the feelings behind certain events and accentuate the events themselves. As someone who’s read the manga I find them pretty enjoyable. Anyway, back to the episode, Haruto eventually leaves Eba’s house once he realizes she’s not there and won’t be there for a while. Since this is a story, Haruto by chance meets Eba on his way back to the hotel (since he’s in Tokyo for a school vacation) and they get this whole situation sorted out. The two of them reaffirm their love for each other, and Haruto leaves Tokyo happy that his long-distance relationship will work out for the best. Oh Haruto, if only you knew…
As for the other aspects of this episode, like characters and art and animation and music… They’re mostly the same. Eba and Haruto are still idiots. Still, this episode ranks higher than the previous for me simply because Rin has more spoken lines. It’s pretty evident that she’s by far the best character. Besides that, there were a few things I picked up on this episode that I guess I didn’t notice earlier. For starters, I’m fairly certain Nakajima Megumi voices Eba. I usually don’t mention voice actors and actresses since I’m pretty terrible at picking up on things like that, but I noticed this one. I suppose it’s because she voices Ranka in Macross Frontier, which I’ve seen a lot of via the anime, the movies, and SRW. And I listen to a lot of her music. Anyway, I don’t really care for Eba as a character, but knowing that Nakajima Megumi voices her makes it just a bit better. Also, other than Rin and Eba, the second episode kind of struck me in that the voices for everyone else seem kind of… weak, in comparison. I’m not a particularly good judge of this kinda stuff but they just sounded either forced or unenthusiastic a good deal of the time. But hey, what do I know.
Some closing thoughts on the Kimi no Iru Machi OVA… This is part two of two, so it’s done here. I suppose, as someone who’s read the manga, it was a cute little story. The ending is kind of funny considering the events that happen not too long after it, but as a diversion it’s a fun watch. I don’t know just how much enjoyment someone who’s not a prior fan would get out of this, but it seems more made for fans than newcomers. If you did enjoy it, you’ll probably like the manga since the story is just a prequel and sequel to this.
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