I usually don’t write per episode posts, but I figured I’d chime in on this episode since it’s the last one, and the series was kind of short to write a whole review for it. And in case you were wondering, yes, spoilers await you ahead! Turn back, ye who haven’t seen Hantsuki 06 yet!
In the beginning of this episode, we find out that the surgery went fine and Rika will probably be okay for the time being. Phew! Natsume reminds me of that doctor in Arrested Development that keeps giving the family bad news:
Doctor: It looks like he’s dead.
Michael: Just to be clear. Looks like he’s dead, or he is dead?
Doctor: It just looks like he’s dead. He’s got like blue paint on him or something. But he’s going to be fine.
Anyway, Rika gets well enough to go back to her room, and Yuuichi is served with a restraining order for taking her out of the hospital so many times. At first, he just gives up, but after being led on (by Natsume, no less!) he hatches a plan. With the help of his friends and Zebra Mask (and Zebra Mask the second!), he rappels down into Rika’s room and finally gets to talk with her. Though she’ll never make a full recovery, Yuuichi will stay with her until the very end. Or at least until she gets fat.
Finally, we see the cute couple on top of the mountain again. Although they don’t know how long they can be together, they’ll use the time they have to make fond memories. Yadda yadda yadda.
At first, I was pretty disappointed with the ending. No one dies!? WTF! Upon hours of thought, however, I guess this is probably the best ending they could have come up with. If Rika just died during the operation, I’d still be sitting in my room sulking about it right now. If Rika made a full recovery, it would be way too sappy and unrealistic. With this ending, they can still be together, and Yuuichi has time to marry her and inherit her fortune!
Watching this episode a second time, I thought Akiko was really cute. She actually acted like a semi-decent nurse this time! Just watch, after Rika croaks, I have a feeling Yuuichi will be on her (and Misako, and his childhood friend) like white on rice! White rice, that is.
I think this anime’s biggest flaw was how short it was. The Hantsuki manga is 6 volumes long. There’s absolutely no way to fit 6 volumes of manga into 6 episodes of an anime. A lot of parts in this anime seemed rushed, including Yuuichi’s affair with Misako, and pretty much the entire last episode.
To make up for this seriously compressed feel, I propose a second season of Hantsuki. The new season will show us the adventures of Rika and Yuuichi living everyday life. Each episode will end with a clock showing how long Rika has left to live, a la Mahoromatic! 114 days until Rika expires? Oh, the tension! Hopefully the ending to the second season won’t be as WTF-inducing as Mahoromatic S2…