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Jun 21, 2012 9:30 AM

Nov 2011
Oh boy, the stepfather is coming home. Dat drama. Also, festival and something unexpected happens!

Some pictures:

P.S. Ritsuko's singing is kinda catchy :>
Stark700Jun 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Jun 21, 2012 9:40 AM

Aug 2008
Oh god, why?
Jun 21, 2012 10:23 AM
Mar 2009
Jesus christ that episode was good, soooo freaking sad though :/ I have no idea what is going to happen next....Sen come back!
Jun 21, 2012 10:52 AM
Jun 2012
This is a turn around from last week. BUT GREAT NONETHELESS
Jun 21, 2012 10:55 AM

Mar 2012
That was such an excellent, emotional episode!

The music, yet again, accompanied the scenes beautifully, particularly the scene between Sen and Richie on the rooftop.

As long as the last episode is as good as the ones that preceded it, this will definitely settle among my favorites of all time. As it stands now, this series is an easy 10/10!
Jun 21, 2012 10:56 AM

Aug 2008
:'( This is so sad! I wonder how they will end this! (I know the very very end of the manga and I have to resist myself not to read the manga)

Only one episode left. I'll miss this show. I wished it was longer, the anime skipped a lot of thing in the manga.
Jun 21, 2012 11:01 AM

Dec 2010
GOD. THIS EPISODE. the music is just so good. goes so well with the scenes. AND SEN COME BACK NEXT WEEK. i hope this doesn't have a sad ending.
"If you don't love anyone, it'll make your life easier. But, I don't want to believe it's useless to love anyone" - Hikari Sakishima
Jun 21, 2012 11:03 AM
Aug 2011
I knew this was coming because I read it in the manga but still gah.
I was almost going to hack up my heart cause it was stuck in my throat all through the episode.

On the flipside...Riko singing was super cute.
Jun 21, 2012 11:06 AM
Jan 2012
Insta-goosebumps by the music played during the rooftop scene.
Jun 21, 2012 11:15 AM

May 2009
AH! JUST when I was thinking HELL YEAH!! (Kaoru giving Sen a reality check and blocking his escape) and AWWW, HOW CUTE!!! (Ri'ko singing "My Favourite Things") BAM!! all of that nonsense happens!
Like things JUST have to go wrong! :( My heart was blank at the night scene and then beating when Ri'ko was crying... And then a little relief but sad that it was Sachiko... bbbut... then Sen WHY YOU DISAPPEAR??!!!


On another note, Kaoru can be a mom... :) I loved that tender moment when both of them were crying. It was good to see macho guys cry for a change. You get to see that it hurts them so much too. And it was a smart comeback of the question of the "special case of the rosary". It was a binding element for all the episodes we've seen.

Quite the ending theme that gives out hints.. Now we know what that "undelivered note" meant. But I hope Sen returns. :( Please. YOU HAVE TO!!!!

Despite the fact that the episode appeared rushed, it still showed us quite a bit, pausing a few moments. The pacing was fine I guess.
Hmm.. I wonder.. Would Sen have gone to Kaoru's mom? Or Jun (less likely with Yurika's case)? That is, if he crossed cities... That is, too, if he went to someONE. Otherwise.. where will you go wandering? :(

I'm glad this wasn't the rumoured last episode. AnimeNewsNetwork did mention 12 eps before the series aired.
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Jun 21, 2012 11:29 AM

Aug 2007
Eh, what just happened. ARGH. I think I shouldn't be sewing while watching this episode, it all went so quick I_I
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Jun 21, 2012 11:52 AM

Apr 2012
man that scene on the rooftop made me cry :(

can't wait for the last epi

Jun 21, 2012 11:55 AM

May 2012
I was so happy that Kaoru was there to tackle Sen. So so very happy. I was worried about what was going to happen. I loved the expression on Sentaro's face when he knocked off Kaoru's glasses too. It was obvious it actually hurt him to do something like that, obvious that he had some major regrets for leaving, just at seeing Kaoru's glasses on the ground. Sometimes the smallest things are powerful.

Also the stepfather was sweet. I don't know the history behind him and Sentaro, but he was honestly trying to get something for him, and it was adorable.

I love that they asked Riko to be part of their music for the festival, Riko singing was adorable, and that song actually brought tears to my eyes. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the musical direction in this anime is one of the best I've ever seen.

Also oh crap, Sentaro... I really freaked out until I heard that it was Sachiko, then I felt like an asshole for caring so much more about him. The rooftop scene is so moving, and the heavy guitar mixed with chorus is simply moving. I feel like I could write an entire essay on this scene, from the beautiful start to the moving and emotional finish.

And then... even more emotions. Everyone's reaction to Sentaro being gone is just... heartbreaking. I don't know how they can top that, honestly. A little scared to find out where Sen ended up, to be honest... especially since he went without his rosary.
Jun 21, 2012 11:59 AM

Oct 2011
Kaoru is once again in his emo-mode
ok this time he actually had quite good reason to do so
somehow I am dissapoint by lack of progress in romance with Riko - still they had some nice moments here and there (I hope she was talking about Kaoru's footsteps :P)

Sen reacted... heck I was kind of expecting him to run away one way or another
and fact that his sister has awaken that was good :) if she didn't that would suck hardly

PS. I like their glasses :)
Jun 21, 2012 12:21 PM

Aug 2010
Fuck why do bad things happen to good guys :( I feel so bad for Sentarou and for everyone else.
Jun 21, 2012 12:29 PM

Jun 2008
Jun 21, 2012 12:42 PM

Feb 2012
Are you fucking kidding me, first convincing Sen to stay and yet letting him run off in the end, don't you dare give us a bad ending for Sen, nobody wants that and damn you for making me have tears in my eyes during that rooftop scene, Sakamichi is just so good that it gets painful sometimes.
Jun 21, 2012 12:53 PM
Jun 2012
the way she sand my favorite things was pretty catchy.and wow i did not expect this. its sooo sad.
Jun 21, 2012 12:54 PM

Oct 2010
this was to sad, i nearly cryed for the first time in a long time
Jun 21, 2012 12:55 PM

Jul 2009
What happened to the whole family drama in the beginning, wtf. They built that up and just let it fizzled out.

I thought he wanted to leave cause or else, he would've given his old man a woopin'...
Jun 21, 2012 1:13 PM

May 2012
Nichibotsu-kaeru said:
this was to sad, i nearly cryed for the first time in a long time

I feel you there, Still hoping for a happy ending though. Come back sen!
Jun 21, 2012 1:21 PM
Dec 2011
Oh God...
I just need and really hope for a happy ending next week.
Come on, Sen yo ware ni kaere!!!!
Jun 21, 2012 1:24 PM

Jul 2010
This episode certainly threw a curveball. Can't believe there's one episode left...
Jun 21, 2012 1:35 PM

May 2008
I cried all over this episode. Dear god ;;
Jun 21, 2012 1:59 PM

Jan 2012
Gift or no gift, that father doesn't look like he's glad to see Sentaro. Sad about that accident too. I was happy at the beginning when Sentaro was stopped and didn't leave, but in the end he still did. Eh, looking forward to next episode.

Jun 21, 2012 2:00 PM

Oct 2010
Such an emotional episode ._.
WHyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, Sen?
Jun 21, 2012 2:01 PM
Jun 21, 2012 2:15 PM

Jun 2010
1000000000/10 wtf episode too sad too good.
Jun 21, 2012 2:33 PM

Apr 2012
the oh so godly Sakamichi no Apollon...
is there a button for 11 after 10/10?
Jun 21, 2012 2:55 PM

Sep 2011
Really sad episode, here is hoping it all turns out okay. Great show and want more!
There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed

Jun 21, 2012 3:05 PM

Jul 2011
This episode confused a bit, but I enjoyed it still.

Riko's singing was catchy. I liked.

Sen. :(
Jun 21, 2012 3:31 PM

Nov 2011
It was an okay episode. Without the history behind Sentaro and his father, there's nothing particularly emotional about this episode for me. As is, Sentaro is just another teenager running away from his problems. I am quite sad that the festival didn't happen, however.
Jun 21, 2012 4:03 PM

Sep 2009
basabeo said:
1stly, that made me lol and 2ndly, you better have a tumblr cuz imma follow you XD

Even though Ritsuko has been with Sen since forever, nobody gets him like Kaoru does. I love their friendship. They understand each other even without giggling like girls. And obviously, as a shipper of KarouXSen, this episode was orgasmic.
Now, why did Sen run away? His sister seems fine, dad seems alright then what? The rooftop scene kinda killed me. I can't imagine how much he must have loathed himself for being the reason to his sister's condition. Glad to see her alright or Sen would really die which I definitely don't want to see.

Elite60 said:
Can't believe there's one episode left...
..and why do you think that? Was it announced that this would be a 12 episode show?

/* increased rating of the show from 9-10*/
Jun 21, 2012 4:17 PM

May 2012
What a sad and emotional episode !_!
I hope Sen will come back...
Jun 21, 2012 4:30 PM

Nov 2010
Aw man, I don't usually tear up watching things, but this managed it. :/ Saaaad episode. Wonder what will happen next.
Jun 21, 2012 4:31 PM

Feb 2009
I got the OST she's the one singing "My Favorite Things"! cute voice.

Damn it I should have known and I was so pump up about the festival.
Jun 21, 2012 5:58 PM

Nov 2007
Such a lovely episode! I almost cried in this episode. Hope Sentaro returns! This anime is due a good ending!

Why do I always feel like giving Rituko a hug every time she appears?

So there is another episode left? Yay! to the misleading number of episodes in TV Japan website.
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Jun 21, 2012 9:09 PM
Sep 2009
Shouldn't chop up onions while watching the onions.
Jun 21, 2012 10:03 PM

Jan 2010
So much drama and so many mixed feelings, but that's on par. Once again I loved the parts involving music.

Kurogashi said:
What happened to the whole family drama in the beginning, wtf. They built that up and just let it fizzled out.

I feel like this is how all the drama in this show is handled. It's a blessing and a curse.
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That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain."
Jun 21, 2012 10:30 PM

May 2010
Tears. A lot.
noitaminA has this power to make me cry. First in Ano Hana and then on Sakamichi.
I'll not ask to stop making me cry, because I'm crying with beautiful things. Things that, maybe, make you re-think the way you live.
Thanks for all the people that are involved with the production of this masterpiece. Thank you very much!!
Jun 21, 2012 10:49 PM

Jun 2009
Oh God no :(
What are you doing to my feelings, this is too much for me to handle /kills self

Loved Ri'ko's way of singing, it was cute though.
Jun 21, 2012 11:33 PM

Aug 2011
I personally don't think Sen will come back. I think it'd be more powerful if he didn't, but a part of me is hoping to God that he will!
Jun 21, 2012 11:48 PM

Oct 2011
Manly tears were dropped :'(
Jun 22, 2012 1:20 AM

Jan 2009
Wow. Highs and lows were almost unbearable from this episode. One moment you were smiling, the next you were in tears. What a powerful episode which clearly shows why this is one of the top this season
Jun 22, 2012 2:07 AM
Nov 2008
My natural reaction to this episode is "The fuck kind of ending is that!?".

Now that I'm reading responses here, I'm bafflingly confused. It's noitaminA. noitaminA is always 11 episodes...


Wow Kaoru is an insensitive jerk. "Actually, Sachiko's in there..." "Oh! Nevermind. Bye!"

The electric guitar playing on the roof was really jarring for this series. After going through this musical experience all season, it just didnt seem to fit at all.

Other than that, fantastic episode as expected, particularly if it is indeed not the finale.
Jun 22, 2012 2:31 AM

Oct 2007
I've never cried over an anime before but that hospital rooftop scene got me T_T
Jun 22, 2012 2:49 AM

Jul 2011
I'm never prepared enough for this anime. When I think I've got it all figured out and can see what will be happening next it takes is and smashes it to pieces. But it's so so so beautiful and powerful, delivers so many emotions during this 20some minutes that I can't help watching it.
Jun 22, 2012 3:19 AM

Nov 2011
Riko's English singing was epic lol. It was all actually pretty good!

Aww dude.
That rooftop scene got me to shed some tears. T_T
I really wonder if Sen will come back or if he does how and when..
Feel sorry for the guy it just seems like everything just doesn't go his way at all. Then the meaning behind him leaving the rosary oh boy... It seems like he feels the world has already abandoned him.

Another great episode can't wait for next week which is I believe the finale? CAN'T WAIT!
Touch me, you filthy casual~
Jun 22, 2012 4:19 AM

Feb 2011
It sucks for Kaoru to lose his bro. Fuck I cried too
Jun 22, 2012 4:46 AM

Jan 2010
So is the next episode the last or? Having read the manga I can imagine them being able to wrap it up in the next episode, but it will feel very rushed (and the last volume of the manga felt rushed enough, especially the last chapter).
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