Back with a surprise I found on my reader deck, the 13th episode of the Spring 2011 series Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko. If memory serves, this was the final episode that got cut from airtime because of the earthquake disaster. I’m a little ashamed I forgot about it. But I’m also a little miffed about having to wait a year to see this. The final, definitive episode of what’s hopefully Denpa Onna’s first season (second season please! I must have more Erio!!)
This final episode attempts to wrap up the story the series followed a year ago around Makoto, Erio’s cousin, as he gains, and losses, adolescence points through socializing with friends like Ryooko and Maekawa, helping his cousin Erio who had some traumatic experience and now lives as an outcast believing she was abducted by aliens, and surviving his strange aunt Meme. At the festival (that Makoto helped to bring to their side of town by playing on a baseball team with Maekawa and hitting a home run, potentially with esper powers), Makoto meets with Ryooko and treats her to a reward for winning her basketball game in the 12th episode. Still keeping the amazing animation and fanservice, we’re given a visual treat and more inside jokes that’ll make you want to rewatch the entire season (oh, I want to so bad right now…I miss the good ol’ days).
Later, Makoto meets up with Erio in top of the shrine hill, where he and she gaze at the stars…until Yashiro makes her appearance. She declares that she’s got some truth to tell Makoto, and goes through her “Boy Who Cries Wolf” anecdote, leading up to more unbelievably convincing proof of her esper powers….BRINGING DOWN A METEORITE IN FRONT OF THE SHRINE, EXACTLY THREE STEPS AWAY FROM WHERE MAKOTO WAS STANDING AND YASHIRO TOLD HIM TO MOVE AWAY FROM!!!! If she’s not an esper…she’s got incredible luck.
In a state of shock and awe, Makoto spends the next few days nulling things over, was she an esper? Or maybe an alien? Did she know the meteor was coming and arrived to warn Makoto, saving his life? This again raises questions about Erio being an alien as she once claimed. In the end, he settles for simply not knowing, life will continue, and so will his journey through adolescence, he has the whole summer to look forward to, after all.
I can’t begin to explain how emotional I’m getting being able to see Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko again, I’m not sure if it’s nostalgia, or just amazement at how developed Makoto and Erio have become. He used to be such a socially inept transfer student, and she used to be an antisocial shut-in, but just look at them now. I’m more curious about this town that I was a year ago, especially finding out Yahiro took her pseudonym from the shrine in the city, which was known for meteor strikes. We (or perhaps just I) need a second season!….please?
Until next time,
(I’m definitely re-watching Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko again soon :3)