Well she said at one point Noe was the winner, but that was likely back when Hiromi looked like this and Noe likethis which tells me these girls weren't the ones we know (the Hiromi we know just doesn't wink like that, if anything it makes me wonder if that girl became Aiko )
So Okada didn't want just a Noe ending she wanted a completely different story but other writers ignored her outlines and did their own thing,she actually ended up liking what they did and rewrote her parts to fit in with what they had done,that included changing the ending.
Hmm, are you saying Okada didn't express any desire for Noe to win herself? I thought that's what the interviews confirmed. I'm not going to argue that Hiromi wasn't the logical result of the story, but that Hiromi end didn't seem like a natural fit to the themes throughout. Well anyways, the horse has been long dead for a few years now .
Well despite my comments earlier, I was still very skeptical going into this film. I was like "What? Children who are wolf people? No way they can made a good story out of this!" Yet Hosoda certainly is a very special man. I was thoroughly impressed with what he managed to do with this kind of story.
And I am not too worried about Chihayafuru financially. After seeing how the anime boosted the manga sales so dramatically, it seems it actually served its purpose quite well. Would still be nice if things did work out though.