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Old 2006-03-29, 02:29   Link #17
Perishthethought
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Thank god, I thought I had constructed an alternate reality out my desperation for a happy ending! I'm glad others have had the same thought.

Has anyone seen Akane Maniax, by the way? That adds quite a lot to the story. It's set right after the emotional goodbye of Takayuki and just before Haruka gets out of hospital (I'm guessing, because Akane phones Takayuki about seeing Haruka again - I'm assuming because of the hospital excursion, although I could be wrong. If I am right, time progresses through the OVA and we do see Haruka at home, so I think she leaves the hospital).

I have to say I really quite enjoyed Akane Maniax. It's screwball lunacy, yes, but you have to remember that the majority of what happens is a figment of Gouda's adolescent and idealistic imagination - even his representation of himself. This is stark contrast with the utter dejection and distracted sadness of Akane. Anyway, I can write reams on Akane Maniax... I found it a fitting and comforting accompaniment to KGNE.

Anyway, back to the point. We see Haruka in Akane Maniax. She only has one 'real' scene. At home. Akane goes to get her in her room, I'm assuming to bring her downstairs for the evening meal (at her parents' request). She's alone, in her room, in the dark. She's clutching Muryama's Gift close to her chest. It's quite evident she's still cut up about/in love with Takayuki. It's also evident she hasn't done much about getting her life back on track. She's depressed (although trying not to show it, of course). This is some comfort, I think, to the viewer, because although Haruka was strong when 'giving up' Takayuki, she's still evidently upset about it and depressed enough to be clutching the one thing she can remember Takayuki by - the book he gave her. If Haruka really wanted to give up Takayuki and forget all about him, she wouldn't be clutching the book. She wouldn't want to meet up again. She wouldn't want a return to the 'good old times'.

I take the point, and indeed reinforce the point, that Haruka probably still loves Takayuki. I find this, somehow, some comfort. That one scene in Akane Maniax is a validation and consolidation of her love for him. She has obviously not forgotten him. Even though it's a while later, does it not tell you something about her that her book is a thinly veiled attempt at a reunion? Does it not tell you that, somehow, she wants to meet up with them again? For what purpose would it serve? Most would probably say that it is simply 'a friendly reunion'. A time when they could all simply be 'friends again'. Yet there was never a time when they were all 'just friends'. Haruka loved Takayuki since time immemorial (or when she first saw him, anyway). The whole time Haruka knew Takayuki was in an effort to get close to him and be with him. Meeting up again can ONLY be a bad thing for all concerned as Takayuki genuinely cannot chose between the two of them and only did so when pushed by Haruka. The scenes involving Takayuki in Akane Maniax (in his thinly veiled pseudonymous mech incarnation) reinforce this point - he can't make a decision, he really can't, because he loves them both (to illustrate the point both a Mitsuki-a-like and a Haruka-a-like are in his mech cabin with him). He says so himself.

What do you think would happen if they did meet up again? Can anyone seriously entertain the prospect of Haruka being 'over' Takayuki? I got the impression from KGNE that she only gave him up for his own good - so that he could have a nice life away from the torment of having to choose between Mitsuki and Haruka. It was the ultimate kindness, the ultimate gift - the 'gift of goodbye'. Indeed, from Akane Maniax you get the general impression that Takayuki was understandably blameless in his actions because he was just too nice and afraid of hurting anybody, or letting them get more hurt than if he stayed loving them. The scene where he babbles his excuses to Gouda in his damaged mech is brilliant at illustrating and illuminating some of Takayuki's mental anguish. We are illuminated on some of his pain at having to decide - and to me, that makes him a more sympathetic and well-rounded character, as it demonstrates there was absolutely no malice in his actions and he really wanted to make everybody happy in the end. He says so himself - 'they had done nothing wrong' - i.e. they didn't deserve to get hurt, and he couldn't see any other way of stopping that from happening without keeping up the niceities between himself and both of them (however wrong that is).

Anyway, I've said enough. Over to you!
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