So after watching the first season ages ago I stumbled upon the completed manga recently and after reading it all I can say is what the hell did I just witness
It's left me in despair
Pretty much this. I'm guessing SHAFT knew the entire time due to how the OP's and ED's are structured. If they weren't fully aware during the first season, they had to of during the second season, cause the OP's and ED's of that season were...well, look.
* Full OST can [probably] be found between:
If you know of a higher quality collection/channel/version, please tell me of it so I can add to this.
But it's a happy ending! Just not a normal one
The best part of the ride was probably trying to find all those references that Shaft inserted in not just the OP's and ED's but also in the episodes as well.
Things that were initially just thought of standard SHAFT quality such as characters missing and/or disappearing was actually part of the story.
Shaft and Kumeta are a match made in heaven.
Everyone was dead and it was just a very elaborate funeral right
Alternatively everybody tried to commit suicide and a part of them wanted to died but the transfusion from Fuuka slowly killed of that part due to the ritual and her overwhelming positivity making the girls whole again but in love with Zetsubou whilst he was in love with the Fuuka in them
Didn't the Mystery Train sequence go over something like this? I distinctly recall some sort of conversation between Kafuka and Sensei about love and marriage. She asks him if she knows who he's in love with and he says yes, and then the next scene is him not knowing who to marry.
He put off the decision of who he was going to marry, yes, but it was pretty clear who he loved.
"So what do we do from here?"
>"Teacher, how about deciding on a woman?"
"Hmm, that's right."
"With whom should I-"
[CLOSE UP ON KAFUKA'S FACE]
>"Haven't you already made up your mind?"
Then they both ride the train together, talking about how only people who've made weighty decisions can ride the train they're on.
I don't know, maybe it's just me, but this was as clear as day to me the first time I saw it.
They failed their suicide attempts and had a second chance thanks to the donor Akagi An (Kafuka). This attracted the Showa spirits which wanted another chance that they didn't get and Akagi An herself.
Part of the fun of the ending was going back and looking at all the clues that were shown in broad daylight in as early as chapter 1/episode 1 but was dismissed to be just either Kumeta being lazy or Shaft being Shaft.
>Hope 1: Pikachu
>Hope 1: Lobbyist
>Hope 1: Hiroshi
Other than all off them, which Zetsubou would you marry?
Matoi is by far the best choice and the best girl.
Is there anybody who's anybody that didn't do an endcard for SZS?
Best minor character.
H-Hey now, m8
She wasn't a main or anything, but 'minor' is too far
I usually don't like self-aware characters, but it was way too obvious with this one.
She was such a best girl that she had to apologize to everyone else for simply being better.
Yeah, fair enough. She did have entire sections happening as a result of her.
Normal in this case just happens to be top tier.
No. All that we know about the other spirits inside the girls is that they appeared after each girl despairedand date back to the Showa era. At least, as far as I can recall.
Kafuka existed, I'm pretty sure. All the positivity gene stuff did was make it so they didn't want to despairanymore.
No, but they don't really seem to have much influence beyond sharing similar personality traits and that they successfully committed suicide where the girls failed. That, and that the class was set up as a posthumous ceremony for them.
In a way. I'm pretty sure
her spirit still played a part, but she just needed to have some of her body in them to manifest herself, like we see in the reporter girl at the very end.
If the /a/non who sent me the normal phone charm for Christmas happens to be here, I never got to properly thank you.
So, thank you.