It may have been several weeks after I finished Hourou Musuko Episode 12, but the show was so amazing that I want to share my thoughts on the last episode and the series as a whole.
First off, one of the scenes that strike me in this episode is Saori dressing Nitori as a girl and Takatsuki coming into Saori’s room soon after. While they were apart for so many months into their second year of middle school, I felt that their friendship between them has mended itself in this scene. It felt like things in the past would stay the same well into the future. Sadly, reality does not allow it as when Saori finds out that Nitori’s voice has started to change even though he is special.
From Episode 10 and 11, Anna broke up with Nitori because she didn’t know how to react. I don’t blame her for this because she probably faced immense pressure from society as a result of Nitori coming to school dressed as a girl. By breaking up with him, she has broken her ties with Maho, who became protective of her brother. On the other hand, I felt sympathetic towards her since she scared away people of both genders and Nitori was the only special boy that truly understood her feelings, even if he is a little compulsive. Even after all this, Nitori still has romantic feelings towards her, which makes me happy.
Besides Madoka Magica, Hourou Musuko was one of the most touching masterpieces aired during the winter. After watching the whole show, I know how the emotional pains that most LGBT people face from society feels. Understanding their feelings has become increasingly important because of various tragedies that occurred to these people in real life. Also, the story presented itself in a soft and colorful artwork, which brings out the innocence of the characters under the seriousness. The characters were well developed and maintain a certain degree of appeal (with the exception of Doi, who is a big bully). The only problem I see with the show is that many of the important developments are missing due to time constraints. Otherwise, I felt that Hourou Musuko is one of those shows most people should watch not because it focuses on serious issues, but for its heartwarming story underneath it all.
9.5, A, Masterpiece
Full review is coming soon!