And so, it ended.
I watched this final episode of DRAMAtical Murder with rather mixed feelings. Even though it wasn’t one of the better animes during this season (and of all time), I still looked forward to watching it every week for some strange unknown reason – notice how I always reviewed it on Mondays whenever I wasn’t away. There were things that I liked and disliked about this show and I’ve decided not to let the poor handling of plot interfere with my enjoyment of other aspects of DRAMAtical Murder. With that said, I think I’m going to miss its colourful cast (literally) of characters the most.
A lot happened in this episode, Aoba used Scrap to “heal” Ren, he fought a Rhyme battle with Toue, he destroyed Sei and eliminated the threat to Midorijima. Yay.
I have this feeling that the battle with Toue should have been the climax of this episode, if not the entire show, but the battle scene was rushed through and hastily ended. So, all Aoba had to do to win, was to call for Sei. Toue meekly surrendered after he lost the Rhyme battle (I think it shouldn’t even be called a battle, pfft) and committed suicide. Seriously, do we even care about Aoba defeating Toue? No, not at all.
The highlight of this episode, for me, would be the revelation about Ren. Even though it was the highlight for me, I can’t say I understood what went on fully. After Ren bit Aoba in the previous episode, something flowed into Aoba and it was none other than Ren himself. To save Ren, Aoba used Scrap on himself. Aoba’s world was the next beautiful inner world I’ve seen, besides Clear’s. Ren reveals that he is actually a part of Aoba. There are 3 parts to every human, desire, reason and restraint. While these 3 parts coexist in harmony and balance in every other human, they exist separately in Aoba. I don’t really get what happened next, but apparently Ren (restraint) was being increasingly rejected by Aoba during the days when he was an active Rhyme player. In order to stay with Aoba, he synchronised himself with the Allmate that Aoba picked up and became the Ren we know. After the whole fiasco of fighting Toue and destroying Sei, Aoba found out that he had to accept Desire, who is the cooler version of Aoba we always see saying “destroy”. Aoba accepted Desire and all ends well, except that his Allmate had reverted to a normal dog Allmate. Where did Ren go? That scene where Aoba hugged Ren tightly wordlessly was probably the most powerful and impactful part in this episode. I can so feel his anguish, sadness and loneliness. This brings me to my next favourite scene, which was when Aoba reunites with his “brother”, Sei. I was so shocked when I heard Ren’s voice and what Aoba did next confirmed my suspicions. How did Ren end up in Sei’s body? I actually went back to re-watch Ren’s explanation of who he was (because I wasn’t exactly paying attention during the first time) and I still don’t get it. Did some high-tech thing happen? Nonetheless, I still liked the ending, with Aoba being reunited with Ren.
During the epilogue, we got a glimpse of everyone and it was nice to finally see Mizuki again – I’m glad he wasn’t forgotten and that he seems like he’s doing well. Noiz’s transformation was good eyecandy too and the style of DRAMAtical Murder’s ending just gives off this “happily ever after” feel which suited me. All in all, it was a good 12 episodes with the ups and downs. On hindsight, the plot wasn’t too bad, but it was just the execution of it which left much to be improved on. Although I was full of complaints throughout this season, the ending left me with such a good feeling that I’m just going to write those complaints off.
Ending off with a quote from the first episode:
|What is right and what is wrong,
that is decided upon by the human heart.
But, in that case,
then what exactly is a “human heart”?
What someone considers “light”
might be “darkness” for someone else.
To yearn for the light without knowing darkness,
that is something impossible.