Well, if Your Lie in April chose to go that route, I don’t think they could have done a better job.
But it still bothers me. Basically, Kaori’s function in the show was to inspire Kousei, then die. It’s a cheap way to produce emotions no matter how well it’s done. And it reduces Kaori to secondary status within the cast and demeans all of her charm and vitality, replacing it with “tragic heroine.” The show got some mileage out of the uncertainty of her death; we didn’t really know until the grave scene with her parents, though Kousei’s tearful “goodbye” at the end of his performance should have tipped me off.
And that scene was beautifully done. Kaori had wanted the operation so she could perform with Kousei one more time. And in a way, she did. The imagery when Kaori appears with her violin is clear and bright. The creators knew better than to interfere with a lot of words, so Kousei played much of the piece with no interior monologue, just letting the music play until nearly the end, when she fades away. After that, the episode manages to keep an appropriate mood as it tied up loose ends. We learn what the “lie” actually was (loved Kousei’s reaction), we see Tsubaki refusing to back down on love, i.e., the important things. Other bits, like who won the competition, did Kousei get into that school, the show doesn’t bother to tell us. Not important.
As I said before, I never warmed up to the doomed heroine story in this show. It smacks too much of eighteenth-century romantic-era morbid obsessions, but considering the repertoire everybody in the show performs, maybe it was inevitable. I also don’t like the concept that Kousei is forever drawn to doomed girls for the same reasons. But happily, this show was more than that. I appreciated the mostly positive, not depressing views of Kaori in the last episode, with the occasional joke and slapstick thrown in. In fact, the show used humor to lighten the darker scenes extremely well. No, this show played with morbid thoughts, but, like Kaori, and thanks to her, Kousei, it refused to give in to them. Nice job, everyone.
The bulk of Yuri Kuma Arashi 10, apart from flashbacks, has Lulu taken into Kureha’s home, where gets a bath and some tea, and tells her the details of what had happened, all of which we had pretty much figured out or they had told us already: Ginko didn’t interfere to save Sumika because she was jealous of her. And Lulu had jealousy fueling her own betrayal of Ginko. Throughout this, Kureha appears pretty calm, as if she was ready to let the past go and accept what had happened, and forgive everyone involved, apart from Yuriika, maybe. Poor Lulu, no longer friends with Ginko, never friends with Kureha, and she even gets her yuri approval terminated by saying too much. Well, she’s probably safe on the other side of the wall.
So I was a little surprised when Kureha tells Lulu that if she saw her again she would shoot her. Perhaps it was because Kureha had just risked her life in order to deliver her to that door to Bear-land. I suppose it was just courtesy to someone who had helped her. Still, it surprised me. But the big surprise comes at the very end, when Kureha is apprehended by her classmates for being a bear-accomplice, and then we see her … standing trial at Judgemens! That was maybe the first “Hah?!” I’ve blurted out since episode one or two. Does Judgemens even have jurisdiction over Kureha? Or is the truth that Kureha is actually a bear? … Nah. Anyway, it looks like she’s going to stand trial on both sides, but the perhaps corrupted Ginko is still waiting her chance in the bushes, so who knows? Does anyone ever know with this series?