Answer: nah. I totally underestimated how much more repulsive and conscience-free the writers could make Makoto. Just when I thought they couldn’t make him any bigger of a jerk, they do…you know you are a cold bastard when it’s one of your fifth or sixth groupies who has to tell you to go see and comfort your second girlfriend–the one you betrayed your first one for. And STILL they keep on coming, until…
Yes. Sekai speaks the three words most dreaded by any playa, the only recorded words spoken by Bathsheba when King David slept with her: “I AM PREGNANT.”
In front of the whole class, within all the earshot of the girls. This should have been a delicious moment, and it does have a wonderful soap operatic melodramatic quality to it–complete with tears and declarations of “he’s YOUR child!” And, indeed, it marks the end of Makoto’s days as the all purpose girl magnet, a status that is unfathomable and patently ridiculous at this point. What the hell do they see in him? He even gets an entire set of anonymous groupies, the bullies of Kotonoha no less!
It takes the pregnancy to finally wake the girls up, and no time before. Is he good in bed? That would go a ways in explaining all this, but we’re not told even that. We’re told instead that he failed to use protection with Sekai because “he wasn’t used to this“–implying that Sekai was among his first sexual experiences. What in the Sekai is that all about? I’ve stated elsewhere that Makoto is at best a playa by accident, and more likely just very, very lucky (ie, the protagonist of an H-game).
I’m also surprised someone like Sekai, who strikes me as having more things straight in her head than a lot of the characters (not a lot: just more than everyone else) would actually feel even somewhat happy about having Makoto’s child. Does she actually think a guy like this will do the right thing and take care of her? Doesn’t she realize teenage pregnancy pretty much ruins most young women and forces the majority into poverty without the father around?
But the most galling thing must be Makoto’s reaction to all this heartbreak and pain around him: self-pity. I became an anime fan in large part because I could not only stand, but understood, why Evangelion’s Shinji would want to run away and why he felt no one was nice to him. It still makes my blood boil to hear Makoto whining, with sad sympathetic music underneath: “what did I do? why has this happened to me?”After he has called like 4-5 girls who now won’t pick up. You want the answer? TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR CELL PHONE RECORD, YOU CAD.
And take a look at his first and most badly damaged, victim. No number of flaws within Kotonoha, and she had some, justifies this outcome of her life: a totally destroyed soul. She looks like a war survivor and considering she was raped, that makes some sense. Looking at her and hearing her words is heartbreaking, just heartbreaking.
And yet…it is this, this hollow shell of a girl, who finally unfreezes one small part of Makoto’s heart. I can’t believe it, really. For one, it’s too little, too late of course; and it’s just as likely Makoto is actually desiring the domestic bliss Kotonoha imagines and he realizes, “this is what I’ve been missing all along! Why didn’t I think of that?!” Kotonoha’s actions are consistent with her previous character. Makoto’s tearful repentance is not. If pregnancy didn’t do it–if the tears of both Sekai and Kotonoha before didn’t do it–I really doubt even the traumatized form of Kotonoha could do it either.
Please don’t tell me this is a prelude to a happy ending. There’s still a good chance it isn’t–Kotonoha still doesn’t know about the baby. That would definitely be enough to bring out the knives. But, I’ll be honest, my heart began to sink when the color returned to Kotonoha’s eyes as Makoto embraced her. They are not going to cop out after all this rank stupidity and horrific heartbreak. Are they? Please tell me they’re not.
Well, one more episode to go. This will be a fun series review to write, whatever happens. If they give us the ending we’ve been salivating for…a meditation on the wages of sin. If they cop out…it will be delicious writing my evisceration. Oh baby.