Clannad, Kannon, Kyoukai No Kanata, Hell, even Angel Beats! We see them die except that they don’t. Yo, that’s all fine and dandy, for the first time.
While I thought the last episode of Kyoukai was the best of the entire series, (Well, aside from the obvious idoru episode) I could literally not bring myself to feel as emotionally moved as I should have felt. Sure, I almost, almost got some tears in my eyes because Mirai “supposedly” died for the second time, and dang, for half a second there I thought that maybe she really did and I could go to Tumblr to hail about the ending and cry.
Except that she didn’t die and much less did I cry, I was anticipating the asspull of an ending and I was right.
Now, I’m not saying that character deaths make a show better or darker or edgier, but I think that Kyoukai had two choices to being with; Akihito and Mirai end up together withakisspleaseandthankyou or Akihito or Mirai actually die. A kiss would have seriously made this show worth a while.
Still, they pulled a ClannadKanon and I don’t think this will change until they unanimously decide to bend over their entire fanbase. I will be patient and look forward to that day.