So, here we are, at the end of a very long journey. Where to start…
First off, even though I’ve said it like four times already - @Aspirety Thank you for having me on board for the Ep8 podcast. Even if I only joined in for the last two podcasts, and even if I was a bit of a nervous wreck for most of the Ep7 podcast, it was a ton of fun to be able to discuss things like this and bounce ideas and interpretations around. I’ve still got my own analysis blog to finish (still slogging through Episode 6, god help me), but I’ve taken a liking to the idea of analysis videos as well. I’ve already got an idea for one to start with, too…
Now then! Episode 8 itself. Well, uh, as I’ve alluded to a few times (mostly on Discord I think?), I wasn’t a big fan of Ep8 when I first read it. While I don’t know how to put into words exactly what I would’ve hoped to see after Episode 7 (especially that Tea Party), Ep8 as a whole felt like a bit of a letdown in that regard.
I feel like I should clarify - when I say I don’t like Episode 8, I really mean as a whole - the first half or so, with Ange and the family and the quiz party and such, is a heart-touching send-off to the Ushiromiyas as a whole (though that whole “Battler is Kyrie’s son” thing was handled… pretty anticlimactically, imho!) and really quite fun and cute to read, and the whole ending - starting with Ange fully realizing her potential as a Witch of Resurrection, to Battler and Beato leaving Rokkenjima, to Ange and Tohya meeting in the future - is pretty much perfect (I think it’s interesting how, in a way, Battler/Tohya ends up being a sort of “inversion” of Sayo/Beato’s circumstances, in terms of “characters” and “split personalities” and such).
The fight scenes in between aren’t really what I was signing up for, so I don’t feel too strongly about them (though it’s great to see the whole Ushiromiya family get one last time to shine during their defense of the Golden Land), but as a whole, the Episode doesn’t really mesh together for me as well as, say, Episode 4 does, in spite of its own pacing problems.
Having said that, I still think Episode 8 is a fitting, beautiful ending for the series and Ange’s character arc. I don’t shed tears a lot (I get highly emotional, but tears just don’t happen that often for whatever reason), but I’ll be damned if Umineko doesn’t bring me very, very close to it at times.
I can’t really think of anything else to say right now, so… <Have a nice day.> See you again, when something else cries.