The end of the journey was quite satisfying. I was expecting some escapist’s fantasy when I put Yorimoi on my watch list, but what I got was the entire opposite. The journey has ended, but the feels will carry on!
- Wow, thousand-year-old air. I don’t get how the anime strives to be realistic in every aspect about this expedition, but doesn’t show enough respect to the cold at all. Seriously, what are they wearing? They don’t even wear gloves half of the time. And shaved ice…
- God, I’ll miss the glasses lady… Too bad I don’t even know her name. She was also the one who trashed the calpis this episode.
- Kimari fantasizes about staying in Antarctica forever.
- …And is actually pretty serious about it. It’s interesting how Kimari is the only one with lingering regrets. The others are all pretty realistic.
- What isn’t Gin good at? Babysitting, I guess. They pull off an Angel Beats! this episode with the baseball game, except there’s less significance attached to the idea of baseball itself.
- If Takako did something, Shirase is sure to follow. Shirase hits the ball.
- Shirase even has Takako’s hair now! I wasn’t sure how I felt about her chasing after her mom’s shadow all the time before. It’s a totally understandable thing to do, but it’s something works of fiction fiction usually depict as unhealthy. This episode really straightens things out as it goes on though.
- Ah…all the inspirational vibes. Where’s Asuka?
- Such an interesting way to put it! Unlike what Hinata states in her episode, Antarctica isn’t “an empty place” with no one to interfere with what you do. It’s a place that allows characters to confront their true selves – one very big theme in Yorimoi.
- Yuzuki has a fan in Antarctica too. Lol…”The Follow Backs Won’t Stop.” That random dude looks forward to her drama too!
- Shirase gives her mom’s laptop to Gin. She even leaves her 1 million yen in Antarctica as well. First the hair-cut, now this. Shirase is all about letting go this episode. She’s inspired by her mom, but no longer haunted by visions of her.
- Gin actually opens the mailbox. I was kind of glad to see someone witness Shirase’s dedication, even if she was polite enough to not click into any of the messages. And of course, that unsent message…
- I’ll miss Gin. I’ve grown quite fond of her over the last half of the series. She is probably the only complex character other than the main cast. In fact, she’s already a lot more nuanced than someone like Kimari. I like capable kuuderes.
- The girls see an aurora…and Shirase’s mom’s picture of an aurora. I totally expected some feelsy letter to her daughter, but it’s just a picture attachment of an aurora and a statement declaring that the real thing is a thousand times more beautiful. This time, Shirase is finally one step ahead of her, as she sees an aurora even before Takako’s message reaches her. It shows how she has surpassed her mother and is no longer tracing her footsteps.
- Biggest plot twist in the series: Megu-chan is now in the North Pole. She’s so prideful and competitive that instead of waiting for her friend’s return to properly make up or something, she gets herself to the North Pole. I do believe that Megumi has the willpower to accomplish this…
- Is this a second season promise? I doubt it, but it’s a nice idea.
Although there’s a comforting sense of framing with the train ride, welcoming dinner, and Kimari lying on her bed, Yorimoi‘s final episode shows that things are going to be far from stagnant from then on. The girls have all grown as people, and are off to new adventures both independently and as a team. The final bits of this episode were cheesy at times with the motivational talks, but for this anime, I do think it works.
“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” – Alfred Tennyson, “Ulysses”