First, lets get this out of the way: About the whole “blades that will only cut the Earth Dragon” thing: thats all just in Kotarou’s head, man. From my point of view he’s just psyching himself up. He needs to focus so hard, that it’s as if the blades were meant for the sole purpose of cutting the Earth Dragon. BUT THATS NOT HOW PHYSICS WORKS. If it can cut the dragon, then of course it can cut the goddamned Key. Just because Kotarou thinks it doesnt make it absolute truth.
OK, Im getting close to the end. This was my final heroine route.
Not sure how I really feel about this route yet, so bare with me. I think its in my top 2 or 3 for Rewrite though.
I’d been looking forward to Akane’s route, since it would be my first real look into the insides of Gaia. By this point, I knew Guardian well and sympathized with them, so I kinda thought that this might be where I sympathized with Gaia.
But that didn’t happen! To the very end, even though Kotarou is a part of them and supports them, Gaia and their beliefs remains at best a necessary evil in Kotarou’s life. Was definitely interesting to see why most of the people who joined did so, though.
It was also interesting to see Kotarou slowly adapt his thinking, at least on the surface, so that he would be able to support Akane. Like his argument with Nishikujou: not long ago he would have completely agreed with her. But at that point he seemed to have completely changed in order to fit in with Gaia. Yet he is still clearly opposed to sacrificing humanity in favor of “the planet,” as his thoughts and actions reveal when Salvation starts to actually happen.
This is probably the route where Kotarou matures the most, which I definitely enjoyed. We see him go past the tipping point and kinda loose it when he’s in the forest, as seen symbolically by the way his aurora suddenly turns into an “animal.”
The most interesting character in this story is definitely Akane. As often happens, my opinion of her went way up once I got into her route. She is very unstable, though. Her actions and feelings and demeanor are always changing. This can obviously be attributed to the magic at work, slowly implanting hundred’s of others’ ideals into her very self, yet still conflicting with what she wants to make of the world on her own.
There is something that sets Akane apart from all the other heroines, too. All of them seem to have some kind of power, each obtained in unique ways. But the other four each obtained theirs in a time of need. They agreed, usually begged to be saved, crying out for help. But Akane was always alone. Early in the route we see a scene that is supposedly one of Kotarou’s old forgotten memories:(Cue Radiance) “Was she lonely? Common sense would say so. Was she unfortunate? The very idea means nothing to her. She lives under completely different rules from us humans… Senri Akane. I thought she was going to be happy.” This is still one of my favorite scenes from the route.
There is definitely a theme of atonement. Humanity needs to atone for what it’s done to the earth. Akane needs to atone for what she has done to humanity. In the end, both appear to be relatively saved. But it still a bleak ending. Yami no Kanata e says it all: everything behind us and in front of us is darkness. We can still hold each other and enjoy the company while we walk along this path, but we are heading towards the end.