Three days after the events of the previous episode Yuri wakes up in the nurses office to see Otanashi, Kanade, Hinata, and Naoi waiting for her to wake up so that they can help her disappear.
When they figure out that she had accepted her life she becomes embarrassed and stops Naoi’s attempt to use his hypnosis to find out each time. Since Kanade called her Yuri she considers that they’re friends and Kanade smiles since she considered that. They then head off with one more thing to do.
On the way Kanade hums the song that Iwasawa had sang before she disappeared, My Song while Hinata tells Yuri how Takamatsu had turned back to who he was and how everyone had fun living in this world, since she knew about how an NPC could return to normal it didn’t surprise her.
They arrive at the Gymnasium and Yuri sees the banner that they had made for a graduation ceremony, and the others notice how she’s changed which leads to her beating Hinata. The ceremony starts off with a anthem composed by Kanade which starts out normal but quickly turns into singing Mapo Tofu over and over again. Hinata and Naoi criticise it which leads to Kanade hiding behind Yuri but quickly change their mind about it once Otanashi points out how much she had put into it.
Next is the handing out of the certificates and Hinata takes the role of the principal to hand them out. They all happily accept them and once Otanashi accepts his he asks if Hinata could take off the glasses and wig so that he can hand him his certificate. Once this is over Otanashi gives a speech as the class representative where he speaks of his time spent with the others and how he wanted to help them find peace after he had found it himself, determined to never to forget the bonds they shared. They then sing Aogeba Toutoshi and laugh.
With this over there’s nothing left but to disappear one by one, in order not to see anyone cry Naoi goes first and with tears in his eyes thanks Otanashi as he wouldn’t have been able to find peace without the words he said to him. Yuri goes next, she apologises to Kanade and talks to her about what could have happened if they became friends earlier, she bids everyone farewell and hopes that they’ll meet again. Hinata decides to go next so that Otanashi doesn’t leave Kanade on her own, he thanks him and Otanashi explains what led to his decision to help everyone disappear. He asks him to say hi to Yui when he meets her again and they high five before he disappears.
Otanashi and Kanade go outside where he suggests that they stay behind to help people disappear and asks if she can stay with him. He confesses his love to her but she doesn’t respond since she would disappear, she then tells him that she was the recipient of his heart and that her regret was being unable to thank him. She had realised this after stabbing him and that his memories had returned due to listening to the beat of the heart he had given her.
She then asks that he repeat what he had said, at first he refuses but when she reminds him of how wonderful it is to live they embrace each other and he repeats his words again. While his tears pour she thanks him and ge falls through where she was once she disappears.
The ending theme is different from normal and features a reverse of the usual image with the members of the SSS disappearing one by one until the final five remain. Who then disappear in the order they did ending in the blank background.
The newly reincarnated Otanashi walks through a busy street and notices a girl humming a familiar tune, as she walks off he runs after her and reaches out for her.
Ignoring how it seemed to skip how the other members accepted their lives and disappeared I’d say this was a pretty nice way to end the series. Especially how they held a graduation ceremony before they disappeared with Yuri showing her cute side a bit. I liked how Kanade hummed Iwasawa’s last song on their way to the gymnasium and how it linked in with the end, considering that she was at or on her way to each GirlDeMo concert she must have been a real big fan, it was also good not to see Iwasawa forgotten due to that. And the speech that Otanashi gave was pretty nice as well where he showed his and all the others promise to never forget the bonds they shared even if they forget what they look like or who they were. After the ceremony it was kind of bitter sweet to see the remaining characters take their turns to disappear, with Naoi thanking Otanashi one last time with tears in his eyes, Hinata remembering his promise to Yui, and Yuri apologising to Kanade. All up it was really a pretty good scene but I had hoped that Yuri would do a bit more as far as Hinata concerned since they’ve been together a long time once you consider Track Zero.
After this if the tears didn’t start pouring they would have, with Otanashi confessing to Kanade and asking her to stay with him in the afterlife to help other people find peace resulting in one of the most emotional scenes in the series so far. Her regret that caused her to stay there for so long in the first place was revealed nicely as well, with it linking in with how he filled out his organ donor card before he died, Kanade stabbing him in the beginning, how he got his memories back, and even the heart beat in the logo/eyecatch. And even though I had expected that Otanashi and either one or more characters would meet again in their next life, I still thought it was a nice way to end it with him and Kanade meeting in a fated way while leaving us to wonder what would have happened afterward.
Overall I’m kind of disappointed with this series but still happy about it at the same time and if I had to name a fault about it, it would have been the episode count. With everything that happened it would have been better for it to have been twenty six episodes with more time spent pacing the events out and developing more on some of the other characters. Since barely anything was known about some of them aside from a few traits by the end and it felt cheap to just have them disappear between the last two episodes. It all just seemed as if Jun Maeda had either bitten off more than he could chew or was backed into a corner with the thirteen episode count, since there seems to be a few things that give off that some stuff had been cut out.
But even then I still enjoyed the series, it had some good comedy and tear inducing drama as I had expected it to have. Along with some pretty fun characters and awesome concert scenes with equally good music. There also happens to be the prequel, Track Zero to give them a bit more development which part of me hopes will be animated one day. So in the end even though it was kind of disappointing I still don’t regret watching the series, it fulfilled my expectations and went a bit further. It’s only a shame it wasn’t a bit longer.