Spoilers from Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Yusha no Shou, ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka, Yuki Yuna wa Yusah de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shou, Kotohana Kitan, Houseki no Kuni
Part one can be found over here.
Alrighty, I’m skipping the chit chat for the most.
But do be wary of spoilers.
That should do it. Here we go!
5. The despair of Yuki Yuna – Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Yusha no Shou
Alright, alright, some people take offense to the glorification of sacrifice as shown in Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru. They don’t agree with this portrayal or definition of heroism.
But in this moment, Yuki Yuna isn’t trying to be a hero. She’s just a confused girl who doesn’t want to keep her friends in a loop, but has no other choice since telling them about what’s going on will cause them to suffer. She’s been locked out and can’t rely on her friends to bail her out.
She’s the type of girl who will bottle things up inside in order to not inconvenience others, but she usually ends up leaning on others for support in order to accomplish her goals. This option isn’t available for her here, however, and she’s left to cry alone on the street as she feels guilty over the misfortune she brought upon Fu-senpai.
This whole situation firmly covers a typical loophole that pertains to protagonists. I know I’ve sometimes yelled at the screen in vain, hoping that the main character will open up and ask for help from his or her friends. But, as I’ve stated already, this simply isn’t an option.
4. Nino takes the hit – ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka episode 11
In this scene, Nino cements his status as a real bro. Pushing Jean out of the way of an assassin’s bullet is definitely a bro thing to do. The fact that this happens after episode 8, which is when the audience gets some insight into Nino’s backstory and when he admits to his superior that he went along with his father for his father’s sake and not for his superior’s sake or His Majesty’s sake, doesn’t diminish the impact of this moment one bit. Through this simple gesture, Nino shows that he’s grown to truly love Jean as his own family even if he has to stalk and monitor him due to his orders.
He lives, don’t worry.
3. Gin’s determination – Yuki Yuna wa Yusah de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shou episode 4
The strongest defends her friends and fights for her loved ones. She goes out like a warrior after proving she’s a badass by driving three Vertex by herself without the use of fairies or Mankai. This scene still messes me up emotionally.
2. A fateful reunion – Konohana Kitan episode 8
Like most of these moments in this two-part list, this particular sequence happens near the end of the episode. After being introduced to all three visitors who were unhappy with their lives to the point that they attempted suicide, wished to remain in a coma, etc, the viewer gets to see all three visitors become happy. The twist in particular explains everything. Konohana Kitan is particularly good at serving these satisfying episodes that don’t require several weeks to set-up. It was obviously yuri from the very start, but it was so much more that.
1. The aftermath of Dia’s fight with Shiro
Don’t get me wrong: the actual all-or-nothing brawl was nothing less than incredible. The way that Diamond uses her own cut-off arm to slice Shiro in half due to her innate hardness was something only she could do (plus it’s just another example of her reckless fighting style). In the end, she ends up being broken, but she, for the most part, put down a dangerous threat.
What makes this particular moment so great for me is the brief moment of tenderness Bort and Diamond share after Diamond’s victory. Diamond admits that it was for the better that they separated since now she realizes just how much she values Bort while looking at her from a distance. And Bort says she feels the same.
They may no longer be partners, but they finally see each others as equals.
And of course Bort to going to defend her precious sibling from what’s left of Shiro.
There was so many great anime moments in 2017 that this list was incredibly hard to write. I’d love to hear about some of your favorites. It doesn’t even have to be from anime that aired in 2017! Show me some love for older series, too!