[Posted @ 11:03 AM]
Edit: Summary updated =), enjoy and gimme your comments/feelings on the last episode of StoPani! Special service to all, 24 screenshots and click on the pictures for larger screenshots =).
The last episode of Strawberry Panic! A really simple and sweet towards the end. I think I replayed the last 7 minutes over 10 times already haha.
The night before the day of the Etoile Election, it’s snowing in Strawberry Panic! world, Nagisa looked out of the window, thinking to herself that if tonight doesn’t end, maybe, there’s no need to worry for who’s the victor and loser. If morning never comes … maybe … Meanwhile, Yaya’s angsting in the shower as Hikari was in a rendezvous with Amane, dapped together in a blanket enjoying the view of falling snow flakes. Rokujou’s staring out of the window, thinking to herself, tomorrow is the day of truth on who will be the next Etoile, what expression should I put on to face the girls? Similarly, Shizuma’s thinking about the past, about the time when she became Etoile, what expression was on her face? What did she possess? It’s like an illusory and distant past. Moving on to the St Lulim girls, lol, they were actually queuing up in the freezing cold to be the first ones to enter the hall where the Etoile Election would be held. Chikaru even proudly stated that that’s why she founded this club, the ‘Vie for First Seat’ club lol. Lemon grumpily reminded Chikaru that she’s the Student Council President and hence had no need to queue up lol. Chikaru just went ‘Ara?’ LOL. Chikaru then gave her first seat to Ashibaru =). Lemon noticed Kizuna sleeping buried in snow lol and went ‘OMIGOD! Don’t sleep!!’, followed by Chikaru screaming, ‘Kizuna-chan, I don’t want you to die~~~~’ LoL. [A real comic relief after the serious opening.]
At the Ichigo-sha, Shizuma’s friends, Hitomi and Mizuho were combing Shizuma’s hair when Rokujou knocked and entered the room. Both Hitomi and Mizuho looked worried and asked Shizuma if it’s fine. Shizuma assured them that it’s fine. Both Hitomi and Mizuho left the room, leaving Rokujou with Shizuma in the room. Shizuma asked Rokujou to comb her hair, Rokujou jokingly said that it’s been a while since she last did it and couldn’t guarantee the turn out. Shizuma said that it’s fine. As Rokujou started combing Shizuma’s hair with her hand … Rokujou asked Shizuma if it’s really okay … but she’s not asking about her hair combing technique apparently but more about Nagisa and Tamao participation in the Etoile Election. Shizuma replied yeah. Over at the St Spica side, Tsubomi’s helping Hikari prepare for the Etoile Election. When Hikari thanked Tsubomi, Tsubomi said that it’s not a problem as she knew Yaya-senpai wouldn’t be helping anyways. Sitting on the bed, Yaya just hmph at the statement. [I reckon Yaya’s couldn’t trust herself to help Hikari?] A knock at the door as Shion asked if Hikari’s ready. Hikari replied that she’s almost ready. Hikari then asked Yaya to tie the blue ribbon which represents St Spica in the Etoile Election to her hair, please. Tsubomi looked uncomfortably at the exchange and was surprised when Yaya agreed and tied the blue ribbon to Hikari’s hair.
While tying the blue ribbon, Yaya commented that Hikari’s cute like an angel, leaning against Hikari’s back, Yaya told Hikari to do her best. Another knock on the door, this time it’s Amane. Just then, Amane opened the door as Yaya reluctantly lets go of Hikari’s hair. [Kinda symbolized Yaya’s possession of Hikari’s gone, whoa such a strong moment. This reminded me of episode 1 where Yaya whispered to Hikari that she can’t like anyone else besides her lol] Hikari left the room along with Amane and Tsubomi, leaving Yaya forcing herself to smile and wave goodbye. At the St Miator side, Tamao’s helping Nagisa to tie her hair while Chiyo’s in her room duty maid uniform folding the pajamas of the senpais. After tying the green ribbon which represents St Miator in the Etoile Election, Tamao tied the red ribbon which was tied to Nagisa’s wrist in episode 12 along on Nagisa’s hair. [Is Tamao trying to mark Nagisa as hers? Or purely for good luck reasons? Or Nagisa told Tamao to tie it on her? It was not stated lol.] Both Chiyo and Tamao praised Nagisa’s appearance. At that moment, Rokujou knocked the door, swing open the door and told the girls that it’s time. Both Chiyo and Tsubomi sent the Etoile candidates out of the Ichigo-sha, Chiyo remarked that she felt a little desolate.
Tsubomi smugly said that after the Etoile Election, Chiyo will feel even more desolate because the winner of the Etoile will be … lol. Chiyo doesn’t seem to be listening as she decided to clean the room up to prepare for a tea party after the Etoile Election. Chiyo’s confident that everyone will become friends again even after the Etoile Election. Like a child begging for assurance, Tsubomi asked Chiyo if she could come? Chiyo said okay. Tsubomi asked again if Hikari and Yaya could come too? Chiyo said of course. Tsubomi then ran back to the Ichigo-sha saying that she’ll inform Yaya about it then turned back to tell Chiyo that she’s not worried about Yaya or anything lol. [Such a untruthful child … fufufu] Unknown to them, Shizuma’s standing at a distance looking at the exchange. It’s time for the Etoile Election, students were piling the hall as they await. Meanwhile, Yaya’s in her room angsting with Tsubomi beside her. Yaya told Tsubomi that the Etoile Election’s starting. Tsubomi replied that she knew who will win anyways and there’s no need to watch. ‘What are you saying, to miss Hikari in her glory, are you an idiot?’, Yaya said. Tsubomi responded with a ‘Yeah I’m an idiot. But I just want to stay here.’ Yaya seemed touched by Tsubomi implied comfort and answered with an untruthful ‘Do whatever you like’. [Such a cute scene between Tsubomi and Yaya XD, this scene vary from I-don’t-want-to-see-my-beloved-Hikari-with-Amane to Are-you-an-idiot-I-like-you-Yaya-senpai. Both of them are such untruthful children XD.]
Back to the hall, the Etoile Election’s starting, Kagome gave Ashibaru’s seat to Chiyo and told her to cheer for Nagisa with it. On stage, the St Spica pair, Amane and Hikari appeared first and the students cheered. [Amane in tux, Hikari in a flowery dress, just like a Prince and Princess] Back stage, Nagisa’s looking very serious, Tamao tried to relax Nagisa by holding her hand and told her to look at her, Nagisa nodded and smiled. With determined faces, the St Miator pair, Nagisa and Tamao walked to the stage [Tamao in a white dress, Nagisa in a red dress]. Similarly, the students cheered for them. Back stage, Chikaru commented how cute Nagisa and Tamao looked, sensing daggers shooting towards her from Shion, Chikaru grinned and said of course the Amane and Hikari pair was perfect, the majestic-looking Prince and the delicate, gentle Princess. However, the St Miator’s pair with their generous giving of each other the strength to take care, assist each other and sheer determination, which was beautiful too. Besides that, Nagisa’s popular with the juniors XD, ahh, who will win the Etoile Election? Chikaru then asked Shizuma for her opinion. Shizuma seemed to be in a daze as she didn’t reply till Rokujou called Shizuma’s name as it’s time for her to go on stage. Shizuma gave flower bouquets to the respective pairs, while giving the St Spica pair the flower bouquet, Shizuma said that finally huh? Amane replied that she would like to confirm Shizuma’s words to her in episode 21 and looked lovingly down at Hikari. Looking at the lovingly couple, Shizuma wished them good luck. Moving to the St Miator pair, Shizuma was momentarily stunned by Nagisa’s glaze till Tamao interrupted by calling Shizuma’s name. Shizuma turned and was met with Tamao’s firm glaze
Shizuma smiled and praised them. Tamao thanked Shizuma and squeezed Nagisa’s hand. Nagisa seemed shocked by the action and snapped out of the trance. Tamao added that they will work hard for the sake of St Miator. Giving the flower bouquet to Tamao, Shizuma wished them good luck, stole a last glance at Nagisa before leaving the stage. Nagisa stared longingly at the leaving Shizuma but was interrupted again when Tamao called her name. Back stage, Shizuma didn’t stop walking even after Rokujou called her. Rokujou tried to go after her but was stopped by Shion, Chikaru said that it’ll be alright as the Etoile wouldn’t need to be appearing so soon. On stage, Nagisa still seemed distracted. Shizuma walked outside, stomping the snow, apparently in a pissed mood. The Etoile Election continued as Amane carried Hikari, bridal style and declared that she will protect Hikari with her all heart [Just like in the manga, Chapter 10, Amane also carried Hikari]. The fangirls went craaazy lol. As it went on, Shizuma was at the greenhouse, recalling her times with Nagisa in the greenhouse in episode 6 and episode 10. The St Lulim girls and Chiyo were dashing to the cathedral where the dance would be held, lol surprisingly, Kagome ran the fastest considering her … short height and legs … is this the power of Ashibaru worshippers?! Back to Shizuma’s flashbacks of her times with Nagisa in episode 10 and episode 22 where Nagisa told Shizuma that she believes the dying plant will bloom flowers beautifully again. Looking at the indeed blooming plant, Shizuma’s filled with mixed feelings.
At the cathedral, the pairs were preparing, as the music starts, both pairs started dancing. While dancing with Tamao, Nagisa flashbacked to the first and last dance she had with Shizuma in episode 25. Meanwhile, Shizuma’s at the music room where she flashbacked to the times with Nagisa there in episode 6 and episode 17. Back to the dance floor, the girls were amazed by the gracefulness Nagisa and Tamao displayed with their dance. Chikaru said that both pairs were beautiful but the Nagisa and Tamao pair looked relaxed and perfect in harmony. Even Rokujou was shocked by the beautiful dance like the time Shizuma with Nagisa … Rokujou looked a little guilty at the thought of that. Finally the girls finished their dances and were panting hard, everyone were clapping at the beautiful performances. The St Lulim girls and Chiyo dashed to the next destination, the church to witness the announcement of the Etoile Election result. Back to Shizuma who was standing below the ‘Love Tree’, flashbacking to the first time she met Nagisa there in episode 1. Leaning against the tree trunk, Shizuma grinded her teeth and muttered out Nagisa’s name before running to the church. At the church, the pairs were lined up properly as they wait for the results. -Cue to Shizuma dashing to the church- The announcer prepared to pronounce the results when suddenly the church door swings open with the panting Shizuma standing in the middle of the opened door.
Shizuma yelled Nagisa’s name. Everyone was shocked probably except Chikaru who was looking thoughtfully at the scene and saying ‘Finally huh?’. Shizuma strolled confidently with a smile towards Nagisa, stopped suddenly and yelled ‘Nagisa, I love you!’ [Shizuma used ‘Aishiteru’ not ‘Suki’ nor ‘Daisuki’, it’s love not like =)] Everyone was sent into another shock. Tamao too, but then she closed her eyes and smiled. Shizuma hollered Nagisa’s name again, silently begging her to come to her. Nagisa seemed undecided as she murmured, ‘But … but …’. Tamao took charged as she hugged Nagisa from behind, ‘Really, it can’t be help huh.’ Smiling again, Tamao whispered ‘Itterasshai, Nagisa-chan’. [Itterasshai is used to see someone off home/work. So Tamao would be expecting Nagisa back lol XD, like a parent would do I reckon.] Pulling the red ribbon along with the green ribbon off, Tamao pushed Nagisa forward and encouraged her to go to Shizuma’s side. [As I said, this kinda symbolized Tamao’s letting Nagisa go, she’s not her partner anymore. Touched by Tamao’s support, Nagisa turned to Shizuma who was waiting with her arms opened, Nagisa ran towards Shizuma, smiling. Shizuma captured her in a hug and the crowd went gasped. Shizuma told Nagisa, ‘Let’s go’, smirked at Rokujou who gave a start, grabbed Nagisa’s hand and ran out of the church. Rokujou’s calling Shizuma’s name was heard as the girls ran off. However in the end, Rokujou accepted Shizuma’s ways because it’s Shizuma after all. Meanwhile, Tamao turned and closed her eyes, clearly in anguish, congratulating Nagisa twice. Running with Shizuma to the side of the lake, Nagisa stopped to catch her breath.
Shizuma asked if Nagisa’s alright, Nagisa in turn asked what they’re going to do now. Shizuma confusingly replied, what to do? Nagisa said ‘Eh? You haven’t thought of anything yet?’ Blushing, Shizuma said that it can’t be help as snatching Nagisa away was an impromptu decision lol. [Kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~~~] Shizuma extended her hand to Nagisa and suggested that they run some more then. Back in the church, Amane and Hikari were crowned Etoile, Amane remarked that she wasn’t that satisfied that she won like that lol, Hikari agreed and said but, she’s really happy right now, Amane nodded too. As Shion presented the Etoile necklaces to the new Etoile, Nagisa and Shizuma made D.I.Y [Do it yourself] flower necklaces LOL. Shion then placed the red pendent on Hikari. Everyone clapped as they celebrate the birth of a new Etoile. At the choir, Yaya gave a wink to Hikari and making her emo. Likewise, Shizuma placed the flower necklace on Nagisa, both of them stared at each other lovingly before Nagisa lunged forward and initiate a kiss. -Cue slow version of OP1, ‘Shoujo Meiro de Tsukamaete’ by Misato Aki- Both of them fell on the green patch of grass still locked in a kiss, creating a peaceful but sensuous scene XD. As the credits roll, snapshots of what happened later were displayed, Amane and Hikari, the new Etoile, tending to the plants and flowers in the greenhouse. Yaya, back to her teasing mode again as she snatched Tsubomi’s choir book away. Chiyo, clumsy as ever, takes a fall as she cleaned up the room lol. Tamao, still in her protective mode, tried to sneak Nagisa away from Shizuma who was standing beside them lol. Last but not least, Chikaru with her
Seriously, I replayed the last 7 minutes over 20 times now … lol ahhh, this is such a happy ending but yet not so happy as we will be kept wondering about Tamao’s words of ‘‘Itterasshai’ and ‘Okaerinasai’ lol. It’s like Tamao’s welcoming and sending Nagisa out like a mother would do but does Tamao really think that way? Alright, now I’m really happy with the Tsubomi x Yaya development or rather implied ok? LoL. I wonder if Tsubomi’s seriously comforting Yaya or just the other victim of ‘I-love-Hikari-but-she-doesn’t-love-me’ disease but anyways, I hope the best for them and leave it to fanfics heh *grins*. A really relaxing ending, the St Lulim girls providing comic relief every now and then instead of making the whole episode all angsty and serious. Chikaru proved to be the winner as she kinda predicted what will happen as she was rather involved in the relationships, comforting both Hikari and Nagisa in the previous episodes. Chikaru won me over with her display in episode 16/Carmen Play episode, so Chikaru FTW! Haha.
Anyways, I love the ‘crashing wedding’ scene lol, kinda reminded me of the scene in Mai Otome where Kazuya crashed the Otome ceremony of Akane lol. The smirking Shizuma shots were sexy too heh, the old confident Shizuma’s back XD. I was like ‘YAY’ when Shizuma hollered, ‘Nagisa, I love you!’. Tamao’s angst was gut wrenching too as she forced on a smile looking at Shizuma taking Nagisa away … ahh but no, I must be happy for Shizugisa! LoL. I’m pretty satisfied with the ending, the parallel between the Hikamane and Shizugisa pair was meaningful at the exchanging Etoile necklaces scene. Both pairs won, there were no losers even though the Shizugisa pair didn’t get the real Etoile necklaces, flower necklaces are sexy too lol. Surprisingly, Nagisa initiated the kiss at the end, from the klutzy, clumsy Nagisa to a confident, in love Nagisa. It’s pretty apparent of both Nagisa and Shizuma growing relationship and also the quality of the art lol in the flashbacks. I think what made me laughed out the most was Chikaru and her little
Art: 8.5/10 [Seriously it was great, compared to previous episodes]
Story: 8/10 [... Shizugisa! Hikamane!]
Characters: 8.5/10 [Chikaru ftw~]
Zettai ni wasuremasen [I'll never forget it].
Oh yeah, the screenshots were all taken from 2chan.
Here's some GIF I got from 2chan;
Spin spin~ lol
Blushing, pouting Shizuma~ Aww~
[Signing off @ 11:23 AM]