The final episode of Haganai is half recap, 25% plot and 25% of the usual slapstick and almost all disappointing. The first half is devoted to Yozora realizing who Kodaka was at the very beginning of the story. Then, upon returning to the present they talk about the relationship the two of them have. Finally, they return to the club and Rika-led hijinks get underway to the benefit of no one.
Beginning with the flashback, it was fairly obvious that nothing of significance was really going to happen. Yes, Yozora seemed like a decent person when presented with Maria for the first time, but apart from that there’s absolutely nothing of note.
The conversation where Yozora and Kodaka talk through the past does have some interesting points. The location is chosen by Yozora and has no escape routes. While I would routinely question why such an enclosed area surrounded by brick was even built, I can see that Yozora chose it so she would have to talk to Kodaka. The betrayal that she highlighted in past episodes was really because she was too embarrassed to reveal herself as a girl when they were to meet as children. Also, the real depressing point of this conversation came at the end when Yozora insisted that they keep calling each other as they had. This effectively meant that she still did not consider him a friend.
While pondering that, they headed back to the clubroom where immediately Yozora was thought to be an ikemen character. This gave Rika delusions galore as her BL dreams seemed to finally come true. However, this whole idea seemed absurd as Yozora was still wearing her uniform and entered the room as though nothing had changed. Fortunately, Sena recognized her immediately and tried repeatedly to enter into friendly conversation about why she had cut her hair. Though admittedly that was after suggesting that she had confessed to a guy and been rejected.
Slowly, the rest of the Neighbors Club assembled. They had their usual activities going on as Kodaka sat back and simply accepted the situation for what it was. Essentially, it’s the standard ambiguous harem series ending.
So a real disappointing conclusion to the series in my book. I think the series is so boxed in that they can’t really do anything truly different with any DVD specials or OVAs. I mean, I was reading a different take on events in a manga where Kodaka met Sena first, but it was clearly going down the same route. Ultimately, I think more could have been done with either the love triangle in the middle of the action or even the relationship between Sena and Yozora would have been nice as well. It also could have used more Pegasus.
And so ends the first series I’ve fully blogged that isn’t in football or Legend of the Galactic Heroes related, and judging by the comment count I really shouldn’t have bothered. I don’t really know what people want out of this blog. I’m just going to continue to do what I think I should do here, but without feedback I don’t know what I really should be doing. So as I think of what to do next, I’m willing to take any bits of advice in the comments.