Knockin' on Heaven's Door
|Release Date||June 19, 2010|
|Screenplay||Eiyoh Kurakawa, Katsuzo Hirata|
|Episode Director||Yoshimichi Hirai|
Naoi and Hinata are still at odds with each other because of the former's superiority complex, but Otonashi asks them to get along as they need everyone's cooperation so the other members of the SSS can be gathered up as Kanade tries to fend off the shadows from outside.
Otonashi then leaves to see the remaining members of Girls Dead Monster awaiting him outside, with members of the SSS gathered in a group behind them. After a moment of contemplating, Hisako, Irie and Sekine have decided to give up Girls Dead Monster. Also, they have asked Otonashi to do his best in his "mission" and that by making the SSS disappear, he and the world that they lived in has fulfilled its purpose. As Hisako's last words before disappearing, she tells them that they are going to form a new band. Otonashi expresses his anticipation as the last of Girls Dead Monster and the group of SSS members vanish into thin air.
Otonashi is somewhat relieved that the others have moved on, but the real problem arrives when they are almost ambushed by a shadow that attacked from behind. The three then head off outside, only to discover that the numbers of the shadows are already more than they expected and in fact, have increased due to the presence of NPCs around the area.
A group of shadows then lunged to strike at Otonashi's group; luckily Noda appears to join the battle but will not admit to join his side, mainly because of his loyalty to Yuri. Later, Ooyama appears on the battlefield, equipped with a sniper rifle; he admits of his inability to master things, but he says that he will do his best. Also, Fujimaki and TK appear to help them with the shadows.
Just then, they saw an unfamiliar student taking down the shadows from a distance. When it approaches the group, they find out that it was Matsushita, whose leaner figure was a surprise for everyone; he tells them that the loss of weight was because of his training and the lack of food that came with it. The weight loss came with a bonus, however, as it made him more agile.
With the SSS's main force gathered, they push through the shadows.
Meanwhile, in Guild's headquarters, Yuri finds herself alone in the second basement level. She thinks that the underground is a good place to hide for a mastermind, but she didn't expect that the villain would hide on their base. Soon, she finds herself fending off the shadows, who have materialized from the walls of the access shaft.
The same goes for the First Connecting Bridge on the surface, where the number of shadows have not decreased in number. Soon, Shiina appears to help Otonashi and the others pass as she gives a diversion to their enemy.
Yuri now finds herself five levels down and with little ammunition. She then meets Chaa, who has decided to disband Guild altogether. He then gives Yuri a rifle to use before finally passing on.
Later on, Yuri reaches Old Guild. She rests for a while and assesses what is going on in the surface, especially if Kanade is still okay. That time, she expresses her regret for not being able to be friends with Kanade and how life would be less complicated if she did not see her as an enemy. But she knew that she can't let go of the feeling of being angry at God for what happened to her.
Suddenly, she finds herself confronted by a few shadows. Blinded by her urge to make her enemies disappear, she did not notice a shadow creeping up on her, and then...
She finds herself in one desk, sitting amongst the students in front of a teacher and a blackboard.
Yuri is in class, much to her shock.
After the class ended, she was confronted by one of her classmates named Hitomi about how she behaved a while ago. She tries to pretend like it's nothing to her and proceeds on the class later on, though she can't help but think of other things other than studying and the class itself.
When she is called by the teacher, she blurts out about her life, and how she longed to live in a life that was sincerely hers, not the life she is having right now in front of the class, which she calls a borrowed life, and she will accept it, no matter how miserable it may seem. As she continues on her monologue, she notices that everyone, including the class and the teacher are now gone, and she finds herself drowning in a sea of shadows, as she feels helpless, she hears Otonashi's voice and soon...
She wakes up. In front of her are Otonashi, Hinata, Naoi and Kanade.
Otonashi tells Yuri that Kanade felt her emotions and they rushed to her at once. Yuri felt grateful at their effort to save her, and, after neatening up her clothes after an ordeal with the shadows, she rushes forward.
Soon, they reach Basement Level 20 and there, they saw a pack of shadows, whose formation is similar to a group of soldiers defending something. Otonashi, at first, does not know what to do because they have no available firepower for an army of that size, but Kanade decides to step in and finishes things off "with the force of a bomber", as Naoi comments.
With things cleared up, they move forward, only to see another army approaching. Otonashi decides that they give Yuri the cover she needs to push forward. Yuri then heads off, and discovers a room with the sign "Second Computer Room" on it.
Inside, she finds herself surrounded with electrical cords and computer units. All of the monitor displays show a similar interface as the Angel Player itself.
Soon, a boy appears to talk to Yuri. Yuri asks about his involvement in the shadows, and his usage of the Angel Player software. According to him, the Angel Player software gives the programmer the power to change anything and everything in the world where they are in; however, the boy admits that it is not him who developed the software.
Yuri then changes the topic to the boy himself, asking him why was he doing such things. He tells Yuri that the world they are in should not be a place where love exists as it is originally created for persons as a transit for somewhere else. However, love existed anyway, in the form of the programmer itself, and to avoid a bug that results from the existence of love, he made himself into an NPC. Later on, he made the world so that people would turn into NPCs for that same reason.
The mysterious boy soon tells her that anyone has a chance of editing the world, including Yuri herself.
Yuri instantly refuses.
She doesn't want to be the same person she is trying to confront, let alone be enemies with Kanade.
Yuri then tells the boy that she came to defend those who are important to her, and, despite the boy's offers of giving her an indefinite amount of time to think things through, proceeds to shut down the systems by shooting at every computer with her guns... and after that, the boy himself.
Soon, she finds herself alone, thinking about everyone else's safety now that the one responsible for the shadows has disappeared. She then reflects on her siblings which she has fought for so long and she feels that she is no longer fighting for them; instead, she wants to stay with the friends she has found in her quest to confront God.
Yuri then finds herself staring at her siblings, who reassured her that she doesn't need to fight anymore. In the end, she cries.
Yuri then wakes up, at the school's infirmary, where Kanade, Otonashi, Naoi and Hinata await for her awakening.
By order of appearance
- Kanade Tachibana
- Yuzuru Otonashi
- Hideki Hinata
- Ayato Naoi
- Miyuki Irie
- Shiori Sekine
- Yuri Nakamura
- "I can't force it [life] on anyone, forget it, make it disappear, trample on it, laugh it away, or beautify it. I have nothing to do but accept this one cruel, meaningless life! ...That's why I'll fight. I will continue to fight. Because this kind of life... is unacceptable!" — Yuri's monologue as an NPC
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