Episode 13 –
[spoiler]Ichika would really like to see Manatsu again, but knows it’s impossible until her friends mention that they saw her. Ichika sees her mother off at the airport and remembers another farewell when they saw Sei off to study abroad in Germany. As Ichika and Sei say goodbye, they each admit they’ve kept the mirror shards and hope to see their counterparts again someday. Sei promises to come back and gently kisses Ichika on the forehead.
With her mother off to Italy again to visit her father, Ichika is going to be all alone for Christmas and her birthday. She thinks of the fact that her friends have seen Manatsu and wonders why she hasn’t come to her. When she checks the drawer that she keeps the shard in, the shard is gone. In Germany, the Kai shard has also disappeared and then Sei meets Kai on the street as Ichika also meets up with Manatsu. It was really nice to see Ichika and Manatsu together again and having fun in the snow.
In Germany, as Kai and Sei spend time together, Sei realizes that Kai has only come back to say goodbye and Kai confirms that he’s only there for the one night, and embraces him. Ichika too knows that Manatsu has come back to bid her farewell, but as the girls say goodbye, they know that they will always be together. Once Ichika falls asleep, Saya appears and tells Manatsu that Ichika will be fine and reminds her that she and Ichika are reflections of one another. Saya disappears, leaving Manatsu to say her final goodbye and Manatsu kisses Ichika on the cheek before disappearing herself. In Saya’s world of mirrors, the two shards are restored to their place in the large mirror.
When Ichika awakens the next morning, Manatsu is gone, but Ichika smiles, thanking Manatsu and bidding her a fond farewell. She celebrates her fifteenth birthday and Christmas with her friends and Sei sends her a happy birthday wish and a picture of Kai and himself. I think Ichika was happy that they had a final goodbye as well. She visits the shrine with her friends and Sei receives a picture of Ichika and Manatsu.
This was a really bittersweet ending to a story that turned very dark towards the end. But it ends well with Ichika starting to grow towards adulthood and realizing that life is full of meetings and partings. I ended up liking this one more than I thought I would. Well done![/spoiler]