Re: Episode 14
Originally Posted by relentlessflame
In either case, I think the main objection people have is that it's just not clearly explained, so you're left having to either a) try to figure out for yourself how it could have been possible, or b) just having to accept that the rules can simply be exceeded/broken when it's convenient for the storytelling. Personally it all didn't bother me too much because I liked the way the episode worked from an emotional and poetic point of view (and I can accept the general premise that willpower can override the constraints a program tries to place on your mind's ability to control your body in a VR world), but I do understand why it bothered some people.
I'd largely agree with this (and I did have some hypothesis of my own most of which were negated by animating it). On the other hand, I don't really think it should be the job of the viewer/reader to rationalize why the ending makes sense. Certainly, intentional uncertainty can be fun (I can think of several titles I love which have debatable ending interpretations), but I'm not convinced the ending was intentionally made that way--I think it just fell apart. This is something I believe the anime could have fixed but sadly didn't.
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