The Infinite Zenith

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Another World: Kyou Chapter

In an alternate timeline, Ryou confesses her love to Tomoya and they both begin dating. However, Tomoya soon notices that Kyou has been acting strange, and confronts her. Kyou admits that she is also in love with him, but never confessed because she was too scared to risk being rejected or hurting Ryou’s feelings. This creates an uneasy love triangle among Tomoya, Kyou, and Ryou, leading Tomoya to finally admit that he loves Kyou. Ryou, already knowing that Tomoya loves Kyou more, encourages Kyou to work up the courage to confess. Ryou breaks up with Tomoya with no hard feelings, wanting to cherish both the good and painful memories they had together. Tomoya and Kyou then officially become a couple.

  • It is not often that the producers will release an alternate continuity episode, much less two of them. These short, bonus episodes are done with all the quality found in the standard TV series, and are merely set with a slightly different set of circumstances.

  • Tomoya runs into a despondent Kyou, who brings up the topic of if he’s kissed her sister yet. Upon hearing that he has not, Kyou proposes practicing together. The two come within inches of doing so, but at the last moment, Kyou pulls back and pretends that she wasn’t serious, but this is seen by other students, and lead to the propagation of rumours around their school. I’m sure dating at the post-secondary level and after that is at least a little friendlier, since the individuals would probaly be more mature and thus, aren’t subject to hangups called “jealous people start rumours that are not necessarily true”.

  • The degree of trouble the love triangle creates would overwhelm most young adults, much less high school students. Youhei reveals an hitherto unseen side to his character: when Kyou tries to kiss him, but he pushes her away because he knows that Tomoya is the one she really likes. Whereas he is normally very willing in this regard, his friendship with Tomoya is sufficiently strong that he does not allow Kyou to proceed.

  • They say that honesty is essential to ensure that a relationship works out. We find this to be the case here: Tomoya finds Kyou in the rain, and proceeds to hold her in his arms after she attempts to depart hastily, causing her to say that she doesn’t want him being so kind to her because then she’ll misunderstand. Kyou goes on to admit that she was scared of being rejected by him because then they might not be friends anymore, and if they had actually dated, then Ryou would have been sad.

  • The most poignant part of the OVA comes when Ryou offers to be a substitute for Kyou by becoming more assertive and by letting her hair grow long, but Tomoya doesn’t wish for that, and the two eventually break up, allowing life to move on. Kyou and Tomoya start going out shortly afterwards, resulting in a happy ending.

Love triangles are disruptive, and if a fated relationship is suppressed, it may cause emotional fallout to be more painful than if the relationship was allowed to proceed naturally. At least, this is what this OVA gives vibes of, telling the story of how Ryou and Kyou’s feelings for Tomoya lead Kyou to hold herself back for her sister’s happiness. Thus, the OVA becomes a condensed recollection of how Tomoya, Ryou and Kyou must make decisions to prevent their friendship from disappearing. The set of problems they encounter are unique and stand apart from Nagisa’s arc, and reflects on how minute chances can unequivocally affect how events turn out, for better or worse. This alternative story is another path one can take in the visual novel, and in its animated form, is concise and to the point. Such a story could have easily spanned a few episodes, but nonetheless is executed nicely in the OVA format.

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