A lady sleeps in the bed of flowers, as she lays there in a relaxed manner and undisturbed by the bloodshed and ashes of the battle. When she wakes up, she will remember nothing. Yet, her steps will always be remembered by the few that have witnessed this spectacle.
The few are us, the audience as we are brought into the world of Red Garden as it came into a close.
Episode 26 gist
With the impending battle coming between the Animus and Herve’s clan, the four gals looked on, only to see an explosion between the transport links. One by one, the fighters of each side fell, as the police was prevented from entering the area due to the collapse of the bridges. We saw Herve coming in, carrying a rapidly falling Ana. The four girls fought Herve but was no match for him as he escaped to grab the books away from the Animus. Eventually, everyone fell as Lise found her way into the area.
She seems to be lost and still thought of herself like the old Lise, as a belated meeting of the five girls occurred. Ana also turned into a monster, attacking Herve viciously. Herve had to kill her eventually, as he eventually died. As the two books returned to the side of the Animus, they were finally able to be reborn, as the four girls lived once again among a flower bed, symbolizing the end of the fight. Lise also disappeared in ash, thanking everyone for the friendship…
Thoughts on this episode
I must say that I am a bit shocked at the abrupt ending. I do not know what is going on with the production but I guess the very fact that they chose such an end does not disappoint me. It put up an amazing climax, yet allows a continuation that I feel will be told in the OVA interestingly named “Dead Girls”. If you ask me, I enjoy the ending due to the spectacular fight scenes and the ironic end of Herve and Ana.
To start off, the episode really concludes pretty nicely in the epic battle of the Delors and the Animus. I have never realized how bloody this battle is going to be and my expectations of Lise fighting the four gals as the final battle was not satisfied. Yet, it was probably a good thing that it is not because it allows the ending to be a beautiful one, albeit a tad too open-ended for my needs. I do not really get the symbolism of the new blooming of the flower except the simple message that it is perhaps a moment of rebirth.
I also like the scene of Herve going totally hysterical at the start, trying to lie to himself that Ana will be able to survive. It is clear at the start that she is starting to struggle when they arrived at the scene for the two books. I really felt vindictive for Kate, especially since she is also a pawn in this whole game, but Herve simply snaps without even thinking of the consequences. It might be sad for him, but I guess he actually deserves what he got: to kill Ana himself. That scene, to continue on, was also the saddest scene because it is clear that Ana has totally changed to a monster, yet he is still trying so hard to deceive himself. I found myself unable to look at the screen from the disturbing notion.
I guess the ending in which everyone died is perhaps the most climatic. However, I must say that Lise’s disappearance into dust (as she is infused with the blood of the Delors) is a bit sad for me because the time for her relief is so short that her only respite only lasted for a few moments before she disappeared. It’s sad that they do not have any merry endings, but I guess that’s not what you watch Red Garden, ironically.
Thoughts on the whole series
To me, the most interesting character for the whole series has to be Lula. Even though she is not a main character, her character has gone into a lot of character development that it’s hard to dislike or hate her to do the things that she did. I also felt that the redemption of Lula at her death is constructed excellently. I agree with the four girls that Lula initially seemed to be a total pain and seems like she is never bothered about the plight of what happened.
As the plot rolls on, it is apparent that many things are affecting Lula, and the things that mattered to her, such as J.C, is a very strong point that is driving Lula. I totally like the transformation from her being a hard hearted person to someone who slowly reveals her true self until the point of death. She has fully redeemed herself for all the harsh words, especially with the hiding of the loss of memories. It is just painful to relive her own issues.
In a way, this is what Red Garden is about. Everyone learns a lot more about themselves and the common stringed theme is the idea of redemption from their past. Everyone has hurt and pain. Kate grows up from her pain of restriction and allows herself to finally set free. Rose is binded by her fear for her family and parents and eventually learned the true feeling of trust and friendship.
Rachel did not have that much of a redemption but she finally resolved her issues with her boyfriend and learned to bury the past properly. Claire finally resolved her family problems with the feud of parent-child and finally gained peace with her father, hence learning the truth about her father.
It’s perhaps a pity that the enemy is one that is not evil, yet that’s how the story goes. Herve is perhaps a very strange villain, simply crazed by the growing desire to keep his loved ones alive. Initially, he reeks sympathy due to the very hope he holds to protect the two siblings. However, his twisted values turned him completely at the wrong direction. Initially, I still thought that the fact that he is trying to save the four girls with Emilio but he is already going bonkers in his head.
On a whole, Red Garden does suffer sometimes with plot jumps along the way, but it is nevertheless one of the few series that have captured my attention for the whole spring season. With very well constructed character development, Red Garden is a very well done series if you can look beyond the slightly different graphics (that is not that bad) and the slow pace at the start. Good stuff here, I enjoyed the ride.