I really enjoyed the ending myself, but having not seen the movie, I have nothing to compare it to.
It was probably a mistake to read this last chapter at work, as it was quite a bit more emotional than I was ready to experience in public. Thankfully, I work in a fairly isolated corner of my office.
I’m glad we got to see how the supporting cast is doing a few years later as well - I felt all warm and gushy when Taki found himself eavesdropping on Tessie and Saya.
Again, having not seen the movie, I didn’t really mind all the talk about feelings. I’m the kind of person who easily feels the emotions that other people around me are feeling even if I’m not going through the same experience as them - so when I read books that are written this way, it’s really easy for me to be overwhelmed with emotion. Sometimes it’s actually a problem and it will cause me to have to put a book down for a while - but in this case, my stomach was kind of fluttering as I felt Taki’s pain and loneliness while simultaneously knowing they had to find each other at the end and that it was all going to be okay for him soon. There was no way I could do anything other than read the chapter in a single sitting - work be damned.
I really enjoyed the book, and it was at a pretty perfect challenge level for me. Unlike, say Sword Art Online, which I read at the same time as this and could typically do no more than 6 or so pages a day while being overwhelmed with vocabulary and obscure, advanced grammar, this was a nice read where even when I hit words or phrases I didn’t 100% comprehend, I could easily follow the plot in detail and let the unknown bits kind of sort themselves out as I went.
I definitely need to watch the movie this weekend. Can anyone who owns the movie give me a hand? I checked out the DVD/Blu Ray combo on Amazon, but some of the reviews are claiming it only contains the English dub despite the item description clearly indicating it offers both. Ideally I’d like to watch it in Japanese without subtitles; is this possible on the US Blu Ray?
Also - this was my first WK book club that I followed from start to finish. Thank you to everyone who asked and answered questions, who wrote about the parts of the story they loved and the parts they found disappointing, who took the time to read my silly, lengthy posts and respond to them, and who made the book even more fun to follow week to week. I’ll definitely be sticking around the book clubs for a long time to come.