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"I did a great bit of acting, if I do say so myself. It made it worth my while to transfer schools. Since Tsukasa turned me down, I felt I had to get you two together. I went through so much trouble..."
Shigeru's big reveal

"Neverending" (ネバーエンディング () Nebāendingu) is the fifty-first and final episode of the anime adaptation of Boys Over Flowers. The episode originally aired on August 31, 1997 in Japan. It was preceded by the fiftieth episode, "Time to Call It Quits," on August 24.

Tsukushi Makino has not seen Tsukasa Domyoji for three months after breaking things off with him for the last time. She carries on with her normal life until one day when she has to attend his wedding to Shigeru Okawahara.

Plot

Tsukushi Makino listens to her classmates talk about luxury brands items they wish to buy. It has been three months since she ended her relationship with Tsukasa Domyoji Neither he, nor Shigeru Okawahara, have returned to Eitoku Academy. Rui Hanazawa has also left to be with Shizuka Todo. Akira Mimasaka and Sojiro Nishikado are the only remaining F4 members at Eitoku. They appear a little lonely without Tsukasa and Rui, though they remain playboys. Tsukushi now often sees Sakurako Sanjo in the company of Kazuya Aoike, whom she tries to instill confidence. Additionally, Yuriko Asai, Minako Yamano, and Erika Ayuhara have a new target for them to bully on a regular basis.

Life has essentially returned to normal for Tsukushi, who continues going to school, work, and back home again. She was given a fifty yen raise at work, which Yuki Matsuoka calls a "miracle." One night, she returns home to find a package from her family. In it are photos of her father posing confidently on a boat, her mother wrangling a bucket of fish, and her brother smiling with new friends. She comments that they have have all adapted well to their new lives. Tsukushi then sits on her window sill, smiling softly at the photos. The next morning, Tsukushi receives a confession letter from Hiruta, a boy in a different class. She later passes him in the hall. Blushing, they both look down at the same time.

Makiko Endo asks Tsukushi about what she will do about the confession. She tells Makiko "I don't know," but thinks inwardly that she is considering it. The girls eat their lunches under a tree. She narrates "My days have been uneventful, but peaceful" during the scene. Tsukushi goes to the emergency exit, where she declares "This is the life I've been waiting for." Below her, she overhears Yuriko talking to Minako and Erika. She reveals that she has just heard news of Tsukasa and Shigeru getting married. Minako is surprised since they are still in high school. Yuriko goes on to explain that "both families want it done as soon as possible." Tsukushi listens for a few more moments, before entering the building.

Sometime later, the entire school has gathered at the pier to say goodbye to Tsukasa and Shigeru, who are to depart on a cruise around the world. A large throng of students surround the newlyweds when they arrive in a car. Yuriko and her friends pretend to be happy for Shigeru. The crowd continues cheering while Tsukasa and Shigeru board the cruise ship. Tsukushi is watching the couple when Urara Aoi approaches her with a letter from Tsukasa. After reading it, she runs up to Kaede Domyoji to tell her "I have to get to Domyoji." Unhelpfully, Kaede says "They've removed the ramp." Tsukushi then runs back to the ship, thinking over Tsukasa's letter, in which he declares he is "getting out of this marriage."

To get on the ship, Tsukushi jumps and grabs ahold an anchor rope which is then brought up by a sailor. On board, Tsukushi kicks Tsukasa while calling him a "good-for-nothing." She continues yelling at him, though he seems confused. Eventually, a happy Shigeru interrupts to explain that everything was an act to trick Tsukasa's mother. Even the letter was actually written by Rui. Shigeru then puts her veil on Tsukushi and jumps off the ship. She is pulled onto Kazuya's boat, full of their friends who have come to say goodbye. Meanwhile, Tsubaki Domyoji begs her mother to "let them go." To her surprise, Kaede calls the captain to ask him to look after the couple. Tsukushi and Tsukasa then depart together.

Cast and characters

Character Voice Notes
Akira Mimasaka Yuta Mochizuki
Erika Ayuhara Sahori Kajikawa
Kaede Domyoji Mika Doi
Kazuya Aoike Yoji Ietomi
Makiko Endo Fuko Misaki
Minako Yamano Nami Sato
Nishida Hitoshi Honma
Sakurako Sanjo Rumi Shishido [2]
Shigeru Okawahara Emika Sato
Sojiro Nishikado Yoshihiko Akaida
Tsubaki Domyoji Chiho Okawa
Tsukasa Domyoji Naoki Miyashita
Tsukushi Makino Maki Mochida
Urara Aoi Yoko Koyanagi
Yuki Matsuoka Kanako Tobimatsu
Yuriko Asai Yoshiko Shimizu

Other

Additional voices

Staff

  • Screenplay: Yumi Kageyama
  • Director: Yasuo Yamayoshi
  • Animation director: Yoshihiko Umakoshi

Notes

References

  1. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/hanadan/051.html (Japanese)
  2. Shishido was credited as "Mikako Sakurada," an homage to her character in Gokinjo Monogatari.
  3. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/hanadan/index.html (Japanese)

See also


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