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The Star of Love

Had we begun watching "A New Beginning," the final episode of Strawberry Panic, with hopes it might take up Shizuma and Nagisa’s romance, the animation confounds them at the outset, focusing instead upon the Etoile election. The narrative begins on the eve of … Continue reading

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The First and the Last

It is a melancholy sign of Hikari and Amane’s secondary place in the anime that this episode, in which their relationship achieves its high point, should nevertheless have as its title–"Waltz"–a reference to a decisive moment in Nagisa and Shizuma’s … Continue reading

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Friends and Lovers

The "Ring of Fate" episode tells the story of Amane’s amnesia: how she rejects Hikari, how Hikari, distraught, finds solace and advice from Chikaru, and renews her faith in Amane. Since we have already discussed Amane’s amnesia in the previous … Continue reading

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The Heart’s Affections

In the "Labyrinth" episode, Miyuki pushes forward her plan to get Nagisa and Tamao to stand as Miator’s candidates in the Etoile election. The main obstacle to her plan is Nagisa’s love for Shizuma. Nagisa refuses any part in Miyuki’s … Continue reading

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Everything is a Star

There are two principal events in the "Duel" episode: the tennis match between Kaname and Amane, and the debate between Hikari and Yaya about Yaya’s refusal to continue singing. While the former is evidently the duel to which the episode … Continue reading

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Shizuma Getting Free

In the "Like a Flower" episode, Shizuma finally comes to terms with Kaori’s death, and is able to let her go from her heart at last. Given the tremendous resistance Shizuma has given to any such reconciliation, our question has to be, how … Continue reading

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Overcoming Despair

In the "Confession" episode Nagisa comes to terms with the pain she feels in the aftermath of Shizuma’s rejection of her on that stormy night at Shizuma’s vacation house. When we first see Nagisa in the episode, she is acting … Continue reading

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