Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tales of Graces f Demo Impressions

The Tales of Graces f demo was finally put on the Japanese PSN store about a week ago. Luckily for me the PlayStation 3 system that I have access to was finally repaired and sent back to me! Anyways, long story short I made sure that the first thing I did was download the demo.

I started off not having any interest at all in Tales of Graces f, but after having to report a bit of news and having to pay such close attention to every single detail released about this game my opinion changed. The more and more I read up about this game, the more and more interesting it started to sound. I had started to make up my mind right before this demo came out that I was going to import it.

After playing through the demo, even though I can't read or understand Japanese even close to an elementary level, I've found that the game is quite a bit better than I was expecting. I have had very little previous experience with Tales games so I was sort of walking into this one blindly.

Alright first of all, I have a feeling that the story for this game will be pretty good. I'm aware that when I play it, I'll be looking through some fan translations and such but I won't let that take away from my enjoying this game for what it is. The characters seem pretty likable based solely on the demo, I really like the character design of Sophie and Asbel seems like a good main character to control.

I should have stated this sooner but all my opinions are based solely on what I know of Tales of Graces f, I have no prior knowledge of Tales of Graces for the Wii, so if I get something wrong at any point, I apologize.

The battle system in this game, from what I got a taste of in the demo seems very interesting to say the least. I like how it takes the regular typical Tales battle system, that of attacks and artes, and combines in the new Accelerate Mode. To be fair the demo has you playing with characters that are level 65, but Accelerate Mode is just amazing for lack of better words. It's visually amazing and its also enemy-destroying amazing.

Well in conclusion all I can say for sure is that, funds providing, I'll have this game in my hands a little after Christmas and when I do, you will know!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Total Overhaul Mane

I've finally moved all of my content from Wordpress here! :D I'm so happy I could dance forever.

As you may have noticed, I ditched my custom theme in favour of one that I think looks better any ways. From time to time I may change up the background and the header though only because I can't live without there being at least some customization going on here.

I had a thought the other day, I read a lot, I think I may add book reviews to my already huge list of things that I do. I don't know how many people will read them to be honest, but it's worth a try.

Later on today expect a bit more spam, I've got a nice little 4-5 paragraph entry to put up about my experience with the Tales of Graces f demo. To put it simply, I more than enjoyed it, and I fully intend on importing the game when it comes out in Japan. Yeah, I don't speak Japanese but that's not stopping me from playing a game that I have a feeling I'll love! :D

inFAMOUS Review

inFAMOUS 22.3.2010

Infamous is a 2009 sandbox style game. The game was made by Suckerpunch and published by Sony. Released in May/June 2009 Infamous centers around a courier named Cole MacGrath. Cole lives in a fictional city by the name of Empire City. Early in the game Cole is supposed to be delivering a package for an unnamed client when the package explodes killing hundreds of people. Rather than kill Cole however, the explosion gives him super powers.

The concept of the game is pretty nice. Personally I loved it. The story isn't forgettable and the ending is a good one. However, if you like to get trophies, this game can be evil. One thing a lot of games seem to have in common lately is that they constantly have two to four trophies for finding 100+ items that are well hidden throughout the entire game. In most cases, like Assassin's Creed 2, this isn't too hard, but good luck finding all 350 Blast Shard in Infamous.

The main premise of the game is to make good or evil choices, zap power back into different parts of Empire City, kill the bad guys and complete a number of side quests so that you can free up the entire city. It's not really that hard, its just rather tedious.

Breakdown of Opinions:

Controls: The controls of the game are simple. They seem to flow smoothly and nothing seems awkward in the least, unless you happen to be bad with the Sixaxis, then the Arc Lightning power might not be your calling.

Characters: Most of the characters in Infamous are rather enjoyable. If you're anything like me though, about half way through the game you'll want to kill either Zeke or Trish. Oh, and trust me, when you hear the Voice of Survival guy; just run away. The blast shards and quests will go nowhere, and you won't have to deal with his god awful voice.

Story: The story is a good one. It takes the classic comic book hero and puts you in his shoes allowing you to decide if he turns into the good guy or the super villain. The only thing that is a disappointment really is that once you get to a certain point, you can't make good decisions anymore if you've been a big baddie, and as always, the story line is pretty much the same no matter what decisions you make.

Score: 9/10 Infamous is a great game, but its not the greatest. It has its flaws, but putting them aside I see no reason why the game shouldn't be enjoyed.


On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax Mythology Review

On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax by Alesana

The debut album by Alesana is my first choice to review. I love this album I've heard it probably a thousand times, no exaggeration. No matter how many times I hear the album, I never tire of it. First of all, I'll start with back story on the band itself, then we'll get to the actual album. :]

Alesana History

Alesana (pronounced Alice-Anna) formed in Raleigh, North Carolina with the band members; Shawn, Patrick, Dennis, Steven, and Daniel. Alesana was the first band to sign on with Tragic Hero Records in 2005. Later that year, Daniel was replaced with another member, Will, because of creative differences between he and Shawn.
By the time that production of "On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax" came along, Will was replaced as drummer as well by Jeremy and Adam was added to their line up. With this the band was complete and they released "On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax" in summer of 2006. Later that year they signed on with Fearless records, a more major label than their previous. Fearless re-released the album with a few bonus tracks (which will be included in the review :D ) and Steven left the band being replaced with Shane.

On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax

Original Cover

Even though I don't normally do this, for this album, I will go track by track simply because it's too great not to. An important thing about this album, almost every song has a reference to mythology in some way. For example the title is derived from the legend of Icarus and Deadelus.

1. Icarus
This is the intro to the album, and also where the title is derived from, the lyrics to it simply are " engulfs the dying light as he falls on frail wings of vanity and wax.. " It's obvious to me that refers to the myth of Icarus. Simple.

2. Ambrosia
This is the second track off of the album and the only song officially released as a single, there is also a video of it if you would like to check it out. The lyrics of this song elude to the myth of King Midas. For example, "once king of roses, now lord of gold/the Gods themselves envy my hand/blessed with the gift of gilded touch/fate wields its knife to cut the thread" obvious reference there to the King with the curse touch.

3. Pathetic, Ordinary
This song takes a lot of reading between the lines and stretching of myths in order to see the connection. At first glance, it's about a man that longs for a women that either doesn't know or simply doesn't return his favor. Now applying that to mythology you end up with the myth of Hades who lusted for Persephone. In the myth it explained the Persephone's absence from the natural world caused autumn and winter, "I see her silhouette dance across landscapes of golden light and autumn" To me that sounds like it could mean that he sees Persephone, as she's approaching the underworld and leaving the earth in a state of Autumn.

4. Alchemy Sounded Good at the Time
For this song I present to you, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. "My pale queen finally stands/To taste silent lips/Now cursed with her love/Cold flesh lends to me its secrets/Each day brings me closer to you/For a price too high/My tragic victory" This quote describes the climax of the myth, when Orpheus is allowed to retrieve Eurydice's soul from the underworld and he i told not to look back until they are both safely. Being a fool, like most mythological heroes, he looks back and her soul is lost to him forever. That would be explained in the line "My tragic victory".

5. Daggers Speak Louder Than Words
Not really a Greek myth but neither was Ambrosia. In fact this song isn't based off of mythology at all, but Roman history. This song recounts the murder of Julius Caesar. This, as well, is a stretching of the song and the story so that you can see the connection. "eyes open to splattered blood/cold tile mocks me as I arise to find the knife is still in my back" There you go, stabbing scene. "remembering times we have friend for life is gone/we'll let the embers serve as the only memory of last days, so long ago/why would you leave me to die, turn, and walk away?/why would you leave me to die after you had buried the dagger hilt deep?" There lies another connection between the story and the song. In the story one of the ones who stabs Caesar is his best friend Brutus. The only thing really that doesn't fit the story is he fact that the speaker in the song is apparently still alive.

6. Last Three Letters
This is my favorite song off of the album. It tells the story of a myth not many are familiar with, Hero and Leander. "make it stop, make this pounding in my head stop/fill my lungs with air, give me one more day to make her dreams come true/she understands right? that I'm not coming back.../she understands right? that I'm not coming back.../make it stop, make the pounding stop/I'm not coming back, I'm not coming back, I'm not coming back.../I don't know what happened...who would have thought my life would end up like this?/I didn't mean to hurt her, not hurt her like this...I can't feel my legs/I can't feel my legs and I can't even could somebody die like this?" That entire part right there describes perfectly the climax of the myth when Leander was on his way to see Hero again, and he meets a terrible fate.

7. Apology
Heh. Well here's a break from mythology for you. This song cannot be connected to a myth. In fact there's really barely any meaning to it in my opinion, the beginning is about sex, and the entire song is just about someone wishing to be over another person, possibly someone who lied and cheated, not sure though. But what I am sure of, is this is an amazing song. It's beautiful really.

8. Tilting The Hourglass
Well well well, you get a lucky break, two songs in a row without mythological references. Interperate the song as you like, but I say that it's about someone who may have been a part of a war, possibly an ancient Greek or Roman one, and he had a woman that would love him if he were to return a hero. Well I think he ended up getting wounded but not enough to kill him and he was to return to where he came from. If that happened she wouldn't love him, so he was longing for death. "you take my breath away.../but Ill never again taste your lips/as fate keeps me locked away/I must close my eyes to see your face/emptiness has darkened my eyes/ as I hopelessly beg for my life to end/...tell my why.../my iron eyes tell the tale/heroes always pay in their blood/I can be only this" There's my proof of argument. He won't ever be able to kiss her again, or see her for that matter. He's obviously begging for death. Far stretch, but there it is for you.

9. This Conversation Is Over
The myth I find a connection in this song to is, again, a bit of a stretch. This song, to me, connects with the myth of Echo and Narcissus. "Take everything away from me silent angel" Yup, Echo there. "your empty words now drift away as fragile whispers/I saw the day when the fire left your eyes, your tongue fell still/your treason is silence..." This again reminds me of Echo, she was punished by the gods for thinking herself more deserving, hence the silence that is her treason. Actually, when I look closer and closer at the song, all I see is Echo, the only signs of Narcissus are the arrogant remarks.

10. Congratulations, I Hate You
Haha.. ok when it comes to this song, I have absolutely nothing to say. I really don't like it, or the lyrics. I mean there is nothing wrong with it as an Alesana song goes, but, yea it's not me. Sorry it gets omitted from my mythological dissection. I suggest that you listen to it regardless though.

11. The Third Temptation of Paris
Alright this one is the Trojan War. Simple as that. Start to finish nearly, at least Paris' part. He stole Helen and Menelaus was determined to get his bride back from Paris "She is cursed/and tonight we die" The theft of Helen started the war, and the Trojan did lose it. If you don't know anything about the Trojan War, just read the lyrics to this song. :]

12. A Siren's Soliloquy
Well the fact that Siren is in the title should be enough to tell you that this song is seething with mythology. Briefly put, this song has to do with The Odyssey. "beautiful whispers leave one so far/chain these hands of ageless struggle" Odysseus had to be chained to the ship so that he didn't go to the Sirens when they began to sing, his men had to save him from that fate. "set loose so long ago by the foolish whim of Pandora/phantoms which shall forever prey on mankind's weakness/the grains of time hold no bearing to those eyes/in pale moonlight she sings to the haunted sea/vile notes seduce old Cerberus to slake unholy thirst/left behind to fight the ruthless pawns of Eris" A lot to decifer there. Ok for starters, Pandora released all of the evils into this world, that's common knowledge as far as I know. The Sirens didn't age, that way they could always be alluring to men at sea. They sang to lure men away from safety and allow them to meet their demise. The Siren's could seduce anything, even Cerberus if they wanted, and they served Eris. The rest of the song also is filled with references, these were just my favorites.

13. Nero's Decay
The final song on the album is about the fall of Rome. Nero was there when the Empire finally fell to the Vesigoths. "our empire has fallen/the columns came crashing down" The entire song talks about someone, Nero in this case, watching as Rome falls. You can feel the sorrow and despair in the lyrics.

Bonus Tracks

Re-issue Cover

14. Apology (acoustic)
This song still gets the same meaning I gave it when it wasn't acoustic. It's still about sex and wanting to be over someone, though it sounds a lot prettier when it's acoustic, really gives Shawn a chance to shine.

15. Early Mourning
Simply put, a beautiful song. My absolute favorite. I hate to sound like an emo kid, but sometimes this song reminds me of the situation that I happen to be in, separated from a lover and not knowing how to live. This song is amazing, but it's really sad as well.

Anyways, with that I conclude my review, giving Alesana's On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax a 9.5/10

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Night Chronicles: Devil

On September 17, 2010 The Night Chronicles: Devil was released in theaters. Initially people wrote the film off as being one not worth a try simply because of M. Night Shyamalan's name being on the ticket. I will admit that I was among those people.

I saw Devil about a week after it opened in theaters and I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.

The whole idea of the film is kind of risky and a little stupid. Basically the film starts off with a "crazy Catholic" telling a story that his mother used to tell him when he was a child about the devil and how he would visit people on Earth to punish them before taking them to hell. After the initial set up we find five people trapped in an elevator. Eventually the lights and things start to malfunction and the odd occurrences begin.

One thing that I found very irritating about the film is that a few of the characters seem to lack common sense. There are about two or three time during the whole film where a character will do something, like try to move a live wire while standing in water, that most people would look at the situation and think "Oh this is stupid, best to leave it".

Aside from the stupid common sense lacking parts Devil is surprisingly well made. The story is good, the actors are surprisingly stomach-able. I think if you like a good thriller/mystery film you should give this one a shot, you may find that you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I was. All in all I think I would give this film: 7/10 which is very very liberal for a Shyamalan film.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni + Kai

Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni + Kai 11.5.09

Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni and Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai are seasons one and two respectively of a series of crime/drama/mystery/horror anime that follow a set of games and manga as well, all with the same main title. The series was adapted from the games most important arcs. It was released first in Japan, where at the time when Rena's arc was to air, there was an incident that made the networks cancel the program because of emotional impact.

The story of this anime follows Keiichi Maebara after he moves to the small village of Hinamizawa in June of 1983. There he meets Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, Satoko Hojo and eventually Shion Sonozaki, along with many other secondary characters. Rena, Keiichi, Satoko, Rika and Mion all attend school together and participate in after school "club activities", mostly always card games.

That can't be good..

As time goes on Keiichi learns more about the village and the festival that is held once a year, Watanagashi. Watanagashi, or Cotton-drift is the festival held to honor the local god, Oyashiro. Keiichi learns more and more about the festival as it approaches including the fact that for the past four years, someone has been killed and another has gone missing on Watangashi as part of "Oyashiro-sama's Punishment".

Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni and Higurashi No Nau Koro Ni Kai, from this point on referred to as simply Kai, are seperated into multiple story arcs. All of the arcs take place during the same time frame of a week to three days before Watanagashi. In each of the arcs Keiichi or one of his friends gets paranoid and starts to be mistrusting of their friends, sometimes even resulting in one or more of their deaths.

Innocent School Girls Can't Hurt You, Right?

Main Story Arcs -minimal spoilers-

Onikakushi-hen (Spirited Away By The Demon Chapter)
The first arc in Higurashi focuses firstly on introducing the view to life in Hinamizawa, the main characters and the main plot line. This arc focuses on Keiichi as he finds out about the chain of mysterious murders and begins to be suspicious of his friends Mion and Rena.

Why would you lock a cute girl out??

Watanagashi-hen (The Cotton Drifting Chapter)
This arc starts out like all the rest, innocent and turns to something more. This arc marks the first appearance of Shion Sonozaki. As this arc progresses weird occurances begin happening with the Sonozaki sisters and you begin not being able to tell Mion and Shion appart. This arc, like the rest ends in death of a main character.

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Tatarigoroshi-hen (The Curse Killing Chapter)
This arc is longer than the previous two and mainly focuses on Satoko. This chapter mentions more about Satoko's brother and the mystery behind what happened to him. As the chapter progresses and it gets closer and closer to Watanagashi, Satoko gets placed in an unhealthy position and one of her friends decides to take drastic measures to save her, resulting in multiple deaths, including the savior's own.

Himatsubushi-hen (Time Wasting Chapter)
This chapter, when you first look at it, seems to have little to do with the main characters. It introduces Akasaka and it also shows that a certain member of the Hinamizawa club is very very important to the mystery of Oyashiro-sama. This arc takes place five years before all of the others.

Meakashi-hen (Eye Opening Chapter)
This arc is a direct answer to the questions left by the Watanagashi-hen arc. This is a retelling of the arc through the eyes of Shion Sonozaki. It fills in every answer to what was originally left out of Watanagashi-hen.

Tsumihoroboshi-hen (Atonement Chapter)
In this arc, the main character is Rena. This arc follows her as she begins to experience a situation similar to that which Keiichi experienced in the first arc. Consequently, Keiichi experiences a startling revalation directly related to the arcs themselves.

A Glittering Cry For Help..


Yakusamashi-hen (Disaster Awakening Chapter)

This arc was exclusive to the anime and only included in order to tie up the loose ends of season one so that the viewer had no more questions. In ths arc the entire club, including Shion attend school without incident. Throughout the arc, Satoko learns of the secret one of the members is carrying having to do with the Watangashi and mysterious murders. This arc ends tragically with every one of the main characters dying but not before a big twist is delivered.

Minagoroshi-hen (Massacre Chapter)
This arc is an important one, there is a lot to be learned right from the very begining. The character responsible for time resetting is revealed and explains how the attempts have failed everytime. In this arc you are also introduced to Oyashiro-sama. At the very end, the identity of the real murderer is also revealed, somone least expected, at least by me.

Matsuribayashi-hen (Festival Accompanying Chapter)
The longest arc of the series has the entire group working against fate to achieve a common goal, their number is increased by one, but it isn't a familiar face to them. A couple of the episodes focus on the childhood of the murderer as well, they help give a sense of understanding for why they are the way they are.


Ok so I promised to label it, and I did, you will find nothing but spoilers from here on. This is all the stuff that I think makes the plot amazing and the anime worth all the rewatches I've given it so far. I'll go arc by arc so that its easier.

The way that the story was presented, through the eyes of a derranged Keiichi made it an edge of your seat thing. His paranoia mixed with Rena's sporting of a cleaver would make anyone think that the girl could have murdered all of the people before. Of course the last scenes of the fourth episode were the best and kept me going for the show, when Keiichi started beating Rena and Mion with a bat and then clawed out his own throat, I had to figure out why, so that was a good move by the developers. :]

I actually don't like a lot about this arc. The only thing it's really good for is introducing you to Shion and showing you the holes in the story that will be solved later on. There were funny parts in it, like when Keiichi was at the Angel Mort and thought he was being pervy to Mion and it was really Shion, but aside from that, this arc was really just a filler to keep me going on the show.

This arc was well done in my opinion. Though I don't like Satoko that much, it was still nice to learn about Satoshi and her uncle. It was also eye opening to see that because of her family's beliefs, Satoko was made an outcast in Hinamizawa. The scenes of more paranoia with Keiichi were just as good as the first time that Keiichi goes on the fritz. I understand what he was trying to accomplish by killing Satoko's abusive uncle, but after that he went a bit crazy wishing death on everyone, and then they started dying.. Also, I thought it was really really bizarre when Takano asked Keiichi if he had burried the body. She shouldn't know all that.

I liked this arc simply because it showed that Rika is more than a simple little girl. It finally showed that she has to do with the arc, and time resetting itself. At first I thought that it was weird that Rika was predicting deaths to Akasaka, but as it went on, I realised that she had to be special.

This is my favorite arc. I like it for the violence mostly, but its also a very insightful arc. When viewing this series of events from the eyes of Shion, everything from Watanagashi-hen makes sense. This was one of the more disturbing arcs, if not the most diturbing one. There are countless scenes that make the viewer cringe or possibly even scream. The first of these is the scene where Shion beats the heck out of Satoko in the classroom. Very disturbing, but not without reason when you look at it, I mean she did love Satoshi. The next disturbing scene has got to be the fingernail peeling scene. I cringed and closed my eyes. I can't even describe it, it's just very very well done horror. After that there are scenes with Rika, Satoko and Keiichi, all of which Shion manages to kill before she dies herself. The scene with Rika I found to be more humorous than horrific, as for the scene with Satoko, while I laugh at it now, I was terrified when I first saw it, but humor ensued afterwards when Shion urinated herself. The scene with Keiichi, you never see. You only know that he died by watching the very beginning of the first episode of the next arc. The arc ended kind of suddenly with Shion falling off of the hospital. The only question I still have is how Mion died..?

There are two very good parts to this arc and thats abot it. The first is when Keiichi remembers about one of the previous Hinamizawa's and Rika talks to him about it and he realises that he killed his friends for no reason, they weren't trying to harm him at all. They were trying to calm him and play a game when he thought that they were out to get him. The second good part is when Rena and Keiichi are fighting on the roof and Rena realises what she is doing. That part made me realise there was a definite reason for time to be repeating and that maybe it was important for some of them to remember the previous Hinamizawa's.

This arc is really only good for tying up the loose ends. I liked the fact that someone finally found out about Rika's secret, granted it was Satoko, but still. A lot was revealed in this arc about how the village is always exterminated, that there is actually an organization behind it all. Unfortunately, everyone dies before anything else can be done, but it's a good arc anyways. It also shows at the end that the hospital employees cannot be trusted.

Full of fantastic plot twists this arc is. The first is that you get introduced to Oyashiro-sama, Hanyuu. You find out that Rika is controlling time, resetting it every time a bad outcome occurs during the Watanagashi of 1983. She recounts all the times previously that she has failed in bringing about the proper conclusion she wants, the happy ending for everyone. The murderer is revealed in this arc as Miyo Takano. The entire gang, Shion included this time, make a stand against Takano. Though in the end they fail, Rika asks Takano that she be awake when she is killed, that way she remembers who killed her. Takano agrees, and Rika remembers.

Damaged past, destroys the future..

This arc shows Miyo Takano as a young girl and all the struggles she went through, the ridicule her family faced for believing in something called the Hinamizawa Syndrome. It was supposedly a parasitic disease that infected the residents of Hinamizawa. Every resident had it, but it remained dormant unless separated from the Queen Carrier for too long. In the case of the time, the Queen was Rika, the head of the Furude house. With help from their friends' faith Hanyuu is able to be a real person in this arc, she attends school with the rest of them normally. Though the cliche power of friendship is used in this arc, it ends perfectly. In the end even Takano's forces turn on her and she ends up a victim of the Syndrome. During the ending credits, you see that Rika and Satoko change the date on the Calendar and it becomes July 1983. Leading to Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Rei, a short OVA series that is yet to be complete.

School Days

School Days 1.1.10

School Days is by far one of the most disturbing animes that I have ever had the misfortune to run across. It really ceases to have any point after a while, but at the same time you begin to feel yourself drawn to the characters trying to figure out how things will turn out for them. You begin to feel empathy for the characters and you want things to turn out with a happy ending because that's how the series began. Unfortunately, the series starts on a happy note and ends on the darkest polar opposite possible.

School Days was originally a hentai like graphic novel game for the pc. That is the main reason that the girls are so, um, developed per say. The novel became popular and thought arose that there might be a possible profit from making an anime series from the characters. And thus School Days was born.

The story of the anime pretty briefly is that Makoto is a high school student who rides the train home from school everyday. He always sees this quiet mysterious girl on the train but he's too nervous to talk to her. He falls in love with her. Unfortunately for him, he and the girl are not in the same class so he has to consult his female friend Sekai for help. She agrees to help him even though she herself is also in love with Makoto. After this, the three of them are trapped in a vicious love triangle that ruins everyone's lives.

All in all I give School Days a 7.5/10
The show itself was bizarre, but its still a show everyone should watch regardless. It shows kinda what could happen in present high school situations and it teaches a very very very important lesson: DO NOT MESS WITH PEOPLE'S HEARTS!!!

Alright now I have free reign over telling you what I really liked about the anime. :3

The first really good thing about the anime is the way that they start it out all innocent with Makoto being in love with and eventually happy with Kotonoha. I liked that and it gives the viewer a false sense of security thinking that nothing can go wrong with the two and that eventually Sekai will find some one else.
I love that. I love the fact that the exact opposite happens. Sekai becomes insanely jealous and steals Makoto away from Kotonoha. This in turn screws with Kotonoha's mind because she has no idea why Makoto is doing the things that he's doing.

I also like the ending because when you think about it, Makoto got what he deserved for messing with Sekai and Kotonoha.
He was a jerk and cheated on both of them. He didn't just cheat on them with the other, but with other girls from school. He became a total manwhore. Not cool. So in a way I think he got what he deserved by being stabbed in the heart by someone that loved him, someone who he broke and destroyed.
As for Sekai, she sorta deserved what she got. She DID lie to Kotonoha in order to keep Makoto to herself. She shouldn't have lied to someone that she knew was pretty crazy especially about something so drastic.
As for Kotonoha, I just feel sorrow and sympathy for her. She didn't do anything to deserve any of what happened to her. And she's clearly lost her mind by the middle of the anime. And at the end, she's just...I don't even know how to describe her. No normal person lays on the deck of a boat holding their dead boyfriend's head..

All in all, I think the above mentioned things make the anime one worth a watch. It's definitely not something that I would ever watch again, but it's worth a once over.