Yosuga no Sora is a series that wasn’t afraid to end by descending into very dark territory, but didn’t present it as such. Throughout the series, Haru fell in love with various girls, with each subsequent girl having a deeper bond with him, right up to the closest bond of all, that of blood. But love is love, and it isn’t something that can be switched off, no matter how unconscionable it may be. Listen to the soundtrack throughout Haru and Sora’s scenes together: it isn’t judging music, it’s the same romantic music that was played for all the other girls’ arcs. This series concentrated on that fact, rather than presenting a debate about the morality of what Haru and Sora were doing. The details were irrelevant; it was all about the motivation.
It was very interesting to see the difference between Nao and Kozue’s reactions to finding out about Haru and Sora: Kozue, the well-adjusted, normal class president, had a very normal, real-life reaction to discovering incest: disgust and despair. When Nao learns that Sora saw her deflower Haru years back, she realizes just how much Sora actually loves and needs him, and however much she or anyone else loves Haru, it will never be as deep as Sora’s. Knowing she couldn’t provide happiness for Haru, she lets him go and wishes him the best. It isn’t perfect, but it’s just the way things have to be.
Haru wrestles with doubt, confusion, and self-loathing throughout the finale, but when Sora runs off after he reproaches their situation and suggests they part ways, she runs off to a sacred place where it’s believed life on earth began and where one goes to be reborn. When they go so deep underwater, it seems inconceivable they’d be able to survive. Evidence suggests they do, however (Haru later texts his friends), but the experience does change Haru. Where before he was going to try to sort things out on his own, he now knows the only thing he can do is try to make Sora happy. No one else can, after all. So the twins go off together, leaving behind their childhood home and friends in search of a place of solitude and peace.
Yosuga no Sora presented some powerful romantic drama in its twelve episodes. It tackled both the emotional and physical aspects of its love stories with a seriousness, honesty, and intensity few anime dare to. It ended in a manner befitting its title: “In solitude, where we are least alone.” We have our world; Haru and Sora have theirs…and n’er the twain shall meet. Rating: 3.5
Series Mean Ranking: 3.208 (Ranked 12th out of 15 Fall 2010 Series)