The finale of The Night Beyond the Tricorned Window brings up the long-forgotten BL theme thanks to some great performances.
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It’s actually pretty easy to forget that The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window premiered as a Boy’s Love anime, and it started off with some very strong references to BL. But as the main storyline kicks in around Episode 4, the often awkward BL aspects of the series naturally fade and the story never seems to look back. So when it came time to wrap things up, the BL theme was one that felt a bit out of place, but somehow it worked, thanks to some great performances.
Episode 11 ends with Mikado reaching Hiyakawa’s mental barrier, and Hiyakawa trying to run away because he doesn’t want Mikado to see him when he is most vulnerable. Mikado has also locked himself in layers of curses, so getting out of his own predicament is still up to Hiyakawa. Hiyakawa felt that he had to hold a grudge from the past to fill the void in his heart and maintain his power, so he was difficult to convince. Mukae talked to him for hours on end (travel time varies within the barrier) but to no avail, so Mikado was the only one able to get past Hiyakawa.
Mikado finally understood why Hiyakawa needed his hate, and began to feel genuine sympathy. If Hiyakawa chose to hold a grudge against him, he would have to leave Hiyakawa, but if Hiyakawa truly believed that Mikado was his destiny, then he would gladly choose Mikado instead. The fact that Mikado was tearing up here and basically begging Hiyakawa to choose him meant that he didn’t want to leave him either. This is a huge development for Mikado, as he always rejects his feelings whenever anyone tells him.
Voice actor Shimazaki Nobunaga delivered one of the most tearful performances, not over-the-top but still full of passion. A sense of hope can be heard beneath his cries of despair, and it’s overwhelmingly influential, especially coming from someone as positive as Mikado.
Hiyakawa admits to his fears and has always wanted to let Mikado know about his feelings, but since he can’t understand them, he can’t express them either. Mikado comforts him by telling him he won’t be afraid when they’re together. This is a direct call back to the beginning of the series when Hiyakawa was able to dispel Mikado’s fear of ghosts. Hiyakawa chose Mikado and as a result, his curse was naturally broken. While this may not have been a sober choice, Hiyakawa actually cares about Mikado more than any of his past heartaches. It is very important character development.
Viewers can notice slight changes in Hiyakawa’s performance below. Voice actor Hatano Wataru did a great job changing Hiyakawa’s voice, to sound a bit innocent and confused, but also less monotonous and softer. There’s finally sentimentality in the way he speaks and it’s a great way to convey how Hiyakawa is slowly trying to open up. The scene between Hiyakawa and Hanzawa is especially remarkable, Hiyakawa’s voice being his most emotional here, even more so when he cries. This is arguably one of the most moving moments in the entire episode, all because of the amazing performances on display.
There are a lot of flashbacks in the previous episodes to show the maturity of both Mikado and Hiyakawa, but the awkwardly handled flashback compared to the vocal performance could easily convey the deeper emotions. much more than a few recycling scenes. This is perhaps the biggest shortcoming to this The Night Beyond the Tricorned Window anime adaptation, the source material thrives on subtlety and implication, while the anime makes most things too obvious. and clear. Sometimes it works to clear things up, but other times it feels a bit frustrating because the audience is perfectly capable of reading like a piece of prose.
Though for viewers who long for a full BL series, this final episode (and the series as a whole) may not be clear enough, as there aren’t any real love confessions or any physical intimacy. nothing but a handful of fists. This is probably also due to somewhat misleading marketing that sold the series primarily as BL. Although the overall emotional reward is still quite satisfying. Considering the wide range of themes included in the series, this still stands out as one of the BL-themed anime series.