If anyone expected this, I wouldn’t be surprised.
What better way to disappear than to get consumed by a shadow that turns you into an NPC? Good point! Otonashi seems to offer the solution of having everyone become swallowed by the shadow after Takeyama’s result, but Yuri seems to take it in her own way. If everyone was going to disappear, it would be safe to say that the closing episode would completely focus on Yuri, Otonashi, and Angel. The fight scene between the SSS members and the shadows were cool (TK wins the best kill of the week), but Yuri seems to be the only character actually interested in surviving past the series after she breaks into the mysterious teacher’s hideout (which turns out to be Guild… again).
But the revelation that Kanade wasn’t really an Angel and a ‘bad guy’ was indeed the facepalm moment of the episode. After you try to survive the whole series against this character, Yuri reveals it smiling. Well, that wasn’t a waste of time, but I disappointed that we’ll never find out Kanade’s past nor the other SSS members’ pasts and how they died.
We know that there will be no more GirlDeMo songs as they put down their guitars, which was disappointing to me but I expected it after Yui disappeared last week. Not much to say, except that a lot will be revealed next week.