For a show about the antics of four high school girls, their faculty advisor and their dog as they try to keep their club active in the face of a downright hostile faculty and student body, School Live! has been rather more emotionally engaging than one would expect.
It's actually been quite the tear jerker at times.
However, despite some quite heart-wrenching moments...
"You have been and always shall be...My friend."
and the fact that one of the overarching themes is the importance of seeing the world as it is (ugliness and all) rather than how one wants it to be...
"Oh please. It's not about me. It's about my students"
...this show has maintained a surprisingly upbeat outlook overall.
All in all, School Live! has managed to stay quite solid (if sometimes emotionally taxing) all the way through. There really weren't any weak episodes and it stands as one of the absolute best in its genre.
This last episode, the graduation episode, is especially poignant. People say their goodbyes...
"OK Point of order: Th...Wait. Who's missing?"
...various plot lines are wrapped up and, intriguingly, some new ones are started. The show's ending is surprisingly open ended and hints at a sequel...which would be a most welcome development, as this series was outstanding.
Boy howdy this has been a roller coaster! So apparently, the cure that was in the bunker, in the case covered with Megune's bloody handprints...works.
"Shhhhh! If we can keep this quiet I can blow off those student loans!"
Furthermore, it appears from Megune's notes that there are other civil defense shelters similar to the school that presumably have similarly equipped and stocked bolt holes, which means that the world ought not to have ended...but something went wrong...I mean wronger than anticipated.
With the schools inverters destroyed, they have to make for one of the nearby shelters.
This would be sufficiently open ended ending that a sequel might be in the works, but the stinger shows someone finding one of the cards that the girls released with their balloons......so I'm especially hopeful that they do produce another series.
"Look...the bologna has tooth marks....we've heard no extraneous barking so...probably a rat. Yuki wants it to be a dog...We'll humor her as we are wont to do. But damn...I have no intention of going back into a half flooded basement that has nothing more to offer except possibly zombie stragglers and rats...zombie or otherwise."
Personally, I thought the last half was actually a nice touch in that it related to the overall story and provided a modicum of closure that would have otherwise been lacking. The girls indulged in a bit of whimsey and held a ceremony marking the closing of one chapter of their lives as they prepared to embark on another one.
It also dovetailed nicely with the show's earlier conceit of putting an everyday face on the school to distract from the utter madness around them. This applied not only to Yuki's madness, but to the School-Live Club itself which was intended by Sakura Sensei and Yuuri to afford a sense of normalcy.
Note that the two shelters within range that they must decide between (the chemical plant and the university) represent the two most traveled paths after high school...work or college.