High school love keeps spinning ’round and ’round.
Yet like school, everything must end.
Instead of wrapping anything up, it just circled around and took us right back to where it all began. Funny? Sure. Frustrating, especially after investing all that time to watch the characters and stories develop over fifty-four episodes? You bet your buns it was frustrating. I had heard that the planned third season had been scrapped, but when I discovered that the final two episodes of the lost season three were floating around out there, I knew that I had to scour the internet looking for them. (And I didn’t have to scour too hard: thanks, Youtube!)
It begins with a strange montage consisting of the episodes from season three that were never completed in order to get you up to speed. Unsurprisingly, not a lot seemed to have happened, other than a couple more confessions of love that fell flat. So we flash forward to the third term’s final important event, a walkathon. Tenma, at long, long, long, LONG last, finally decides to confess her feelings to Karasuma, knowing that he is leaving for America soon and that this will be her last chance. Meanwhile Harima stays away after Tenma asks him to give her and Karasuma time alone. Harima takes this as rejection even though he never confessed his love for Tenma. (Oh these crazy kids and their inability to communicate!)
Karasuma rejects Tenma’s love and leaves. Harima, seeing how crushed Tenma is, hunts Karasuma down and beats him up. Karasuma admits that he has feelings for Tenma, and because of that he wants her to be happy. She couldn’t be happy with him because he has a disease that’s slowly eating away his memories. That’s why he’s headed to America, for treatment. Tenma and her friends get together at her house and get drunk on soda (yeah, you read that right, soda) until Harima bursts in the room and claims that he will make Tenma happy, grabs her hand, shoves her onto his motorcycle, and away they ride. Finally we’re getting somewhere! Or are we? Turns out that Harima, because he loves Tenma so much, is taking her to the airport so that she can see Karasuma again. Bless his well-meaning heart. On the way Harima, at long, long, long, LONG last, confesses his love to Tenma. But they’re on a noisy motorcycle. Did Tenma hear Harima’s confession? Will they make it to the airport on time? Who will Tenma choose?
If you’re like me you’ve already read about what happens online. I know that in order to get any full anime story you need to read the manga, but there’s too much manga and not enough time! Hence I make it a point to read the manga that accompanies my favourite anime series as well as manga with no accompanying anime, and for everything else there’s Wikipedia. I like School Rumble, but not enough to read the billions of manga that comprise the entire story. (I’m saving that time and money for Ouran High School Host Club.) However, I will say that it’s worth watching the shortened season three if you like School Rumble even a bit. There’s more growth and plot development provided in the final two episodes, and there’s some satisfaction in knowing how it (mostly) ends. (I say mostly because you still need to read the manga/Wikipedia page to find out what happens to everyone, not just in the Harima/Tenma/Karasuma triangle.) And the final two episodes are quite funny as well. (Togo shows up again, huzzah!) Not as funny as the first two seasons, but hey, they do what they can with those last two episodes. I’m very glad that I found the “third semester,” and even though I wish that the entire season had been produced, just seeing how it all ends was satisfying enough.