Time to dust off the spoiler warning again...
bus accident was depicted in scarier and more grisly terms than I'd frankly expected. We saw why Kyousuke was on the bus (hiding in the luggage compartment), we saw (sort of) the way Kengo and Masato saved Rin and Riki respectively. And we saw the terrible, heartbreaking aftermath in more detail than in Kyousuke's half-lucid visions of it last episode.
not this one. And I fully expected Riki to go back to the wreck to try and save whoever he could - though whether that was even possible I have no idea. It's with Rin that things start to get weird. Komari, at least, implies that she somehow extended her own little slice of the artificial world a little longer because she wanted to see Rin one last time, and tell her the wish she'd promised to make for her all those episodes ago.
Kud's farewell (she's just so good that it breaks my heart to think of her on that bus). I fully acknowledge the importance of Komari to Rin's struggle to overcome the traumas of her past - I just don't feel the character very much. That said, it was nice to see Rin take a more active role in events after her passive performance last episode - but I'm not sure what to make of her "Terminator" moment there at the end. Is she going to bring everyone back to life with sheer Rin power?
VN endings and anime... It's a checkered past. I've really only seen anime adapted from VNs ace the ending twice - Kanon and Mashiroiro Symphony (and they went about it in completely different ways). Most of the time the transition just doesn't seem to work, but I've generally been very impressed with the work JC Staff has done with LitBus so I have a lot of hope. I still feel that in a sense, the series really peaked with the 11th episode - and if so, I'm completely fine that, because I don't think it could have been any other way. That said I'm highly curious to see where things land, and I feel as if there's a pretty good chance I'm going to be surprised.
Author's note: Please "refrain" from posting any VN spoilers (or hints, or confirmations or denials of guesses, or clever spoilers disguised as jokes) into the comments section. Read the comments at your own risk, because I make no promises about catching every spoiler soon after its posted. We've made it this far more or less in-tact - let's keep it going one more week for the benefit of those of us who want to be genuinely surprised.