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Ayu's Ark Had Me Completely Lost


WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW
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Sorry about that. Anyway:

Maybe I'm just stupid, maybe I missed something huge, but by the time Ayu's story came to an end, I had no idea what was going on.

I mean, young Ayu broke her neck falling out of the tree, right? She was in a coma for most of her life, right? In that case, what about the rest of the series and the other character's interactions with her? Were they all inside her mind or something? Did the rest of the series take place in an alternate universe?

If somebody could explain what happened in simple terms, I would greatly appreciate it.

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They use a plot like this in Clannad too. I'm not sure if i'm exactly correct, but Ayu was dreaming in her coma, she wanted to be with Yuichi so much, her dream became a reality, she formed herself a living human being (dreamed herself into reality), so her interactions with all the main characters were real, but i think of her as more of a spirit. The reason she dissapears at the end, is because events force her to remember the accident, and that she is still in a coma. When she wakes up, that's the actual physical Ayu.

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That is correct. For most of the story the Ayu everyone is interacting with, the one wearing her duffle coat and winged backpack, is actually a type of spirit called an Ikiryou in Japanese folklore. This is basically a "living ghost", the spirit of a still-living person that has come out of their body and moves around freely in the world. Yuichi and his friends were meeting and interacting with Ayu's Ikiryou while her body remained at the hospital in its comatose state. To all appearances an Ikiryou is solid, real, and fully human, but according to the legends it will vanish if its true nature is ever discovered (which is essentially what happened - Ayu eventually realized herself what she was, which triggered her own disappearance). The Ayu in the last scene, sitting in the wheelchair and trying to hide her embarrassing haircut, is the real Ayu. All of her non-flashback appearances prior to the last episode were just her Ikiryou form.

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But apparently Akiko knew who Ayu was and her nature. At one point she starts to tell Yuichi something like "She must have waited for you," so she must have remembered Ayu's accident. (The same way she seemed to know about Makoto, and looked like she started to cry when Yuichi took her out for the last time.) Also, why wouldn't any of the other kids have remembered about Ayu, since they were Yuichi's age when it happened, even though Yuichi himself blocked it out?

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