OH. SNAP. You want a proof of
Santa God’s existence? There it is: THERE’S GONNA BE A LAST CHAPTER FOR SPEC!!
Imma need some major chill pills, because I just can’t compute this news. Not only will there be another movie named 『SPEC～結～（クローズ）』(SPEC~Close~) but they’re adding another TV drama special: 『SPEC～結～（ゼロ）』SPEC~Zero~. Twice the pleasure!! I knew there was a reason not to end the world on December 21st.
On a rather geeky note, I ♥LOVE♥ that the team sticked with the Kishōtenketsu structure. To sum up, the term highlights the structure and development of Chinese and Japanese narratives and so far we had :
– 2010 drama SPEC (Last episode): 『起』= Ki (Beginning: Introduction of theme)
– 2012 Special drama SPEC~Sho~: 『翔』= Sho (Development: Expansion of Introduction)
– 2012 Movie SPEC~Ten~: 『天』= Ten (Turn: Additional or background information related to main theme)
– 2013 Movie SPEC~Close~:『結』= Ketsu (Conclusion)
The only exception being the 2013 Drama Special, but the Zero associated to it could mean a return to the characters’ origins. And that would be a blast! The drama is already being filmed, and the pictures already leaking from the set show Toma in a somewhat different yet familiar attire. Red is my favorite color, so I dig her red suit(case).
Given the success of the movie SPEC~Ten (it grossed $29,023,960), and the way Director Tsutsumi Yukihiko VERY loosely tied the story, all the fans hoped that there’d be something more to satisfy us. In the banner promoting the drama, we can spot Toma using both her arms, and Ninomae with……….CHII!!!!! OMOMOMO *hyperventilates*
The article from Sanspo, and translated by HPriest, states that the producers confirmed that this new batch is definitely going to compose the last chapter of the series. And though I love this universe to bits and would never turn down an opportunity to see Toma and Sebumi together, I confess I’m relieved the creator planned a conclusion. For the sake of the series, and for us to remember it fondly, it needs a proper end.
While I enjoyed the movie, something was amiss. The drama special was much more in synch with the general flow of the series, and gave us poignant moments between Toma and Sebumi…which the movie ignored blatantly for the most part. But I’m totally ready to forget that if they get the story back on track.
Now, excuse me while I go back to my squealfest.