After a rather depressing outing last time around, the penultimate episode of Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto - Natsu no Sora at least returns us to a happier place... Well, more or less.
The majority of this episode focuses on the magic students final exam (which they all pass of course), followed by their graduation ceremony - This brings good news for both Sora and Gota, as aside from both of their tutors the former gets visited by one of her former customers who she helped earlier in the series while the latter is cheered on by both of his parents, now seemingly back together after reconciling their differences. Aww....
As with most things, this happy ending means that other more regretful things have to end, and so Sora and Gota have to say their goodbyes, a parting made all the more difficult by Sora's terminal condition.
How they're going to fill up that final episode I have no idea, but even as somebody who tends to dislike overly saccharine endins I find myself hoping for a happy one here, as somehow it would be both fitting and worthy of this particular series. While this particular episode was a little slow and plodding (due largely to its subject matter - Exams and graduations just aren't all that exciting in anime plot terms), it doesn't disguise the fact that I have a soft spot for this series as a whole and the characters contained within, and thus I don't particularly like the thought of it reaching its climax with death and sadness.