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About halfway through the series, I thought Shun had killed himself in order to prevent any further damage to others.

However, in the last few episodes, Saki hears his voice as he gives her some very important advice. In the second to last episode, she even seems to see Shun in front of her. However, he seems to disappear in an instant, and she sees Kiroumaru instead. She later hears his voice once more as he tells her the solution to get rid of Maria and Mamoru's child.

Were these just hallucinations, or was there some supernatural force going on?

  • I am pretty sure she is hallucinating because in the last episode there was a scroll (22:18) saying “the power of imagination changes everything” – Claire Jul 2 '18 at 14:15
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Yes, she's hallucinating. The evidence for it at the start of episode 24 is irrefutable.

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Why would she be hallucinating?

It safe to say that given what Saki has gone through, she isn't in the best state of mind. With all the death and destruction she's witnessed and experienced, she's probably in some form of denial.

Where does the advice from Shun come from?

Herself actually. Her own subconscious mind.

When you're in such a hypnotic effect, things from deep in the back of your mind can come forward at unusual times. This is the same reason why hypnosis is sometimes used to bring back memories for criminal investigations and why artists can do their greatest works under times of extreme stress.

  • It's still weird that he was giving her such helpful advice if he was just a hallucination... I wonder if the book has more info. – atlantiza Apr 2 '13 at 22:07
  • It's a psychological effect actually. When you're in such a hypnotic effect, things from deep in the back of your mind can come forward at unusual times. So really, all the knowledge that Saki obtains from Shun during these hallucinations is actually from herself - her subconscious self. – Mysticial Apr 2 '13 at 22:09
  • Images aren't working for me :(... Anyway, this is just a speculative answer so far (maybe that's what the images are for - what were they?). – Omega Oct 15 '13 at 22:07
  • @Omega Yeah, that's what the images were for. It's side-by-side comparison two seconds apart of what Saki is seeing. Are all imgur images down for you? Everything seems fine on my end. – Mysticial Oct 15 '13 at 22:09
  • They're now working. Yeah, it looks plausible that she's hallucinating. Although it still concerns me how the extensive interaction between Saki and Shun is. Maybe he's projecting into her mind, until someone interrupts them by standing in the middle. – Omega Oct 15 '13 at 22:24

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