The Glorio Blog: "It’s not often a show goes back and forth between being good or bad before getting really good at the very end. Blue Spring Ride has made me eat my words with the writing for this final arc. The flashbacks before now had always been of happier moments. The pastel colors and rough shapes gave a homey, friendly atmosphere that one might associate with fond remembering of days gone past. That’s why it was so jarring, in a good way, to see the same colors used in the scenes where Kou finds out he will lose the person he cares about most in life. What killed me was watching his mother take in his attempt to be calm, and still see through that things were going bad for her."