Wow, I didn't even remember that was episode 9 lol. But you're right, the anime had a good ending for Ryouma. I guess I'm still hurt by Konomi's ending. I remember I really loved the anime ending, even though it got kinda psychedelic. I don't remember what my first good memory of the series was. Maybe I'll remember when I see it XD
I didn't HATE that part, but it was unpleasant to watch o_O But I knew if they were gonna show that they were gonna show Inui getting panced, and that was something I thought was sad about the on-air anime, no nudie shots. Lol. HOW STRANGE.