Due to the holidays, Desu ex Machina which runs the weekly Anime Power Ranking (APR) where anibloggers get to submit ballots on the episodes/shows of the past weeks, didn’t run an APR last week, so I’m going to share with you the ballot I would have sent. Each link in this post is to my write-up of said episode.
Samurai Flamenco Episode 11
This is the weakest anime of Samurai Flamenco thus far, and my least favourite (no, the two do not necessarily go together). While every other episode up to now maintained the themes of the show, and even when we had the “craziness” it was a logical continuation of the themes (what people wished for) or had a new thematic discussion (the growth of evil), this episode hadn’t done either of these things. The crazy sentai references didn’t bug me (and in fact reminded me of my childhood TV-watching), but it was “just an episode where things happened“, rather than one where the show advanced, or even paid any attention to its themes.
I hope that after using one episode for it, it’ll return to its normal nature next episode.
Kyoukai no Kanata Episode 12 – Finale
I’ll be blunt here, like on Twitter, because I judge I won’t get downvoted for that here :3 – This episode began badly, from second 1, where it showed us the director of the show has very little skill with directing scenes, knowing when to order them, how to make effective use of music, etc. And it got worse. This episode had gotten shittier by the minute, at 7 mins in I realized this, tweeted as much, and wondered if they’ll manage to make it even worse in every minute to come, and again at 17 mins in. And yes, they very much succeeded.
This episode had been so busy undoing any progress and goodwill the show earned during its last 4 episodes. We know how shows/movies often have the characters in the final moments use and refer to “funny” stuff from the early show, it rarely actually works, and in this show it was the most terrible thing. The witticisms continue, and people just bluster their way through, and it just doesn’t work. The relationships returns to not working, because the two characters just don’t mesh. It’s not believable, it’s not drawing you in.
And then they have multiple drawn out endings, which didn’t work for LotR 3 and didn’t work out here either. Too much is left unexplained, too many moments where something should be emotionally resonant, suchas Hiromi and Nase, but they built up neither the characters nor the relationship so it falls flat in addition to just annoying you… what a terrible episode, and a terrible way to end a show. If they have another episode to explain some things/season I might be intellectually interested, but I have zero emotional fucks left to give to this show. 5.9/10 – it had some good moments, and I didn’t suffer too much. Honestly, should maybe be 4.9/10, but I need to rework my scale for that.
Nagi no Asukara Episode 12
The drama is beginning to rev up, this had never been a RomCom, but it’s a drama. We’ve had our fun and comfortable days in the sun with our cast, but now a storm is coming, and it’s time for the children to experience pain and anguish, as young hearts in love often suffer in shows such as this one. Characters think of others, which in turn makes them think of themselves. In their selfishness, and the desire to numb their pain, to unburden themselves, they choose to burden others, those they purport to love and care for, which makes you wonder just what young love is. We also get to actually see a bit more of Kaname and Tsumugu, as actual people, which is appreciated.
The flashback scene where we see Hikari and Akari with their father as children was quite good, we need more moments of family in anime.
Kyousougiga 10 – Finale
This episode was a pretty standard episode of Kyousougiga, which is to say that it had a plethora of beautiful moments, touching moments, and dealt deftly with issues of family, cycles, and family as cyclical, and cycles as familial ;-) This episode had probably done a great service to people who have watched the show and felt somewhat lost as to what its themes had been, as Inari’s personality and the source of his anguish had been explained, the nature of the relationship between parents and children, including between Inari and hisfather had been laid out clearly, Myoue had some sense talked to him by Koto, and we’ve even had Koto break down time in order to bring her family back together.
All of this was tied together by striking visuals of worlds coming apart and being recreated, and seeing the silly grandfather make an appearance once more. Even as things had operated on a mythic scale, this story had never lost track of being the tale of a particular family. Nothing more, but also quite certainly, nothing less.
10/10. Watch this.