No news again? Boy, sure has been quiet in anime fandom lately. So onto the ratings
There are those that say these last 2 episodes were nothing more than fanservice. That the series should have ended on episode 22 without the phone call to stop WWIII. As it is now, it feels like there have been no sacrifices by Okabe to achieve the final stage where everything ends up perfectly. Heck, I’m pretty sure I also said something to that effect in my episodic blogging of the series. But the ending we got was still pretty great, leaving Okabe in this all-knowing wise state, where the Mad Scientist side for once is completely true. I liked that side of the ending enough to still hike the final 2 episodes up to a B. Not perfect, not the ending the series probably should have had, but a satisfying conclusion nevertheless.
B Mawaru PenguinDrum
I’ll give PenguinDrum this: It’s never boring. It may jump from scenes I love, such as the part with Kamba being greeted by all the gifts his rejected from his stalker, to the parts I’m less fond of, such as the radical re-interpretation of Mary Had A Little Lamb, but it’s never a chore to watch. The sheer weirdness and energy it has means there’s never a dull moment. I still haven’t a clue what the point of the whole show it, but it has indeed been a fun ride so far.
B Blue Exorcist
You know, deep down, I think I enjoy shounen. It’s just the shounen I’ve been getting over the past few years haven’t scratched that particular itch very well. The final episodes of this series have pulled some of the most stereotypical shounen climactic scenes and I loved every minute of them. I particularly loved how they did Satan’s character. Basically, he’s a yokai from Natsume in that he’s just misunderstood. But what I really liked was that they kept him an asshole. He demands for life when he sees the creatures that have it. He jumps from body to body with no thought for the person he’s burning to death. But most of all what I want to praise Blue Exorcist for is having the balls to actually build towards a satisfying all-conclusive conclusion to the series. If you’re going to deviate from the source material with no chance of a sequel, don’t end on a non-ending. Unless we see an ass-pull in the final episode or two, in which case I take all my praise back.
B- Kamisama Dolls
Yet another anime to add to Brains Base’s ever growing list of anime that need sequels. Let’s just toss this in here behind Baccano, Durarara, Jellyfish Princess, Spice and Wolf etc. I really liked the story Kamisama Dolls was telling. This desire each of the characters had to escape from the village, both mentally and physically, drove the show and every conflict the characters had. Sure, I wish it had been a bit more mature about its sleazy side, but I had a hell of a time watching this. I guess we’re going to have to wait for a sequel to see how Aki tries to take on the village in order to escape, but we’re never going to get this bloody sequel, are we? Instead we really needed a fourth season of Natsume -_-
B- Bunny Drop
I feel mean giving Bunny Drop such a low score this week, but…well, episode 10 was a pile of rubbish and episode 11 drove its message to the point of silliness. We get it. Parenting is great. People have no free time but don’t mind because they’re parents now. For Christ sake, stop pounding it into our heads. Don’t take this B- score as an indicator towards my feelings towards the series as a whole. The only series this year I preferred to Bunny Drop were Madoka and Steins;Gate. But it was a rather lame ending compared to what came before it.
C+ Tiger and Bunny
Man, they had to go introduce comically evil villains, didn’t they? And do absolutely nothing with the one interesting villain they did have, Lunatic. Also they had to go and undo the retirement move by Tiger that would have been a proper end to his character arc because they wanted the status quo restored. I mean, I’m glad they didn’t kill him. Tiger dying would have been absolute bullshit and those who wanted that to happen are idiots who can’t read the tone of the show at all. But I didn’t want a total reversal. Oh well, I enjoyed the show overall, and I guess I’d watch more, if only because Rock Bison might finally get his own bloody episode.
C+ Natsume Yuujinchou San
The story is over. Natsume has a loving family and friends whom he can trust. He has surpassed his grandmother in that he has a collection of yokai friends he can call upon without forcing them to become his friend. That’s the whole point of the story right there. It’s about Natsume’s Book of Friends, but now he has real friends without that see him as equals instead of slave master. These last few episodes have made it abundantly clear that the story is over, if only because they tried to pretend like this point hadn’t already been established ages ago by basing the story around the fact Natsume has these friends now. So please, tell me this: Why the hell are we getting yet another season!?!
C+ Hanasaku Iroha
Strangely, HanaIro had probably the best ending of the season. They had the balls to shut down the inn for real and have the characters move on with their lives, but it was a calculated move. Ohana’s mum has learned how to be a touch more responsible. Nako became more self-assured and now helps out with kids. The grandmother learned to not be so stiff and trust others a bit more. Ohana learned…well, I’m not sure what Ohana learned exactly, but she moved back in with her mum and I liked that too. Shame the rest of these final episodes had to be a load of bitching and whining over the closure of the Inn which I didn’t give two shits about.
C+ Kaiji Season 2
So the bog arc should have been 5-6 episodes shorted, bogging down (geddit) horribly in the middle and I thought I had lost all interest in the show. But come the end of the arc and I had managed to get right back into it again. The metaphors got ridiculous, the tears were flowing, the balls were overflowing and everything was so over the top that just a little part of me rediscovered that side of the show I liked. It even ended on that poignant point I really like about the series in that, through everything, Kaiji never loses his human side. He never throws those below him to the dirt like the people he’s fighting against. He’s a hero for the downtrodden. Zawa zawa zawa
D- Towa no Quon
So much for my hyping this up in the season preview. All hope was lost when a female character waved her bum in the male lead’s face, the male lead ignored her, and then the female bum waver yelled ‘pervert’ at a random passerby. It’s so dull with not a single original idea or reason to keep watching. Sure, there’s those beautifully animated fight scenes, but for a movie you kinda expected something worthwhile in the animation department. Heck, outside of those fight scenes, the animation and artwork were pretty dull. The background art could be taken out of any TV anime. The character designs are the same shiny faces you see anywhere. It’s just bland and unoriginal. Bleh
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. There was this one scene in episode 10 where Shion shot one of the bad guys and Nezumi started freaking out that I really liked. It reminded me that there was a character duo I really cared about at the start. Nezumi freaking out because the very ideal he hung onto in the shape of Shion was being destroyed right before his eyes. But the rest for these final few episodes were embarrassingly bad. Never at Fractale levels, but when they turned my favourite character into a giant glowing moth for no adequately explored reason, you know something has gone horribly wrong.
Zawa zawa zawa