It’s the final week of Summer (though not for seasonal anime of Summer as some shows are still continuing into next week). So let’s see what I thought of this week’s batch of episodes, including some season finales!
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love At The Bound Of This World – Episode 25
84/100 (DOWN 2 points from previous episode)
There’s no denying the epic nature of this final showdown and penultimate episode, the fact it spends so much time on its final confrontation and still doesn’t resolve anything is a testament to how high the stakes are and how important it wants to be and that’s kind of a part of the problem because save for a few moments the rest of the episode feels a bit lacking.
Do You Love Your Mom And Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? – Episode 12 (Finale)
85/100 (EVEN with previous episode)
While not the best season finale and not even the best this show has had to offer during its run, it’s still a fun, funny and even occasionally touching finale. Plus Amante made for a surprisingly entertaining villain–perhaps the best the show has had–and so the fact that her plotline remains tantalisingly unresolved is as much a promise for more as it is disappointing as it’s very unlikely this series will get a second season.
Cop Craft – Episode 11
86/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
Almost everything is improved upon with this penultimate episode although the allusions to contemporary politics (especially US politics) feel uncomfortably close to home–which is probably the point–but doesn’t exactly make for the most enjoyable viewing experiences. Nevertheless, ‘Cop Craft’ as a series probably has never been stronger than right now and that in of itself makes the potential for the finale all the more enticing!
Re:Stage! Dream Days♪ – Episode 11
87/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
One of my favourite things about this series is how it straddles the line between semi-serious idol stuff and borderline kids show shenanigans. This episode started with brainiac idol Kae inventing a computer program to discern their chance of winning the upcoming ‘Prism Stage’ competition and it kind of snowballed from there. It was a fun episode and harked back to some of the best moments of the season while setting the stage (pun intended) for the climax.
Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie? – Episode 12 (Finale)
91/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
As far as mature resolutions to harem narratives go this one ranks pretty high–not that there’s a specific actual choice made by Keiki as to who of his perverted partners he’ll end up with–but the fact that the series spends as much time agonising of the specific details of his love confession from his (adopted) sister is much appreciated. Plus just the general editing, writing and composition of the entire episode is expertly put together that it’s kind of hard to fault it. It’s not the perfect episode or perfect finale my any measure, but it’s the best episode of this show and that’s kind of all you need at this point.
Is It Wrong To Try And Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? II – Episode 12 (Finale)
92/100 (UP 6 points from previous episode)
Last week I complained that things seemed a bit too light-hearted and comical for what looked like the beginning of a two-episode arc and the second season’s final hurrah but boy was I wrong! And never before have I been so glad to be wrong as this finale is a wonderfully touching, emotional and more importantly narratively satisfying conclusion–while also opening so many doors to comes. I think I cried more in this episode than any other season finale this anime season (maybe) and while not a strict designator of quality it should certainly speak to the effectiveness of this particular episodes heart.
The Demon Girl Next Door – Episode 12 (Finale)
93/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
If it wasn’t already abundantly clear from my previous episodic reviews of this show the absolute best thing about this show has always been our Demon Girl Yuko and her ‘relationship’ with magical girl Momo and that’s more or less the focus of this episode (with some necessary attention given to Yuko’s father which anchors the episode–and indeed the series–with a touching revelation come the final minutes). This episode is every bit as funny and enjoyable as this show has been at it’s best, and while I arguably would have prefered if Momo became Yuko’s vassal like Lilith was planning, what we got was almost as good. I’m really going to miss this show… okay I’m just going to miss Yuko, she is honestly one of the best things to happen to anime in a long while.
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2 – Episode 12 (Finale)
94/100 (DOWN 2 points from previous episode)
All things considered there would have to have been some pretty sizeable developments vis-a-vis the ‘relationship’ between Nishikata and Takagi for things to improve from last week’s near perfect emotional masterpiece and here’s the thing–from a singular episodic standpoint this episode is arguably better. It’s a beautifully put-together 23 minutes that hits all the emotional beats of the best rom-coms (only better because it’s an anime) but I’d be lying if I said my expectations were met because they weren’t. We didn’t get a kiss or a confession and we didn’t get a flash-forward scene–any of which would have made this episode absolutely perfect.
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest – Episode 11
100/100 (UP 12 points from previous episode)
At this point most of my reviews for ‘Arifureta’ should come with the note that I am extremely biased and love this show—and more specifically our core cast of Hajime, Yue and Shea. But that 100/100 perfect score doesn’t come lightly or easily—even with my extreme bias. Because this show has slipped up before, but this episode genuinely felt like the ‘perfect’ episode of this series. It had a self contained story, it was brimming with brilliant character moments, the comedy, drama and action were all pitch perfect and we were introduced to a cute little mermaid who ranks as one of anime’s all time most adorable characters. Simply put, it was flawless and something this good only deserves the highest of possible scores.
And with that Summer anime is (technically) over. The shows that are continuing into Fall will be covered in the respective Fall editions of these posts which will start the same time next week so look forward to that! Also, once all the episodes are done for this seasons ending shows I’ll do a round-up of all the shows from this season ranked from least favourite to most favourite but as ‘Arifureta’ is still going for two more weeks it’ll be a little while before that post comes out. Anyway, thank you all for reading!
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