The final season finales are in the can… so let’s hit the jump and let’s see how they stack up.
Just as a reminder, shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics.
Maid Dragon (Eps 11-12)
Episode 11 was pleasant enough, mostly a flashback that finally tells us the whole story of how Kobayashi and Tohru met and how they came to be a family. (Cue the Brady Bunch theme.) The final scene gives a hint that something big and bad is about to happen.
Episode 12 – The finale. Starts off with “just another day”, ominous given the final scene of Ep 11… and our expectations are met, the big bad is Tohru’s father and he’s come to take her back to the Other World. And then, the first big disappointment of the episode – Kobayashi barely reacts at all. We’re treated to a montage of her re-establishing her old life, and other than the scenes with Kanna they concentrate heavily on what seems to be Kobayashi missing Tohru’s domestic services. (And rapidly returning to her previous slovenly habits.) She mostly seems tired and resigned.
Tohru breaks free and return to our world, and Kobayashi finally shows some emotion – happiness and surprise that Tohru has returned. When the Emperor of Demise (Tohru’s father) shows up to fetch his wayward daughter, Kobayashi defends her – even when the Emperor wounds Kobayashi with magic. The Emperor and Tohru return to the other world to duke it out… Kobayashi shows up riding Kanna (in her dragon form), walks between the two and speaks some platitudes… The Emperor gives up and flies off. After Tohru professes her love to Kobayashi they return to our world and in a montage travel to visit Kobayashi’s parents. Fade to black.
The subtitle of this ep was “It Was the Final Episode Before We Knew It”, and honestly it shows. They tried to hit the family moments that have characterized the best of the show so far – but fell badly short.
Scum’s Wish (Ep 12 – finale)
What a mess. Honestly, I was massively underwhelmed by the finale… Most of the show was consumed by a six month time skip in which virtually nothing happened (made more confusing by mixing time skips with flashbacks). During the skip, and for the bulk of the episode, they concentrate on the irrelevant activity of a school festival. For a show which had set such a high bar for emotional involvement, there were only the briefest moments and they seemed to be determined to get through those as quickly as possible.
But they did slip in a few hints and some idea of how things are turning out… Hanabi has definitely moved forward, receiving a confession from a classmate and turning him down very gently. Ecchan is struggling, but moving forward and her and Hanabi’s relation seems to be returning to an even keel. Even Noriko got a brief moment in the sun, and she’s broken out of her shell in a big way.
Mugi? The poor guy barely appears at all, and they hint that he and Hanabi have parted ways.
Overall, very disappointing.
Well, there you have it… The last of Winter 2017’s shows. I hope to have an overall season post up in the next few days, but Friday half the day will be taken up going to see Your Name so that might delay things a bit. (Not to mention I’ve been lazy and haven’t written as much of them as I should have by now.) I also need to get the next batch of Premieres watched/written up. Busy, busy, busy…