It’s been a long trip we’ve made together… there’s been some highs, been some lows, but Spring 2018 is finally over. This week, I wrap up the rest finales in my own inimitable grumpy old man style. Give it a read, and drop me a comment letting me know what you think!
The shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics. Question marks denote shows not watched yet (during the premiere weeks), and
strikethrough marks dropped shows.
Comic Girls Ep 12 (Finale)
The other girls move out, and Kaos is left to fend for herself… From a certain point of view, the bulk of the episode could be viewed thematically as something as a clip show… They leaned really hard on the same themes (“Kaos is borderline (in)competent”, “Kaos lacks self assurance”, “Kaos is a crybaby”) that have featured large in the show so far.
Then, suddenly, ganbatte! – and her manuscript is done and turned in on time. Meh. Not the weakest finale I’ve ever seen, but I don’t think Kaos was strong enough to carry an episode on her own.
Crossing Time Ep 12 (Finale)
We return to the girls in the first ep, and I don’t really remember much more about it.
Hinamatsuri Ep 12 (Finale)
A tale in two halves… The first half, centering around Hina, Hitomi, and more absurd comedy was pitch-perfect Hinamatsuri. The second, catching up with Mao and explaining the flash forward in the first ep… Funny enough, right in line with the rest of the series – and honestly, I have to say a waste of the viewer’s time.
My Hero Academia 3 / Boku no Hero Academia 3 Ep 12 (Ep 50) / Ep 13 (Ep 51)
A two part arc that was mostly filler… but not actually filler. We don’t actually have a critical term of art that covers material that doesn’t advance the plot much, but which is still important in terms of the plot. The central action was moving the students into the dorms, hopefully to be able to protect them against various looming threats… It seems to me, given what a shit poor job US has done protecting the students to date, that it’s more like collecting all the targets into one box.
The real problem is Kurogiri (Black Mist), his Quirk (Warp Gate) really screws with plotting in the same way Star Trek‘s transporters did. Maybe now that he’s going up the river that will change.
The emotional heart though… All Might’s impassioned plea to Midoriya Inko (Deku’s mom) to allow Deku to continue at UA under his tutelage. It’s not an accident that his position while pleading with her is the most submissive one in Japanese culture. The empty sleeve… a heartrending reminder that of what and who Yagi Toshinori was and the price he’s paid.
It would be interesting if they dove deeper into this unanswered question…
Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori Ep 11-12 (Finale)
Rokuhoudou coasted into a simple quiet ending… And it actually worked. They stepped back from (most of) the dramatics and just let the characters enjoy their New Year’s Eve celebrations. And then… sigh… They blew the end of Sui’s arc.
I’d hoped the repaired cup was foreshadowing… But that was not to be. He shut Sui down pretty coldly (after accepting his hospitality, which makes it worse). I guess you could argue that a bit of bitter made the sweet all the sweeter… But I don’t have to like it.
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Ep 11-12 (Finale)
The last few episodes have basically been a speedrun aimed at getting to this point… LLENN and Pitohui facing off one-on-one in one of the overamped action sequences that are a practically a SAO trademark. They even upped the ante by featuring not one but two overpowered main characters. Plot wise, it was kinda weak, but it was also fun in a turn-off-your-brain kinda fashion. Don’t think too hard about how many bullets were fired to no effect, or how LLENN managed to not kill Pito and M when they were all but trapped in a box!
The denouement/finale played out pretty much as expected… no surprise, no shocks. There were things meant to be surprises and shocks, but they were all foreshadowed so heavily that the audience knew long before the characters.
Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai / Tada Never Falls in Love Ep 12-13 (Finale)
Let’s call this The Episode Of Big Reveals. It was also the Episode Of Stuff The Viewer Pretty Much Knew Already. The result of the latter is that (once again) the entire episode fell flat. About the only “surprise” was Tada’s big emotional moment, and like last week I had a hard time buying it. They simply spent too much time building him up as unemotional.
The finale… The finale was actually working pretty good. Tada discovered and admitted to his love for Theresa-hime, and seemed resigned to his fate. She was extraordinarily unhappy, but seemed determined to live as she has sworn to. An unexpected and beautifully bittersweet ending seemed to be in the offing… And then they blew it all to hell and gone by pretty much abandoning everything the show had built up to slide in a diabetes inducing happy ending.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Ep 11 (Finale)
I’ve been thinking of this as a romance show, but I have to admit that thought was in error – it was a relationship show with strong slice-of-life elements. Once I grasped that, the ending made sense. There’s no big character arcs to wrap up, no sudden reveals to deal with, just the same ol’ same ol’ day-to-day of being an otaku in a relationship. And, as I’ve said before, I’m OK with that. For slice-of-life, simply running out of time and ending simply works (at least for me).
I must admit to a mild sense of disappointment that Naoya and Ko’s budding relationship got so little attention. If I had to guess, I’d say that was an adaptation issue – I bet they just adapted the chapters of the manga more-or-less in chronological order.
And, there we have – Spring 2018 is officially ovah. What were your thoughts on the finales? Let me know down in the comments!
Look forward to my full season review later this week, or early next!