The last episodes, my final words on them, and my seasonal scores… All that and… Wait, that’s actually all of it? Anyhow, let’s hit the jump and take a final look at Summer 2020.
The shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics,
strikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows that are watched but not regularly reviewed.
A reminder on my rankings… they’re on a five point scale to coincide with my rankings on Anime Planet. But one 2.5 can often be different from another 2.5, so where needed I supplement them here with verbal comments to clarify.
A Certain Scientific Railgun T Episodes 24-25
Episode 24 was the Big Fight… ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, but it was quickly resolved at the start of 25. As far as ending fights go in Railgun, not the best. But it worked. The slice-of-life wrapup that followed was solid, and honestly nobody does that quite as good as Railgun.
Overall, the first arc was way better than the second, but neither was particularly bad per se. The Dream Ranker arc just felt a little rushed and incomplete.
Final Ranking: 3.0/5 Not quite as strong as the previous outings (both of which were ranked at 3.5/5)… But still, there’s never a dull day in Academy City.
Deca-Dence Episode 12
The ending… mostly just made me sad. There was very little drama, very little sense that there were any stakes, and then suddenly it was over and they won.
Really, that’s the whole show in microcosm. It had great ideas, but the execution kept falling short. Somehow I feel it really needed to be two cour to give it time to work out those ideas and expand more on the world and it’s characters. And they definitely need more work on their world building as it was massively inconsistent.
Final Ranking: 2.5/5 It could have been a contender for greatness, but seriously lacked polish and a solid/consistent narrative structure.
Fruits Basket 2nd Season Episode 25
Given the progression of the story/adaptation, this was a solid episode indeed. No cliffhanger, but I didn’t expect one, Fruits doesn’t need cheap tricks to get us to come back for the (already announced) final season.
Narratively, it dropped a bombshell… Even if Kureno doesn’t know how it happened, the curse can be broken. And I bet Akito knows it, and that’s part of why they’re an abusive control freak. Their self identity is predicated on the Sohma family being around and subservient to them.
Final ranking: 4.5/5, matching the first season. Honestly half of me thinks this season earns a solid 5.0, I just can’t make myself.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Episodes 11-12
(Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan)
Episode 11 was a thing of pure beauty… I felt so bad for Yuigahama, but props to the show for not sugar coating or dodging. Hachiman and Yukino’s clumsy mutual confession would have been hilarious in other situations, but was perfectly in character for both. This was probably the single best episode of the best series of this season.
Episode 12… I have mixed feelings about. Mostly an epilogue, and there wasn’t anything out of place, it just felt… off. Up until the final scene. Up until the rebirth of the Service Club. Up until Yuigahama walked in so very bravely and put her heart and soul on the table. Just. Frickin’. Perfect. One of the best final scenes in the history of ever.
Final Ranking: Thinking about my final ranking… S1 was ranked at 3.0/5, S2 at 3.5/5. (Keep in mind I watched them back-to-back across about three weeks.) And Climax (S3) rings in at solid 4.0/5. I know, I know, that’s my trembling on the edge of greatness tier… Somehow, I suspect mostly due to the lengthy Prom arc, I just can’t give it the higher rating half of me wants to.
Rent-A-Girlfriend Episodes 11-12
Only one episode with Sumi? Meh, even though she’s a stereotype par excellence, she did get Kazuya to bring out his “not-totally-a-shithead” side.
When Mami slimed her was back onto the screen, I expected fireworks. And was totally disappointed. The final episode was a complete waste of time.
Really felt like they were mostly trying to run out the clock.
Final Ranking: 2.0/5, more-or-less a waste of my time.
A second season has already been announced… And I’m not sure where I fall on watching it. It’s not like the show completely sucked, only that the balance isn’t on the good side of the ledger.
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld: Part II Episode 11
Partly running out the clock, partly wrapping things up. It was fun watching Kirito’s (previously unseen) father seem to be riding him… But in the end he made his message perfectly clear – “You’re a hero, but that doesn’t absolve you of the necessity to things right. Don’t half ass your chosen path”.
The second half was a lot less understandable… Until I dug into a number of Reddit threads and other secondary sources. Right to the end, Alicization is leaving important shit out.
Final Ranking: 3.5/5, matching the first part of War of Underworld. Solidly entertaining, but frustrating in many ways.
Dat final scene tho… Kirito with Elucidator and Dark Repulser strapped on his back. A preview of the announcement that hit Twitter just a few minutes later – SAO: Progressive is going to be adapted. YAY! YAY! YAY!
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Episodes 11-12
(Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)
Uzaki-chan goes out not with a bang, but with a whimper… Not entirely unexpected given it’s episodic nature and only loose character arcs. Because of that looseness, I can’t quite say it’s a “read the manga” ending.
Either way, though it was hit and miss overall, I mostly enjoyed it.
Final ranking: 2.5/5, passably average.
A second season has already been announced, and I’ll most likely be back for it.
Apologize for this being a bit late, but mundane life has been a bit hectic the last couple of weeks… But I did manage to get it out before the first episode of Fall 2020 aired, so Yay Me!
Having managed to get something out practically every week this season (as well as some non seasonal material), got to work on upping my game next season. Crawl, walk, run, fly! Thanks for sticking around, hope to see you next season!
Anyhow, this is the part where it’s over to you: Drop a comment and let’s chat about these shows, the season, or just how things are going.