Summer 2020 – Week 11/12, let’s wrap this up.

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 italicsstrikethrough 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
(Kanojo, Okarishimasu)

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.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Summer 2020 – Week 11/12, let’s wrap this up.”

  1. I enjoyed Uzaki (just binge-watched it), although that cliffhanger from episode 11 to 12 was stupid. I thought that we’re going to go with some real drama to finish, but it was ultimately a pointless cliffhanger.

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  2. To be honest, none of the final episodes changed my mind about anything, and I’ve said all I have to say about this bunch of shows, sometimes repeating the same thing. I’ll just rank everything I watched.

    Fruits Basket 2
    Great Pretender
    Appare Ranman
    Fire Force 2
    Re:Zero 2
    Oregairu 3
    Uzaki-chan
    No Guns Life 2
    Lapis Re:Lights
    Monster Musume no Oisha-san
    Gibiate
    Umayon
    DecaDence
    Breakwater
    God of Highschool
    Kanojo Okarishimasu
    Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha
    Koi to Producer: LOVExEVOL
    Dokyu Hentai HxEros

    That’s 20 shows. The top is dominated by sequels, with Great Pretender being a Netflix-drop-it-in-bunches show, so I’ve seen around half of it, and I’m not sure how to place those shows into a seasonal context.

    Some of it is hard to rank. I have no idea where to put Rent-a-Girlfriend because the good parts are better than much of the list, but they’re so rare. And I could move Umayon up and down the list at will; it’s exactly what you expect from a chibi-Umamusume short (nothing special, but fun enough for its runtime).

    The top 3 are quite good, and Gibiate is really bad, but I can’t bring myself to shove it further down the list, because it feels genuine in an inept way. DecaDence is competing with Rent-a-Girlfriend for wasted potential. And I’m really not sad the season’s over.

    Looking forward to season 3 of Fruits Basket. I certainly didn’t expect Kureno’s curse already to be broken. Not sure what that means, though. Are we going to have a new Rooster in about 9 months, give or take?

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    1. Of the shows we have in common, we’re pretty much in agreement on the ranking at the top of the charts… Fruits Basket 2, Oregairu 3, Uzaki-chan. (Though sometimes I want to swap the first two.) Of course, there’s the understanding there’s a pretty big gap between the first pair and the last show.

      Re: Deca-Dence Yeah, wasted potential indeed. Everywhere you look in that show, there’s a gem waiting to be cut and polished – but instead we got the pebbles.

      Re: Fruits Basket His curse was broken some years ago (in middle school, and he seems to be an adult now)… So shouldn’t there already be another Rooster? Or is it tied to the physical body and he’s still the Rooster? They’ve never really made the rules of succession/inheritance clear. The only exception is the Cat, and we see a very young Kyo (who is currently the Cat) seeing his grandfather (at the time the Cat) in confinement… Two Cats alive at once.

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      1. Ah yes, I missed that about Kyou and his grandfather. Interesting. (And for my money FB is so far ahead of the pack that I don’t even have to think.)

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