End of the year, end of the season! Before we turn the page let’s look at how everything turned out. Hit the jump, let’s run ’em down.
The shows that I’m 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.
Adachi and Shimamura Episode 12
Adachi to Shimamura
The writers made the curious decision to simply run out the clock and leave everything more-or-less undecided. Normally, that bothers me. But here, it worked out pretty well. No, they aren’t really a canon couple – but they did take a few important steps towards each other. Or, at least Adachi did. Shimamura is at least looking in that direction but still hesitant to commit. It would have been unheralded and out of character otherwise, and that would have been really annoying.
Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls Episode 12
If I had to describe the episode in a word, it would be “rushed”. All the awful pacing problems come home to roost when they have three rounds of the finale, three main characters, and the excess of side characters to cover in one episode. We didn’t even get an epilogue, to see the girls in their victory.
It’s actually kinda sad, the series started with all the parts for at least a workmanlike sports series… And it tripped over it’s own feet and fell on it’s face. It seems that most seasons there’s a show I’d love to go back in time and tell myself to drop… This season, Iwakakeru! earns that crown.
TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You Episode 12
Tonikaku Kawaii: Fly me to the Moon
As many slice-of-life(ish) shows do, Tonikawa also simply ran out the clock. They could have gone for some big drama with Chitose, or finally tackled some of the mysteries they’ve hinted at… But I don’t think one episode would have been big enough to do either satisfactorily. Instead, a classic “date at the festival”. Usually used to start or display a relationship, here it cements and confirms the relationship. Quiet happiness rather than drama of some kind. I think it worked just fine.
Tentatively, I’d say of all the single cour series this season – Tonikawa is the one I’d most like to see a sequel to. Maybe a little more [not comedic] drama, but not going too far outside the lane it’s established for itself.
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Episode 12
Maou-jou de Oyasumi
I have mixed feeling about the final episode. I like how they re-affirmed just how much she’s made the Demon Castle her home. I certainly enjoyed the show overall, even as it got a bit repetitive… But it feels unfinished somehow. Unsatisfying.
I can’t quite put my finger on it. And that bothers me.
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin Episode 12
Dai-501 Tougou Sentou Koukuu Dan Strike Witches: Road to Berlin
I didn’t expect any surprises from the finale, and I didn’t get any. Miyafuzi saves the day, and we barely even got an epilogue…
Ah well, I guess I can’t actually complain. It’s not like I didn’t know what I was in for. They set the pattern way back in season 1, and have stuck to it like glue ever since.
With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun Episode 13
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
The best part about episode 13? It’s not actually the finale – turns out Inu to Neko is actually two cour and will return in a couple of weeks. YAY!
And, that wraps it up! Time to get cracking on my anticipation post I imagine, look for those over the next week.
How do you feel about the endings? What show(s) would you like to see a second season of? Drop a comment and let’s chat!