The Final Week – Winter 2022 – Week 12

I almost made a joke in the title about “The Final Week – Part 3 (and I mean it)”, but decided that might be confusing or potentially misconstrued.  (If you don’t, you’ll get it when you read my write-up on Titan.)

Attack on Titan - Eren's Mother

So, anyhow, with all the finales in the bag – it’s time to run ’em down!  Hit the jump and let’s get started!

The shows that I’m 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.

Akebi’s Sailor Uniform Episode 12
Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku  (C/F/V AP)

They tried to wrap up the threadbare plot and tie it in a bow…  And, it simply didn’t work.  Part of the problem was episode 11, the volleyball practice, had already pretty much done just that.  The other part was the flashbacks to stuff we hadn’t seen – the volleyball game, the swim meet, the cheer squad in action.

Akebi was at it’s best when it slowed down some and let the story breathe a bit…  Trying to fit in all those flashbacks, and maintain coherence in the dancing scenes (at which they failed) simply didn’t allow for that.  They tried to put ten pounds in a five pound sack and that never works.

Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Episode 12
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2 (C/F AP)

So, the episode starts with what looks to be a dream sequence…  But after a bit of confusion, it becomes clear that it’s a flashback.  The first time the Scouts visit the mainland.  After some more wandering diversions, we finally reach the point of the whole affair – Mikasa asking herself if she could have averted the Rumbling.

I’d have to firmly say no.  Eren’s rage has been building for decades, and he is… not a sophisticated young man.  In his fear and frustration, the only path forward that he can see is the vengeance and punishment he swore to inflict as a child.

I think this is also Mikasa trying to reach a satisfactory answer to Annie’s question – can Mikasa kill Eren if that’s what it takes to save the world?  But I think the scene with the Subjects of Ymir Protection Group raises a different, related, question…  Can the world be saved?  The hatred, the fear, it’s still there.

As Armin pointed out a few episodes back – so long as there are Eldians, there are Titans.  The root cause of that hatred and fear isn’t going away.

(And WTF is up with Historia?  That’s a Chekov’s gun I’ve been eyeing all season.)

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Also naval gunfire nerdery moment:  When they showed the ships firing, it was low angle, flat trajectory, short range shots.  When they showed the shells landing, it was high angle, plunging trajectory, long range shots.  GRRRR…  it doesn’t work like that.  Though, for any hope of accuracy against the Titans, high angle fire is desirable – low angle fire can skip like a stone and thus miss past the line of Titans.
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Attack on Titan - Eren's Mother

And it was no mistake that the cliffhanger of Eren and the Wall Titans storming ashore included this flashback – Eren’s mother being eaten all the way back in S1E1.  That just drives home the point of how Eren got this point.

And, cliffhanger it is – because now we wait for the Final Season Part 3.  Presumably the actual for-real finale this time.  Jorge, is there enough material for a full season?  Or is an OVA series/season more likely?

Presumably they’re doing this so as not to rush and end up with low quality material…

I’d have loved to have been a fly on the wall for the discussion of where to end the season…  Last episode, with it’s note of hope?  Or this episode with it’s Infinity War vibe?

Lupin III: Part 6 Episode 24
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Being new to the franchise, I didn’t know quite what to expect here…  But this kind of long running franchise doesn’t get there and stay there with major shifts does it?

So I can’t say I’m surprised at how things turned out.  And Lupin absolutely made the right choice with the box.  He’s living his own life, his own way, and the past is the past and best left there. 

My Dress-Up Darling Episode 12
Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru (C/F/V AP)

Coming into this episode, I had no clue what to expect.  What do you when you’ve already closed out your last story arc and still have an episode to go?

You give the audience what they didn’t know they needed.  Gojo and Marin just derping around, enjoying the summer and each other’s company. 

Including one of the best “summer festival fireworks” scenes in the history of ever…  Even if it was marred by Marin going off-model.

The final scenes, of them just aimlessly chatting as they drifted off to sleep, a thing of sheer beauty.

My Dress Up Darling - Marin's confession

Second season when?  I mean it.  I really would enjoy a second season.  But, AIUI, there’s not enough material so we’ll be waiting a while if it ever does happen.

Slow Loop Episode 12
(F AP)

The best slice of life shows just amble through their final episode(s) and kind of just…  end.  And that’s what I expected Slow Loop to do – especially when the first two segments were more fishing instruction and another fishing expedition.

But somewhere along the line I’d forgotten that Loop wasn’t actually a slice-of-life show.  Though emphasis on it has come and gone across the season, there was an actual underlying family plot.

And that was brought home in the final segment… Hiyori and Koharu putting together a photo album of their memories – together. *chef’s kiss*

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And…  that wraps it up.  Another season in the bag!

A mixed bag overall…  Titan had it’s problems as did Slow Loop.  After a long mostly clean run, Akebi stumbled in the home stretch.  Lupin crossed the line with panache and a smug sneer on it’s face.  (And doesn’t care what you think anyhow.)  Unsurprisingly, Dress Up Darling turned in a capstone performance.   I don’t know if I’ll get to an actual season review, but I stand by what I said about week three or so…  “AOTS that isn’t Titan“.

Though honestly, I’m not actually certain how high Titan stands on the podium considering the mess the last few episodes were.  Nostalgia only wins you so many points.  Or, as we said when I was in the Navy – “one aw shit wipes out a hundred attaboy’s”.  I can see what they were trying to do, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

And no shows this season that I’d want to go back in time and tell my Past Self to give a pass.  At most, a note to temper my expectations for Slow Loop.

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So, next season.  Already have a couple of premiers under my belt…  but the heart of the premiers is coming up this weekend.  So, first post for Spring sometime next week and it’ll be a blend of first impressions and episode 1-2 reviews.

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So, as usual, over to you!  What are your thoughts on this season’s finales and overall?  Drop a comment and let’s chat!

8 thoughts on “The Final Week – Winter 2022 – Week 12”

  1. “I almost made a joke in the title about “The Final Week – Part 3” – no worries, you made sure to include it into your introductory paragraph :P I still need to get around to finishing Slow Loop & Lupin!

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  2. Akebi’s finale didn’t work for me either, but then I just didn’t like the show as much I hoped would to begin with. It’s one of the prettiest shows this season, though (with the exception of the strange facial proportions that come through now and again).

    Slow Loop‘s been on a very slight incline all season, so that overall I quite enjoyed it. Memorable the show isn’t, though, so I’ve already forgotten the last episode by this time.

    Dress-up Darling had a great finale, though. A great wind-down episode. Overall, I enjoyed Dress-up Darling the most in its first arc, and everything after that came with serious diminishing returns. I’d watch a second season, but I don’t particularly need one. I still think the story would have been more interesting, if they’d balanced Marin against her friends more; that would also relativise cosplay and situate it more. It would have felt more alive. The festival was great, though.

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    1. I think Akebi and Slow Loop both fall into the “enjoyable in the moment, quickly forgettable” bucket. But life is like that isn’t it? Not every show is memorable or even really memorable.

      It wasn’t just Akebi‘s derp faces that bothered me, there was also the jarring shift to what were very obviously manga panels. I kept meaning to mention that during the season, but kept forgetting.

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      1. Hmm, interesting. I didn’t notice the manga-panel shifts at all; or maybe I just assimilated them?

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  3. @Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2:

    So, the episode starts with what looks to be a dream sequence… But after a bit of confusion, it becomes clear that it’s a flashback.

    And adapted out of sequence… in the manga, Mikasa had this flashback on the Shiganshina rooftop, right after the Rumbling started and right before Eren broadcast his PSA via PATHS. Which leads to one minor continuity error – last episode, when Jean found out Liberio was doomed, he flashed back to the party in the refugee tent, which the viewers had not yet seen. I’m glad MAPPA circled back to it before the end of the season, since it has so many great scenes. The Scouts seeing a car for the first time, and eating ice cream (Find someone who looks at you the way Mikasa looks at ice cream). Mikasa’s fumbling non-confession, and the drunken party in the tent. (I was curious about the depiction of Muslims drinking alcohol, but I’m guessing the refugees are loosely based on Ottoman Turks, who did drink raki, a twice-distilled wine.) And Mikasa’s VA got more lines here than the rest of the season combined… she finally got her chance to shine.

    After some more wandering diversions, we finally reach the point of the whole affair – Mikasa asking herself if she could have averted the Rumbling.

    I’d have to firmly say no.

    My no is somewhat less firm… Eren’s predominant feeling here is self-loathing over what he’s already seen Future Eren do in his father’s memories, and he knows that following through with it means forsaking all his existing relationships. Mikasa might not have been able to talk him out of it with a different answer, but the answer she did give made his decision easier.

    But I think the scene with the Subjects of Ymir Protection Group raises a different, related, question… Can the world be saved? The hatred, the fear, it’s still there.

    And that led to the moment Eren walked out, convinced the world was giving Eldians no alternative. He was looking for a future, any future, where his friends and family could live long normal lives. I’m not defending his final decision, but none of the choices before him were good, especially since, as the Attack Titan, he’d already seen memories of the future he sent back to his father.

    Also naval gunfire nerdery moment: When they showed the ships firing, it was low angle, flat trajectory, short range shots. When they showed the shells landing, it was high angle, plunging trajectory, long range shots. GRRRR… it doesn’t work like that.

    It did look cool, though? And in MAPPA’s defense, that’s how Isayama’s manga panels depicted the angle of fire, so maybe they took fidelity as the lazy way out rather than re-thinking the physics of the shots. On the other hand… MAPPA did have no qualms about making the shots of the admirals getting boiled alive by the Titans’ steam even more horrific than the manga.

    Juxtaposing Mikasa’s flashback in the first half of the episode with the flashbacks in the second half of the episode does confuse the timeline a bit: the Eren/Yelena, Eren/Floch, and Eren/Historia scenes all took place before the Scouts left for Marley, and therefore before the Mikasa flashback.

    And, cliffhanger it is – because now we wait for the Final Season Part 3. Presumably the actual for-real finale this time. Jorge, is there enough material for a full season? Or is an OVA series/season more likely?

    The S4P3 trailer that aired in Japan right after the last episode (not included with the Crunchy/Funi stream unfortunately) made clear the next season will air on NHK, so it’s definitely TV and not OVA. But there are only nine chapters left to be adapted. At average pacing (130 chapters/87 episodes)… six episodes. Even if they stretch to one episode per chapter, it would be a really short, unconventional TV season. There’s a small part of me disappointed it’s not a movie, since there are scenes in those last nine chapters that are going to be really hard to pull off on a TV budget.

    Presumably they’re doing this so as not to rush and end up with low quality material…

    I’m hoping/guessing the same. They clearly let the B team do some of the middle episodes to save up for the last two. With some months to prep they may be able to do justice to the final chapters.

    Unsurprisingly, Dress Up Darling turned in a capstone performance. I don’t know if I’ll get to an actual season review, but I stand by what I said about week three or so… “AOTS that isn’t Titan“.

    Though honestly, I’m not actually certain how high Titan stands on the podium considering the mess the last few episodes were.

    Not gonna lie, this season had a weird mix of the highest highs and lowest lows of the entire series. The three-episode stretch of “Two Brothers”/”Memories of the Future”/”From You, 2000 Years Ago” I’d stack up against any of the stretches in S3P2 or S4P1. Or any three-episode stretch of any anime series, for that matter. But then followed by Conny trying to trick Falco into brushing his Titan mom’s teeth, and the Powerpoint slideshow in the forest. And not to spoil, just to temper expectations, next season is going to be a similarly mixed bag.

    I didn’t have much to say about any of the other series I watched this season, but I was happy with both the new ones I stuck with to the end:

    Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru (concur it’s AotS that isn’t Titan)
    Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 3 (this show just keeps getting better, sweeter, and more wholesome every season)

    And the holdovers from last season that I finished:
    86 (long hiatus due to, I think, production issues… but the last two episodes were worth the wait)
    Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku Hen (I still don’t quite understand the fuss over this series in Japan… it’s an exceptionally-well executed shounen battler, but still just a shounen battler)

    I’m also watching Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi but that’s ongoing. And still need to catch up on Lupin III: Part 6.

    I’ll throw in some thoughts on the new season premieres in the other thread.

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    1. It did look cool, though? And in MAPPA’s defense, that’s how Isayama’s manga panels depicted the angle of fire, so maybe they took fidelity as the lazy way out rather than re-thinking the physics of the shots.

      Alright, I’ll allow it under the Rule Of Cool… I reserve the right to be grumpy about it.

      And that led to the moment Eren walked out, convinced the world was giving Eldians no alternative. He was looking for a future, any future, where his friends and family could live long normal lives. I’m not defending his final decision, but none of the choices before him were good

      Yeah, we’ve kept circling around that point all this season and a good chunk of the last. (Because the show kept rubbing our face in it.) At the end of the day, there weren’t any paths that really lead to a happy ending. The current situation is less of his own making and choosing and more of his primordial rage and desire to lash out.

      Even if they stretch to one episode per chapter, it would be a really short, unconventional TV season. There’s a small part of me disappointed it’s not a movie, since there are scenes in those last nine chapters that are going to be really hard to pull off on a TV budget.

      Much depends on just what the budget is… Not that I’m assuming it’ll be increased for S4P3. And as I’m writing this, I’m still curious as to how this came to pass. (Not that any of us know.) Unforeseen consequences of adaptation choices? Deliberate foreknowledge?

      Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru (concur it’s AotS that isn’t Titan)

      And it’s a dammed shame there’s not enough source material for a 2nd season anytime soon.

      I’m also watching Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi but that’s ongoing.

      I need to catch up with 2200… For some reason I paused in mid-stream and never picked it up again.

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