We’re taking a break next week, evidenced by Karandi’s break announcement and this tweet. What are we left with in its wake? A break episode! Come one, come all as Karandi and I fight about the episode’s quality! Bet you won’t expect which one of us is on the negative side!
This is the end of the season. Okay, some shows aren’t done but that’s okay. With the majority having wrapped up, it is time for thoughts on final episodes before tomorrow we reveal the best and worst of the season (my picks and the results of the reader’s poll).
This show stumbled across the finish line and while it did in fact bring closure to its story, I can’t say that this was at any point a satisfying watch. From confused mess, to pretty ordinary, it just never did anything with the ideas it presented early on and the cast were never used in a way that made me care about them. Ultimately, I didn’t hate this, but I’m really glad it has wrapped up.
While this week brings us a real fight for a change, it certainly doesn’t step up the quality of its story and at this point the character motivations are too pathetic to even take seriously as parody. It is all just a mess from people who wanted to cash in on something but had nothing to say.
The kids are coming to terms with abandonment but still struggling to live. Meanwhile, all Hiro cares about is Zero Two. Darling in the Franxx continues to introduce and abandon plot threads and with two episodes left it is unlikely that things will come together in any meaningful way.
Can I cheer that this one is over? It was never good, but what little this anime had going for it never developed into much of anything and the end result is an unremarkable anime that will swiftly be forgotten.
This one ended up being such a disappointment. It isn’t the worst ever but it is pretty pointless and half the characters serve no purpose at all. The continually building someone up to just throw them away as a threat and the characters constantly making stupid choices really hurts the enjoyment here.
Well, this one apparently still has three episodes to go, though I’m suspecting if they didn’t stop to recap every four episodes they might be further along. That said, this is one of the shows I’ve had the most fun watching this season. I forgot how much I loved this franchise until these characters returned and now I just want to rewatch the old seasons yet again.
I was left a little disappointed that this anime didn’t decide to deal with the humans finding out about yokai aspect that could have easily been expanded on from the two prior episodes. That said, it delivered a decent enough episode with a stand alone villain of the week.
Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi has been fairly consistent and yet that doesn’t actually make it great. It has been consistently ordinary. There are the occasional bright moments in an otherwise dull series about characters who have very little to distinguish them from one another. Even the food shots aren’t quite worth the effort. That said, there’s very little wrong with the show either other than being unremarkable.
And that’s a wrap. While this anime never particularly amazed, it also didn’t really do anything overly wrong. All and all, a mostly harmless reverse harem story though one with a basic premise that could have been great and mostly squandered it. Still, I didn’t mind following this show this season, even if in a stronger season I might have let this one go.
Not sure if the final episode was all it could be, but fairly happy with this one as a season. And ultimately it did resolve its story which is a lot more than I can say for many of the shows I’ve followed this season.
Definitely some down time after the intensity of episode 11, and yet I feel there were some fairly decent moments and potential foreshadowing going on. I’m a little worried about the direction the story seems to be taking with the whole moving kids into the dorm thing, but I guess we’ll see how that works out soon enough.
This is the face the audience makes when realising they’ve watched 24 episodes to get to this ending. I can’t say I haven’t had some fun; mostly through making fun of the show, but somehow I feel I really wanted a decent fantasy from this and not just something that was fun to mock.
Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori isn’t exactly a hidden gem, but it a fairly low key anime that was pretty consistent in its delivery this season. I ultimately really enjoyed the relaxing nature of watching this one and am really glad I stuck with it.
I feel this anime missed a lot of potentially great moments and that is a shame but it is how it is. This one doesn’t really attempt to end and even if it continues, I’m pretty sure I am done at this stage. My curiosity over the story has not been satisfied but my curiosity to annoyance ratio is starting to shift the wrong way as these last two episodes played out.
If you didn’t remember this was a time travel show, this episode will certainly remind you as Steins;Gate launches an all out assault on a common time travel paradox. It’s entertaining enough to watch the set up but it will really depend on how they deal with it now they’ve constructed it as to whether or not this will be worth the effort.
And this romance comes to an end in a fitting if illogical fashion. This anime was a joy this season and one that I am really glad I stuck with as it was pretty consistent from start to finish. Not to mention, Teresa’s smile is definitely something worth watching.
Having finally enslaved almost everyone in the game, we realise that neither the writers, nor the characters, have really considered the implications of having total control of another human being. Instead, we have hormonal moron who just wants to satisfy whatever impulse comes his way. Not much of a grand scheme really.
So apparently getting involved in a game where a device is used that can enslave you is a bad idea that can lead to bad things. That is apparently the sum total of the story that this anime wants to tell given any of the other considerations have just been completely ignored at this point. However Eia has a plan… Wait, no she’s just going to listen to Ryuou and then they are going to burn a building down. And the yellow haired guy is involved because… I’m not actually sure. Was Eia a closet pyromaniac because she also set ten million yen on fire earlier in this season.
Basically though after all the foreshadowing of horror to come, we get the single worst character as the final bad guy to overcome. Mostly because it isn’t the scientist guy with a masterplan for enslaving humans, it isn’t the kid who seemed to gather massive numbers of slaves early in the game, it isn’t even the split personality Zero, but rather it is the whiny idiot who really just thinks about what he wants right now. I want to shoot someone. I want to hit them. I want to have sex. Really, he has no plan here. None at all. Was he just going to hide out in his school house for the rest of his life sleeping with his enslaved harem and hunting them down when he got bored?
But hey, we’re done and I’ll get to do a final review soon.
Watching this episode I was impressed by how seriously the anime seemed to be taking the story and then we get the post credits scene and Tada Doesn’t Fall In Love officially takes the path of least resistance in the name of happy endings despite common sense.
From a logical point of view it is very easy to be snarky about this final episode of Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love. And yet, the romance fan within me couldn’t help but be happy that they decided to forego reality and brought the two together at the very end. Of course, there’s no reason why it will work out for a happily ever after given Teresa is still a Princess. I mean, why does she no longer need a body guard? Who just lets the Princess of their country flit off unattended? While the anime also insinuates that Charles and Alec might get together, that seems equally unlikely given their relative stations so while it seems sweet and all, realistically it isn’t all that plausible.
The ending was always going to make or break this story and to be honest, this ending makes this show a pretty standard romance in the vein of Roman Holiday. It has some smile worthy moments and a few moments that brings us tears, but ultimately, this final episode tells us that this anime is all just fairly standard. While it wants to deal with real human drama, it doesn’t want to do that at the expense of its feel good moments, and so we’ll get an ending that emotionally satisfies even as logic is completely ignored. Still, I had fun with this title this season and I’m glad I watched it through. I’ll get to a full season review soon.
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Question: How can you improve your writing and creative skills aside from reading and practising writing? From DarkdaemonPK2
Do I have to say that you kind of have to read and practise writing to get better at it?
Realistically exposure to different styles of writing and practising different ways of phrasing and putting words together is about the only way to improve it. I’d say it is more or less the same for creativity. The more references you have to draw upon and the more combinations of ideas you’ve been exposed to, the more flexible you are at putting ideas together and generating something original.
If there’s anyway to get better at either without reading or practise, I don’t know about it.
When time travel is involved you expect that there will be paradoxes involved, or at the very least events that will leave you asking more than a few questions, and yet this one just seems like it exists to fill time while they investigate it.
Steins;Gate has never shied away from the fact that the narrative is very firmly built upon the mechanics of time travel. It’s plunged us into loops and paradoxes previously and ultimately it has used these to its advantage and been clever enough in its approach that it hasn’t left us all pointing at a glaring hole in the time line constructed even if there are a few questionable moments.
Yet episode 12 of Steins;Gate 0 plunges us headlong into a bootstrap paradox that it takes the entire episode and then the after credits sequence to set up and I have to wonder if the payoff will be worth it. Because either we literally do have a closed loop which will leave us forever at a loss to explain where the song originated given it seems to just perpetually exists within the loop, or someone inserted the song into this loop for some reason that I’m sure will never adequately satisfy common sense.
Still, I have to give credit where it is due, and finally doing something with Kagari’s story rather than introducing her and then getting distracted by other things is kind of nice and a return to exploring Mayuri and Okabe’s relationship, which is fundamentally why Okabe got himself into the endless loop in the first place, is also greatly appreciated. It would be nice to see this built upon a little as we go into the second half.
So what about you: how did you feel about the episode and the knot this story seems to be tying itself into?
It has been awhile since I’ve just done a general update on the state of the blog and there’s a few things I need to announce, explain and generally cover, so unfortunately, no real feature this week. Just me rambling to those who choose to read.
Firstly: Taking a Break
Okay, first bit of news is that I am taking a quick break from the blog. From July 2nd until July 7th I will not be watching any anime, writing any posts, reading any posts, or actually accessing anything on my online accounts at all. Part of this is because I was travelling anyway. The other part is due to how my health has been recently, I decided I needed to just stop fully and allow myself the recovery time. Hopefully this means when I return on July 7th I will be bouncing with energy and ready to catch up on the first episodes of the Summer Anime season which I am really looking forward to.
Normally when I know I’m going to be a way I do a lot of pre-work to make sure I still have posts going out. This time is different. The only posts going out during this break are re-posts of old anime series reviews that some of my newer followers may not have seen. So some of my favourite series will have their review published again.
However, from July 8th, I will hopefully be fully back with all my usual posts and features, and again, hopefully feeling much refreshed. This is the first genuine break from blogging I’ve had in two years, so I kind of felt it was time.
Yeah, I finally signed up for a Ko-fi account and have added a Pay Pal donate button to the sidebar. Given I know there are some people who would like to support the blog but aren’t willing to commit to an ongoing payment such as Patreon I’ve added these options.
As I come to the end of my first full financial year having monetised my blog, I look back and see that I have finally broken even. Still, this is a long way from having a blog that is able to be more than a hobby so I’m going to continue to work on this.
While the Patreon is for building a more consistent income to the blog that will allow me to look at different types of content creation particularly looking at producing video content in the future, Ko-Fi is definitely more about short term goals. The first one is to commission some art for the blog including a more professional looking banner and profile picture.
As always, I want to thank everyone who has offered support to the blog so far. Whether that was through Patreon or through buying the ebook. It is appreciated and I know the last couple of months haven’t been great, but I’m definitely looking forward and am committed to improvement. Please feel free to message me if you want to give feedback about the blog or suggest how 100 Word Anime could improve in the future.
Thirdly: Summer Anime
While I am going to continue with a few ongoing shows from the Spring season I have decided to only review ten shows from the Summer line up. I’ll probably end up watching more but I won’t be posting reviews on them. One of these shows will end up being reviewed for patrons only, leaving nine shows on the review schedule for everyone else (outside of the carry over shows from Spring). This is probably the lightest review load I’ve given myself for awhile but that is because I want some time to produce other content outside of episode reviews.
Finally: Guest Posts
I’d like to open up 100 Word Anime to hosting a guest post each month from another blogger. I’d be happy to do an exchange of posts, or just host the other blogger depending on what works for them.
If you are interested in being apart of this for the end of July, please send me a message on Twitter or use the contact on the blog with your post idea and I’ll respond after I return from my break. I’m mostly looking for content I wouldn’t necessarily write myself, so maybe a focus on Slice of Life anime or Yuri or something similar would be great if you are interested. That doesn’t mean I won’t consider other suggestions as I’ll probably just be really happy someone is interested.
A Huge Thank-You
I really should say this more often, but thank to those who continue to support the blog. It has been so much fun meeting all of you and discussing anime and I’m looking forward to getting back into it after my short time away.
Sunday I will be hosting Jon’s Creator Showcase and will also announce the poll results for the best and worst anime of the season, so be sure to visit the blog and check out some of the great content in the Showcase and leave a comment about your favourite and least favourite anime of the season.