Phantom in the Twilight brought us to the end of the season and I will spoil the ending a bit and point out that they did finally save Shinyao (only took 11 episodes to do that). So with the main plot line resolved the question is how did this episode go for Ton and the rest of the staff from Cafe Forbidden?
I will point out the two issues I had with this episode before getting on with why it was still good fun. Firstly the villains still just kind of suck. Mr Backup is still unconscious and I’m not sure if he was actually burned or not but he literally had no active role in this episode. You could argue he didn’t need to having already set things in motion, but that kind of makes his character even more lame. Haysin on the other hand more or less depletes his own power in a fight and then meanders off to lick his wounds and gets taken out by a slightly random character.
Secondly, all of the potential danger and tension of last week was more or less diffused in seconds this episode when all the injured support characters just kind of rock up fine. if you were worried about Chris, Luke or Toryu, just don’t worry about them. They are all fine and will jump straight back into the fight without a scratch, though Luke did lose his shirt.
And that’s really the big issue here is that everything is just kind of solved magically. None of the characters are actually injured, Vlad somehow holds Shinyao off and removes the chip controlling her, Ton somehow becomes a legendary fighter and takes out a whole army of umbra, the Lord of Gluttony makes a brief appearance and fixes one issue but the other is just kind of left hanging, and then we all go to the cafe and get back into the usual kind of banter between the characters.
Don’t get me wrong, it is all kind of fun and the problems are solved. This episode has no more issues then the show has had the whole way along. Still, given the momentum this anime gained mid-season, I still feel the ending hasn’t quite held up its end. That said, I’m looking forward to a full season review of this one because it has been a fun enough ride.
- Episode 1: This Season’s Hot Guy Cafe Brought To You By Vampires and Werewolves
- Episode 2: Old School Vampire Alert
- Episode 3: Two Wolves Meet Under a Ferris Wheel
- Episode 4: My Friend Was Taken As A Hostage, And I Don’t Seem To Care
- Episode 5: Love or Life?
- Episode 6: Well, That Got Serious
- Episode 7: Interesting Bait and Switch
- Episode 8: Down Time
- Episode 9: Saving Shinyao has Become A Full Series Job
- Episode 10: Shinyao’s Power Is Impressive, Yet We Now Have an Imminent Ton vs Shinyao Situation
- Episode 11: Brainwashed Shinyao Is No Fun
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2 thoughts on “Phantom in the Twilight Episode 12: A Mixed Finish”
Well, as they say: that’s a wrap. Having just seen the episode myself, I can agree with pretty much everything that you have written here. It did feel that the characters really never have been in any real danger. No matter what you throw at them, they always escape unscathed (Well, except for Luke losing his shirt lol😂). That kind of diminished the real sense of excitement one might have otherwise experienced. I also wonder if this will be getting a second season. It seems there are some things that hint at this in this episode, but don’t know if it’s actually going to happen.
Still…the fights were although brief, quite interesting at times, and it all wrapped up pretty satisfying in the end. I have enjoyed this series enough, and it was fun being along for the ride with this! 😊
Yes, for all the complaints I might bring up the show has undeniably been fun. And it has certainly been fun chatting with you each week about it.