It seems weird in the penultimate episode to introduce a new
character that within one episode grabs Bocchi’s attention and is befriended
but at the same time this episode had a lot of heart so despite the weird
timing I can’t really fault it. Hitoribocchi does like its socially awkward
characters and the rich girl air-head who is lonely that they introduce
certainly fits the mould they’ve been following so far.
The running joke of the episode is that neight Bocchi, nor
the rich girl, have anything resembling an understanding of how the world
works. We’ve known this from the beginning about Bocchi in terms of her plans
to tell people the class was cancelled or similar rather than facing reality.
To see another student join her as a partner in crime and misunderstandings is
possibly pushing it a bit.
Anyway, in order to avoid changing classes the rich girl
decides Bocchi should just buy the school and so gets her a job folding paper
cranes. Understandably, the job doesn’t pay much and then the two realise that
buying the school is more or less impossible given it isn’t for sale. But,
friendship forms through the misadventure and ultimately they all decide to use
Bocchi’s limited wages to take a photo together.
There’s a real sweetness to the overall story here and the
photo of friends and the courage the girl gains to message her parents and to
tell them how she’s feeling are a solid way to end the episode. As much as
Hitoribocchi hasn’t really been for me this season I can really appreciate what
this episode aimed to achieve.
Now the question is, what does the final episode do to end the story. I’m assuming they will finish the school year but what will the characters have gained in the process?
I kind of knew I was over this series when, in a week where
I was tight for time, this was one of the first episodes I just skipped
watching with the intention of getting back to it. Now the anime is finished
and I’m only just watching episode 10 with two more to go and to be honest, I’m
kind of indifferent as to whether I finish it or not.
That said, Hitoribocchi did deliver a pretty solid tenth
episode where we finally deal with the master-student dynamic between Bocchi
and Sotoka after Bocchi makes friends with the pancake girls from last episode
and Sotoka gets really jealous. Okay, it’s kind of silly but it does force what
little plot we have here forward. It also pushes Aru and Nako into supporting
roles that allows them to both operate at their best bringing a few genuine
laughs to the sidelines of this episode.
Outside of the progress on the friend quest, we get the
usual high school antics with the closing ceremony, followed by a shrine visit
for New Year’s, and morning greetings. There’s nothing overly new to be seen
but if you are enjoying the cast than seeing them in the different situations
will be fun enough.
My takeaway was that Bocchi has some pretty incredible origami skills (then again I think most people who can actually do origami are incredible given I tend to get stuck midway through the directions of most creations). Her new style Shuriken are pretty cool and watching Sotoka and Bocchi running from the room to throw it together as friends was very smile worthy.
I don’t have a huge amount to say about this final episode of Endro. It was, like most other episodes of Endro, cute and charming in it’s own way, played the tropes of its genre well with a few minor twists to keep things entertaining, and ultimately went for a saccharine ending that I really can’t fault it for. Overall, this anime reminds me a little bit of fairy floss (or I guess cotton candy depending on where you live). It looks pretty, kind of tastes great for a moment, but leaves you with very little substance.
I’ll probably look more at that idea when I review the series as a whole but this episode really didn’t deliver much in the way of surprises (and we are going to head into spoiler territory).
To no one’s surprise, Yulia is feeling conflicted about the idea of fighting Mao even if it is to save the Princess. After a sob-story from the golem it becomes even more clear that this is one epic hero vs demon lord battle that just isn’t going to happen. The overall solution is a little trite but very in keeping with the story. I do however like the story’s overall commitment to characterisation.
When faced with a part of the story they’ve spun that doesn’t quite add up, the girls ultimately shrug it off with a ‘whatever’ and get on with having fun. It keep beautifully with their actions up until now where they ponder things briefly but never get too deep into anything before becoming distracted by something new and shiny.
While ultimately we end up much where we started and it might seem like no advancement was made, it does feel like the characters are starting out a little wiser this time round and even if they make mistakes they’ll find a way to get through them.
In a season of fairly decent series, Endro isn’t topping my list but I’ve certainly had fun enough with this story and I’m kind of looking forward to doing my full series review of it.