Wow, that last episode sure sneaks up on you. I didn’t realize the season was over until I saw it was episode 12. And the ending did feel sort of like a finale. But the season generally flew by.
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken is one of those shows I feel like I don’t really need to review. Most people seem to be watching it already and honestly I don’t have anything interesting to say about it. It was a great little series. For me it was the sort of show I would absolutely have preferred to binge but otherwise I have no complaints.
I guess it’s nice to have an example to point at when people say that anime can’t be done or can’t be enjoyable without fanservice. But I think I’ve only ever heard one person say that so it’s not like I was in desperate need for an example. And there are plenty of others to chose from.
In the end, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken was a show that overflowed with love for the medium of anime and of course that’s going to resonate with anime fans! The characters were all deeply endearing and very relatable. I would have loved to see them get developed a bit more but I understand that the focus was the anime they made rather than the girls themselves and it’s a choice I respect.
Still I wouldn’t have minded a bit more closure to that soft rivalry between Eizouken and the student council. That story line just sort of petered off.
I’m not sure if there are any plans for a season 2 but I feel like they would easily find an audience should they have the material for it. I wouldn’t mind if they got a few new members too. That would allow them to make more elaborate anime.
As for this specific episode, it was mostly about the UFO anime they made so that’s what all my notes are on. My first note was that I really like the sad music and I thought it fit the dance scene quite well. It made it haunting. But the whole coexistence bit was pretty cloying so I am glad they changed it.
I noticed that most of Eizouken’s productions have no dialogue. This is on practical considerations since adding voice acting is both expensive, time consuming and difficult, but it also means you have to tell stories entirely through the images. I love silent stories so I’m good with it. I even sort of wish they hadn’t told us the story line of the UFO anime in so much detail. It would have been interesting to see how each fan interprets it.
As for that new ending? I loved it. Surrender is a great compromise! What did you think of the new ending to the anime? What about the season finale of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken? Would you watch a season 2. Wait, let me show you a trick. I’m a bit psychic you see. Ok, from your energy I’m getting a vision that YES, you would watch a season 2!
Thanks for Reading From
Irina and Karandi
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Images from: Keep Your Hands of Eizouken. Dir. Masaaki Yuasa. Science SARU. 2020.