Haru got the Calamity Armor…I knew it wouldn’t go away so easily. Let’s ignore the fact that it’s incredibly stupid of him not to check his inventory again when he notices something is strange. What was so special about that fight with the Calamity Armor that would make them think that the armor was gone for good? Way too easy. Still, if they roll with this a certain way, I might enjoy it. I tend to like it when stories have the main character corrupted by some evil object, then overcome it and integrate it with their own power.
Of course, Haru could simply destroy the armor again, but in some way that makes it go away forever. That would probably be boring. It’s also a slightly more likely course. Other than that, Niko has gotten over her problems and has become an ally. Now, all that’s left is that maid girl…I think she’s in the preview for next week, so she should be showing up soon. It looks like she’ll be related to Chiyu as well…maybe a rival for Taku? Could be interesting. Let’s see where it goes.
Yeah…I was waiting for the friends forever thing. Wasn’t quite expecting them to completely cut themselves off from the magic rock, though. Not bad…if a tad drastic for what the situation was. I give this ending a low-medium-ish rating in my books. It’s as complete as endings get, I suppose. Unless they come up with a new set of girls, they can’t exactly continue things…the rock’s probably had its run.
It’s a strange series for me as a whole. I seemed to have a lot of problems with it, yet I continued to watch. I wonder if I should make a post about the rock…I’m pretty sure I have a lot to say about it. With my feelings so mixed, what are general impressions of this show? Final Note: I counted 8 repeats, so going through the same day 9 times. Does that count as Endless Eight?
Well…that ending (if you can even call it that) was kinda predictable. Then again, there are two types of endings that allow you to have a second season. The first one is the ending that gives you the satisfaction of a stopping point, but with some facts missing. The second is the type where you create an event that basically has to be continued. I’m actually not sure which one would have been better for this situation. If the ending had left out the zombie bite, I don’t think it would have been so much better. I mean…what was really accomplished in this first season? Got the father off their case? That’s it?
I may even argue that the zombie bite was the better of the two options. The simple explanation is that it gives the impression that whole “zombie” thing hasn’t been forgotten. But there’s a problem with this. I’ve seen no indication of the second season…so are they just teasing us with an even longer wait? Unless it magically shows up in the fall season somehow, it looks like the case.
Putting that aside, though, this show was a pretty interesting experience (if you completely block out the zombie fetish bit like I did). It was fun for me to ponder the biological implications of a reanimated corpse (as illogical as it is). I’m actually considering a post to go over most of the stuff I came up with while I was watching. But even if I don’t I’ll still review the show as a whole later on.
This was the funniest moment ever…Everyone else flinches when hit with the water gun and Akira starts flailing despite knowing it was coming. I couldn’t stop laughing, especially in such a serious situation. But that aside, the rest of the ending was pretty normal stuff. They save the world, everyone goes on with their lives, and Haru comes back in the end to be with the changed Yuki. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me last week that Haru could be a lure…need to work on those deductive skills.
Pretty amusing show in all (+1 to Tapioca for being the first of the main characters to get a girlfriend…Ayumi doesn’t count). Hope you guys enjoyed the experience. I can’t say that I’ve been inspired to go out and go fishing after watching this, but I see it in a new light.
Well, another show ends. As far as endings go, that wasn’t particularly a bad one. Everyone brought back together with music and friendships last forever…the usual stuff. It felt a little weak to me, though. Sentarou ran off, then suddenly resurfaces. The fact that no words had to be said when the two re-united was cool, but it just felt like everyone was running away from each other. It’s normal for friends to drift apart, but it felt like everyone had to get away from everyone else.
Nonetheless, I can’t deny that it was entertaining to cover this series. Drama gets a little high at points, but perfectly fine for romance stories. Glad that I called Yurika/Jun coming back into play later and that I called Kaoru leaving Ritsuko. I’m getting better. Anyway, I’ll review the series as a whole later!
You just got doored!
Yeesh…these people just won’t die. Valmet and Karen took all those close-range gunshot wounds and both survived. That makes absolutely no sense. I also wonder why Karen didn’t kill Valmet when she had the chance, but I suppose she may have wanted to kill Valmet while she’s at her full strength to get perfect revenge or something. Alternatively, she could be so broken that she no longer cares for revenge.
Meanwhile, R has his secret meeting with a CIA operative. I guess I should have expected this show to be like this. Similar to Fate/Zero, it just gives a bit of a new part and just takes a break for a season. Well, I don’t really have big complaints about the show so far, so I look forward to seeing it in the fall. It’s pretty amusing.
Dipping into the techno side this week. Similarly to last week, these kinds of songs are pretty good for when I play Starcraft. I’d say this is one of the better ones in my collection (fairly small collection). I won’t listen to dubstep, but this kinda stuff is fine. It also makes for a fairly amusing osu! map.
Kouga, you battle-crazed idiot. I guess that wasn’t a bad plan for Haitani…too bad it failed. Well, show’s over, but it sorta suggests another season with the man in the shadows. Kouga is pretty much Batman in the end…head of the company and killing Players in the night. Meanwhile, Jin’s become the true hero who doesn’t need to be recognized.
Not a bad show altogether. In all, though, everything seemed to go pretty quickly. It made most of the scenes seem a bit sudden…maybe it was just me. The ending was to be expected, but it wasn’t done in a way that made me cringe, so I can’t really say anything about it.
Sigh…I was jerked around again. Just like Ano Natsu, they build a really sad ending that you can accept as being better for the greater good and whatnot, only to violently interrupt it in the very final moments of the series. So they went with the Amidamaru-style ending after all…figured as much. Something they didn’t mention, though. You could almost think of Yuuko disappearing as sort of like an equalization. Think about it. When Teiichi dies, Yuuko will likely have to stand by him and watch as he disappears before her. So this is kinda like payback.
Although it’s not explicitly said, strong believers of the happy ending can choose to believe that Yuuko will disappear from the world when Teiichi dies, saving her from an eternity of suffering. Personally, I choose to believe this because it makes logical sense. She’s held here by strong emotions, so they would likely free her when he dies. Also, having children with a ghost is just pushing it, so she wouldn’t theoretically have a reason to linger after that (unlike Sophie in Tales of Graces if you know that story).
I had a working theory that maybe when Yuuko came back, it would set off another arc that tried to figure out why she was kept in the world, but I guess it was just the simple answer. It might have been interesting, though, would you agree? But alas, it is all over. A rather amusing series as a whole. As I said before, I liked how science is used in an attempt (I stress the word attempt) to rationalize the supernatural. I’ll try to review this soon.
Wow…that was truly impressive. Houtarou presents a conclusion that explains everything to the point where the beginning of the episode makes it seem like it concludes the arc. I was almost ready to justify the ending if I had to (you could argue that the ending he proposes challenges preconceptions by almost making the audience reject an obvious solution, then affirm that it is the solution). But something about it nagged at me…it didn’t seem good enough, and Mayaka voices that at the end with just one word: ROPE.
It’s an interesting idea. Because of the smaller mysteries in between, I didn’t quite expect this arc to go the same way as the first Hyouka arc, where Houtarou’s initially proposed conclusion is actually incomplete. But if the pattern holds, I have trouble seeing how the rope doesn’t completely derail his theory. In the first situation, he got most of the stuff right, but just missed some details. If they want to create the same thing with this movie, I definitely want to see how they do it.
I also like what Fuyumi said to Houtarou. Chalking repetitive success up to luck is almost insulting to those without the same talents. It was surprising that someone other than Eru is having this much effect on Houtarou’s character, but it’s still cool. I’m not sure if the whole “Houtarou, you are the chosen one. Embrace your power!” bit was necessary, but it was amusing to watch.
Also, I’ve seen some people around asking why no one just goes and asks Hongou what the ending should be. If she’s at home sick, then we can assume that at least three days have passed based on the progression of the arc. If she has been gone for more than three days, it’s not some normal illness (usually that would only affect you severely for one or two days). What kind of insensitive bastard goes to a sick person’s house and starts asking “What’s the ending to that story you were writing for us?” Seriously, who does that?
Either way, next week will likely solve everything, so I look forward to seeing how they decide to resolve it. I have high hopes! But one final question: aren’t there four characters in this main cast? Must be a heck of a hangover…