Here we go, the final post of the season! Usually, these Week 12 posts are extra long, as instead of picking six shows from out of my list to talk about, I instead cover everything that finished. How many series finished this week? Six. Ah well, at least there’s the average rankings at the end to bulk it out a bit. 😛
Unfortunately, most of this week’s final episodes failed to live up to the high standard set by JoJo’s and Ansatsu last week… let’s get the worst of them out of the way first.
1 – Arslan Senki ep 12 (↑ 5)
2 – Etotama ep 12 (↑ 7)
5 – DanMachi ep 12 (↑ 3)
6 – Hibike! Euphonium ep 12 (↑ 1)
7 – Ore Monogatari!! ep 12 (↑ 5)
8 – Shokugeki no Souma ep 12 (↑ 2)
10 – Show By Rock!! ep 12 (↓ 5)
11 – Plastic Memories ep 12 (↑ 6)
12 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 36 (↑ 2)
13 – Re-Kan! ep 12
14 – Gunslinger Stratos ep 12 (↑ 2)
16 – Owari no Seraph ep 12 (↓ 5)
Owari no Seraph had a chance to win me back over after a surprisingly good 11th episode, but couldn’t do it in the end. Hoping to get some answers about the whole ‘human experimentation’ thing, Shinoa sought out Guren, but he told her next to nothing. And why should he, as it’s presumably top secret, and he’s her superior. Knowing that doesn’t make their long exchange any more interesting, however. Most of the rest of the episode focused on Yuuichi awaking from his unconsciousness, and his friends’ (because they are friends now) reactions to this. There was a plot twist at the end, but nowhere near enough to make me want to continue watching in the Autumn. The music was the only real redeeming factor.
I still don’t know what to make of Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku, even having finished it. The ‘main plot’ only really surfaced a week ago, when we saw flashbacks of Seisa being betrayed by her senpai in the past. Add in this week’s revelation that the school was founded by Seisa, Shigure and Eruna’s ancestors (the latter of which gave Eruna her powers at the start), and I’m left wondering whether they just made up the story as the series went along! While more entertaining than Seraph, it was still very flawed, with little sense of direction and weird pacing. In all likelihood, they just tried to fit too much into too few episodes. I’ll probably have forgotten all about the series after a season or two has passed.
Episode twelve of Sidonia no Kishi – Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki provided a satisfactory ending to this series. With Benisuzume defeated early on (after some weird Placentajiro fanservice 😛 ), the rest of the gauna were finished off without our main characters having to do a thing. However, it hardly serves as an end to the whole story… that recap of events from both series that played at the end, accompanied by the first series’ OP, has left me worried that Polygon aren’t planning to adapt any more. 😕 Just when Ochiai’s plotting and the introduction of more and more advanced technology was starting to shake things up! While I hope this isn’t the case, at least I’ll always have the manga to read.
Gunslinger Stratos‘ finale was more or less what I expected – a dubiously animated battle between the two different dimensions’ Tohrus and Kyoukas, ending of course with the main characters’ victory and the destruction of the Energy Cube. Our Tohru succeeded in his dream of becoming ‘President of the World’, which may or may not have involved conquering the planet through force (there was a time skip, and it was hard to tell just how serious Kyouka was beforehand)! I predicted that the future loli would end up being Tohru’s daughter… granddaughter is close enough. 😛 An unremarkable series, but for whatever reason, it remained entertaining throughout.
The biggest let down for me this week was Show By Rock!!, since unlike the three bringing up the rear, I actually had high hopes for it. The 11th episode ended with by far the best 3D chibi music battle of the series, which continued briefly into this week’s finale, but obviously the showdown with last boss Dagger was the main event… all in 2D. I don’t know whether this was because of budget constraints, or whether they just wanted to show the more emotional (if generic) scenes with the characters’ more frequently used humanoid forms, but it was a bit of an anticlimax as a result. The show also dodged the whole ‘saying goodbye’ part, with Cyan suddenly back in her own world after the ED theme. Not terrible, just underwhelming.
Thankfully, Etotama was there to ensure that I could end this post on a high note. To think I didn’t pick this series up originally… missing out on it would have been the blunder of the season! This episode satisfied my cravings for a longer, epic 3D CG chibi battle, which I’d argue was on par with some of the best fights from Fate/Stay Night: UBW (if a bit more over the top)! It was also brilliant paced in that it also managed to provide sufficient closure without feeling rushed, and featured a happy ending that didn’t feel too cheesy. I just wonder what that short scene after the ending theme was all about – can’t imagine how a sequel would work, but if it does somehow get one then I’ll certainly be watching it!
With these final episodes out of the way, here’s how the average (mean) rankings throughout the season ended up looking. And to give some idea of how close things were this season, I’ll also include the numbers as well as the positions!
1 – Sidonia no Kishi – Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki (2.17)
2 – Arslan Senki (3.25)
3 – Kekkai Sensen (3.82)
4 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders S2 (4.81)
5 – Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works S2 (7.50)
6 – Etotama (7.71)
7 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (8.27)
8 – Hibike! Euphonium (8.58)
9 – Show By Rock!! (8.67)
10 – Ore Monogatari!! (8.92)
11 – Shokugeki no Souma (9.17)
12 – Plastic Memories (9.33)
13 – DanMachi (10.33)
14 – Tribe Cool Crew (13.75)
15 – Gunslinger Stratos (14.17)
16 – Owari no Seraph (14.67)
17 – Re-Kan! (14.83)
18 – Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (15.17)
As you can see, I only really had a Top 4 for most of the season – it was still an eight way battle for 5th place right up until the last couple of weeks, when Fate/Stay Night jumped back up! At the other end of the rankings, DanMachi failed to really recover from its weak start, but at least it pulled well clear of the red zone series. Plastic Memories’ run of low-ranked episodes proved enough to send it tumbling, though – it was still 6th at Week 10! Hopefully it’s 13th episode will redeem it in my eyes, even if it’s too late to make a difference here. 🙂