With the fall season just about to start, I ended up getting something new to distract me from the banality of everyday life. Seeing as I’m the only one in the whole aniblogosphere who plays sports games other the Football Manager, I bought FIFA 13. In typical EA fashion the launch was botched and their servers being under maintenance has been rather annoying. You readers probably don’t care about stuff like that, so it’s on to the slim pickings that made up the last week of the Summer 2012 Anime Season.
This series wrapped up its last episode with a battle episode. Where the other two 2-part stories had been the weakest of the episodes so far, this final episode really confirmed Sengoku Collection‘s place as one of the surprise shows of the year. In the first half of the final episode, Nobunaga and Mitsuhide combined to defeat the team of Soun, Yoshimoto, Kotaro and Sessai. After that, Nobunaga and Mitsuhide run across the city after the latter said she didn’t want to be without Nobunaga. That chase is really a fun epilogue that showed how well all of the characters sent from their original world had adapted to modern society.
As for reviewing it, I do admit that episode 18 does weigh on my mind a lot when thinking about this series. As an anthology of stories, there are inevitably going to be some that are better than others. I already mentioned that the 2-parters were the weakest episodes, and those had far more time to build characters than some of the other stories, but they are still necessary for they are the 6 episodes that serve as the sole continuous plot. At its heart, the stories all had one thing in common, adapting to new surroundings.
For some that meant pursuing new dreams, for others making new friends or financial opportunities. At the end of it all, even with the sadness of the 18th episode, it was still a fun ride. I genuinely feel at the end of the day that the world is better for this collection of stories having been made. (90.2/100)
Mutta’s great job interview continues in two different phases. First, he has his chair messed with causing him to fall on his back just as it was about to begin. Fortunately, the real interview was taking place that night at Texas Roadhouse. This product placement heavy episode means that I’m pretty sure they researched this location in putting that scene together. It makes sense that if these astronauts are going to risk their lives with these candidates that they should get to know what they are really like with their guard down. Of course, that eventually leads to the cliffhanger. Mutta with beer in hand has wandered over to Azuma to begin a conversation. How will it end?
The TV run of this series ended this week with one of those very special episodes that in ways captured the awkwardness of high school years, but at the same time felt like it was too easy. In brief, Taichi spilled the beans on what was happening. The age changing thing then became random affecting all of them in retaliation. Iori’s mother then has problems with her 2nd husband. Heartseed #1 then re-enters the scene and ends the aging effect, but also offers Iori a chance to go back in time to redo anything, which she turns down. They then resolve the problem with Iori’s mother and everyone lives happily ever after, or do they?
The first thing that comes up when thinking about how this was contrived is the fact that Iori had never talked to her mother about her own happiness. I can actually find this believable. However, the fact that her mother was then able to easily turn the situation around knowing that Iori wanted her to be happy seemed far too easy. I did also like Iori’s doubts at the end of the episode over whether she loved Taichi. As for the downside, there was still too much dialogue in the beginning that felt like lines a writer was projecting onto a character rather than something a character would actually say. Now to wait for the specials.
As terrible as it is to say, this ended with a whimper. The humans all go back to Earth after receiving items from Flonyard. Cinque is forced to think about both Millhi and Becky romantically, but not to the point of making a decision. In a sign that perhaps minimal effort was put into making the characters back on Earth realistic, Becky reacts to Cinque calling her Rebecca in the same way that calling a girl by her first name in Japan seems to be a marker of closeness between two people. Also, Cinque was hardly ever doing nothing when he was back on Earth.
As for the series as a whole, there really wasn’t much this series did to distinguish itself. Each episode seemed well produced enough, but the overall story was constructed in a way that meant that there was nothing really happening. It can all be summed up as Cinque spends his summer vacation with Nanami and Becky in another world and they have various fun adventures. There was just no chance that this series could either do something exceptionally well or badly at all. It’s just average. (70.09/100)
Final Summer Series Average
|Season Rank||Year Rank||Change||Anime|
|1||2||–||Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita|
|7||21||–||Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate|
Next week’s seasonal ranking will look a little strange as far as the yearly rank is concerned. The 2 best episodes next week will appear to be the best shows of the year as this is an average, so I may just wait a few weeks to put them up.
This pretty much rips off Macross in the worst way possible. Gone are the mecha and proper character relationships. Instead, it’s replaced with a post-apocalyptic section of Tokyo (Shibuya to be exact) where battles for survival are played out in musical battles to damage an opponent’s brain. That’s silly, and completely fitting for terribad.
Where the classic unintentional comedy kicks in is especially during the first episode where the OP protagonist Shouko literally destroys the minds of a band led by a gyaru singer with a song whose lyrics consist entirely of “La” repeated. That songwriter must have been paid by the word. The second episode is pretty much the same, only with a token childhood friend character thrown in and the band made up of gothloli cosplayers. Plus there’s added slice-of-life material in a shot of a guy carrying a club dragging a woman. There’s a very good reason they only made 2 of the 4 scheduled episodes of this. It’s rubbish that had no business being made, and all involved should be ashamed of themselves. (24.6/100)