Well, it’s been a fun ride, but here we are, the last week of the leftover fall 2013 anime. This week, I’ll be discussing my thoughts on the finales of Golden Time, Kill la Kill, Tokyo Ravens, Samurai Flamenco. In addition, I’ll also be posting my thoughts on Nagi no Asukara episode 25.
I’ll start off by saying I’m not really a big fan of all of the over the top drama in the last few episodes. The way Banri’s memories kept returning and disappearing just felt off to me. However, I think the conclusion to the series was the one it needed even if it was predictable in the end. Banri’s memories returning made him go back to his old life, the one before his accident. However, that wasn’t who Tada Banri was anymore. At the end of the previous episode, and again in this one, Banri had a monologue about our pasts. Every experience and moment in our lives changes who we are as a person. There was a time when Banri was in love with Linda, but since then, he’s experienced new things and found a new love. Instead of fearing the past, it’s better to acknowledge it so he can continue to move forward rather than staying in the same place and not moving.
I wasn’t really sure about the whole ghost Banri scene on the bridge. I can understand the symbolism and what it represents, but I just felt it was a little too out there. I guess it was meant to resolve Banri’s issues and allow him to move on but the returning of the ring didn’t really make sense to me. Regardless, the reunion of Kouko and Banri was heart warming. They both have their own issues and baggage, but together, they can face their problems and move forward. Since meeting each other, they have been able to overcome many obstacles as they continue into adulthood. Linda is also finally able to move on as well. Now that she’s finally cleared her feelings for Banri, she can finally acknowledge that she still loves him, but maybe no longer in the same way as she did before.
You can watch Golden Time on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Kill la Kill
I found the conclusion to be expected but still entertaining nonetheless. Of course Ragyou’s plan is foiled by Ryuuko and the combined efforts of the Honnouji Academy since there’s no other way to end the series (unless Trigger really wanted to mess with us). The opening themes being played during the fight scenes/counter attack against Ragyou managed to continue building my hype and excitement throughout the episode. In the end, Ragyou stays true to her character and doesn’t cave in to the old “talk no jutsu”. She’s always been obsessed with power and control which makes her unable to comprehend the idea of humans and clothing coexisting on equal grounds (and maybe Ryuuko and Senketsu’s explanation didn’t make much sense). In the end, she decides to take her own life since she refuses to go against her own values and pride.
At the end of the day, the whole ranking system with clothing has been abolished and all humans are equal in the end. It doesn’t matter what clothes, money, or power you have since we’re all humans and are equal. After everything has been settled, everyone is able to go back to wearing clothes without having it dictate their lives. Since clothes are just clothes, we can see how normal everything is after the life fibers have left. They’re all humans in the end and we can see the three girls just living their lives as normal humans. I originally went into Kill la Kill without any expectations but Trigger came through and put out an entertaining show that had me anticipating every new episode for the last 24 weeks.
This is definitely a series that started off a bit shakey but finished strong. The OST throughout has been amazing and managed to make the scenes so much more impactful (emotionally and building up hype). Despite how tense everything was in the episodes leading up to the finale, all the conflicts kind of fizzled out with the awakening of Yakou. Harutora’s demeanor changed instantly when his past life’s memories returned to him. He used to make a lot of irrational decisions but since regaining his memories, he’s a lot more calm and collected. He doesn’t lose it or get emotional when retrieving Natsume’s body from Takiko.
It’s also hard to tell who is actually “evil” in this series since everyone seems to just be passionate in their own beliefs. Takiko and her familiars were technically the antagonists for this last arc but she doesn’t wish for bad things to happen and is visibly distraught at what her actions have caused. Douman was also a villain for the earlier half of the series. He ends up working with Jin and helping out Harutora and his friends take on the agency.
Kon’s transformation into Hishamaru was probably one of my favourite moments of the series. Kon had always been a kind of comedic relief and laid back character. However, after getting brief glimpses of Hishamaru and Yakou’s past, we can see how their relationship was and understand why she’s so loyal. She decides to sacrifice the current life that she enjoys to save her master. Regardless, now that Yakou has been awoken, things can’t go back to how they were.
The last scene of the episode was immensely satisfying for me. After all of the escalation in the past few episodes, we end off with a very peaceful scene between Harutora and Natsume. They manage to convey their feelings to each other and everything seems almost as if it were a fairy tail. The “lighting” of the room along with all of the white just makes it seem like a beautiful dream. It ends with the awakened Harutora/Yakou embarking on a journey as if things have only just begun. The entire series revolved around the revival of Yakou and now that he’s back, there’s a whole new journey that’s about to begin. From Suzu’s phone call to Tenma, it seems that there were complications with Natsume’s revival which need to be addressed. In addition, all the other factions have only temporarily stopped fighting but are still planning on pursuing their goals and ideals.
I really hope there will be more in the future (even if BD sales aren’t too spectacular). As I mentioned earlier, this is really only the beginning. There are still so many things left to be addressed and resolved. This entire season felt more like an introduction to the world of Tokyo Ravens where the majority of the series focused on getting to know the characters and the details of their world. Now that Yakou has returned, the real story can begin.
You can watch Tokyo Ravens on Funimation (may not be available in all regions)
Of course the ending had to be fitting of such a crazy series. Goto’s past was pretty emotional to watch. He experienced a sudden tragedy and has no idea how to deal with it. Just the day before, he talked to the girl as usual and she left him saying she’ll see him tomorrow. The next day she’s just gone from his life. It’s difficult for him to process and to accept the fact since it was all so sudden. As a result, he begins messaging her as if nothings happened as a coping mechanism.
Haiji’s obsession with Samurai Flamenco leads him to getting Goto to cross the edge. With the world being peaceful, Samurai Flamenco is no longer the same eccentric crime fighter that he used to be. Haiji’s never been so passionate about something in his life and he felt that he was going to lose it. In the end, Masayoshi refuses to confront him as “Samurai Flamenco” but instead shows Haiji who Samurai Flamenco really is. He’s not some cool, bad ass crime fighter. He’s just some crazy freak who sees good in everyone. Even after being institutionalized, Masayoshi continues to visit him which lets Haiji realize that his life isn’t so insignificant and that there are people out there who do care about him. Of course, the series ends off where it began. Masayoshi is back to fighting petty crimes now that everything is back to normal.
You can watch Samurai Flamenco on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Nagi no Asukara
We finally learn what Manaka’s actual feelings were from the beginning of the series. Both Chisaki and Manaka had a similar way of thinking that they’re not allowed to be happy since it’d be at the expense of another person. Manaka knew how Chisaki felt about Hikari before and shelved her own feelings so that the group could remain the same. However, time has passed and they’re no longer the same as they were. Chisaki’s feelings have changed, even if she doesn’t want to admit it.
After realizing Manaka’s true feelings, Miuna realizes that bringing back Manaka’s ability to love will mean the end of her own love. She wants Hikari to say his feelings for Manaka clearly so that the fact she has no chance can sink in. However, love isn’t that simple to forget about. A lot of people predicted the tragic fate of Miuna at the Ofunehiki. Her feelings for Hikari are still strong and prioritizes saving Manaka over herself since she knows how they feel about each other. She loves Hikari enough that throughout the series, she’s been trying her best to make him happy even at the cost of her own feelings and happiness. There’s only one more episode left now and I’m curious as how they’ll wrap everything up. From the preview, it looks like another possible time skip but I’m still wondering if they’ll address the hibernating people of Shioshishio.
You can watch Nagi no Asukara on Crunchyroll (May not be available in all regions)
It’s sad that these fall 2013 anime series have concluded but I think that all of their endings did the series justice. Tokyo Ravens was probably my favourite season finale. It just amazed me how a series I was losing interest in, managed to tie everything together in the end. Golden Time and Kill la Kill had predictable endings but they were the endings that the series deserved. Samurai Flamenco… well it’s Samurai Flamenco and it continued being out there until the bitter end. Next week I’ll post my thoughts on the Nagi no Asukara finale as a separate post since everything else has already ended.