Well, another day means another Summer 2015 anime has come to an end. Unfortunately, this week of Gangsta didn’t really feel like an end at all, but I’ll get to that later.
Alex wakes up after her breakdown previously and continues to unlock more of her memories. She seems to be having a conflict with accepting Nicolas. She was raised to despise the Tags, yet Nic has done nothing but open up to her. She left her family behind and has nothing left. With the recent incidents with the Tags, she seems anxious with letting Nic go ahead and fears getting abandoned.
Granny Joel is completely broken after hearing about Connie’s abduction and takes everything out on Marco. He can’t help but feel guilty for all the pain he has caused her. It seems like Marco had a role in the death of Connie’s father and mother, but she still chose to be with him after all of that. After finding his resolve, thanks to Loretta, Marco is prepared to save his beloved.
Worwick deduces that Ivan is definitely the one responsible for all of the recent incidents. He has already escaped the city, along with Monroe before they can act on this information though. Striker comes to the party late, but begins brutally beating all of the men trying to protect the estate. Worwick buys as much time as he can and manages to suppress him before being thrown to his apparent death.
Throughout the episode, we see pretty much all of the different parties making their moves… and then the series has suddenly come to an end. To be honest, I thought this was an amazing episode with the pacing, the build up and the mood set as Worwick was thrown out of the window. However, it definitely was not satisfying for a series finale!
As a whole, I thought Gangsta started out relatively strong, it was a dark and gritty series that wasn’t afraid to show the cruel reality of the slums. However, by the mid way point, I found myself starting to lose interest as they kept introducing a whole bunch of new characters from the families, and the wave of antagonists every other episode.
The story felt a bit confusing to me and I was finding it hard to understand the significance of some of the events as well as what the main story was. There was also a lack of build up for the finale, with so many new questions being opened up within the second half of the series. Episode 12 felt just like any other episode, except for the fact that it’s where we end the story for now.
Gangsta definitely needs another season but only time will tell if we can get a season 2 green lit. For those of you who are impatient (like me), we can pick up from chapter 28 where the anime ended to at least try and find some more closure within the manga.
While Gangsta started off strong, the lack of any sort of closure with the series finale really hurt my overall enjoyment of the show. There are plenty of other shows that managed to end on a somewhat conclusive note. However, Gangsta was not paced well for a 12 episode series. Perhaps there was no decent spot to end on, but it’s unfortunate that they chose to end mid arc, and on a cliffhanger.
Rating: 6/10 – Gangsta is fine for what it is (great music, good action), but without any continuation, then it leaves me regretting watching something so incomplete.
You can watch Gangsta on Funimation