You Can’t Have Your Cake & Eat It Too
I’m so mad that Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is over. On one hand, it was a fantastic anime and each episode was a breath of fresh air each week, and on the other hand it’s going to become one of those anime that fades into oblivion. Here is why.
The episode opens with characters talking about notes being passed between girls and the boys speculating about them being love letters. Nishikata ends up getting one from Takagi-san which leads him to thinking that it is a love letter. Turns out it is her asking him to walk home with her. Later we get a moment of self-awareness from Nishikata and he either realizes that she likes him, or that he should return her handkerchief with a note. He does return the handkerchief to her that she gave to him when he was injured, and he does the unthinkable: he includes a note.
Takagi-san seems surprised and then when she opens the note, we see her crumble and be filled with glee. How cute. I wish I could keep watching this anime. It’s a cute without having much of a real story.
However, this anime is doomed like Inuyashiki to fade into the abyss that is anime airing. Here is why: Anime like Karakai Jouzu Takagi-san have a resolution. With it having one–true, they are not dating yet, but you see it on the horizon–the series is basically over. It would be shocking to see another season but let’s be honest, it’s not coming. This dooms it because it gives us what we want rather than an open ending. I love the series, but it’s over. The ending was fantastic though!
Finding a trace of her mother
Sora yori mo Tooi Basho has been a surprisingly good anime for most of the season (minus that one motion sickness episode that had me reeling) so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the last few episodes. This week’s episode was amazing with how well they showed the team’s expedition in Antarctica. They showed the complex feelings of being in a new world yet still wondering about your original purpose for going on this adventure. By that I mean, Shirase. Shirase spent most of the episode thinking and hoping but too scared to proceed forward. It was a bit hard to watch her as she denied herself the fun that her friends were having. Then towards the end, she plunged full force and decided that she wished to actually find a trace that her mother was actually in Antarctica. And when they found Shirase’s mother’s laptop, that was the moment of real revelation that she was there once too. Upon opening the laptop, Shirase was able to see over 400 emails from herself to her mother, showing just when her mother disappeared.
This is a rather sad moment as it shows that Shirase’s mother was in fact in Antarctica, but it also shows that she disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a laptop that somehow withstood multiple years in the arctic tundra without protection. Is this single treasure something to take home and remember her mother by or is it an item supposed to instill hope? Well, with the laptop not having been touched for several years, it’s hard to hope, but you never know in anime.
Are we supposed to like it?
The long awaited finale of Dragon Ball Super just aired, and some people are still recovering after this. Me, on the other hand? Well, it was just a “meh” episode, which is a perfect fitting for a complete “meh” run of one of my favorite anime shows. After a lot of theories and a little common sense, I was eager to see how this show could end on a high note, but I guess I’ll never know. The ending for such an important show and such a pretentious tournament was a drag, with no substance and a few cheap scenes. I mean, if I tell you “Goku and Frieza working together to defeat Jiren” or “Android 17 winning the tournament as the last man standing”, oh boy I would be thrilled… but the reality is very different, with scenes that felt rushed and other dialogues that just don’t deliver.
In other arcs, you would know what happens next. How do the other universes react to being back from the dead? How do the Universe 7 team cope with this experience? What’s on Frieza’s head after teaming up as a good guy? So many questions left unanswered in an episode that crams a lot into 20 minutes. Man, even the granted wish was so predictable we all knew it as soon as we learnt the rules of the tournament. I guess a great battle episode AND another one as the finale would’ve done the trick.
Maybe my expectations were high, but we’re talking about the final episode of the new season of one of the most popular anime shows of all time! And we know there’s a lot that could be done… although, I give credit for Goku not winning. With a seemingly unrelated movie coming soon, all I have to say is just one thing: let this franchise die with pride, and then move on.
That B... Witch!
While all the magic knights are finishing up their business after the city was attacked by unknown forces, Fuegoleon manages to immobilize the perpetrator, Rades. It is then discovered that Rades is not working alone, and as things seem to be calming down, most of the knights get sucked into another dimension far away from the capital.
Turns out, this was done by a blonde witch on a broomstick who also has the power to steal mana from people. And she does. She sucks out the life out of tons of citizens until Yuno takes matters into his own hands and provokes the youth and beauty-obsessed witch by calling her obasan (of course!).
Yuno questions her as they chase each other, but she seems to just be playing with him. Though she does hint at the fact that they’re there to kill someone before going all out and bombarding Yuno with ash bullets that each have a different random spell.
Yuno is paralyzed by one of the ash bullets and goes down in a flurry of memories. Meanwhile, Rades announces that the one they’re there to kill is Fuegoleon; after which, Fuegoleon is quickly transported to a void where someone seemingly evil awaits him.
This girl is one powerful witch! She is able to teleport several strong mages, she sucks the life out of dozens of people, gives Yuno a run for his money and even subdues him for a bit, and eventually teleports one of the strongest mages we’ve seen so far. She’s like a blonde hurricane in a black dress! How high-ranked is she? Will Asta be the one to defeat her? Guess we’ll have to wait and see...
And that is it for this week of Hot Moments!! Thanks for reading until the end. What are you watching already and what do you plan to? Let us know below!