Saving Each Other
I think this week’s episode of Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. was a great way to tie things up together, although that last line felt a little out of place (especially since I don’t feel like Haru is ever on Subaru’s head). Anyway, it was a really sweet episode where Subaru is stranded due to the typhoon. Then Haru, worried about Subaru not coming home, runs out of the house as soon as there is an opening. Haru spends her time looking for Subaru while thinking of her own siblings who were outside in a typhoon in the past scared and cold. Meanwhile, Subaru somehow got back to the city somehow and started the hunt for Haru to make sure she’s OK. It’s so sweet.
The whole episode centers around Haru and Subaru’s attempts to save each other. They are both well meaning and want to save each other from the typhoon. It’s cute and in the end, it’s nice to see that they end up together. It sums everything up really nicely about the relationship Subaru and Haru have together in the entirety of Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. They spend the whole time saving each other from the troubles they both dealt with. While this anime feels a lot like a slice of life anime that’s rather casual, a lot of time, it’s about the real problems we all face in real life and how we get through them with our relationships.
We Lost The Game
Kaguya-sama's season finale was pretty meh compared to other episodes, probably because it was too corny for a show like this. In fact, the best moment of the week (at least for me) was the one and only date Kaguya and Miyuki had, just because it was all about showing you that slice of pizza you won't be able to eat. What were you expecting, the president and vice-president finally confessing their feelings, kissing and cuddling in the cutest Hanabi scene of the decade? Or maybe Miyuki coming for Kaguya just to find out the one at the window was Hayasaka and not her? Wait, you were definitely expecting some outstanding Chika scenes! Well, tough luck...
Kaguya-sama: Love is War's final episode is just us losing the game, confessing what we want/need to a show that couldn't care less about our feelings. They teased us, and they did it again showing us how the story will continue for another school year that may or may not become a second season. Am I the only one who was waiting for that final message saying "we'll see you soon, season 2 confirmed"?? Am I?? OK, I guess it's time to move on and see what the Spring season has to offer.
Wow...just wow. We’ve all seen Naofumi deal with some tough opponents but Glass showed us something truly terrifying. It didn’t take long for episode 12 of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari to begin the battle with the heroes versus Glass but boy were they not prepared for this fight. Glass shrugged off every attack by the other heroes and while Naofumi tried an onslaught of moves--including his new guillotine move--Glass just sighed at how weak the heroes were in comparison to her skill. Even Naofumi’s combined skills using the Chaos Shield and Fila/Raphtalia’s moves weren’t enough to bring Glass down. Luckily, a surprise was in store for the heroes in the form of a counter that showed the end of the current wave. When the timer hit zero, Glass made an exit and the wave ended with the heroes winning. Episode 12 had some other great moments between the king and Naofumi--that face Naofumi made when the king threatened his girls was amazing--but it looks like Naofumi and the gang were meant to leave the kingdom and head to a new land called Shieldfrieden. Melty though was prepared to beg Naofumi for one more meeting with the king but Melty almost died due to a surprise attack from one of her own men! Naofumi was at least aware enough that he felt a similar vibe to when he was tricked way back when to step in and save Melty from a backstab that certainly would have killed her. What will await in the next episode of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari...better yet can the next episode top this amazing 12th episode?
Memories That Remain Forever
With Eugeo and Alice both out of the fight, Kirito is once again the last one standing against Administrator. Thanks to some help and inspiration from Eugeo, Kirito manages to defeat her, and after a touching goodbye with Eugeo, Kirito tries to get in contact with the outside world, only to discover that their problems are far from over…
After some disappointment and a string of rather uninteresting episodes, Sword Art Online: Alicization managed to end on an enthralling note! Kirito’s fight with Administrator starts off slowly, but once he gets the blood-red rose sword from Eugeo and his old uniform from Aincrad, he actually manages to win, blasting a hole straight through her. Kirito was far more vulnerable than he normally is in the fight, despite the usual outcome of his victory. Administrator meets a satisfying ending, even though she tries to escape to the real world, and we see a bit of humanity in her at the very end. And losing Eugeo was such a devastating moment, making up for the other half-hearted deaths in the previous episodes. With Kirito now in danger of losing his life for good, we’re actually excited to see the series return in a few months!
Terror at 20,000 Feet!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is well known for its references to Western pop and rock music, but this week we get to see what happens when JoJo takes notes from classic pulp horror films! The gang flees Venice and steals a plane so they can investigate Sardegna (the island where Trish grew up) for clues to the boss’ identity. A stand user approaches them on the tarmac, but Mista guns them down anticlimactically like he’s Indiana Jones. It seems like a non-sequitur joke... until you realize that the stand isn’t out of the picture just yet.
Notorious B.I.G. is a special kind of stand that activates when its user dies. It lies in wait on the plane and then psyches out each member of the gang before incapacitating them with its lightning fast ability to control and consume their limbs. Soon, Trish is alone with the monster and has to figure out how to defeat it without even a stand to her name.
I loved this episode’s many homages to horror staples like The Blob, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, and Jurassic Park. There was even a legitimately terrifying jump scare! JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has always been good at varying up its stand battles, and the Notorious B.I.G. fight has a unique setting and tone that make it the perfect scenario for Trish to finally show us how badass she really is. Hold onto your seats – this is going to be a bumpy ride!
The Battle Comes to an End
What a way to bring the series to an end. As Rin and Wakaba fight off the red tree, Rin finally realizes what is most important to her and pulls out all the stops in order to save Wakaba. Rin receives some help from Ryoko, Ryo, and Riku thanks to the powers of the memory leaf. With their combined powers they are able to destroy the trunk of the tree once and for all. With the battle now over, Rin and Wakaba find a new land filled with enough water to save Rin, Rina, and Ritsu. As they gaze upon the new land Rin gives Wakaba a smile and confesses her feelings.
There is a lot going on in the final episode, but almost everything gets wrapped up nicely. The final battle was the most intense and best-looking action sequence of the entire series. Rin got to go all out and show just what she was capable of, and we quite a bit of the three side sisters. While two fake-out Wakaba deaths was a little unnecessary everything else was perfect. The girls all get a happy ending and it was nice to see Rin finally smile for once. I couldn't be happier with the ending and the series as a whole. This was truly one of the most underrated anime of the season.
That's all for this week! Tune in next week!