Alright, KyoAni. Let’s do this. There’ve been stumbles in the past, crippling, foundation-withering stumbles, but these last two episodes have been pretty goddamn kickass. Last episode’s finale in particular was a real standout sequence – if you build on that, you can at least make a respectable landing. This show ultimately failed to be the show I was looking for, but… but goddamnit, it’s still a show! Let’s finish strong.
0:25 – I like this. Some legit romantic drama here – they’re both right
1:05 – Is… is there anyone out there who finds stuff like this funny, or endearing, or anything other than an enormously tonally inappropriate non-gag that’s basically there to scream “better not take this story too seriously! It’s still a stupid anime designed to cater to nonsense sensibilities!”
Seriously. KyoAni are actually good at humor, too. But this… just stop
1:23 – This doesn’t justify the gag! Pick which show you want to be, Kyoukai!
1:37 – It’s like the voice of the moe half of the show is actively arguing with the fantasy/romance half. Some of us like drama with real characters!
2:42 – The funny thing is, that’s the kind of joke you actually can get away with here – a half-bitter quip to lighten an awful mood is a lot more understandable than Akihito’s mom putting on a bunny suit while he gets murdered by a youmu
3:15 – You know what, just have your fun KyoAni. I don’t know what mood you’re going for, or if you realize dramatic tension is incompatible with continuous gags, but clearly you’re having a good time
4:22 – I really couldn’t say. It’s one of the more obvious complaints about this show, but its battle scenes very rarely convey any weight or actual back-and-forth – sometimes they’re given weight by their emotional underpinnings, and sometimes they’re just very pretty, but they’re almost never compelling as action/drama in a “oh shit, he’s winning! no wait, now he’s on the ropes! I can tell because I understand what’s happening and what implies winning or on the ropes!” kind of way. Is Beyond the Boundary that powerful? Well, the show says so – all we see is Mirai batting at laserbeams. We don’t really have any sense of scale here
Incidentally, this is actually an extremely common problem – very few shows manage to make fights that really feel like a visual argument the viewer can follow, and most shows that do fall in the realm of sports shows (Girls und Panzer was brilliant at this – it was that show’s greatest strength). What most shows do instead is what Kyoukai often attempts to do – make a fight more a visual expression of an emotional revelation or plot turn, so the action is basically just a representation of your existing investment, and not something that needs to gripping in the way a good sparring match is gripping
4:48 – Still kind of in love with this guy. It’s obviously not good storytelling to have someone who just represents “evil,” but it sure is funny
5:12 – Excellent. This is what I’m talking about – grounded back-and-forth. Weight. Like a dance
6:59 – Oh my god this episode
7:01 – This episode. I don’t even
It’s like it tries to take itself seriously for ten seconds, and then cracks up and makes a joke at its own expense. It is frikkin surreal
7:26 – OH NO WHAT’LL THEY DO. This was apparently the right episode to make a “grounded versus ungrounded drama” comment for!
7:44 – KyoAni’s expressions so gewd
8:17 – The banter between these two is actually adorable. It feels like they have strong, legitimate chemistry at this point – it’s just odd that they’re cracking jokes as if they’re standing outside the current narrative being snarky about it
9:26 – Aw shit. We Eva now
9:40 – YES EVIL ROCKS GO EVIL
10:04 – Wait what HOW EVA WE GOING?!
10:55 – OH MY GOD HE IS THE BEST
11:05 – OH SHIT SECRETS REVEALED. This show is addicted to revealing secrets well after they’ve lost all emotional relevance!
11:51 – He’s just so damn charming
My god this episode. What are they even doing. They’re actually trying to give both these characters a… and during the last episode… ahahaha…
12:35 – BRINGING IT ALL BACK. No brakes on this train! No steering either, but that’s not stopping us!
12:50 – LOVE WILL WARM THIS YOUMU’S FROZEN HEART! Dear lord I am enjoying this
13:29 – That’s our Mirai! Man, has there ever been more of a “random shit happening” finale than this? First the hollow reality, then a moped chase to… get to the high ground?, then instrumentality, and now we’re back to fighting random monsters, while outside big sis deals with her sudden youmu-harboring inferiority complex, and all the while there’s basically no coherent tension and a bunch of random jokes and man oh man this is a fun, silly ride
13:46 – Yeah! Chop! Slash! You got this! #1 power fantasy would self-insert again
14:04 – It’s like it’s an animation showcase or, or fuckin’ RWBY or something. No weight, no tension, just a bunch of random shit exploding
14:15 – Yes please let’s get the cat in here. Proper kitchen sink finale requires cat
14:42 – KABOOOOM!
15:05 – BUT SUDDENLY
17:03 – Holy shit Mirai is lewd
18:29 – Dude, she’ll be back in like, two minutes. Remember the last time your girlfriend evaporated?
18:33 – I should probably not have laughed at this. FWUMP!
18:38 – DESPAAAAIIIIIR
19:01 – So really they didn’t solve anything. It’s almost as if… as if they intentionally left loose ends, so that… no. No, it couldn’t be
22:17 – BUDUWHAAAAA????
22:30 – OH SHIT
22:36 – OH SHIIIIIIIT
22:53 – Hahaha for real tho that made no fuckin sense
Oh man. Oh man oh man oh man. I don’t even know what to say. That was… holy shit that was a wreck. A glorious, continuous, utterly incoherent wreck. No survivors. Only hilarity. Oh man that ending. KyoAni you’ve done it again. You beautiful, beautiful bastards. In one season, they’ve made the most intentionally comedic and most unintentionally comedic episodes of the year. I can’t even. Nice job. Wow.
That was fun you guys. I’m glad we ended on a high note. Ahahahaha…