Sorry I’m so very late on this one – I decided to space out the finales of the three shows I’m writing essays for so that I’d actually have a first draft of each done before I checked out the finale of the next, and Sekai Seifuku unfortunately drew the short straw. That’s not its fault, though – of the three (Kill la Kill, Samurai Flamenco, and Sekai Seifuku), I’d say this is easily the best show, and I’m very excited to see it end. All of its ideas and characters have bounced off each other, exposed new reflections, and finally come together, and it’s looking like everything will end with the father who spurned his family and the little girl who accepted everyone into hers. A bright spot in a very lousy season, Sekai Seifuku has always maintained a great sense of wonder and magic buoyed by both a general atmosphere of melancholy and the sharp edges of the truths it’s toying with. I’ve come to really care about this family, and though the show itself is basically a living demonstration of how often families don’t work out, I’d like to see a happy ending for these characters.
So let’s conquer the world.
0:35 – Another character with a family that values her unmasked self. Otherwise she’d be in Zvezda by now
1:42 – About as classic of a shot as you can get. Appropriate that our storybook fable is ending with the storybook confrontation with the evil king
1:53 – Wow, what a loaded choice of words. So he thinks his father is the child here?
2:08 – Ono her antenna
2:17 – Excellent. Ties both into one of Kate’s overt powers, her crazy speeches, as well as her willingness to let people not be convinced
2:28 – ONO SMOKING
2:29 – Spoken like a true demeaning father. Everything he says is the opposite of what Kate would say
2:57 – Well that’s interesting
3:04 – And a straight mirror of Kate’s choice from two episodes ago. “The world’s a messed up place, Kate. Are you sure you still want to conquer it?” “Of course!” Conquering is acceptance. Conquering is love
3:23 – I feel like I’m pausing too often, but every goddamn line rings out the themes and messages of this series so fucking well. This series is this season’s saving grace
3:41 – Itsuka can’t keep up the tough girl act without her mask, and instead reverts to the girl who sleeps with a plushy of the sister she idolizes
3:46 – They’re acting like children, and so he dismisses their complaints. But does that mean their complaints aren’t valid?
4:46 – “Counter-terrorist Peacekeeping Mascot” oh my god
5:33 – That’s all any of them wanted. To live as they wished and be cared for in spite of that. That’s the very first scene of the show
6:21 – Yep. And yeah, it is selfish. But that childishness, that insistence on having things your way, is a power that can change the world
8:17 – Goddamnit Roboko
10:28 – Man, so good. Getting Itsuka’s arc in right at the end here, in a way that again ties together the whole secondary family drama and Kate’s power of believing in people. You see, people? This is why series composition is important. This is why you don’t start a story without the ending in mind – everything should contribute to one beautiful, cohesive fabric
11:09 – So her “mask” is actually a sign of Kate’s faith in her. Also that’s adorable
12:06 – KATE’S FINAL FORM
12:08 – This family’s so great. This episode is really, really killing it
13:33 – So great
13:43 – SO GREAT
14:25 – Okay everything is great. Including this triumphant remix of the OP
14:50 – Egret is literally fighting to Protect That Smile. Ermahgerd
16:16 – Kate is the best leader
16:22 – See, the difference between this and Kill la Kill’s “what the hell are you talking about” villain line is thatevery single thing in this show has built to this moment. It has absolute power, absolute weight
16:25 – In a way, yes
17:00 – Gorgeous line. This episode is killing me
17:39 – AGAINST ALL ODDS
18:39 – Why not tie in EVERYTHING! Jimon’s reluctance to commit to Zvezda, Kate’s focus on sharing family dinners, “I will share my snacks and the world with you.” Why not have just the most perfect ending possible
21:18 – YES CAKE MAN LIVES
22:18 – Nah it looks great
Oh man, what a perfect ending. What an absolutely, wonderfully, beautifully perfect ending. I don’t think this was a perfect show, but that ending was absolutely flawless, and did so much work to pull all these pieces together. I even got a little misty in the middle there, which is a pretty rare thing. Everyone’s arcs were wrapped up in a satisfying manner, all the ideas about family, childhood, and identity collided, and there were a bunch of funny, silly highlights all throughout. Sekai Seifuku was easily the best show of this winter season, and this finale exhibited the show at its best. As always when a great show ends, I’m a little sad that it’s over, but more happy that it ended so well – a great ending means this is a show I’ll be sure to come back to and enjoy again. You’ve conquered me, Sekai Seifuku. Well done.