Well, this was a garbage ending. It’s a real shame – I was actually looking forward to whatever theatrics Rolling Girls put together for its final episode, and then the finale ends up having zero animation and even less coherent plot. Friggin’ Log Horizon was more animated this week than Rolling Girls. And the plot ends in about as unsatisfying a way as it could, and the story just sort of falls over itself. How do situations like this even happen? It feels like professional writers should not write themselves into holes like this.
My full ANN post is available here. Incredulous notes below!
So Nozomi, Chiaya, and Ai have the family crest that can activate the robot
And now Chiaya’s mom herself has arrived
Chiaya tricks her mom, but her mom just wants to do what’s best for her. It all just reduces to families and warm relationships
Yukina’s picture gets complimented by the president’s assistant dude
“When people gather, a strange power is born.” Assistant talking about his time in Momi-han
And now the… Takumis?… are attacking the pirate base? Okay
This isn’t really exciting framing, either. This show can’t handle large-scale battles, it’s basically just good at the duels
The pirate queen Shima is still bitter about being abandoned, I guess??
Wailing guitar behind this meaningless rant
Takumi-za and the evil Takumis are… something
Blah blah about being tested by their age, war being bad. I sure wish this stuff was actually related to anything the show has actually done before
Shima’s second-in-command is Otomo
We are currently three episodes deep in an arc that just has no direction or emotional backing whatsoever. This is terrible
And Shigyo regains her “Best”-ness to defend her subordinate Otonashi, in spite of not having a stone
Yep. “That stone had nothing to do with it”
The first half of this episode has been really animation-light
And now they’re searching for pieces of the coat of arms. This episode has absolutely no momentum – not only is the overarching narrative a muddled mess, but the scenes don’t even transition energetically
I’m not sure I’ve ever been so bored by so many things happening
“Those two are friends now?” Referring to Shigyo and Ma-chan, and hell if I know, Ai. The show’s not including a lot of important scenes
“Who are those two, anyway?” THIS EPISODE
“The one directing them is the man who formed Takumi-za”
And yep, that dude was the professor
WHAT IS YUKINA EVEN TALKING ABOUT. WHAT AT ALL IS GOING ON
Backstories and motivations are being explained in five-second nonsense non-sequiturs that do nothing. This is so, so, so, so bad
This episode’s writing is so abysmal it seems generous to call what happens a “story” at all
“Isn’t it just like Chiaya to get locked on a spaceship?” IS IT? WHAT IS THIS
And now we see one brief moment of the kids playing when they were little. Sure!
Now just straight-up saying it’s human passion that makes the stones fall