Classroom Crisis comes to an ending with a fairly respectable final episode. I really liked how all the narrative/character/thematic pieces came together in this one – it felt very gracefully composed, which is honestly something this show has often struggled with. There were cute moments and fist-pump moments and some nice silly faces, and overall this finale didn’t quite manage to match the show’s best moments (namely the Nagisa-Kaito and Nagisa-Mizuki conversations from the last few episodes), but still ended things in solid fashion. Of course, it apparently couldn’t end without one more dip into stupid animeisms, so obviously the ending was set up as introducing a possible love triangle between three of the leads. Win some, lose some.
You can check out my full review over at ANN, or my notes below!
Contrasting the beginning of Kaito’s presentation to Mizuki confronting Iris several hours earlier
“It’s got nothing to do with you.” “Of course it has to do with me.” Another strong core conversation, as always
A-TEC managed to vastly improve their engine operating under 70% budget cuts, meaning their new engine is actually affordable enough for mass production. Nagisa’s constraints have shifted A-TEC’s dreams from indulgent fantasies to world-changing realities, and brought life to the original dream of Kirishina – aerospace development
The CEO challenges them, saying it’s all theoretical, and that they need to demo it to prove A-TEC’s worthwhile, and not just Kaito
But Kaito’s got the trump card – footage of Iris saving Nagisa
Back in the morning, turns out the whole team was listening in on Mizuki’s conversation, waiting to set up the flight
Mizuki’s riding with her
Selling A-TEC on the achievement of hooking the X-3 up to the classic ship and making it work
An echo of the first episode, too – a race against time to save Nagisa. A nicely composed narrative tie-off
The music’s really great in this reunion between Nagisa and Iris. Solid scene in general
Mizuki being shocked at their reunion, and then shaking herself to stay upbeat
They’re disbanded, but they’ve already got other investors on the line
Kaito gets his big damn hero moment. “We refuse to acknowledge your way of doing things!” lol
CEO raises the thankfully not-forgotten point that Kirishina still owns the X-3