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1. Sirius the Jaeger (12)
What happens you obtain the power of the Ark of Sirius? Apparently it turns you into a glam rocker.
I can’t say it was a great ending, but it wasn’t bad either. Like the show as a whole, it was just fine. There was a point halfway through the season where it had the potential to become more, but it never quite lived up to it. And so the ending did its thing, but I feel like it failed to tie up all the loose ends. Ryoko ended up not doing anything, goes home and becomes a model student. Really? That’s it? And I’m not sure why Major Iba even bothered to show up at all. Yuliy wanders the earth intending to use the Ark’s power for good, but it’s left as an exercise for the viewer to decide what that actually means. He wants all races to coexist: humans, sirius, as well as vampires. That’s noble, sure, and we’ve seen from Mikhail and Bishop that not all vampires are self-centered murderers, but it’s not exactly something the show has convinced me to care about either.
It’s a testament to how weak this season has been for me that something that was enjoyable but forgettable was the best thing I watched.
Episode Score: 7.0
Season Average: 7.04
3. Hanebad! (13)
Such great action. If you take everything that happens at face value, it’s an excellent episode. But unfortunately it doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and all the baggage from the rest of the season severely drags it down.
Nagisa’s knee injury turns out to be fairly minor. Phew, what a relief! Good thing it wasn’t anything serious after they all let her push herself to the limit. The coach is ready to intervene and stop the match, but Riko asks him not to. Hey, remember that part earlier in the show where the other team’s coach told him his job is to make tough decisions? Yeah, I guess you could just not do any of that and hope it happens to work out.
And then there’s Ayano and her mom. Seriously, what were they going for with this whole plot thread? We get this schmaltzy scene where Uchika tells her she’s gotten good, and Ayano tearfully tells her how she hated her because she thought she’d abandoned her for not being good at badminton. But the thruth is that Uchika left because… of what? Because she thought it would make Ayano a better player or something? Isn’t that still just an extremely awful thing to do? At least if they’d continued to try to out-psycho each other it would’ve been consistent. Instead I think we’re supposed to see this as them making up. Aww, how nice, she’s forgiving her mom for walking out on her and expressing no remorse whatsoever. Did something get seriously lost in the adaptation?
Despite all of that, I was still into the match and it looked great. It’s just a shame that they ruined it with all the nonsense.
Episode Score: 7.0
Season Average: 6.65
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