As the last TV Anime aired this April, Hyouka, as far as I assume, is the best of this Spring. With the first episode just aired yesterday, if you happen to watch, it has one of the best quality among the April new series and remind me that Kyoto Animation is finally back. Surprised right from the beginning, the OP of the series is another amazingly upbeat track.
Goodbye? Yea, well, as much as this is an appropriate one-liner for the finale of the fantastic Ano Natsu de Matteru series, it also marks the unfortunate the end of my anime blogging “career” (or hobby, rather) and my leave from TheAkiba. But on the brighter side, Ano Natsu has more than exceeded my expectations, and as the series finale will attest, it’s a beautiful love story.
Now after four seasons spanning nearly six years, Zero no Tsukaima has finally come to an end, though I would hesitate to say that it has come full-circle. And to keep things timely, I’ll spare the nostalgic reflection and delve right into the analysis. As far as the final battle against the Ancient Dragon is concerned, it was all executed fairly well considering the quantity of agonizing twists, close calls and fateful encounters.
The end of Guilty Crown is here, managing to raise more questions than it answers and leaving many more unanswered besides. A rather rushed and surprisingly inconclusive episode ultimately leads us to a bittersweet, if not simply confusing ending. Fans of the show might be satisfied but to everyone else it is a disappointing end to a disappointing show, despite the promise the previous few episodes had shown.
The first battle of the fourth apocalypse is at hand and the fate of the world hangs in the balance as defiant United Nations forces bring their might to bear against the evil of Gai’s machinations. As war wages, Shu and a Funeral Parlour strike team take the fight to Gai in the beginning of the end as Guilty Crown heads towards its explosive climax.
Episodes 16 to 20 of Guilty Crown are without a doubt some of the strongest and it seems the show has finally managed to find its footing in the second half of the season. Whilst it continues to make many missteps along the way, it’s proving much more interesting and enjoyable as each episode passes.
As many of you have probably noticed, growing strain from external projects has prompted many of the series being reviewed to either swap hands or in a worst case scenario, be dropped completely, so we’ve discussed and decided to make a few minor modifications to the posting schedule of the site, especially to that of the episodic reviews—not to worry though, not that much will change!
Well we seem to have hit that “climactic middle” where a series ties up its exposition and proceeds to charge forward into the core of the story’s premise—often times in a new direction than its preface, which can propel the show towards success or actuate its demise. Fortunately, Ano Natsu choreographed this one perfectly, and its reassuring to know that my read on anime hasn’t degenerated completely as Kaori’s reasons for making a brash move at Kaito were pretty much what I had predicted.
I continue to be amazed by the success—both by the story and the flawless implementation of fresh, unadulterated enjoyment—of season frontrunner Rinne no Lagrange, and if there’s a series that could match it perfectly by the following criteria, it would be Ano Natsu de Matteru hands down. Both have undoubtedly made a name for themselves in the short span since their debut, which only attests to their achievement.
That’s three points for Kuroda Yousuke for employing yet another perfectly-timed and captivating cliffhanger. As for a solution to the “fifth wheel” dilemma, I’m beginning to believe the only way for things to end peaceably is to end the series as a harem with two boys and three girls. Why not?