Weekly Roundup – Winter 2014 final impressions – 1/2

Shows discussed: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren; Inari, Konkon, Koi IrohaMikakunin de Shinkoukei.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren – 11 & 12

Chuunibyou Ren 12

Rather than angry, I’m frustrated. I can’t say this was a bad ending – it’s more that this was such a predictable finale, the series could have just as well not happened at all. In retrospection, it’s become clear long time ago that the studio is not actually interested in developing anything here. I clung to a feeble ray of hope that I might be wrong, but it did not get better.

The whole Shichimiya arc was the strongest point of the season for obvious reasons. Because of it the plot transcended from filler after filler episodes to something bigger than that. There was some deeper Sophia/Rikka antagonism, then friendship. There was drama.

Then it all has gone terribly wrong. Shichimiya was a person the whole series could’ve (or rather: should’ve) be built upon. I want to say that she lacked personality, but at the same time I don’t really feel it’s true. We did not get to know her well enough. But that’s the issue here – majority of what she brought to the show worked only in relation to Yuuta or Rikka. As a result, she was just as important to the story as were Nibutani or Dekomori. No, let me rephrase that – she was just as important to the outcome as them.

At the same time, the plot itself actually felt reasonable in the paradigm it worked in. It should have been so slow – it’s true to Rikka’s character. Or Yuuta’s, for the matter. They should have ended up together. With Shichimiya’s story rushed so much, any other option would be either unreasonable or inexplicable. But these reasons don’t change the fact that we got a sub-par, cavity-filled story. And worse than that, one that has been predictable from the very beginning.

Now I’m angry.

Chuunibyou Ren

I’ll probably be giving Chuunibyou a proper review later on, after I sort that stuff in my mind.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha – 10

Inari 10

Ugh, these fox spirits. They legs didn’t even move for half of the time.

Well, it was a fitting ending to the story. I’m glad they did not try to have a cake and eat a cake; however petty the plot was, it was coherent and well-developed.

Don’t you guys think that this show was better before Amaterasu and Uka’s brother and the rest of supporting gods was introduced? I’d enjoy this last episode much more if there was no Amaterasu in there, if it wasn’t her pulling the strings.

I’m sad I won’t probably hear Kyoto dialect for some time now…

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei (Engaged to the Unidentified) – 12

Mikakunin 12

A fitting finale to the series. There was more drama than usual, which probably had to be done to make the ending more impactful, but it was pretty good. True to what the series has become. I’m glad that I can now look back at the first episodes of Mikakunin, and say that Kobeni and Hakuya have grown up, have developed; so did my perception of them.

I wonder if this anime has passed the ‘memorability threshold’. It’s been fun, and there was some good drama moments; but there has also been much overall mediocrity. I guess Mashiro has made up for it. Kobeni’s character has been pretty distinct too, wasn’t she? I mean, where has there been a perfectly mediocre, non-magical girl around whom weird stuff suddenly happened? I don’t recall any recent series.

I’ll miss the OP and ED, these were one of my favorites this season. Check out the OP here!

 Ah well, I haven’t posted anything in over a week. I’ve a part-time job now, and there was a fantasy convention I had to be at last week, so I’m quite behind with stuff. I’ll sure pick up less series next season.

Part 2 (Kill la Kill; Noragami; Sakura Trick) – here.

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3 comments

  1. I definitely think that Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha had a better first half than a second half. I didn’t really care for any of the supernatural characters besides Uka – the others seemed mainly only there for comedy relief or sheer storytelling convenience – and I just think the later drama felt quite forced. While I’m happy enough with the conclusion, I’m also a bit relieved I can stop watching now.

    1. Sadly, my conclusion upon finishing the series was the same – I’m glad it has ended already. It’s funny to notice that Tanbabashi’s been little more than the deities, character-wise, and that he’s mainly been just a tool to develop Inari’s personality. Ultimately I think that’s what the series been all about, and clumsy take on storytelling shows that it was more important to put Inari in all these ‘enriching’ situations than to build an enjoyable plot.

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