In this week’s installment…
It’s the final roundup of the season and we bid farewell to GAMERS! and Kakegurui. Virgin Soul is stubbornly sticking around for one more episode so I take one last opportunity to eviscerate it.
Jel: I’m sure Pine Jam’s heart was in the right place with this episode, but it felt like they were really scrambling to get this thing done. A lot of the scenes looked rough and were barely animated, especially the final scene in which the last time we see Keita is a panning still frame of him tripping. I don’t need superb visual to enjoy GAMERS! so not a huge deal, just saying I hope they pull themselves together for their new original show next season.
Even though the animation wasn’t too impressive, they did deliver the cute double date I’ve been wanting with Chiaki tagging along as the fifth wheel. They even (gasp!) hold hands! My only regret was there was too much Chiaki. The love triangle is pretty dead, Karen won, let the poor girl move on with her life. Overall though it was a solid ending to this surprise show that far exceeded my expectations.
Welp, I guess there’s another episode? That really felt like a last episode. Yeah, so… this is awkward. I guess we’ll see what happens next.
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
Jel: I was going to write a caps locked rage post about this immediately after watching but I decided to wait a bit so I could calmly explain why this episode was infuriating. First up, Alessand has had way more time screen time then he deserves. All we needed was a few shots of him running away from battle like a coward, tripping in the gutter, and then choking out on his own vomit. We did NOT need a 10 minute staring contest with Dias and some half baked attempt at tragic irony for a character that had no purpose other than keeping the plot moving.
More importantly, I’m going to go back to what I said last week when Charioce’s plan was revealed. All of this is happening because of how he chose to handle fighting Bahamut and we still have no explanation why. This is important because we’re supposed to think he doesn’t deserve to die, to the point where Kaisar sacrificing himself to save him is supposed to make us feel ambivalent. To be fair, part of that can be chalked up to Kaisar’s lawful good stubbornness and his promise to find out what the king’s intentions are no matter the cost. But I don’t think the writer’s are that intelligent. I’m pretty sure they just threw that in there for shock value.
This is assuming of course that Kaisar is actually dead. I’m guessing Rita will resurrect him and he’ll be reunited with Rocky and they can live forever together as a happy zombie family. I’m also thoroughly convinced that Mugaro will be back too, otherwise they wouldn’t keep showing his body. Charioce will wave his magic hand at Bahamut and everything will be OK and none of this will have any meaning. What a huge disappointment.
Jel: This episode was kind of disappointing. The final wager was appropriate, but other than it felt like they were trying to leave things as open as possible for another season without knowing if there will ever be another season. We never see the lolipop girl get what she deserves, we get a random teaser about whoever the president’s double is (her twin I guess???) and there’s just a whole lot of crazy gambling adventures left on the table. So all we can do at this point is acknowledge this series was a lot of fun to watch and hope for that second season.