We’re shocked to see a passable, interesting penultimate episode. We’re not shocked to see a dull, boring finale. We bet that this will get a sequel.
There was a lot of bad anime this year, and Japanese drama does a pretty good job of filling the spare time you get when you drop all of those awful magical school harem shows. Here’s what I watched this year.
Daichi finally remembers that his dad went missing, causing him to put on a pair of headphones and gaze thoughtfully across the office. Then he beats up another monster.
Ultraman X finally realises he doesn’t need to kill every monster he meets, though we’re waiting on confirmation that he even wants to stop. There’s no rugby in this episode but there are, however, a lot of tentacles.
Ultraman X pulls the biggest plot twist so far by having a genuinely good episode.
Ultraman X is tricked by an evil alien and needs to be rescued by another Ultraman. Wait, didn’t we already watch this one?
Ultraman X shocks us with a surprise two-parter, featuring humans shooting aliens, threats to life as we know it and deus ex machina up the wazoo.
Ultraman makes an Ultrafriend. Dr Guruman demonstrates Freudian dream analysis by thrusting a knife through two slices of bread.
Ultraman is captured and taken to the moon, while we spend the rest of the episode arguing about the anatomy of a rubber suit.
We learn that wearing high heels might not be appropriate if you’re pursuing an alien that eats humans. Ultraman shows up at the end with a new form.
Ultraman kills a rare species of bird as onlookers cheer him on.
Rejected Godzilla monsters become very angry after a space marble crashes into the sun, creating a purple aurora borealis. Only a spandex-clad ultra person with swathes of merchandise can stop them.