…and then Raid sponsored this episode as soon as they could
If you wanted a finale rife with homolust and wasps, then I’m sure you enjoyed episode 11. It’s sad that No.6 has to reach its inevitable conclusion, but all noitaminaA shows are over in the blink of an eye. It’s just another fact of life. The Fall season is taking over (if you haven’t seen our Fall preview by now, there’s something wrong with you. Legitimately. Like, you should have a doctor check you out.) and we must say goodbye to No.6. Let’s ring this show out with style!
Infodump time. 1) Eliurias is using Safu as a vessel. 2) The researchers were trying to find the perfect sample to be the vessel so they could use Eliurias to regain the land they destroyed themselves but then WASPS happened. 3) To get revenge, Eliurias waited for a perfect vessel to exact her revenge. 4) Now Nezumi has to blow up the super computer and also kill her…not sure why the killing part must happen, but okay, sure. As you can expect, Shion freaks out when Nezumi tries to blow everything up, suggesting they just destroy No.6 like Nezumi originally wanted. Seeing as Nezumi isn’t the same Nezumi as in episode 2, he’s more interested in creating peace so he knocks Shion out and blows everything up.
You guys I, HEY, HEY STOP POUNCING ON EACH OTHER, I’M TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING
When Shion wakes up, he’s already been dragged away to the ground floor and the explosions have already started. Shion starts accusing Nezumi of planning to kill Safu from the start, which is timed wonderfully with the arrival of a guard who shoots Nezumi. Shion – the time ruiner. He does some last minute surgery on Nezumi at the infirmary, but things look grim when you’ve got 3 extra holes in your body.
Keep in mind the building is still collapsing all around them, so it’s no easy feat for Shion to piggyback Nezumi to the nearest evacuation route. On the way down one of the shoots, Shion gets shot in the chest. He’s done like dinner before he even hits the ground. Rikiga and Inukashi are waiting at the other end, and they drag the half-dead bodies towards the exit before deciding it’s too much effort and ditching them.
Nezumi gets shot 3 times: meh. Shion gets shot once: FATALITY.
Nezumi crawls over to Shion’s lifeless body and covers him with his cape. He starts to sing to him, but his voice is hoarse from, you know, three goddamned bullet wounds. As he’s singing, Safu is wrecking havoc outside. An outbreak of wasps has killed a huge portion of the No.6 civilians, and the newly hatched wasps are gathering together to create giant, golden hurricanes. She uses these hurricanes to break the walls dividing the city, so that’s good! Okay, so she may have destroyed like EVERYTHING ELSE as well, but hurricanes are bitches to control.
If only the hurricane sparkled, my day would be perfect
Controlling storms is not the only trick up her sleeve. She can sing! Really well! Safu appears before Shion and sings, totally one-upping Nezumi. Oh, and she revives Shion. That is also a thing that happens. The two of them venture outside to see the new world without borders where all the people are gathering to meet. It’s a beautiful sight. Just as Nezumi starts to leave, Shion calls him out to apologize, but can’t spit out the words. All is remedied by a quick peck on the lips from Nezumi who smiles and promises they will meet again. After all, let’s not forget Shion has a hysteric mother he needs to spend some time with for a while. It can’t be gay sex ALL THE TIME, you know. Also, because things are not dramatic enough, Shion gets a baby. A BABY. Now at least if there’s no SUPER DAD ending for Tiger & Bunny, we can sleep easy at night knowing Nezumi and Shion are going to look after a baby. Awww.
Bonus Messages From Hamlet:
Hello? Is thing thing working? Jesus, Skype is so hard to use…
Inukashi learned to use a gun the same way Shion did. Plot convenience.
He is so grounded when he comes home
…little did the audience know, their reunion was only like 4 hours after this scene.
Although the ending would have been a lot better if episode 10 and 11 were watched back to back, I actually quite liked the ending. The reason I say watching the last two together would be better is because episode 11 just jumps right into all kinds of craziness without much warning. It needs some of the build-up from the previous episode to really work. They covered all the main points, but left a few things unexplained. We don’t know explicitly why Safu is the perfect vessel, why Eliurias has the power to do whatever the hell she wants, and why she had to kill her vessel body. Are we just supposed to assume Safu is inexplicably a child of the forest? Or she just conveniently a match, but shhh, don’t ask why? Also, why couldn’t Eliurias just go about with her godly ways in Safu’s body – or better yet – relinquish the poor girl and buzz about in her own wasp form? I guess conjuring golden tornadoes of wasps and then reviving someone takes up too much power for her to get it all. However, in the interest of time, they couldn’t possibly have Safu go on explaining things for that long. They covered all the bases they needed to and finished things with flashy explosions, dramatic near-death experiences, and a kiss to seal the deal. It was everything I could have wanted for an end to No.6, and I can now safely say that No.6 did not become another Fractale.
Nezumi and Shion have really developed a deep understanding of each other after going through all of this crap together. Shion may have seemed calm and almost cruel in his calculated planning to get to Safu, but it became clear that he was still an innocent boy underneath. He lost the ability to believe in his ideals once he realized Safu had to die and started pinning the blame on Nezumi as a kneejerk reaction. I loved Nezumi’s reaction to being accused of being the same cold-blooded animal he was in the beginning of the series. He was so hurt, but then he decided it would be best for Shion to just let his anger out on SOMETHING. Anything. Displacement of anger is a defense mechanism, and it tends to work. Of course, then he dove in front of a bullet and the shock made Shion remember “Oh, right, Nezumi is awesome and he had no choice but to kill her durrrr.” I really liked that scene, as I tend to love any scene putting their relationship dynamics in the spotlight as they try to find a happy medium between being more on the “fight for survivial” side or the “idealistic, optimistic” side. It’s also a metaphor for the whole union of No.6 and the West Block. At the end, they both meet at the middle and find their happy medium.
For all the development Shion and Nezumi get, I question why Inukashi was even in this show. She didn’t grow as a person AT ALL and still reverts to her same instincts to try and run from death. Even Youming’s allegedly SUPER IMPORTANT EXPOSE THE GOVERNMENT PLAN was useless. Did we need him either? The only other important side character seems to be the mom, even if most of her lines were “SHIOOONNN!” I liked seeing how she missed her son as he went out frolicking about with his new boyfriend.
Okay, I’m going to have to address this eventually: giant wasp hurricanes. Random? Not really. It’s very convenient that Eliurias just happens to have the ability to use wasps to destroy the walls exactly as Shion wanted, but hey, we already knew she was all-powerful. It’s a bit deus ex machine-like (although not as much as saving Shion’s life was.), but it somehow works. In terms of storytelling it’s a cheap way out, but I judge my anime in two ways. The part of me that analyzes what makes a good anime or a good story sees it as a bit of a clunky way to force a happy ending takes a back seat to the side of me that watches and simply feels. It felt like a good ending. Nezumi’s dying voice being replaced with Safu’s clear song felt like a powerful moment, and so did that beautiful kiss at the very end. It was a sweet ending where everyone lived happily ever after. Except not, since like everyone died because of bloody wasps.
Looking back on the whole series, I’m glad I got to blog it. Covering both Tiger & Bunny and No.6 this season meant I really got to work on trying to understand good anime relationships and what it takes for a good relationship to work. It’s true that opposites attract. It was a nice mix of action and sci-fi that took things slow and didn’t feel bad to stop every now and then and do some character development. At the end of the day the mystery wasn’t really much of a mystery (the government is a jerk…WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?!). Yet somehow, it still grabbed my interest as an ambitious little series that knows how to do consistent characterization and animate badass fight scenes. Also, bromance. Bromance will blind every fangirl to everything, learn that lesson now, my friends. Thanks for sticking with me, especially the males out there who were comfortable enough with their sexuality to withstand like 5 seconds of kissing in total for the whole series. Well done, good sirs. Let me know what you thought of the ending since this is the last time you’ll see a No.6 post grace Metanorn. See you in the Fall season with brand new shows~