Everything is Shingeki no Kyojin and nothing hurts.
|It always feels like it takes me so much longer to figure out what to write for final episode posts than anything else. Maybe because I just want to get into the new anime season already. Anyways, Dansai Bunri was a fairly entertaining run and it’s safe to say that I probably won’t look at hair cuts the same way again.|
The battle in the woods turned out exactly how I thought it would (albeit, a lot shorter) with Iwai putting a stop to Kiri. Who knew that standing in one place and staying very, very still could be so effective? On the other hand though, it’s not Dansai Bunri without adding a bit of weirdness in there, so we had Kiri feeling up Iwai and her hair magically growing back. Whatever works for Kiri I guess. As for the hair thing, from the hints we’ve been given, the hair reflects Iwai’s feelings or bond with Kiri or something? Iwai was pretty shocked with Kiri’s transformation (plus she said something about “my Crime Edge”) and I imagine being harmed by the person and scissors that saved her all those episodes ago was like a betrayal of sorts. Maybe Iwai doesn’t recognize that on the outside, but somewhere deep down, I’m sure it would feel like a betrayal. Maybe it was Kiri’s ability to multiply pain that made Iwai feel torn apart after he cut her hair viciously, but I’d like to think that it’s psychological. …Or I also read a theory about Iwai sacrificing part of herself (or something to do with her hair growth) to bring Kiri back. I guess that works too, though I didn’t really get that from what I saw here.
Emily and Iwai certainly got along quickly. It’s funny how Iwai’s father actually told Emily that he wanted to help her and she STILL decided to go after Iwai’s life, but I guess that was just childish selfishness. As much as I wasn’t fond of Emily’s character as a coldblooded assassin, I rather liked her as Iwai’s pseudo younger sister this episode (…normally it’s the other way around for me). They have a lot in common. Or at least, they had the same father figure, so seeing them interact like this was like watching them regain something they had both lost and was nice to see. I just hope Violet doesn’t try to get back at Emily in any way for this since she’s kind of run away from Gossip. If that party was anything to go by, Violet doesn’t take any kind of insubordination lightly. …And not that we really have to worry about that since this was the last episode.
As for Iwai’s line about not wanting to deny Emily’s existence… I was really impressed. Iwai has definitely grown since her introduction 13 episodes ago. Looking at it now, I guess it’s kind of expected that Iwai has a heart bigger than the oceans (since that’s a stereotypical heroine trait), but at the same time I thought it was really mature. Of course Emily can’t just ignore that the greater part of her childhood was spent murdering people and it’s kind of unreasonable for her to pretend that it never happened. I’d love to see these two cooperate more in the future like this (or maybe have Emily become a second protector for Iwai since Kiri seems to be having issues right now), but for now I guess we’ll just have to make due with the fact that these two are bffs at the moment.
…So who knows what’s going on with Grayland and Kiri, but hey, I finally got my explanation on what made-to orders are and how they’re made. As expected, the background story behind them is pretty tragic (…and seems like an awful lot of effort, but I guess if you have the time and the money…). Though Violet’s explanation also opens the question as to Iwai’s father knew about all of this to make Emily. Violet’s proclamation on how no Hair Queen has managed to survive is kind of troubling as well, but once again, I guess we don’t have to worry about that at the moment. Violet seems to be making herself the definite antagonist these past couple of episodes, but I really wish we could have had an explanation as to why she’s doing all of this. Out of envy of Iwai? Because she’s bored? Some other profound reason? Who knows. I was also so convinced that Kashiko had something to do with Gossip, but instead she dropped off the face of the planet.
Iwai was great, but what the hell was that at the end with Kiri? Protagonist-kun, Iwai had some interesting dialogue this episode. What on earth are you doing? Or more like, why is there suddenly a love triangle(?) with Violet and where the hell did it come from? We didn’t even see much of Kiri and Iwai interact, and then Dansai Bunri opens up a whole new possible love route. …This was a pretty bad place to end the anime since it gave us absolutely no closure in anything.
…and now a montage of “wtf is going on here?”
Uhhh… yeah. So I guess this was their way of making up for the fact that nothing was resolved in this anime (I imagine the producers going “okay, we know this was a terrible spot to end this but look, the story goes on”). Long story short, read the manga to figure out what all of this cryptic imagery actually means. Or buy their shit so they can make a season 2 of the anime.
Like I said, this wasn’t the greatest place to end the anime. However, I was actually pretty okay with where they ended it. Nothing was resolved (they didn’t even attempt to give us much of a resolution) and this episode gave me more questions than answers, but the story obviously goes on from here. Maybe I’m okay with this since I’m kind of sort of following the manga, but they also kept the same tone to the story all the way through. Plus I guess I liked how there wasn’t much of a half assed “And everything continued on peacefully. (Just in case we don’t get around to a season 2,) The end.” conclusion (though maybe that ending with the hair cutting was supposed to be one). Really, if it didn’t have those flashes to future events and the characters, I feel like this could continue right into the summer season. …Though I don’t know if this will ever get a second season since the sales don’t seem to be going so well. I read somewhere that the blurays and such remove the monochrome filter from the battle scenes, but I guess that’s not enough to make people want to buy this.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this anime overall, to be honest. It had a lot of things I liked in it, but at the same time, it kind of felt like it opened some things halfway and then just left them hanging there. Either they over-explained things, or it left things really vague. I don’t need answers handed to me, but at the same time, leaving things vague kind of dulled my enjoyment for things. I liked blogging this for sure, but I have a feeling I’m going to forget about Dansai Bunri before long.