…Because true siblings make gambling games out of their brother’s angst-ridden love lives.
|My copy of Brilliant Blue finally left Japan! …Now I just have to wait like, half a month or more for it to arrive since I’m too cheap to pay for the super expedited shipping. OTL Oh yeah, and I finished Passion Pink a while ago. I just have no drive to finish the post, since I didn’t take notes during Futo’s route like I should have. I’ll get it done soon (hopefully).|
Tsubaki has certainly changed, as you can probably tell. He’s pretty far from the idiot that was forcing himself on Ema like, half a season ago, and he’s waay more serious and mature now than I expected him to be. Out of all the siblings, he’s the one who’s changed the most at the moment. Besides him, all of the other brothers seemed to have taken a step back as well. Subaru’s off to go pursue professional basketball, so he’ll be further out of the picture, but the ones who had confessions all seem less clingy. Other than Futo, they all pretty much said that they’ll wait for her answer, which is great. Maybe her speech about wanting to become family more than anything paid off.
The romance aside though, it was great seeing all of the brothers acting like family for Ema and telling her good luck on her exams. Any and all awkwardness between Ema and the brothers at the beginning of the series is gone. She’s definitely part of the household now. Hell, even the fact that there were confessions in the past didn’t seem to make anything overly awkward here.
…And then Subaru and Natsume had to raise the tension again. So Subaru’s out, and I guess Ema’s been kissed so many times by all of the other siblings, she failed to recognize Natsume’s feelings when she was over at his place. …Or something. They never mentioned it, but the reason Natsume chose a gaming company as a career was because it had nothing to do with sports. Well, he has his feelings out there now and to be honest, his confession would probably the best out of the triplets (timing-wise) if there wasn’t the Subaru drama. Or maybe I was just impressed with the fact that he didn’t seem to mind the fact that Ema wanted to bring all of the brothers along instead of being alone with Natsume. If he cared, I’m sure they would have thrown in some kind of reaction shot with him visibly upset. Oh, and I guess we’re starting to see part of Iori’s other side too. I don’t think he and Ema have ever really had any meaningful dialogue (to be fair though, have any of the brothers?), but he’s fallen hard for her anyways it seems. Why they’re ending the series with this, I don’t know. They could have just ignored him the entire time like they’ve been doing and I don’t think anyone would have noticed.
Masaomi and Iori exist?! This is the biggest plot twist of BroCon, right here.
Okay, so I was wrong about them throwing Iori in at the last minute. They went back to ignoring his character and then shoving him even further out of the picture with the studying abroad thing. Which is okay since his real issues might have ruined his character, and this way, we can all just write him off as “that one mysterious guy”. Subaru has left too (but not really since he keeps coming back), and so has Kaname. It was kind of questionable before, but Kaname has definitely bro-zoned himself. However, he just seems like such a better character for it. Sure all of the other brothers seem to be respecting Ema’s wishes and have backed off a couple of steps, but Kaname took it to a whole different level, vowing to come back as only her brother. He’s not going to wait for her and secretly hope that she’ll choose him, he’s going to give up entirely for her sake. It’s weird that Hikaru has decided to join in at the absolute last possible minute, but maybe they’re hoping for a second season. Will it actually happen? Who knows. They also had him inexplicably out of drag for some reason. Never never really explained why he cross dressed in the first place, so this was probably just them going “Wait! He’s male, we swear!”
Ugh, Yusuke was just too adorable this episode. He didn’t make it in to Meiji, so he didn’t confess (unfortunately), but the fact that he cares so much about Ema (with the looking for her number before his and all the thought behind that) is just so heartwarming. And then of course, he DOES make it in, making the whole thing even better. He still hasn’t confessed yet, but maybe that’s for the best, since Ema has made it clear that she only wants to be siblings. …Unfortunately for those plans, nobody seems to have completely given up. But I guess this wouldn’t be much of a reverse harem anime if the guys didn’t all fawn over the heroine no matter what she says or does. So as I expected from the start, Ema chooses no one in the end. If you’re curious about the novels, the last I read, Ema seems to favour Natsume out of all of them (where she thinks of him differently than all of the brothers), but who knows. I can’t even remember enough of what happened in them to even tell you how closely this anime followed the plot. And as I’ve said about 960713 times already, this is extremely far from the game.
So Ema became an okay character after that whole incident where she found out that she was adopted, and I like her a lot more at the end of the series than I did at the beginning. Though that goes for the series in general. The beginning was okay, the middle was kind of painful to watch, and then these last couple of episodes were better. She even acknowledged this episode that the way she was acting (with being so accepting of everything) caused everyone even more problems. …Though I don’t know about the whole thing being about kindness. I’m sure that’s what the series intended, but from what they showed us, it looked a lot more like just plain old apathy. Oh well. The series ended off on a relatively good note, regardless. Obviously, things are far from over, but it had some sort of wrap up to what little plot this show had. Open ended conclusions in these kinds of shows often annoy me, but this was acceptable for me. …Mostly because I was expecting this anyways, but I think a lot of it also has to do with the fact that none of them really seemed to truly ‘bond’ with Ema (or at least, she wasn’t overly attached to any one person in general). They all just kind of shoved their feelings on to her, so this kind of ending feels… right, I guess.
This isn’t the best otome game adaptation I’ve ever seen, but Arcana Famiglia seems to have forever taken the spot as “the worst” for me, so in comparison, this wasn’t bad. It was way better once Ema (sort of) gained a personality. She still is deeply lacking when compared to her other versions in media, but at the end, things kind of worked out into an acceptable ending. A few of the other, more annoying, characters ‘redeemed’ themselves a bit too (mostly Kaname and Tsubaki, but they’re the only ones who had any kind of character development anyways), which helped. Maybe if they had spent more time developing the family’s characters, this could have been better, but it’s okay as it is. I guess that’s how I feel about this show overall. I just feel weirdly passive about it, without leaning either way on whether this was bad or good. I say weird, because all of my disappointment over how different this was from the games just seems to have… vanished at some point. I guess that’s better than absolutely hating it, but this probably isn’t the reaction that the production team was looking for. Oh well, I’m still excited for the Brilliant Blue at least, so this hasn’t ruined my enthusiasm for the franchise.
Plus we got a rather embarrassing so-bad-it’s-good-yet-still-terrible ED song from this. ヽ(´ー`)ﾉ