Using the power of yaoi to save the last episode
|Phew, Hakkenden finally ends. Now that last week episode was pretty disappointing, let’s see how DEEN wraps its up.|
Hakkenden literally ended like how I predict it was going to be. Fuse-hime appears after she was summoned. I didn’t expect for Fuse-hime to grant Shino’s wish though. Thankfully, he wish for Sousuke to be alive again, and the only way to do that is by making him one of the Eight again. I guess no matter how powerful the bead is, it still can’t defy its original master. Such convenient plot for the resolution, but since they laid it out that the warriors will get their wishes granted once Fuse-hime appears, I can’t complain…
But I still want to complain anyway. If Fuse-hime appears, how come only Shino’s wish is granted? Obviously the other warriors have their own wish also, but the only one whose wish was granted is Shino. While this obeys the law that was laid out earlier in the plot, it’s also inconcistent with the reality. So does this mean that Fuse-hime can only grant one wish at a time? Man, that would be so inconvenient to summon Fuse-hime eight times. If I were one of the warriors, I would retire.
Anyhow, now that Sousuke is the warrior (yay!), this means that the Eight Warriors are not one anymore. The beads scatter, and Fuse-hime is pulled back to heaven whatever it is. That’s not the en though, since Shino is dying, and Murasame is sucking its blood again only worse than before. Murasame turned into a… Dog? Wolf? I thought it was a raven? I just don’t get anime.
Through the power of
yaoi bond, Sousuke goes to the old church to see Shino which happened to be a dog/wolf/whatever it is. Doggy Shino keeps throwing tantrums here and there, but Sousuke still reaches for Shino. Oh the power of yaoi. After remembering some “we’ll always be together!” promise they made long time ago (flashback), Shino recovers and turn back into a human.
The beads scatter (except Shino’s and Sousuke’s/Ao’s), so the Eight Warriors have to get them all back again. But it’s alright since everybody have each other. Whee!
Nice pose, but you guys have to start ALL OVER again
….Not. Know that feeling where one feels as if he wasted his time by watching something that gives an unsatisfying ending? Well, that’s what I felt after I finished watching the last episode of this season. I don’t know whether this is an anime-only ending or not, but I’m not satisfied with it. I know that DEEN wants to leave some room in case fans demand the third season or when the manga has enough material to be animated, but… What’s up with that ending? Shino was dying, but his wish saved Sousuke, and because of that Fuse-hime disappears again. Murasame throws some tantrum that left the old chuch in ruin, and the beads scatter. After everything that happened, the characters are back to zero and have to repeat the let’s-find-the-bead process all over again. Wow, such a half-assed ending. Everything for nothing. Like whoa.
I just don’t get how such great anime with such potential is all wasted because of the main plot. In fact, the fillers are way better than the main story. I guess this is what is called as “side stories plus the main plot”? Like damn, the beginning of the series, started by fillers are small quests, was great. Then it deteriorate into some lame cliché dramatic anime that relies too much on the power of love etc. I guess this is the main problem with generic main plot. It will always disappoint at the end unless the mangaka pulls some deus ex machina that will give some unexpected twist at the story. But even if the mangaka does that, many will complain for the mangaka trying too hard. See, this is the problem with such cliché and generic story. One can do nothing with it. Except sitting down and complaining about it, which is what I’m doing right now.
Well, at least Hakkenden some plus points with the exception of homo-centric pretty bishies as the characters. Like I said before, the fillers are great. The fillers have depth, and it was presented in such a way that it can touch the heart of the audience. The slow Oriental background music also helps at setting up the atmosphere at times, making some of the good fillers even better. The characters have little development, but at least their interactions were entertaining to watch because they are all friendly with each other. Also… That’s it, I guess? It’s hard to find the good stuff about the anime when the ending ended badly like this. Well, at least it was a good anime to pass time, so I got nothing to lose.