The lantern festival with some tech added…
Let’s bring the Bug Hunt to a close shall we?
Everyone has two faces…
I really liked this shot…with the lanterns still hanging in the air
I think that this, the Third Kanto Battle, was the second strongest of the three arcs presented in the series; with the intro being first and the Sprout arc a distant third. There were some very honest, very genuine moments in this, the final episode, and they provided a fine and lasting impression on one of the major themes they explored. “I want to become the person that is worthy of you.” Rentarou’s words to Enju got me to my heart. And in the series, which I though had major flaws, his treatment of this girl was very well done. They didn’t have to tell us about how much he cared. It was placed with care throughout. He never used her as an Initiator unless he really needed to, even if it kept their BS overall score down. He sheltered her, and was intensely protective and proactive in her raising.
The rest, however, was left by the wayside. There were three LN’s this entire series covered, and even thou I’ve only read the first one, there was a great deal of development not covered. D-Lan, zztop, and others have filled in many of the blanks during my coverage (Thank you, guys!). If they would have stopped with two, and had Tina’s reconciliation as a show ender, would they have been able to give the material more time? It really was needed. Entire passages were given maybe one or two isolated lines, and not followed up. Shame really, as the world of the LN’s, like most narrative fiction, was the story it needed to tell. Not an LN ad that is for sure. Good stories sell themselves.
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It was the broad strokes of a rushed, crammed production that killed the beauty. Shouma’s sacrifice would have had more impact had we really gotten to know the character, same with Fuse. Kagetane was a great villain, but we could have felt his motivations a bit more if we had seen the cat and mouse game he played behind the scenes. Kisara’s descent would have felt more genuine had we seen more interaction with the one’s she wanted to target, and her not serving as a placeholder for most of the run. I could go on, but you get the general idea. I’ve joked often, if they had only kept the show Kickass LOLis Kill Bugs Dead, that would have been enough. But in dropping the joke, they had some great material to work with.
To be worthy of you…
And so, Kisara is now “evil” and may become Ren’s enemy at some point. The shot of Kisara alone in the office while Ren and Enju attend the Classroom memorial was something. For a show that didn’t do as much as I would have liked right, that one transitional scene spoke some volumes. But what I hope is that Rentarou will realize that his word before battle, we all high light and dark faces applies to everyone. Espcially those close to him now. It’s one thing to consider her an enemy. But if he wants to do right by her, he should be a friend. Much harder perhaps, seeing as how she has blood on her
feet hands; but who did she just kill? Was that true justice? Interesting questions, with interesting answers indeed.
And what did you folk thing of Shouma’s sacrifice play? I wanted to know the character much more to feel the impact of his actions. But yeah, again, crunch writing…
I’ve spent quite some time talking about the series as a whole. But as an epiosde, I think it works very well, especially the denouement…the type of storytelling they should have been engaged in all along. Well, this wasn’t the best show of the season, and for me, it wasn’t the worst. As I said in the latest Metaverse podcast, it was the most disappointing. Now, that is just my opinion. Just because I got a blog about it, doesn’t mean that I’m the final word. And I am not the sort to judge someone by what they enjoy. If this show was great for you from start to finish, than I support that. For me it was lacking. I won’t belabour why in my final words, I’ve done that for many weeks leading up. I cordially invite differences of opinion in comments….which leads right to…what did you folks think?
Thanks to everyone for your comments and support. And a special thank you to Karakuri for tagging the FI. See you in the Summer season! I know I have a few more Kickass LOLis to cover