Watch your back door around her!
|The moral of this anime is that siscons ruin everything.|
The good news is that the finale wasn’t a heaping pile of garbage, which was pretty much where my expectations were set. This was a decent way to round things off, although it didn’t really feel much like a big bang final episode to me. It was more like a regular Active Raid episode. I suppose that can happen when a show is already greenlit for another season and there’s more to come, but it doesn’t make the unsatisfying end any less disappointing. It’s not good when a show ends with me going “is that it?”.
I like how their reasoning for not killing him is “BUT HE’S A MINOR”
Mythos finally has his past revealed in a whirlwind of information that was basically just scooped up over the internet. I don’t know why someone didn’t just do a google search themselves if it was going to be this easy. It turns out Mythos is so bitter because he was part of a crazy cult that separated him from his sister. He assumed that she committed suicide, and thus blamed it all on Japanese society as a whole. Hell, I’d be mad if a cult ruined my life as well, but I think I’d extract my revenge on the cult itself instead of the entirety of Japan. But hey, whatever works when you’re an angsty minor and a genius! But when all the cards are revealed, it becomes obvious that Mythos really isn’t in this to be evil, he’s just lashing out in pain. Once he’s given a chance to change his life and actually connect with others (namely his long-lost sister), he surrenders.
He surrenders too easily though. I didn’t like that Mythos was beaten at the drop of a hat. All it took was mentioning his sister potentially being alive (which could have easily been a bluff) to win him over. Even Bird’s message to him about abandonment could have been a ruse constructed by Unit 8, since we saw them use voice modulation software to have their own concert at the beginning of the series. It just seems like Mythos suddenly reverted to a big mess of emotions when before this he was completely stoic and rational. If the chinks in his armour were revealed more gradually, I would have been more satisfied. Revealing everything about him all at once in the finale was a bad move that made what should have been a personal moment feel like a cheap cop-out move to end things quickly.
The part that did interest me was Bird’s role in all this. He takes the position of a more traditional villain, backstabbing anyone he deems as being unworthy and causing chaos wherever he goes. Unlike Mythos, Bird doesn’t have any weaknesses (yet) that leave him open to being betrayed. I like the idea of Bird coming back in season 2 as yet another mastermind, because he works well as a creepy final boss. He’s charming, but the underlying edge of psychopathy becomes apparent whenever we see his complete disregard for other human beings. The way he played Mythos was a nice twist, because originally it seemed like he was slightly inferior to Mythos. How nice of him to go out of his way to send a personalized soundbite to Mythos just so he knows he got screwed over by his only friend!
In the end, the finale was a rather simple cat and mouse affair, much like previous episodes. All of Japan being under the control of Mythos didn’t seem to actually do much except make a bunch of moms gather in a shopping district and argue. Buildings weren’t collapsing, people weren’t dying, no one was trying to escape on inflatable rafts…It didn’t seem like Mythos taking over the city really did much at all, so it wasn’t very exciting. He threatened to do things, but never really got a chance to act on it. What an uncreative way to show someone dominating Japan. It was an anti-climactic finish that ended in the blink of an eye. After some fancy Willwear combat, they took him down and everything was quickly restored to normal. Then everyone goes out to party because they’re relieved the show is done and they don’t have to do this shit again until the next season airs.
Listen. Active Raid is not a good show. I don’t know how any of you reading this made it this far because I would have dropped it if I didn’t already commit to blogging it. My problem with Active Raid is that it is incredibly shallow in everything it does. It tries to tackle complex political issues, but ends up glossing over all of them. It also tries to cram in a new character study each week, but that also fails because everyone is nothing but a paper-thin stereotype, so there’s nothing to expand on. Even if it does dig up some interesting points, like one character secretly being a gambling queen, it never revisits them again and it’s like all that “development” was for naught. Active Raid only does a decent job when it goes full-on corny and throws robot hologram idol concerts into the mix. It can’t do a mix of goofy and serious and it certainly can’t do serious…so all I’m left with is the mildly amusing memory of Kazari performing a concert and mimicking a trap idol while a baby pink camera mech watches on in awe.
I clearly picked the wrong show to blog and let’s hope I pick better next season. Yikes.
An apple a day keeps TOTAL DOMINATION at bay