I have watched the entirety of Macross 7. I have watched the entirety of To Aru Majutsu no Index. I have watched the entirety of Blue Gender. And through all of these trials I have never just quit an episode midstream. At 6 minutes and 38 seconds into this final episode of Kare Kano I did so. If you asked any of my friends they would describe me as one of the most patient people they know. But all that patience evaporated as rapidly as an ice cube suddenly transported to the surface of a super hot O-Type blue hypergiant star. Even by the cost-cutting standards of other late-series episodes, this one is quite different. And as such, this post will be a little different. Contains strong language and unrestrained RAEG. Individuals with certain heart conditions, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, and easily offended fanboys/fangirls should proceed with caution. (I love Kare Kano, I really do, but this episode…)
Deadpan script narration of everything and little to no voice acting. And so it begins…
FUCK YEAH OTP!!!
The real Arima is a douchebag. Cutting now all of a sudden to Tonami and Asaba talking about how possessive and insecure Arima is.
HOLY SHIT SOMETHING ANIMATED!
The one legitimately cool shot in this episode.
SELFCEST! Arima Shinichiro, for your crimes of continued emo despite having an amazing girlfriend and great friends, hitting said girlfriend, hating on your friends for being friends with Yukino, and summoning up an imaginary alter ego that belongs more in Vampire Knight than a shoujo series, I hereby sentence you to life imprisonment together with your shadow self in an angsty BL show with lots of chains and thorny vines. This court is now dismissed.
OH NOW WE’RE BACK TO THIS, ARE WE GAINAX?! Don’t think throwing in one color will make things better!
GTFO and report to your BL anime for confinement! He couldn’t look much more angsty bishounen if he tried, damn.
So I had quit somewhere in the middle of the part that those screencaps cover. After taking a day to calm down and focus myself for the difficult task of finishing this episode, I started back up. Happily there was one pair of scenes that was actually animated and voiced, mercifully placed in the middle so as to give me a little respite from what had made me RAGEQUIT earlier. Yukino, Mahou, Aya and the others are preparing again for the play, though Aya is a bit distracted by being signed as a short story writer. Taking a break, they go to the riverbank to eat lunch together. And perhaps it was intentional, perhaps it was my desperate mind flailing about for something, ANYTHING to enjoy in this episode, but I swear that scene shipped Yukino X Mahou so hard it might as well have been the prologue to a doujinshi. A doujinshi I’d like to read
Aya and I are on the same page regarding this episode.
Long yearning glances and longing introspective looks when she’s next to Yukino…
Just look at it!
Make your move, Mahou!
You can ring her bell-lll-llll, ring her bell. Mmmm, yurilicious!
And now onto THE END. Such that it is. There’s a little more of what would have been very promising and enjoyable had it been properly animated and voiced at the start of the episode: more interactions and developments between Tsubaki and Tonami. Things are awkward after his surprise kiss earlier, but he gets a slight feeling of jealousy when he sees Tsubaki and Asaba leering at the girls outside and debating the finer points of how to appreciate beauty. Then she sees him and departs, only to slip and have him catch her, another moment of realization for him. All this is coming together nicely as a setup to further developments in their relationship when BAM Gainax gives us a (N)ICE BOAT ending. Credits roll over video of a ship sailing through an icy sea, there’s a brief message that Kare Kano will continue, and that’s it. That’s it. THAT’S FUCKING IT?! FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
Tsubaki never ceases to be cute and awesome, even when minimally illustrated.
Final RAEG (and Thoughts) : - This episode is not a part of Kare Kano. All memory of it is safely walled off in a separate, quarantined part of my brain away from my memories of the rest of Kare Kano.
- I understand there were budget problems. But they managed to make the last couple episodes fun and managed to tell the story effectively. Did they just give up on this one? I seriously could have made a better final episode. Give me some manga scans, a video editing program, and let me recruit a couple amateur voice actors from all those Youtube fan dubs. There’s no good reason why this episode couldn’t have been better. And there’s no good reason why the writing had to be so muddled and fail to give a decent ‘their lives went on’ ending like the false ending in episode 24 had. Tsubaki and Tonami got a better ending and they aren’t even main characters, as likable as both of them are.
- As for the show as a whole, I really enjoyed it. It had a great story with great characters, visually impressive and artistically amazing direction, and a very nice soundtrack. Even with the problems it encountered in the last half of the show, they could be overlooked because the rest of it made its issues look like minor imperfections. But this last episode was just a crime. Though it does make me want to fast forward through the manga and read what happens after the events covered in the show. Despite its flaws, I still think I’ll be giving it a 9 out of 10 on my MAL.
- Here’s to Kare Kano, warts and all. Next up for retroblogging is GTO, since I promised to blog that as well when it tied for votes with Kare Kano. Thank you as always for reading and for your comments