Time for some R&R.
FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST!
Okay well, it was a nice way to end the series even though they basically took the ending from the manga. This was actually probably the best way to end it too without finalizing any relationships or anything. But, yes, it’s finally over and I’ll be taking a nice short break from blogging until Fall season comes out and I find something I like (which is like a week or two away actually ¬.¬).
It seems like there’s at least 3 characters that act tsundere for Rito in the anime version of this series. What’s up with that?
We continue where we left off with Mikado driving Rito, Yui, and Saruyama towards Gid’s spaceship. They are eventually stopped by a giant hole opening up in the ground, preventing them from moving further on land. Saki arrives in her personal helicopter and manages to get them across before they are attacked again. Yami shows up and saves them from a crash landing right before they encounter their next obstacle.
Poor Saruyama… at least he gets to see nekkid people unless he passed out or something.
The gang is surrounded by a living blob that restricts movement and eats away clothing. Rito manages to get away with the help of Yami, but everyone else gets trapped by the blob. Just as Rito gets to the final stretch before the spaceship, Rito gets put to sleep by a gas emitted from flowers planted right in front of the spaceship. Rito experiences a dream where Lala, Haruna, and himself are naked and they both are willing to satisfy him.
Shock! Okay, not really…
Haruna shows up with the help of those two girls (I refuse to learn their useless names) and Ren/Run and manages to wake Rito up from his dream. Rito barely makes it to the spaceship (there was actually a finish line set up for him?) where Lala and Gid are to congratulate him. Gid immediately sets up a wedding for Rito and Lala, however, Lala refuses to marry Rito just yet. It seems that Lala finally understands how Rito feels and doesn’t want to force a marriage on him. Lala attempts to wipe everyone’s memory of her so she could start over, but this doesn’t work out as her invention fails and no one’s memories were erased (except Zastin but they didn’t show that in the anime =P).
Who ever thought of using naked people in space to express an emotional scene anyway?
I find it kind of funny that this ending holds a bit of resemblance to an older anime by Xebec that I just marathoned several weeks ago, Busou Renkin. While not all the elements were in the last episode, the thing about everyone screaming the protagonist’s name and the whole naked thing with your partner(s) just seemed too similar to me… and it really doesn’t help that they’re both by Xebec. But putting that aside, this episode was pretty good for a TLR in my opinion.
Ren magically changed to Run when we weren’t looking. I’m guessing it’s an attempt by Xebec to squeeze them in at the last second.
For some reason, the art quality in the episode seemed a little better than most or perhaps any episode from the series. It’s been a while so my memory may be a bit fuzzy, but the art was definitely a lot better than recent episodes. Of course, it’s the final episode so it’s understandable to put a lot more effort into it. But then again… after re-watching the episode for screencaps, the art was still a bit iffy at some spots. At least there weren’t any QUALITY shots I could find.
Should have gone with the MIB standard “flashy thingy”.
The resolution of the series was to be expected. You’re not going to get much of a conclusion when the source material isn’t even close to being finished. However, I really didn’t expect them to use the memory erase bit from the manga, especially when the last two episodes had nothing to do with the manga. I was hoping they would come up with something more original to end the series, but like I said before, this was probably the best way to do it as it left it open-ended.
Once more… with feeling!
I’m sure most of you who have read my TLR posts know by now how disappointed I was with the series and I still am pretty disappointed. But I must say, they really tried to improve it towards the end of the series and I think they did a decent job at it. Of course the entire series as a whole still sucks noodles, but I certainly don’t regret watching it. “Why?” you ask? Well, despite all the good and bad things that have happened with the series (mostly bad), I think I still actually enjoyed the experience. It was kind of fun writing about all the stuff that was terrible or the stuff that actually was worth watching. Overall, To Love-Ru may be a bad series and a pretty pitiful manga adaptation, but it’s still a bit watchable even for those few episodes that were decent.
It’s a trap!
If you’re not a TLR manga fan then you should probably stay as far away from this show as possible.
If you ARE a TLR manga fan then you should probably stay as far away from this show as possible.
If you’re crazy (like me) and don’t mind a
couple few several terrible episodes then by all means WATCH this show.