There are five ways an anime can end: Ugh Bang, Ugh Fizzle, Planetes Bang, Planetes Fizzle, and no ending. (Note: In this context, Planetes means “good” because Planetes had the best ending ever.)
You’d think that the Ugh Bang and Planetes Fizzle types are very rare, but that certainly wasn’t the case this season.
The finale of Angel Beats was reminiscent of the last episode of Air. Air finished its mediocre run with a final episode that was confusing, stupid, and confusingly stupidly tear-jerking. I had no idea what I was feeling sad about because it simply did not make sense. Angel Beats made a bit more sense, but any idiot could tell that P.A.Works was reaching real, real far for the drama. Trashing Kanade’s entire character, giving Otonashi some lame romance crap (Hinata was a hell of a lot cooler), and inserting some last-minute, out-of-place comic relief all for some fake tears on the audience’s part? Give me a break. This may have been a hell of a finale, but it was a hell of a finale.
Of course, that’s not to say that the entire series was good. No, no, no. the entire series sucked. In a nutshell, it was too many characters, too little time, and too much shit humor.
On the other side of the scale lies Arakawa Under the Bridge, a masterpiece of a show. Yes, the last episode may have been a gag-filled episode, but hey, that’s good enough for a gag-filled series. I’m still not sure what Arakawa has been trying to say (as in, the themes). Shinbo and Nakamura (original creator, who’s actually female. How cool is that?) may not be trying to say anything in particular, but something in the show resonates deeply with me.
When it comes to shows I love, it’s really hard to write anything meaningful, so I’ll leave it at that. Arakawa for Best Anime of 2010~
When Durarara!! first aired, I criticized it for being nothing close to Baccano!. And with this severely disappointing finale, I stand by that. Durarara!! had too many characters for its own good. By the end, it became impossible to fit them all in and claim that they were all more or less important. That traffic cop showed up twice, Simon didn’t do anything, and in the end all we got was some stupid fistfight sparked by a minor character whose most distinguishing trait is that he sits in the passenger seat of a van. I sat in a passenger seat of a pickup before. How come I’m not important? Does it have to be a van? I wonder if the color of the van matters…
FMA:Brotherhood was all HELL YEAH, AWESOME material until episode 63. True, it is hard to justify any win over “God” other than by some sappy power of ______ (friendship, spirit, soul, humanity, etc.), but I’d’ve liked to see a real battle with Father. Where’s the total GAR-osity of episodes 50-60? give that back! I want my action back!
Arakawa for Best Anime of 2010~