Welcome to Anime Rants! Until now, I’ve been covering episodes of 4 anime series from fall 2020. Starting now, I’ll include my thoughts on the much-anticipated final season of Attack on Titan.
Attack on Titan (Final Season)
Episode 1 (60)
The first episode of AOT’s final season was impressive. Despite being done by a different studio, it still looks much the same in art style. The armored, jaw, and beast titans are 3D, but this was also the case with some of the titans in seasons 2 and 3. It’s not as good as the first season’s quality, but I can live with it. As for the story, I’ve read the manga up to about a third of the way through the last arc, so I know what’s going to happen in the first few episodes. However, beyond that, it’s still a mystery to me, and I plan to keep it that way. I want to be surprised.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni GOU
So far things are going well in Satoko’s arc. Keiichi and Rika united everyone in the club– and then the school– to fight for Satoko. However, so far, they haven’t been able to make a real impact on Child Welfare Services. I liked how Shion, in this world, is protective of Satoko, although she takes it to the point of violence. We’ll see how this world turns out. It seems like Ooishi is about to go mess things up.
The Journey of Elaina
The plot of last episode continues as the Curio Company returns and hatches a plot to pillage the village. Using an enchanted item, they made Elaina and Saya switch bodies. There was also a lot of chaos when Elaina opened the dangerous box, releasing a love potion in gas form throughout the entire town. It was honestly pretty darn hilarious. Mina, Saya’s sister, also appeared in this episode. The conclusion to everything was a bit rushed at the end, but it was interesting. Elaina has finally realized that Fran and Sheila were trained by the same person who wrote “The Adventures of Nike.” Rather than let this change anything, Elaina decides not to dwell on it, and to continue her travels.
Kamisama ni Natte Hi (The Day I Became a God)
Despite it all being very predictable, it was a pretty emotional episode. Hiroto transferred to school, made friends with Yota and company, and indirectly tried to tell them that he knew about Hina. It took months, but Yota finally realized that Hiroto was the one who “killed the deity in Hina.” As a way of atoning, Hiroto pulled a bunch of strings and arranged for Yota to see Hina. It didn’t go well. Hina is in miserable shape. Yota begins to lose confidence in himself and his plan to take Hina away with him. So far, I’m enjoying this show, though I don’t think it’s as good as Charlotte.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park
In IWGP, this week’s installment was another one-shot story. It was about a girl and her brother and their hard lives after the brother was attacked and robbed, ruining one of his legs forever. The girl asked Makoto to get revenge for them by destroying the leg of the attacker, who got out of juvenile hall after not even a year. But with Makoto’s help, and the forgiving nature of the older brother, another revenge story was avoided. Peace was made between the brother and his attacker, who had his own side to the story. The episode was pretty sappy, but it still roped me in and held my attention. Not bad.
Thank you for reading! Join me next week for more episode reviews! Stay safe. 🙂