Kyoukai no Kanata Ep 12 [FINAL]
I actually wasn’t expecting Kyoukai no Kanata to be ending today, I thought it was going to be thirteen episodes but I must have misread it. So as soon as I realized that, I was not impressed. While the fights were beautifully animated (no complaints about that!), the lines between Mirai and Akihito (though it is totally in character for them) was far too cheesy for my liking and at times felt forced and didn’t fit with the situation. Then we have the whole bullshit I called out on last week which only added more unaswered questions to the list. I mean I can’t speak for the novel because this is only an adaption so it can’t answer all the questions unless they were to make a second season to continue that on (I have doubts- but then again Chuunibyou got a second season (despite it’s solid wrap up) so perhaps they will make one for this show). However all I can hope is that at some point (or perhaps already has) in the novel it does tie up the loose ends and answer the questions that popped up today.
As you know, it irked me last week to have Akihito’s mother step in and be all vague and mysterious and not give us any information. So seeing that when she had the window of opportunity to do that today, it really pissed me off to see her say “TO BE CONTINUED” bullshit and run off to god knows where aka: “YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN SUCKERS”! And then followed by the end of the episode revealed that Izumi had secrets of her own (no surprise there). However what I didn’t expect was to hear that Izumi has a youmu within her as well. Of course we get no explanation whatsoever and POOF she just disappears, and forces Hiromi to become the next the head of the Nase Clan. Then we have Miroku and it was certainly not a surprise to hear that he had a youmu inside of him as well (he’s so messed up) and desired world destruction (gee, that’s so original). He too just POOFS and never seen again until god knows if ever in the novel.
I will at least give this show credit for the bittersweet parting and reunion Akihito and Mirai had. It was really sweet and did tear me up so they succeeded with the delivery. Both scenes were absolutely stunning and magical to watch. Kyoto Animation really did a fantastic job with the animation with this episode to major props to them.
Overall Kyoukai no Kanata is a good show, but it certainly could have been better. The ending has way too many loose ends to my liking and instead of wrapping things up for a solid conclusion they added to the list of unanswered questions. In the beginning this show was sweet, great, I enjoyed it. But somewhere along the lines after the sixth episode everything started going downhill. Each week I started to care less, I wasn’t excited- in fact to be honest: There were plenty of times where I almost forgot that I was even covering this show. Although despite it’s lacklustre wrap up, Kyoukai no Kanata did succeed in the character development for both Mirai and Akihito which was a far bigger priority than the rest of the cast.
Not going to bother doing a separate Overall Review this time round so here we go:
Great story and plot, but too many loose ends and unanswered questions.
Characters & Development: 8/10
Mirai’s and Akihito’s Character Development were well done, the others weren’t the priorities. The majority of the characters are very likeable and charming.
Animation Quality: 8/10
Kyoto Animation did an absolute spectacular job! I really hope to see more action animes from them in the future!
Orignal Soundtrack: 8/10
Overall Score: 7/10
Yes, but don’t expect your questions to be answered.