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This episode wasn’t much of an ending, but it could have been worse than it was. Once all of its cards are on the table, I actually think this series might have a reasonably decent message, but it definitely took its time getting there. I also found it strange that this episode seemed to introduce new recurring mechanics when it’s supposed to be the end.
It’s not much, but I think there’s something to Ex’s sentiment here. I think it’s actually a logical step from his encounter with Jeanne, and it somewhat approaches the idea of determinism. One of the criticisms of determinism is that it trivializes human existence, a sentiment that Curly shares in this episode.
Curly takes it to a bit of an extreme, but I’ve seen the existential claim that a human life has no meaning if its solely acting on physical machinery. I think it’s an interesting idea, and it’s a claim I disagree with. But at the very least, it’s not a bad conversation to have. I would have loved to see this series approach it further, but I guess it’s too late for that.
It’s a fairly small thing in this episode, but I do like the idea that the battle spans across multiple Story Zones. I think it’s a cool way of using a story that has a sequel.
I don’t know if it’s a reference to the original story, but I found it a bit sad that the Jabberwock had one of the most common boss weaknesses ever.
I don’t even know what to make of the battle between Ex and Loki in the end. From what I can gather, Ludwig Grimm isn’t even one of the Brothers Grimm novelist duo, so he seems like an odd real-life person to bring in. Was he referenced in a fairy tale or something? I have no idea, but the series seems to want me to conclude that he’s strong.
Oh hey, it’s power of friendship. I almost didn’t see you there.
Final Score: 6/10
Definitely had some interesting ideas, but they weren’t ever really approached further than surface level. I think the series takes too much time with its worldbuilding, which makes it tough to follow the rules. This seems especially important in a fantasy world.