Bungou Stray Dogs Final Episode (12): The raid bosses appear! Right at the end!

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What’s up, roomie? Nothing strange going on here…moving on.

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Wait…plot development? We’re not ending the season off with a filler episode? Woohoo! Well, I guess I actually have to pay attention now.

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I’m totally going to remember this. Also, America is apparently responsible? Oops…

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That’s some convenient helicopter timing. Also, is he landing his helicopter in the middle of the highway despite the fact that there seems to be a decent landing area right next to it?

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Aww man…now I can’t complain about his helicopter placement.

Also, this entire scene pisses me off for some reason. It’s like “let’s make it very clear that this guy is a foreigner”.

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Solve all problems with money!

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The fact that this guy keeps walking across the screen means he must be important. Enemy?

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Wait…I don’t understand. Does she only pull in people? Because the news made it sound like the entire building with Kenji disappeared. If so, where’s the building?

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Confidently saying the plan means it won’t work.

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Atsushi, run to the door now while she’s explaining! Though, using the key probably takes some time, so his best plan is probably to secretly pass the key to the other guy and distract the doll.

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First off, screw you, Atsushi, for holding the key out to the side when you reach the door instead of immediately putting it in the lock. Secondly, this guy warns Atsushi in a ridiculously ambiguous way. How does Atsushi know he’s talking about the key and not the doll?

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Don’t you hate it when game masters do this?

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Doesn’t this scene kinda negate all of Atsushi’s recent character growth?

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This whole “bumbling idiot is actually the strongest character” reveal would be more interesting if Dazai didn’t already do it in this series.

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Not bad, Atsushi…but I don’t know if this forgives your attempt to escape earlier.

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These cars all try to move across the intersection from different directions at the same time. Do you even traffic light?

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Rintarou? As in Okabe Rintarou?

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Based on the next scene where it’s revealed that the old guy is the leader of the Port Mafia, I guess this is happening because Kyouka recognized him. I thought it might be some cliffhanger where her powers were rejecting her or something.

Well, at least the series didn’t troll us at the end. That being said, I question whether Atsushi even grew at all throughout this series. As for the series in general, I’d say nothing special, but definitely not bad. I should just reserve judgment until the next season, right?

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 6: And so it begins

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This guy takes his diary really seriously. Anyway, despite how much screen time he’s had so far, I guess this week’s episode is focused on Doppo Poet.

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Is this pose even possible? Anyway, don’t do shrooms, kids.

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“Investigate the anonymous tip”? Yup, this is a series about superpowers…

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Four years before he starts finding a wife and he wants to marry his wife six years after the first date? How old is he going to be by then?

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Oh boy! A haunted house mystery!

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Okay, first of all, this girl in the water tank is immediately suspicious to me because she plays the damsel in the distress so early and gets saved too easily. Usually these people are trying to play the card in order to lead the investigators off the trail. Secondly, I have a problem with how this scene is presented. The screen fades to black as Doppo fires two gunshots at the tank and we come back later to see the girl outside of the shattered. Here’s my issue…the first gunshot definitely would have broken the glass, but instead of hearing the sound of shattering glass, we hear the second gunshot. There’s no way he fires the second shot before the glass breaks, so it sounds to me like whoever was in charge of this scene decided it would be too much work to add in the sound of breaking glass or animating the scene at all.

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This man is a natural investigator.

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I’m guessing this camera pointed at Doppo indicates that he’s actually going to be the next target despite the jokes about the victims with glasses from earlier? Also, holy crap…a 5.5 TB drive on this camera?

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Wait…did the person on the other end of that camera send this photo to the newspaper? Why?

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WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

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Typical…he doesn’t tell anyone in the audience or the cast because there needs to be a dramatic reveal.

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Well, that’s no fun. This is the first episode of Sherlock all over again.

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Interesting…it looks like someone with influence put him up to this.

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First off, these guys show up just as the taxi driver says that he kidnapped someone from the Port Mafia. Secondly, they clearly have the jump on these guys trapped in the taxi, but still manage to miss everyone with AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.

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Good thing taxis are bulletproof! Everyone knows that!

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There was a mention of an “Azure Messenger” earlier too. Now an Azure King? I’d be more invested in this revelation if I understood what these guys were supposed to be.

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Well, it makes no sense to mention the five dead detectives unless they’re somehow related. So either one of them survived or there’s a relative yearning to get some revenge.

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No problem! But yeah…something for next week.

I’m sticking with my suspicion of the girl in the water tank. The preview continues to make her look suspicious. I might be jumping on the obvious suspect here, but that’s where my mind is going.

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 5: I can’t tell whether Dazai or Rampo is the real detective

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In case you forgot how easy the battle was last week, here’s a reminder!

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And here I thought there was some special way to get the marble out of a Ramune bottle. This must be what all the kids do…

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Phrasing feels awkward to me here…I think the quality of the sentence goes up if you change “don’t have” to “don’t even have”.

This insult also feels awkward. In normal circumstances, deductive reasoning is something that is built through experience, so it’s a legitimate insult. However, this guy relies on his power to give him the answers, which is hardly the same as having a knack for deduction. Also, at what point does having strong deductive tendencies cross into the realm of having a power? How do they even tell the difference? I suppose Dazai could try to hold on to him and see whether he still can figure things out or something?

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You can’t just deduce it? Also, “smart guy has no common sense” cliche.

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Ahh…water. Everyone loves using to wash away evidence.

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Judging by the dramatic music and the slow reveal, I’m going to guess this is Dazai trying to drown himself in the river.

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Yup…

I don’t understand why Dazai enjoys drowning himself so much. Isn’t that one of more painful ways to die?

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Time to show off!

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I’m assuming this means Rampo has already solved the case in sixty seconds.

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I’m guessing this is wrong because Rampo probably didn’t know what the victim was investigating prior to death.

 

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Okay, so the three shots to the chest are just meant to copy the Mafia’s killing style. That means that the cause of death is actually something else…maybe strangulation or poison?

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Uhh…maybe I’ve been watching too many cop shows, but usually when someone copies another person’s killing style, it’s to cover up a completely different type of murder. Is this guy assuming that the original cause of death was a single gunshot? How did he know that the cause of death wasn’t two gunshots and the third was the cover up if you’re going to go down that line of thinking.

 

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“I’m guilty” face. That explains the gunshot thing…

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A bit overly dramatic, don’t you think? I can’t believe she points the gun towards her instead of trying to point it at the sky. Plus, just how much to blame is this guy for the murder?

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Oh, so it’s not a power after all. I actually like this reveal…Ultra Deduction sounded like an awkward power to explain.

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Sure…everyone knows that.

I can’t tell what this final scene is trying to do. Dazai tries to explain what a genius Rampo is without an ability, but he deduces the major issues of the case without a deductive power of his own. Doesn’t this make Rampo’s deductive abilities seem less useful? Why is he the only detective in the agency if Dazai can do the same things? The only things Dazai credits to Rampo’s skills are the knowledge of the murder location (which I assume involves knowing what’s upstream, having a rough estimate of how far the body traveled, and having an idea of what abandoned place would be a good meet spot) and the knowledge that the victim was threatened by a gun (which is useful…why?). This hardly qualifies Rampo as a genius unless Dazai also qualifies.

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 4: Can we just skip this episode?

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Your sin is your very existence! Where have I seen this before?

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I get the hospital bed thing and all, but do we really need to be shown scenes from last week’s episode to be reminded about what happens?

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Every series needs that overpowered healer that makes you question whether the main characters are even in any danger at all…right?

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This looks like a useful reaction face. Also, not a bad joke to show his panic through his notebook.

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I’m tempted to say that this is taking the joke too far, but they didn’t show Atsushi’s reaction, so I’m willing to give it a pass.

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I’m asking the same thing, buddy. I’m guessing he’s the distraction for the group this week.

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Where’s this blood coming from? I would have expected internal bleeding from his wounds, but maybe that’s just me.

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Let me guess…this is the “I must leave to protect everyone” cliche.

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Just in case you forgot, here’s the weekly reminder that the orphanage hated him. Wheeeeee!

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Surprise, surprise! Atsushi’s plan doesn’t do anything.

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Judging by the transition that happens after this scene, I’m guessing this is a past version of Dazai? It certainly fits Akutagawa’s words about wanting to die.

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Something about how this all plays out feels awkward. It’s too easy, isn’t it? It can’t be the first time Port Mafia has tried to attack the agency…

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This window breaks, but no gunshots come out…are the gunshots just not making it to the window or is this lazy animation?

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I get that this is supposed to be a comedic reveal to illustrate that Atsushi worries too much, but wouldn’t it have been much more interesting to watch them fight the mafia guys than watch Atsushi out on the street moping? If there’s no flashback to the fight, I’m going to be upset.

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Haha

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Wait…they’ve done this so many times before? Who’s the idiot calling these raids that don’t work? Whoever it is should be fired…

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Can I call this an “outcast finally finds a home” cliche? It certainly feels like it…

Anyway, this week’s episode was really underwhelming. I was pretty bored and the main action sequence didn’t even happen on-screen. It looks like next week will introduce another power…and randomly change the series into a mystery series temporarily.

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 3: Well that escalated quickly…

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I feel like this image will be useful in the future.

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I’m so distracted by what’s going on in the background. What is this guy saying? He’s got a different personality than what he was displaying last week?

They said last week that this guy has a power, right? And he’s only an assistant? Does that mean Atsushi will also be an assistant or is he a full-fledged member?

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I was gonna make a joke about this girl’s voice, but then I heard her laugh…holy crap wtf

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I’m going to get tired of this eventually…but I’m fine with it now.

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The school girl clearly wearing a school girl uniform was a school girl? No way!

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So…basically saying it’s safe to assume anyone under 18 is a student. He’s not wrong, but still…look at yourself, man.

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Doppa Poet wasn’t a poet…sigh…

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Oh right…I forgot this guy is poor. Anyway, if it were me, I would guess something silly…like “unemployed”. But yeah, mostly likely Dazai’s previous profession was something really important or just assassin.

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The fact that he shows Atsushi the photo means that he will likely run into this mystery man during the mission (despite it being a “simple one”).

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I have problems with the way this scene played out. First off, this reaction of “is he the wanted fugitive?”. I’m guessing the guy just happened to remember it from seeing his face before, but the timing makes it seem like Akutagawa refreshed his memory by saying he was “found out already”. Also, Akutagawa walks in to the police station with a post of him sitting right there on the front of the counter and praises them for figuring out who he is? Is it really that impressive?

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Oh gee…I wonder if this girl is going to find the officers dead and scream while the scene fades to black.

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Close enough. Also, what kind of power is Rashoumon? Sounds like a Digimon.

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Follow me into the dark, empty alley, kids! I have candy!

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Wow, I legitimately didn’t see that coming. Time for the show to reveal exactly what kind of show it is. I was honestly expecting the mafia lady to miss for some stupid anime reason. Then again, this is a series with supernatural powers, so…reverse time? Resurrection?

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Is this the “join us because you cause suffering” speech?

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Cool-looking ability, but the description is a bit vague. Is Rashoumon some mythical beast from Japanese lore that I’m supposed to know about? Or is he the generic “stronger than all things” creature for this series?

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I agree, Atsushi. That move was pretty impressive considering how useless your ability is in these situations. Too bad you were up against the final boss…

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Sure, that seems plausible. Holes in space totally act like walls…

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So he’s not useless after all! Also, I should ignore the obvious “red vs. blue” signs, right?

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We did it for the money! I’d be more interested in who would put out a bounty like that on Atsushi.

There’s hope for this series, right? Atsushi can be useful!

Bungou Stray Dogs First Impressions (2): Guess that power!

Apparently, Kabaneri was delayed this week because of an earthquake in Japan…so yeah.

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Aww man…this is going to be the start of every episode, isn’t it?

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Does this count as a “mysterious character somehow has your phone number” cliche? I know you’re going to say “but Marth! Dazai clearly found out his phone number while Atsushi was sleeping!” to which I will respond “normal people lock their phones”. But then again…flip phones…

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Well, this one’s definitely a cliche, but it’s too complicated for me to give a clever quoted description. But we definitely know Atsushi will rush over expecting a dangerous situation when Dazai is actually just in some uncomfortable situation…probably the poet guy trying to force him to do something.

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Oh I see…his legs are broken. That’s the problem.

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Can you really blame them?

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I agree with this. How are they going to use Atsushi at all? He can only transform when he sees the moon (not sure if it’s restricted to a full moon or if it allows moonlight in general) and there’s no guarantee that he’ll do what they want when he transforms. Dazai can force him to change back, but it makes his power meaningless. So it sounds like they just sick him on a room full of people and call it a day.

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I actually thought this was a pretty funny part of the episode. Atsushi gleefully thanks Dazai for asking him to help with a case and then the title flashes on the screen as “A Certain Bomb”, which will immediately make Atsushi retract his gratitude when he finds out.

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This sentence feels incredibly awkward…”one and only” what?

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*facepalm* That’s not what I meant!

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Haha he even does the voices. I wasn’t even paying attention to the complaints themselves.

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Oh no! Not the school girls!

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Does this Janken match even accomplish anything? Of course Dazai isn’t going to be the one doing the work, right? What use is his ability against a standard bomber? Maybe if Dazai had lost, he would have been the distraction (which honestly is the better plan).

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I have no idea what’s going on…

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And he just sits and watches this. Seriously, though, what kind of name is “Doppa Poet”? There’s no poetry involved (he only writes an object name) and the “Doppa” part is just his name. It’s quite possibly the worst name for a power ever. Also, the bomber gives every indication that he’s familiar with the people in the Armed Detective Agency, but doesn’t force the poet to toss his notebook aside…for some reason.

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*facepalm* The button only starts a countdown? Is this guy even trying to kill anyone? Heck, they could just throw the bomb out the window. At this rate, the next you’ll tell me is that the bomb is a fake.

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Yup…it was a test all along.

There’s something I don’t fully understand here, though. Dazai clearly told him about shielding the bomb, so does it really make sense to call Atsushi stupid for doing the thing that Dazai basically suggested he do?

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Light Snow? What does he do? Blow cold air at people?

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The culprit!

This series feels like it may be fun just because there are a number of things I can poke at…not sure what else to say about it, though. If it turns into another story where Atsushi is the generic “useless protagonist” in a group of super-powered freaks, I’ll probably get bored.

Charlotte Final Episode (13): In this episode, Yuu takes an arrow to the…

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Wow, so they really decided to fit Yuu’s entire journey of regener- err saving all of the ability users in a single episode. In the realm of stuff I liked from the episode, I’d say I liked watching Yuu’s descent into madness as he gains more powers. With the memory of Nao fading, he reverts to a form similar to the beginning of the series. That being said, I think my complaints with the episode should be obvious. The power of courage as the last power is meant to be used as a form of comedic irony in the final dramatic moments of the series, but it ends up sounding really silly. Additionally, the fact that the helicopter shows up right in time just as Yuu is plundering the last power is insanely cringe-worthy…at best.

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As a bit of a side note, I actually liked the tease in the middle of the episode where Yuu had the potential to heal his eye and chose not to do it to avoid entering the same loop as his brother. That being said, I have ask…why didn’t he just heal the eye and not use the power? It starts to make sense later when Yuu starts realizing he can’t trust his own mind (after he takes the sleeping pills), but at that point, it should have been fine. Anyway…as I leave this series behind, I can’t help but feel a bit of pity at the fact that it’s doomed to be perpetually compared to Angel Beats. I’m still trying to decide whether I liked this show for the show itself or just because it was fun to read the online reactions from others watching it…

Charlotte Episode 12: Another pseudo-ending episode?

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Wow…given the way the show was going, I wasn’t actually expecting my messiah ending for Yuu to be correct. It looks like he’s really going to be the one who goes around saving people with powers by taking them away. I think there’s an inherent problem in this idea, though. The Yuu we saw last week was horribly incapable of taking care of himself in an actual confrontation…does he really have what it takes to take on this mission by himself? I suppose the final episode may be there to help prove that. I can accept his change in personality, but reliability isn’t built overnight.

This series really likes to make you think that you’re at the end. There should be one more episode, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what will happen. At this point, my only thought is that it could be some sort of epilogue. That being said, I think this entire set of ending episodes has felt like a rushed drama to most people watching so far, so I would more appreciate a final episode that makes good use of its time rather than ending fluff. We’ll see what happens, but I’m going to remain on the skeptical side for now.