Sidonia no Kishi – 12 (END)
“Returning to the Ship”
Here we are, the grand finale. It’s as they say though, the end is just another beginning, and it’s hats off to a series that’s definitely earned its second season. So while we relish the great news, let’s look back at a finale that while not quite perfect, puts a solid bow at the end of a great ride.
Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind for me is the fact that this finale was felt like a straight up action/mecha/Sci-Fi episode in every sense of the word, and in ways, it harkens back to an older age filled with series of such a nature. But as times have changed, so have series in general, and what was definitely more commonplace stylistically in the past is now a kind of rare animal in every sense of the word. To top things off, Sidonia’s one of those rare series whose story-telling meshes almost flawlessly with its world-building, and it’s only fitting that the series ends the way it does—with Tanikaze on top, a fresh new perspective and start for everyone involved, and one of the greatest Gauna threats ever faced by the Sidonia thwarted by a length of a hair.
Admittedly, there were some moments that felt a bit off—likely due to either the constraints of the episodic format or the fact that they’re saved some developments for the second season in order to end things at this point—but the fact remains that the finale was fitting despite this, because there’s no denying that Tanikaze is the one all important cog that really makes this story tick. It’s his story that we’ve seen unfold throughout these last twelve episodes, his perspective that we tend to see things from, and his actions that’ve gotten the Sidonia as far as it has. And that’s the beauty of it all. The story itself might be a complex amalgamation of hundreds of years of history and dozens upon dozens of mysteries, but it all works because of the almost singular focus on Tanikaze, and it’s exemplified by this finale.
The comment that Ren makes about how it’s unfair Tanikaze gets all the gear? Her decision to give that one extra bullet to Tanikaze regardless? The fact that Tanikaze’s the one that takes down Benisuzume in a way only he can (it’s ironic it looks like it’s a middle finger)? Since day one, everything has and continues to revolve around Tanikaze—the flawed, yet perfectly reliable protagonist who’ve we’ve come to enjoy watching on a week to week basis. There’s just a kind of charm to someone who just appreciates the simple things (especially in a backdrop where people don’t even really eat physical food), and as much as most of us feel Kunato didn’t deserve to be approached by Tanikaze in the end, the fact remains that he is who he is, and it wouldn’t be him if he didn’t do what he did.
Ultimately, there just are few words to say about a series that’s really done everything expected of it. As mentioned previously, this first season does leave something to be desired regarding the multitude of mysteries surrounding the Gauna, the Immortal Council, and the like (some may feel that the 3DCG could’ve used some work too), but there’s just no denying the strength of the source material behind this show, and it’s quite obvious that we’ll get some of those answers once the second season rolls around. All things considered, there’ve been few shows this year so far that’ve managed to send chills down my spine like Sidonia has, and it’s truly been a special experience being able to watch things unfold here.
With that said, it’s sadly the end of another season, and I’d just like to end things here by thanking everyone again for not only reading and commenting on Sidonia the past few months, but for also the fact that you guys come in day in/day out to visit the site in general. We wouldn’t be here without you guys, so thanks, and I hope you guys’ll stick around for the future as well. I won’t go too much into detail, but let’s just say there are some exciting things in store on the horizon…
Author’s Note: As usual, please refrain from spoilers, especially if they’re not in response to a query of some sort. If you must, please remember to use spoiler tags.