With the finale upon us, there were some good moments and some great moments.
While I would normally jump straight into the final impressions, I just had to take a moment to highlight the anime’s use of Taroumaru. Originally a one panel character whose only purpose was to show us that cute furry animals can become terrifying monsters, his inclusion as a main character in the anime has been met with mixed responses. Die-hard manga fans not happy with the addition of another character and anime-only fans loving the crap out of him, I don’t think we’ve had an episode with him in it where doesn’t want some sort of discussion around him.
But looking past that, I think we can all agree that Taroumaru was a true hero this week. I was really hoping that he’d pull through since they’d manage to give him the vaccine, but if there’s one thing this show doesn’t have trouble doing, it’s taking some of our most beloved characters from us. After a whole season of watching that adorable furball, I just couldn’t stop the tears from flowing when he gave us his final smile. What’s crazy is that even though I know he’s just an anime-only character, his death hurt just as bad if not more than when we figured out what was going on with Megu-nee. And as much as I wanted him to survive, I think his death serves as a important reminder that miracles are tough to come by and you should cherish what you have while you have it. That and at least we get to see Kurumi live on, right?
With that said, let’s jump into the final impressions as our girls graduate onto bigger and better things!
Looking at the show in its entirety, I think there was so much good there that it balances it out with any of the stylistic or pacing changes that you wouldn’t even know about unless you read the source material. Without diving too much into that though, I personally loved how the show managed to control and transition the tone from happy-go-lucky to downright despair as the episodes came by. Between changing the opening sequence to match the moment to utilizing different color palettes and lighting to change the episode’s atmosphere, I have to hand it to Lerche for giving the tone such a grand personality.
Then you have the big secret behind Megu-nee and why Yuki was the only one who was really holding a conversation with her. Having passed away before the first episode even started, who would have thought something in Yuki’s mind would have played such an important role? While I would have loved for Megu-nee to get a full episode dedicated to what happened right before she sacrificed herself for her beloved students, I think the overall message came across that she was always putting Yuki and the others before herself. That and her surprise appearances throughout the latter part of the series always had me tearing up.
After previewing the show for the Summer Preview, I was ready to stab anyone trying to get close to this show. Luckily there were no casualties! Random points aside, I think this adaptation of a really enthralling manga was done pretty well by the hard working people at Lerche. Retaining a majority of the original feel while retrofitting most of the relevant content into one-cour, most of the material followed the manga quite closely without changing up too much of the original material. Sure, there will always be die-hard fans who will never be happy when their source material gets touched, but I won’t complain too much when what we get is actually really enjoyable to watch. That and based off of what the epilogue showed us, maybe there’ll be a second season somewhere down the line?
Thank you to everyone who’s been following these posts! I appreciate it and love reading all the comments as they flow in! And before I go, let me end with this note — make sure to always treasure your loved ones since who knows when our own zombie apocalypse might roll around. See you later!
P.S. Random thought, but did anyone notice how Rii-san was holding her hands when they were all praying together for Taroumaru and Megu-nee? I thought it was interesting how she had her hands folded over instead of just straight against each other like everyone else’s. :3