「無冠の剣王II」 (Mukan no Ken Ou II)
“An Uncrowned Sword King II”
All good things must come to an end — and that includes one of my favorite shows from the season. But hey, maybe if the planets line up just right and I wish on enough shooting stars, maybe there’ll be more Rakudai in the future?
The Ensuing Fight
So, there’s no way we can skip what happened throughout this week’s episode since last week’s stark shift to a dark and depressing place was a huge surprise. You had everyone conspiring against Ikki and even his father dropped such a huge bomb on him that you probably couldn’t even blame him if he just stood up and admitted defeat. Except that’s not what happened. Even with everything around him fading into the darkness, Ikki managed to hang on with a little help of a friendly flame to guide the way. A flame that gave him just enough strength and courage to face and defeat the frightening Raikiri head on in a true and honest battle. As an added bonus, Ikki also got to demonstrate his strength to more than just the people in the stadium and even got to make one hell of a proposal to Stella! Something we’ll talk about more in the final impressions.
If I were to have any complaints about this finale though, my only little gripe would be just how quickly things resolved themselves. While it makes sense since Ikki literally only had minutes before he needed to get onto the battlefield, I was really hoping his return to form would be dragged out a little longer. That said, after all the nonsense Ikki had to deal with, I don’t mind seeing him have a slightly easier time than what we’d expect because he’s already dealt with so much crap already. That and seeing a crowd of people cheer for him felt so good that I’m having trouble describing it.
Before jumping into the final impressions, I just wanted to thank everyone for keeping up with my posts week and week. I know this one is a little late compared to the usual post (friend’s birthday messed up my schedule last night), but I loved reading and responding the comments every week. And with that, let’s jump into some final impressions!
After previewing this show in the Fall 2015 preview, I had some pretty high expectations for it. With a small core cast of characters that I adored and a couple that flew straight passed all the nonsense, I was praying that Rakudai’s transition into an anime wouldn’t tarnish what I loved. Amazingly, SILVER LINK did a fantastic job at bringing over and preserving the overall feel and lovey-dovey StellaxIkki moments in anime form.
Starting things off with the couple of season (or maybe even the couple of the year?), I can’t get over just how much I loved seeing Ikki and Stella together. You had two people who knew exactly what they wanted, went after it with their heart on their sleeves, and managed to break past all the typical anime barriers that have all of us facepalming all too often. The best part of it all was we got to see their relationship grow and mature throughout the season. From their extremely cute confession scene, to how they handled their relationship woes, all the way to seeing them get awfully intimate and even propose to each other, what more could you really ask for?
And even if romance isn’t your thing, the action throughout the series was more than good enough to keep yourself on the edge of your seat. With all the fights having just enough flair to keep them fun but not going completely overboard that they seemed ridiculous (except maybe the golem fight), they all had their own feel and meaning behind them. While I don’t have a personal favorite since I enjoyed them all, I really did enjoy Ikki’s first real battle against a certain unnamed asshat.
Overall, I think Rakudai did a great job with what it was given. Even though it was only one cour and there was a lot of stuff packed into it, I think it’s a testament to SILVER LINK and the source material just how much fun it was to experience it all. Hopefully, like I said in the beginning of the post, maybe we’ll get another season somewhere down the road. One that’ll pick up right where we left off and continue the story of the Worst One and his bridge to be alongside all of their friends. We can dream, right?