「野に咲く花に鎮魂の歌を, ベイビーマグナム破壊戦 II」 (Nonisakuhana Ni Chinkon no Uta Wo, Beibii Magunamu Hakaisen II)
“A Requiem for the Flowers Blooming in the Field, The Battle to Destroy the Baby Magnum II”
For this finale post of Heavy Object, I bring what I know all of you wanted – a dual final impression post featuring none other than Stilts himself!
And before I jump into the final impressions (since that’s what I usually do), can I just say that I called it? I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to realize the “mirror” connection, but it was surprising to see that it wasn’t spelled out for us like we were toddlers or something. See Heavy Object! You can make a thrilling and interesting story without setting Qwenthur’s plot armor to ungodly levels!
Also, I’ll never refuse an opportunity to see more Ohoho. Never!
Takaii’s Final Impressions
Overall, Heavy Object was just a damn fun show to watch. It may have used every trope known to man and sometimes stalled when it forgot that the focus was around nearly indestructible spheres, but I will be damned if someone tries to say this wasn’t one of those kick back and relax shows. From someone who had the pleasure of simply being a viewer and then getting the opportunity to take over coverage, I must say that trying to watch this show analytically definitely takes some of the fun out of it. When you have to find meaning in the character’s actions or more so want to find meaning, it’s tough when the story can go from being goofy to somber within minutes. That said, when the show did get serious, there was always something interesting to talk about. From the atrocities of war that a majority of us get to blissfully be unaware of to the moments where you genuinely wondered whether or not a character was going to get killed, there were some true gems hiding here and there.
What truly made the Heavy Object fun though has to be its characters and how they all managed to mingle so well together. Besides our main cast of Qwenthur, Havia, Melinda, and Frolaytia there were so many other memorable side characters I’m surprised I can remember them all! Unfortunately, not all of them have names as easy as Ohoho, but I’m sure if I were to describe a character we’ve seen, you wouldn’t have difficulty figuring out who I was talking about. But while we’re talking about Ohoho, can I just say that she’s probably my favorite side character? She’s trolling the entire world by making them believe she’s a busty 20 something all while being a ridiculously cute loli, she controls an Object by being faster than it’s A.I. and repairing it’s goofs, and to top it all she’s probably one of the few characters who could probably break through whatever good will the writers have for Qwenthur! A close second probably goes to Wydine, but with Arai Satomi doing her voice, how can you not love her?
Anyways, if you’ve made it this far, I hope you enjoyed the series as much as I did. Even with its obvious pacing issues and ridiculous scenarios that no normal person could survive, I think there was more than enough that made up for all of it. With its lovable characters, super memorable side characters, and a general story that made pretty decent sense, you have a truly decent anime on your hands here. And maybe it’s just me, but I always got a rush whenever Qwenthur did something that he totally shouldn’t have been able to do. Because like it or not, there’s nothing wrong with some good old fashioned heroics.
And with that, let me thank everyone for keeping up with the posts! I know it’s been a rough ride, but I hope you found something fun to cling on to. See you around the bend when the next season starts!
Stilts’ Final Impressions
When I first picked up Heavy Object, I was hoping for exciting military fun. Pulpy action, basically. The first few episodes, while heavy-handed with the exposition, combined instantly likable characters and friendly banter with some interesting ideas about the nature of clean war. That was a good sign, and I was in. Then the series shoved itself so far up its own ass that the whole act shattered and exposed the weakness in its bones.
The sci-fi elements of Heavy Object are not very good. There’s no way to sugarcoat that. The idea that Objects, which are basically just big fuckin’ tanks, would fundamentally alter warfare, or that the number of Objects would ever automatically determine the outcome of battles “cleanly”, fundamentally misunderstands both the nature of war and humanity. We’re delusional beasts. We believe in the million-to-one chance. Ain’t nothin’ gonna change that anytime soon, and big tanks with magic armor certainly aren’t going to do it.
Which would be okay, but the military tactics weren’t that great either. That’s fine in the Raildex series for which Kamachi-sensei is known, when it’s the intricacies of each characters magical abilities that matter, but it doesn’t work in an army group-level military setting. Add onto that how often one character or another was forced to hold the idiot ball to make the plot progress the way Kamachi-sensei wanted it to, and I was left frustrated time and again.
In a way, Heavy Object reminds me of some Okada Mari anime. Kamachi-sensei has never been afraid to just make things happen to worsen the situation for his main characters, which is true of Okada-san as well. The only problem is that the edifice it all stands on in Heavy Object is so shaky and the actual drama/tension he creates feels so lopsided that it doesn’t work, whereas Okada Mari drama usually does work (though YMMV, and she can certainly go too far). An asspull can be forgiven if it works, but in Heavy Object, it rarely did.
The series was at its best when the conflict was set up intelligently, and when the situation was made difficult for both sides. The Iguazu Mountains and Amazon City arcs (ep 10-14) were probably the best, since the Mass Driver Conglomerate was desperate and cornered, but still dangerous thanks to an uncommon tactic that was broadly understood, but for which the ramifications weren’t always immediately clear. That, along with stakes on both sides, made it interesting and fascinating and tense, something which no other Heavy Object arcs quite managed.
I wish they had continued the utilization of more characters that was begun in the Kamchatka diamond mine arc. That added a new layer to the series that the all-Qwenthur-and-Havia-all-the-time show doesn’t have. All in all, I’d say that recent arcs have been an improvement, but not so much to change my basic impression of the series.
Heavy Object is a B-movie in anime form. It’s not terribly well thought out, the characters frequently do nonsensical things, and the tone is often oddly light in face of all the death and explosions that happen, in a way that’s almost incongruous rather than irreverent. Plus, all that banter and fanservice. And a B-movie can be fun! Granted, it was partially hampered (for me) by deciding to blog 14 episodes + this final impression, which forced me to think too much about a series which I really shouldn’t have thought so much about if I wanted to fully enjoy it, but ah well.
Heavy Object wasn’t good, but it wasn’t exactly bad either. Okay, so it was bad, but it was bad in a way that doesn’t stop it from being entertaining, usually. There are worse things, I suppose. Even when I stopped blogging it, I usually watched new episodes pretty quick, and since I’m regularly 5-10+ episodes behind on series I’m legitimately enjoying, that’s got to count for something. I’m not sure what, but something. Probably another sign that I’m insane.