「もう一度スタート地点」 (Mouichido Sutaato Chiten)
“Back To The Starting Line”
It may not happen a lot in this genre, but sometimes there are shows that manage to do a great job at wrapping things up while leaving just enough in the air to keep your imagination going. Stella no Mahou‘s ending this week did just that and more.
The Pre-Final Impressions
I think we’ve said just about all we can say about this show. From my posts to your comments, we’ve been on this SNS-bu train together and even though it may have come to an end, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Before I dive into the final impressions though, let me just ramble a little about this final episode and just why I think it may have been one of the best ones of the series. Giving us the payoff getting to see Stardust Intenzione completed and on display felt so good. Especially with some of the things we had to endure to get here! But what may have been even bigger than that was seeing a refortified Tama tackling the monster known as The Summer Comiket. Completely different than the girl who was at Stella no Mahou’s release, it was like watching a baby chick grow into a more mature but still rather small chick. Jokes aside, I personally think the show did a great job with how it handled Tama’s growth all the way to the very last minutes of the show. Sure, there were some bumps along the way but there were definitely more positive moments that made up for them.
When it comes to this last episode, I loved all the little things the story went out of its way to highlight before it came to a close. We had Yumine and her expressive BL moments, Teru-senpai randomly appearing and subsequently getting shut down by Iino, and HOLY COW we finally got to see some of that old Japanese family money show up. All-in-all, not too shabby for a finale.
With that out of the way, let’s jump into the final impressions!
As I said earlier, I think we’ve all said just about all we have to say about this show. We’ve commented on our likes and dislikes each week and I doubt this last episode changed much (Minaha was doing so well until the end!). That said, the more I thought about what my “final impressions” of this show were, I kept finding myself thinking about the epilogue of Tama taking charge of the SNS-bu’s next game. Because, I guess if you were to sum Stella no Mahou down to its barebones, it’s a story of a girl who is a little lost in life and is trying to grab the reigns and do something on her own terms. And honestly, if you were to compare Tama from episode one to episode twelve, I’m sure we can all agree that she’s definitely found the strength and courage to tackle her goals!
Anyways, thank you to everyone who’s been keeping up with the posts! I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did and I hope you found some meaning of your own throughout all of this. In any case, I’ll catch you guys around the bend with the start of the Winter 2017 season! (Secret Note: I am so excited for Demi-chan and Maid Dragon (Kobayashi-sanchi no Maid Dragon). WATCH IT WITH ME!)