「エロマンガフェスティバル」 (Eromanga Fesutibaru)
I guess if you’re going to end something, might as well give the audience everything it wants and then some.
Instead of typically diving straight into the final impressions, let me talk a little about this week’s “finale” where I use the word “finale” extremely loosely since this was probably one of the weakest final episodes I’ve watched if you’re using the word in a traditional sense. There was zero closure, no sense that things have progressed at all (minus Sagiri at least opening her window), and most importantly no answers why Sagiri does that adorable dance in the opening sequence. Like, do the writers who adapted the story to our screens realize the huge trust issues they’re creating?
Jokes and small criticisms aside, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this week’s episode. Because when it came to showing me all the things that I loved about the show, I think it hit just about everything with an added bonus that the show somehow managed to sneak in a surprise penis that didn’t have to be censored. Like, getting to see Elf, Muramasa, Megumin, Ayame (Muramasa’s editor) and Tomoe was fantastic but it was probably the subject matter of it all that really enhanced all their appearances. Between sexy-twister and a famous piece of art dodging the mosaic treatment, it would have been amazing had every episode been like this.
Anyways, let’s dive into the final impressions!
Overall, I think Eromanga Sensei was an alright show. I had high expectations that it didn’t manage to live up to, but was definitely fire during its high points. Starting out strong by throwing us straight into the thick of things, I clearly remember being really invested into the characters and the story by the third episode. We had Megumin screaming about dicks, Elf being the girl we needed but didn’t deserve, and Sagiri serving as the final boss that I think we all knew would eventually win. Unfortunately, something happened after that third episode that brought the story to a crashing halt. With Masamune being as dense as a log and three (four technically but I’ll hit on that in a second) girls chasing after him, the middle part of the season felt a little off with any progress with any girl essentially meaning nothing. I mean, I can understand the story wanting to build a harem for Masamune to deal with, but if you know he’s set on Sagiri, I know he’s set on Sagiri, and all the Sagiri haters know he’s set on Sagiri, why would you devote so much time to not Sagiri which essentially also shafted Sagiri? Fast forward to the last two episodes where we actually got to see Sagiri and you have to wonder what the show runners had in mind when they thought sidelining the titular character would be a good idea. As the last “arc”, the few episodes that Sagiri got felt rushed and if we’re being honest a little half-assed. There are still so many unanswered questions that could have been used in a way to drive the story toward Sagiri and Masamune becoming closer but we instead got a time skip that leapt straight to Masamune’s novel being published and Sagiri acting a bit more like a normal person. And don’t even get me started on Tomoe who I thought could have been best girl had the anime not completely ignored her existence.
Like I said at the beginning of that giant paragraph though, overall I think the show was okay. I had a fun time watching it and even though it may not have been what was promised, there were a lot of great moments that I got to share with my friends as we bantered about who was our best girl and whether or not Sagiri would actually set foot outside before the show came to a close.
In any case, I hope you guys enjoyed the show (and the posts) and I’ll see you around the bend once the next season of anime starts! If you already haven’t, don’t forget to take a peek at our Season Preview for Summer and shout out your favorites (or shows that we should keep out eyes on).
See you later!