At this stage I’m expecting nothing from Assault Lily’s grand finale, though it doesn’t mean I’m not dreaming of something coming through in its final moments. An episode devoted to Kaede going full crafty craftsman? Please, it’s all about that teasing at the end with Yuyu’s former senpai. At least, I sure hope it is.
Given where Assault Lily has been going these past few weeks I can more or less forgive a denouement moment devoted to Riri suffering. Her new favourite girl in Yuri is apparently dead, she couldn’t help her in the slightest, and local bureaucracy decided a scapegoat was in order to keep even greater hounds off its figurative back. Hell, we even got some touching moments to complete the ensemble! It’s an episode which makes sense, but I really feel something like this is better served occurring earlier on when you have time to maximize the potential it invites. Two weeks to leverage it and tie up multiple plot points at the same isn’t enough I think, especially when a lot of those same points haven’t been touched on since the start of the show. In my opinion it’s simply another aspect which shows Assault Lily has increasingly bit off more than it can chew and doesn’t really have a way out of its predicament. Of course, it doesn’t exclude the possibility of some grand unifier appearing at the end to ameliorate all, but even anime can be hard-pressed to rely on such narrative Hail Marys.
For all my criticism, however, I cannot lie that there’s parts of this episode which tickled the fancy. Besides the usual enjoyment of all things bath time—not limited to the chuckle-worthy use of Miliam’s hair—little things like Tazusa’s love of donuts and the cat motifs never stopping to feature really keep the humour humming along. Top it off with Kaede doing Kaede things and I cannot deny I still get a kick out of Assault Lily, even if it just reinforces how much better it could be with a bit of work. Slash the cast, trim the story, deepen the personality and traits of the main cast, and darling you have a half-decent magical girl show. Assault Lily’s universe arguably has the material needed to sustain such an endeavour, it’s only up to those utilizing it to take full advantage of what it offers.
But as the saying goes, it ain’t over ‘till it’s over, and we still have two weeks to see just what this show plans on leaving us with.