「富士ピラー再攻略戦！」 (Fuji Piraa Sai-kouryaku-sen!)
“Reattacking Fuji Pillar!”
Well, it’s here, Sigururi’s grand hurrah. And I dare say it intends on meeting the definition of hurrah. Or at least half, because if you were expecting answers in these final moments, best think again. Per series tradition (at this stage), Sigururi is going to be all show and little glue, but at least the former has a good chance at heavily outweighing the former.
Probably the largest unsurprise of the moment is that the grand battle with Odin comes down to Claudia. Why she’s Odin’s best (or favourite) is anyone’s guess (because who needs explanations?), but the girl has been set up for this moment and by hell she’s going to perform. The one satisfaction, however, is that Azu and Miyako haven’t been left in the dust, because something something group dynamics and letting the main girl cast retain their time in the spotlight. I honestly have little idea why we’re playing up the whole host of other girls at this stage when it’s down to action first and foremost—and nothing says that like Miyako shooting big guns at even bigger targets—but that’s likely an answer for all the spin-off material Sigururi originally had intended to release alongside the anime. There was a plan afoot for this Nordic adventure, and it seems Corona-chan unfortunately had the last laugh.
Barring any annoyances plot-wise that I may or may not be itching to elaborate on for final impressions, Sigururi is pretty much as you expect in its twilight hours. Per above all the cast is on display to remind us all that this really is the final fight to end all fights, and there’s simultaneously no shortage of aircraft cameos on display to keep even the most avid of plane lovers busy for a while. Barring any annoyances the plot has repeatedly played up, we also have a fairly conventional end to whatever is at work: Valkyries will save the day, Odin will get the death he has obviously been looking for, and everyone goes on their merry way. Whether or not that involves one of the girls dying is anyone’s guess of course, but given Sigururi to date, I don’t expect a lot on that front even in Claudia’s case. There’s just too many happy feels in Sigururi to truly break out the suffering now, and with only one week to go, precious little time to even capitalize on the potential such a shift offers.
Not that this sort of twist is impossible mind you, but something tells me the finale we get next week will be a fairly content conclusion to an otherwise rambunctious story.