I hope that everyone had a good Sunday.
Aside from a few troubles that I had to resolve, things have been going well, especially since I was able to relax and watch something that could take my mind off those troubles.
As many of you guys know, I have been following two shows this season, which officially ends sometime this week, and both shows are now entering the final two episodes.
Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of one those two shows, which is Rewrite episode 12.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Kotaru and the gang continue to talk things over, trying to figure out what they are going to do.
However, when they noticed that Kagari was not nearby, something happens and members of Gaia come storming into their base.
While Rewrite has been fairly disappointing as late, enough so that has been hurting the quality of the series, that does not mean that there is a zero percent chance that a miracle would occur.
Unfortunately, after having seen this episode, I cannot say that I enjoyed too much.
On the other hand, there were a few good things present, so I do not need to jump right into what I hated.
I liked how the confrontations that occurred made the main cast start asking questions.
For the longest time, there were numerous points where 8bit could have been exploring Kagari, especially early on, when it made the most sense to do so, and had me interested in finding out more about her, but 8bit decided to put that off for storylines that did not quite match up the visual novels from Key that I have read or the best of the anime adaptations of those visual novels of Kyoto Animation.
Here, however, a member of Gaia spouted off that Kagari's very existence threatens the world itself, which makes Kotaru start wondering if that is indeed true.
Yes, this was kind of an obvious path to take, seeing as Kotori did say that Kagari will have to make a choice that would affect the fate of the world in episode 9, but the fact that they bring up the possibility now is at least a step in the right direction, even if it is a bit late.
As a result, 8bit does deserve some praise.
I also liked how there was a big clash between Kotaru's group, who is made of people from different factions, and Gaia, whose goal has been established to be that of protecting Kagari.
For much of the series, Guardian and Gaia never really went head-to-head outright, resulting in things being relatively peaceful and not being able to learn more about either group.
However, now that the objectives of both groups are clear and that their methods are in conflict, this kind of situation was expected, and 8bit really delivered.
Good job, 8bit. The series may have been ruined to the point where only a miracle can redeem it, but you guys are at least doing things right.
Another nice thing was how there was absolutely no comedy to be found.
While I do have some sense of humor, there are times when a series can have moments that make me laugh and there are moments, like the events featured in the tenth episode, where comedy would only ruin things, especially when comedy is not the main focus of the series, unlike D-Frag! and Baka & Test.
One such place is the penultimate chapter or episode of a series.
In the penultimate episode, things should start to be wrapped and move towards the answer that the characters have come to during their journey, while facing off against the final enemy or obstacle, so we should be feeling tension or, in the case of The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, create a moment of heartbreak that continues on through to the final episode.
Likewise, 8bit did not decide to ruin the flow of things by putting it yet another scene that was supposed to be funny.
Good job, 8bit. If you can keep this up, and actually pay attention to the atmosphere of the scenes being present, then you will not have any problems creating the right emotional feelings that a few of the great series out have made people feel.
The thing that I liked the most though was what the current leader of Gaia has planned.
Even though Gaia objective was to protect Kagari and bring about the end of the human race, it is still not clear how exactly they plan to do this, even though Kagari is obviously an important element in their plans, and the way things happened really makes me think that Kotaru and the gang will have to fight to bring back Kagari, even if it would not be too satisfying because Kagari has not really been fleshed out as a character, and makes me want to watch the next episode right now.
By having things progressed in this manner, 8bit has opened a way that this series can end relatively decently, if not perfect, and shows me that 8bit might be able to pull off some miracle.
Hopefully, 8bit can pull it off, but I would not count on it happening, since the next episode is the final one.
Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.
Although there were things that I liked, there some issues.
However, aside from issues too minor to talk about, everything wrong with this episode can be summed up into only one main issues.
Things are still being brought up way too late.
During the early run of this series, Kagari appeared so often that she practically had to be an important character, yet we never really get to know her until the last few episodes of the second third of the series.
And, while this is not technically bad, 8bit did not really give her enough focus and Kotaru seemingly put off learning more about her, especially when Kotori decides to answer some questions.
Instead, they made her some all-important being that decides the fate of the world and that her existence itself is a threat to it. All within the timespan of the final four or five episodes.
Really, 8bit? Is this any way to make an enjoyable finish?
Heck, there was not even any decent foreshadowing to signify that these kinds events would crop up at this particular point in time.
A great example of doing things right within the last few episodes is The Legend of the Legendary Heroes.
For most of that series, the relationship between Ferris, Ryner, and Sion has been shown to grow stronger through their interactions and sharing their burdens with each other.
However, in the last few episodes, Sion is made to face his other self and it is decided that he will attempt to kill Ryner, which happens in the last few minutes of the penultimate episode and most of the beginning of, if not most of, the final episode.
In that instance, I could feel the sadness of Ryner while he faced off against the king that he called a friend and really wanted him to succeed in trying to convince his friend to stop the madness.
In this episode, I wanted to feel sorry for Kotaru that he might have to hurt Kagari, a girl that hardly knows herself, because her existence might not bring a happy ending, but I could not because 8bit decided to not really explore who Kagari is until now.
Honestly! 8bit needs to know how to write a decent story and make sure the scripts follow all the way through.
This is why time needs to be taken to really figure out how many episodes there should be, instead of trying to fit a story into a predetermined amount episode.
If the story is good, regardless of the medium it is presented in, people will sing its praises, which will drag in more people.
On the other hand, if it is terrible, people will stop following or reading the work entirely, and the only praise might be from big name critics or the literary experts that think they know what makes a good book, though there probably are a few that can recognize talent and see why something is good, but they would only be lucky if both the masses and the big name critics like a work.
Not only I could not feel for Kotaru's dilemma because things cropped up too late, but even the plans that the leader of Gaia had in store did not seem to be as interesting as it could have been, though it still ended up being one of the interesting things things in the episode.
While I do not expect that the real plans of the enemy leader to show up too soon in any work of fiction, there needs to be some kind of hint that things may not be what people thought, such as more than just a few people disaffecting or people having other plans in store.
Unfortunately, in this series, the only sign that something was going to happen was that Kagari zoned out more than once due to something Gaia was doing and Akane, who had a somewhat emotional reunion with Kotaru, decided to let somebody do whatever they wanted to her friends, in exchange for protecting Kagari.
Seriously, 8bit! You need to do things way better than this!
Both Pandora Hearts and The Legend of Legendary Heroes did things that suggested that more was going on than what being shown and explored, thus making me want to find out more about what was going on, but you cannot even deliver on this much?
When this series is finally over, please go back and learn how to do your job properly, before ruining reputation further, since the chances are extremely low that you can pull off something remarkable in the next and final episode.
While every wrong could be wrapped up into one issue, that one issue is damaging enough that it turned an okay episode into a horrid one.
Despite the fact that there were things that I liked, the negative present outweighed it enough to make this a waste of time.
If this were not the penultimate episode, I would have been able to encourage people to give this a try, but I will just have to say that it is officially time to give up on this series, even though I will make myself suffer through the final episode, to see if a miracle can be pulled off.
What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 12? Did you like it or hate it? If you hated it, do you think the events that transpired here have sealed the fate of this series as being one of the worst ones made, like I do? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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