Anime Review: Rewrite Episode 13

September 24, 2016

Kotaru carrying Kagari

I hope that everyone is having a good weekend.

Things have been a bit frustrating, though it has more to do with getting some software to work than troubles with people, but I can at least sit back and watch something to relax myself.

As many of you guys know, I have been following two shows this past summer, and now that it is officially fall, or spring if you are in the southern hemisphere, both shows are now coming to an end.

Today, I will be reviewing the final episode of one of those shows, which is Rewrite episode 13.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

aftermath of Gaia's actions

Gaia has made their move and the world has turned into utter chaos, with many buildings destroyed, monsters flying about, and allies fighting another.

The only one can stop this now is Kotaru, but because of everything he has gone through, he must choose whether things continue on or save the world by sacrificing somebody dear to him.
Kotori sitting on ground with pet

I am not too sure about this one.

With how horribly 8bit messed things up for this series, I kind of want to say that I absolutely hated this episode.

However, it was not entirely bad, so I do not need to skip right into what I did not like.

I like how 8bit did not pull something out of thin air.

In a lot of anime, there are a ton of times where it seems like the creator pulled something out of thin air, in order to resolve a matter or allow things to continue on, even going so far as to contradict the world they created.

While I would not say that these things do not happen in real life, since there are things that do happen that cannot be explained too easily or even reproduced, but things can become pretty awful if it is not done right.

Avid readers of any genre or people who watch a ton movies would know what I am talking about of such cases, especially considering that I have not read everything that exists in our world.

Fortunately, 8bit does not do anything like that and lets the world end.

If they did, I would have a lot more to complain about this series than I do.

As such, I can just say that this is passable, and hope that 8bit would be able to create something decent next time, though I probably will not watch anything else from them.

I also liked Kotaru's survival when he first met Kagari was explained.

While this did not reveal as much as I would have liked about Kagari, in terms of who she is as a character, in addition to her past, it did kind of explain Kotaru ability that manifested back in episode 7, since a few people did not realize that Kotaru could do what he did.

For the longest time, I thought that this was something that Kotaru could do because of his rewrite ability, much like how Kawahara's dimension cutting sword was actually part of the spirit sword we saw him using from most of Yu Yu Hakusho, but it now seems like this was something that was acquired from getting a piece of Kagari.

Now I did kind of know about this beforehand, but seeing it here was a little bit surprising, but not enough so that I would want to go looking for Rewrite's visual novel.

While I want to give 8bit some major applause, I cannot because this was not a good time to bring up these kinds of revelations, so I will just say that they did something passable.

The thing that I liked the most though was the fight between Sougen Esaka and Kotaru.

Out of everything that was going on in the episode, I did not want to put this down for any reason, as I was so focused watching as Kotaru getting the living daylights kicked out of him, and seeing his actually try to be on par with Mikoto's Misawa's ability to strategize during the Sisters Arc and Misaki Shokuhou's ability to strategize during the Daihasei Festival arc in A Certain Scientific Railgun was also kind of amusing, though he is pretty much as annoying of a character now as Kuroko has been in the Railgun adaptations.

If the fighting was not so great, then the episode would have been a whole lot worse than it was.

Good job, 8bit. You at least did something right in the final episode, though I would not say it is anywhere near as good as how the Boku Dake ga Inai Machi mange ended.

Hopefully, 8bit can do well enough with their next anime to rid them of terrible reputation, but I am not too optimistic about that.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.

Because the episode did not have a dues ex machina that solved everything and the revelation about what happened to Kotaru after meeting Kagari, and even how Kotaru and Sougen fight was good, made this episode kind of okay.

Sougen Esaka mocking fighting pattern

Although there were things that I liked, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, there was only one thing that really annoyed me.

I did not feel anything from this episode.

Seeing as this was the final episode, tension should be running high during the final confrontation and things should end in a feeling of satisfaction.

For example, as I mentioned in my review of the final episode of the Boku Dake ga Inai Machi anime, the Boku Dake ga Inai Machi manga had a final confrontation that felt like everything was on the line and it was uncertain whether or not Satoru would succeed in against Yashiro.

Yes, that particular series did not end in the best possible way, but it still delivered what it was supposed to deliver, unlike the anime adaptation. I could feel the emotions from both Satoru and Yashiro, as insane as he was, and drove me to continue right up until the end.

This how many series finales should be and I have no doubt that I am the only one that feels this way.

After all, would any of you have any reason to continue on if the tension of the conflict was not that high?

I sure would not.

Here, however, I noticed that there were quite a few scenes where I was supposed to be feeling something, but like a few of the past episodes, I just could not feel it.

For example, when Kotaru had to decide whether or not he would kill Kagari, I wanted to feel sad for him, because having to kill somebody close to you to save the world is the most difficult thing to do.

If I had to say why I did not feel anything from this, it would be because of a problem with the series overall, which is that Kagari herself never received enough focus and her bond with Kotaru seemed to be relatively weak.

Really, 8bit? Where are the emotional feels?

You have been part of the anime industry for quite some time, and you cannot even make emotional scenes that are actually emotional.

This is completely unacceptable for a final episode.

Emotional feelings are what is needed to be able to create a satisfying end, and there are quite a few series that come to mind in that regard, whether I feel like crying or at peace.

I got those feelings from Pandora Hearts when Jack Vesalius spoke with the Alice of the abyss for one last time in the final volume of the manga.

I also got those feelings from when Yusuke's fight with Yomi conclude in the Yu Yu Hakusho anime.

Unfortunately, I do not get that those same kinds of feelings.

If I am feeling anything, it is a sense of relief from no longer having to deal with such a disappointing series.

That is not what viewers and readers should ever feel, yet 8bit delivered that here.

Honestly, the staff behind this series at 8bit need to go back and learn how to do their jobs properly, otherwise they will never be able to create something good.

While there was only one thing wrong with this episode, the fact that I could not feel anything took this from being okay to utterly terrible.

Despite the fact that there were things to like, the only negative outweighed it enough to make this a waste of time.

I recommend that everyone avoid this like the plague.

What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 13? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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