You know, despite the warnings you lunatics have given about how this ending would be too saccharine or confusing or irresolute, it honestly plays out rather fittingly. As fitting as I’ve seen for any mega mecha series, at the least. If any questions or sub-plots have been left dangling, I really can’t recall them enough to spoil my feelings at this particular juncture.
A lot of the fallout with the scubs has been left to implication, sure, but that’s not any different from how this show has handled plot threads since the beginning. Much like FMA: BROTHERHOOD, this show benefits from Bones being in a position to plan it all the way and maintain a consistent tone throughout it. This isn’t a “Gekko ending,” there were never any points where the animation quality declined due to budget mismanagement, etc. It’s even got a leg-up on BROTHERHOOD’s conclusion for overcoming its cooties phobia by curtain call.
Here’s a simple ending to show which, somehow, despite all the deep details about scubs, Coralians and assorted “acperiences,” kept things fairly simply in handling its mythology. It certainly isn't the CARE BEARS ending I was told to be leery of.
My only objection here floats over Renton’s character growth. Yes, we do see him come to master his feelings about Eureka and become forthright about protecting that which matters to him the most. That’s represented quite neatly by Nirvash getting its Tiger Zord upgrade and the subsequent furious barrage Renton unleashes on the anti-bodies with it. He’s become his own man, certainly… so why is he still taking Holland’s shit?
I never really objected to Shinji being the despondent wimp that so many EVA viewers had a problem with. It would get really boring if every fantasy action-adventure lead was an assertive and aggressive tough guy. Still, when a show makes a point about its 50 episode arc turning a timid boy into a confident young man, it seems like a stutter-step before the finish line for him to still be afraid of his mentor at such a crucial moment. Holland could’ve certainly still given Renton the idea for how to save Eureka, but Renton really shouldn’t have taken that advice while slouching below him.
That's a small quibble, though. Certainly not enough to ruin this feel-good wave from the "Second Summer of Love" and this beautiful finale.