We all like it, or maybe "prefer" would be the better word, when an anime has a good ending. Be it an ending that follows the source material or just wraps things up nicely. Endings are key to how we otaku sum up our feelings on the series as a whole. We ask ourselves if it falls into the scope of the direction we saw the series go or if it keeps with the feeling of the show itself. But sometimes we come across series where the ending arrives and all it does is ruin the entire thing. That is what I’m presenting today; series where the ending comes and I can’t help but be pissed off in one way or another.
Now, be warned Vicers. If you have not seen these series and plan to then I strongly suggest not reading further. For those of you who don’t care, enjoy my thoughts.
Kurozuka is only 12 episodes long but the story spans over 1,000 years. Or so you are lead to think. I enjoy the animation (done by Madhouse Studios) and action of this series but the story sits there and skips to different points in time again and again with a lackadaisically pieced together plot that only lands square for a minute in the final episode (unless you count the reasonable beginning of the show). So as I watched the final episode the frustration of everything up to that point came to a head when you get thrown back to where the show began. The entire damn thing was a daydream! Come on! I’m all for being strung along if it’s some greater-than-your-comprehension deal but with this show? I was pissed off. In fact, 3 years after this show came out and I was watching it, I still am. The sad part is I can’t imagine this any other way. I feel that this should have been a full season show instead of a half. Maybe that way the story could work better and makes sense. Someone out there must feel the same as me because I don’t think there is even a subtitled US release.
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Some of you might remember Tom covering the first 7 or 8 episodes of Phantom in his Watch & Learn and dropping it. Overall, I like the show. The premise is fun and there is action and drama. Yes some of it is played out a bit much I can’t help but like everything I saw except the ending. Then again, this is a show where if you do any critical thinking you will see the ending coming from a mile away. I had a gut feeling when this show aired 2 years ago that Zwei was going to get subtly assassinated while Ein was taking in the feeling of being “home”. That doesn’t mean I wanted it to happen. I wanted to be surprised. So while the ending annoys the hell out of me, it is completely befitting the show. The viewer gets to leave with the thought that you cannot outrun an underground syndicate (among other things). FUNimation picked this one up and you can find it all on DVD.
*Author's Note: If y'all have already looked then you'll notice the Wiki for both of these series is pretty empty. Possible projects to think about.*
What do you have to say Vicers? Are you as upset as me with Kurozuka? Was the end of Phantom a given? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below!