Where do I begin? What started off for me as an underrated has become quite possibly one of the worst shows this season. So instead of focusing on the plot summary, I’m going to get straight to the ranting on why this show failed.
The biggest strength of this show was that it held no limits to how dark it can get without getting offensive. But the way they utilized it later on ended up being the start of its downfall. They stopped caring on how the dark elements affect the plot and more on how it can create new dilemmas. As a result, a lot of the new dark elements feel forced, uninspired, and overall not threatening. And when they ran out of new dilemmas, they reuse an old one(Fuyuna’s death) as a plot device to try breaking our main lead.
And since they stopped caring about the plot, the writing tanked by the end. Dumb decisions were used constantly in order to progress the story, new plot revelations(Akari being half Daemonia) are brought out of nowhere, and midway they give up on trying to rise the stakes any further. But when that’s not enough, they rely on Deus Ex Machina to bring Ginka back to life just so we can have the tired “friendship conquers all” trope that should never be brought up in a show that’s desperately trying to be dark.
Yet the biggest downfall is that with all of this happening, I did not care because I lost any interest in these characters. All of their motivations were oversimplified and their diversity in emotions were almost nonexistent. This was fine during the beginning because their decisions helped flesh them out thanks to the issue of killing dear friends. But now that that’s gone, all we’re left with are a bunch of uninteresting stereotypes.
This is especially true for Akari, as her importance in the plot and her supposed influence juxtapose her extremely dull personality. She’s literally described as a perfect shining light that overshadows those around her, but she doesn’t have the uniqueness of someone like Hajime(Gatchaman CROWDS) or the charisma of Medaka (Medaka Box) to live up to those claims. If the show wants me to care for someone that doesn’t even grab my interest, then I call it poor characterization.
That’s not to say the show isn’t still watchable. The fight scenes are still fun to watch and the ending is surprisingly cheerful when compared to the rest of the show. Plus the OP and ED for this show were quite addicting to listen to. But overall, this isn’t anything that requires your immediate attention. At the very least, it doesn’t have anything other than maybe bloodshed that would be visually offensive.