This is the final episode so there will be SPOILERS ahead!
(On another note; the spring anime season should be starting soon, which means First Impressions once again! I’m looking forward to that!)
Continuing on from last time, Kate and Itsuka try to fight against Kyoshiro, but he and his army are just far too strong. Luckily, Jimon steps in to save the day! Well… sort of. Through some series of events which can only be described as miracles, the whole Zvezda gang manages to band together once again. Even the White Light members defect to Zvezda’s side!
Roboko manages to swipe Galaktika from Yasu (he switched the dolls long ago), and Jimon helps to reunite it with Kate, who transforms into her ultimate form. Kyoshiro decides to stop playing nice, and takes over a mecha he built specifically to take down Zvezda. Fortunately, he’s no match for Kate, and is quickly defeated. Thus, Kate conquers West Edogawa… and since West Edogawa contained all of Japan (thanks to Kyoshiro), Kate therefore conquers ALL OF JAPAN.
Things somehow manage to return to normal in the epilogue, though it appears that Kate’s newly conquered empire is now under attack by sinister forces from… America?!? Thus the Zvezda group mobilizes once again. Although Jimon reluctantly joins them again, he claims that Kate will never be able to conquer him, which causes Kate to mark Jimon as her next conquest target.
And so the series ends.
This was a surprisingly good ending episode. Sure there were still quite a lot of ending clichés (namely everyone just suddenly being okay again), but it still managed to tie up most of the loose ends quite cleanly.
One of the biggest reasons why I liked Sekai Seifuku’s ending episode is because they managed to bring in things from past episodes into this one. Like the army of tanks Kate conquered in the very first episode, along with the seemingly small and insignificant things she conquered in episodes 4 and 9. I really was not expecting things like that to be brought up again, and I commend the director(s) for that. They also managed to sneak in a bit of Itsuka’s back-story—mainly concerning why she’s so attached to her eyepatch despite not really needing it.
Even though there were quite a lot of duex ex machina (they still never really showed just HOW Natasha managed to break free, along with Roboko’s “true form” coming out of nowhere), the only thing that I would really complain about is Goro and Kaori’s sudden romantic relationship. Seriously, where the hell did THAT come from? It appears way too suddenly, and right at the end of the series too; so it feels kind of like a “what the heck let’s just throw that in there” for me. There wasn’t much buildup since Kaori seemed to hate Goro’s guts before. Plus, it brings up a whole slew of questions. Doesn’t Goro feel even slightly weird about marrying his dead wife’s younger sister? Isn’t Kaori waaaay younger than Goro? Their marriage at the end (while admittedly cute) just stretched the limits of my suspension of disbelief. It seemed a bit too forced.
While a lot of loose ends were tied up, there are still some questions left unanswered. Mainly, what the heck was up with Kyoshiro and his cigars? Where the hell did he get those cigars from? Who did he get them from? Was there an even larger organization looming over Kyoshiro? Though based on Sekai Seifuku’s track record of having really ridiculous explanations for everything, it’s probably for the best not to think too deeply about those sorts of things…
Overall, this was a better final episode than I expected, which automatically makes it great. I know the series is purposefully left open-ended, as there is a new “threat” on the horizon. But I can’t help feeling that the series is fine ending where it did.
Out of five for this episode:
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda has definitely been a fun, if sometimes frustrating, ride. The first and final episodes of the series are arguably the best episodes, as they have this spark of passion that the rest of the episodes in this series seem to fail to capture. And, while the first few episodes are definitely a bit rough as the series tries to find its tone, it does still manage to be entertaining.
Even though comedy is the best aspect of Sekai Seifuku, it is ironically the more serious episodes that seem to be much better, story and pacing-wise. Sekai Seifuku excels in the absurd, but it’s only towards the latter episodes when everything starts coming together that the series really shines. Sekai Seifuku tries to pull off the “mood-whiplash” sort of comedy, veering greatly from light-heartedness to very somber situations. Personally, as someone who’s witnessed a lot of this sort of humor (Violinist of Hameln and Kotoura-san anyone?), I personally think that Sekai Seifuku doesn’t pull it off too well. It is notoriously hard to get this sort of comedy to work. And, while Sekai Seifuku does establish itself as a pretty ridiculous series early on, the dark and serious moments are just a little too dark and serious, which is why the attempts at humor feel more out of place than anything. Still, when it manages to work, it’s beautiful (ie. most of the last episode).
Sekai Seifuku has a very unique set of characters that are great to watch. Its story, on the other hand… well. I do really like that Sekai Seifuku subverts some expectations, in that the conqueror (Kate) turns out not to be evil (or, at least, is a lesser evil); while Kyoshiro, who’s trying to defend Japan from Kate, is actually the evil one. That still does not mean that the Zvezda group is entirely harmless, but they are a lot more benevolent than they first appear. Despite this, Sekai Seifuku’s story still feels a little bit weak. I feel like the producers were trying to make this a really great, super-awesome story, but maybe they were biting off more than they could chew. Like I said above, the ending felt rather “duex ex machina,” and there are still a few unanswered questions left over. Also, the tone of the first few episodes was just all over the place. When you boil Sekai Seifuku’s story down to its most basic elements, it isn’t really that amazing. But it manages to make itself work and be enjoyable, and that’s the only thing that matters in the end.
To end, while I didn’t always enjoy every episode of Sekai Seifuku, I still ended up growing fond of it. Sekai Seifuku isn’t a perfect series by any means, but it feels like it has more heart in it than a lot of other recent anime. Honestly, who knew that a story about a girl trying to conquer the world could turn out to be so optimistic and hopeful?
Out of five for the series as a whole: