Are you ready for another Fantasy RPG-type series? Because I’m not.

Summary:

In a fantasy world where warriors called “Periods” fight monsters called “Spirals,” Haru and his three companions return to the city from their camping trip and find that the Arc End Branch Office (the branch they work under) has suddenly been closed down. Someone apparently stole all the money from the treasury a few days earlier. Unable to pay the bills, the branch had to sell their land and their assets. To add insult to injury, many of the Periods working at the branch quickly left after realizing that the branch no longer had the funds to pay them for the work.

From left to right: Choco, Haru, Liza, and Gajeru.

However, the branch leader, Erika, isn’t willing to give up so easily. She asks Haru and his friends, the spellcaster Liza, the half-beast fighter Gajeru, and the mysterious horned-girl Choco, to lend a hand in rebuilding the branch. Although Liza and Gajeru are reluctant at first (as they won’t be getting paid much and were evicted from their homes to boot), the kind-hearted Haru eagerly takes on the job.

And so, Haru and co. embark on their first mission to defeat some Spirals located near a village run by an extremely stingy mayor. Their mission is hampered by the appearance of a trio called “Wiseman,” but they eventually manage to get it done anyway.

The Wiseman trio. At least their theme song is catchy.

My Opinion:

If I had to summarize my thoughts on this first episode in one word, I would use “disappointing.” But let me backtrack a bit. This anime is actually based on a mobage (mobile game). When I initially learned of this fact, my expectations for this series were very low. Upon watching the first few minutes of the episode, I was pleasantly surprised. But as the episode went on, this show honestly became a chore to watch. To be blunt, this show is kind of boring.

The art style for this show is pretty adorable, and I actually quite like many of the characters’ and monsters’ designs. I love how Haru looks. He certainly managed to avoid the “generic protagonist” appearance. Some of the character designs do veer a little close to the “fanservicey” side, but at least this seems to be implemented equally among both sexes (take Gajeru’s outfit, for example). It’s such a shame then that all of the characters so far are as bland as bread. Haru is your typical kind-hearted hero, Liza acts as the reasonable one, Choco is the somewhat stoic one who eats a lot, and Gajeru is just… there. The Wiseman group members also have pretty great character designs (referencing the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” proverb) but they’re essentially the “team rocket” of this series—they serve as the rivals/antagonists of the show but they’re not really all that dangerous or evil, just troublesome.

The story and world of Last Period isn’t anything unique as far as fantasy “RPG-like” series go. The city is called “Hopeless” (seriously?), the warriors are called “Periods,” monsters are called “Spirals,” money is called “Zel,” and familiars are called “Arts”; but this is basically your typical fantasy RPG show with different names applied to its various components. I feel like this show is both welcoming and unwelcoming to newcomers. The RPG elements are pretty easy to pick up on if you’ve ever played a Japanese RPG game in your life, and the show does provide a lot of explanation in this episode—perhaps too much even (contributing to the boredom I felt while watching this). But at the same time, this show feels more like it’s geared towards already established fans of the game. It feels like the episode skipped over a lot of back-story concerning Haru and his group (such as how they met Choco since she appears to be a newer party member); but I’m assuming this was already expanded on in-game.

The worst thing about this show is definitely its poor attempts at “comedy.” The jokes in this show feel lazily written. I admit, I was a little amused at their fourth wall breaking the first time, when Campanella complained about skeevy Freemium game tactics. As someone who recently got over their mobile game addiction, Campanella’s rant was extremely relatable. But the fourth wall breaking just wouldn’t stop, getting old pretty quickly. Last Period’s other attempts at comedy involved Choco pointing out bad jokes/character tropes, which also got old fast. Pointing out bad jokes… does not automatically make them “funny.” All other attempts at comedy were mainly composed of characters shouting at each other a lot; and in this episode, making the stingy mayor as much of an asshole as possible.

Despite this anime’s somewhat pretentious title, this appears to be a more cheerful type of series—which makes it all the more disappointing to realize that it’s not all that fun to watch. I’ve never seen a show so colorful, so adorable, with pretty decent animation and set in a fantasy world to boot; feel so dull in its execution. That “twist”/reveal at the end of the episode was also extremely infuriating because… why the hell would that particular character even be the villain of the series. It’s dumb and makes next to no sense. Maybe the producers tried too hard to replicate RPG game elements. But honestly, if I had wanted to play a game, I’d play a game. I don’t watch anime to feel like I’m witnessing someone badly play through a game and get constantly side-tracked by sidequests. I get that this show is likely meant to parody the RPG/mobage genre, but the writers for Last Period don’t seem to be skilled enough to make this show particularly entertaining.

Overall, this is a “so average it’s average” type of anime. There were so many things that Last Period did right: they had good animation, nice character designs, and pretty catchy music. Too bad the “everything else” just wasn’t quite up to the same quality.

Out of five:

precure heart2precure heart2 and 1/2

(Adding an extra 1/2 rating because at least this show is really very nice to look at.

…and also featured some adorable half-animal boys.)

This unnamed catboy “summon” doesn’t have a name, but he does now and it is “my son”