My round-up review post for the Spring 2019 anime season should hopefully be up within a week. I’m just waiting for my last few shows to finish airing.

Time for the last episode of “Little Yoko, Inari Girl.” And for Senko-san too.

Summary:

Due to some trouble at work, Nakano has to cut his vacation short and leaves his parents’ residence to go back home. Once he arrives back at his apartment, however; he finds that Senko has disappeared. After conversing with Koenji, he comes to the slow realization that Senko may actually be gone for good this time. In a panic, Nakano starts running around the city, hoping that he’ll somehow find Senko again.

The final eyecatch.

Senko, meanwhile, is back in the fox spirit realm to stock up on ingredients. Before she leaves for the human world, Lady Sora stops her. Lady Sora asks Senko if she’s willing to accept that she can’t entirely get rid of Nakano’s black fog–but more importantly, if she is okay with the fact that her relationship with Nakano won’t last. Even though Senko knows it will be painful to lose someone she loves so dearly yet again, Senko still wishes to be by Nakano’s side, as brief as their time together may be. Seeing that Senko has made up her mind about this, Lady Sora allows Senko to return back to Nakano.

Despite seeming a bit antagonistic here, Lady Sora really does care a lot of Senko. It’s quite heartwarming.

In the human world, it’s now nighttime. As Nakano trudges dejectedly through a park, he bumps into Senko… who is surprised to see him back in town so soon. After a happy reunion, the two have a peaceful picnic beneath the cherry blossoms. Nakano thanks Senko for all that she’s done to help him, and they both resolve to stick together for as long as they’re able to.

Senko would be an amazing party host.

Hey there manga-only character!

My Opinion:

Aha! I was half right with my predictions in my previous review. Fortunately, Nakano didn’t have to despair for as long as I predicted. What I was most surprised about for this final episode is that Senko actually had to work through some issues of her own. We finally see a glimpse of the event that caused Senko to be so indebted to Nakano. Lady Sora also took on a bit of an antagonistic role here–but only to test Senko’s resolve. With Senko being an immortal fox demigod, and Nakano being a mere human mortal, there’s no denying that their relationship will ultimately have a tragic end; with Nakano someday passing away. Despite this, Senko still chooses to to stay with Nakano until that time inevitably comes. I suppose this was a bittersweet enough “ending,” so the episode thankfully had a happy tone for its remaining airtime.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with this final episode. It was suitably emotional without going overboard. And it resolved things between Nakano and Senko (and heck, even for the Little Yoko series), whilst still leaving the story open-ended enough for the possibility of a second season. And I do hope we get that second season. I actually went and read through all the chapters of the Senko-san manga that were available, and there is still a lot of material left that could be adapted.

Out of five for this episode, I give:

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Final Thoughts:

Apologies for the episode review above being so brief. There were a few things I wanted to talk about, that I felt would be better saved for this section.

As a whole, Senko-san is actually kind of a weird series compared to what we usually get in an anime season. It’s a slice-of-life series that focuses on an unhappy businessman and also has some fantastical elements to it. I feel that a lot of Nakano’s struggles would be much more relatable to adults than to teens (who seem to be the usual audience anime is aimed at). Furthermore, this show strongly emphasizes that it’s meant to be a “relaxing” anime. Your mileage may vary on that, but I personally did find some episodes calming to watch, especially after my own rough days at work.

The animation, while nothing spectacular, managed to maintain a fairly consistent quality throughout all of its episodes. The art style for Senko-san may look a tad bit cartoony, but Senko and the other foxes are drawn cutely enough; and it does match the original manga style well. I also have to give a special shout-out to the voice actors. Azumi Waki (as Senko) portrays a cute sounding voice without going into grating “moe girl” territory, and Junichi Suwabe (as Nakano) is a perfect fit for a tired salaryman character whilst also having a rather calming voice himself.

In the end, I find myself struggling to talk deeply about Senko-san. It is what it is. If you find yourself being bored by the first or second episode, you definitely won’t enjoy the rest of the series. My main complaint about Senko-san is that it sometimes has fanservicey elements. These elements aren’t anywhere near as egregious as what we see in the more popular types of anime, but it’s still a tad uncomfortable to sit through. Fortunately, these moments were sparse enough that it didn’t entirely ruin my enjoyment of the series.

If a second season of Senko-san does come out in the future, I probably won’t blog it. While it was nice to blog a series that was so relaxed, I did start having a really hard time mustering up something to say about it. Nonetheless, I’ll still happily tune in every week if a season two is announced.

Out of five for the series as a whole, I give:

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