Episode 12- Hello, World!
spoilers for the Kekkai Sensen anime series. The biggest ones like who lives and who dies are spoiled but details about the background and setting are generally not
(otherwise it'd be pretty much unreadable looking), so readers beware!
Well, I've finally
gotten around to finishing the last episode of this amazing show. It took flipping ages
before the last episode to even get released and further ages for it to get dubbed. Have to say though, the wait was well
worth it! The episode was just as incredible as I'd been hoping (expecting) it would be.
So where we last left off King Of Despair had broken all the seals save one (
) to the Alter World and just about initiated the second Great Collapse, which Leo and the gang have to stop. I knew
wasn't really dead after the last episode, though I'm not quite sure how she survived a literal bullet to the heart (or did he not go through with shooting her? Don't quite recall how that scene went). Also it seems KOD hadn't actually stolen
Leo's eyes so much as appropriated them with those weird goggle things. Leo still had his peepers intact and they were usable again once the goggles were broken.
A great final episode overall, with all the Libra characters getting the chance to show off and act like badasses. Leo especially, who dragged himself up an insanely high tower and defeated what was basically the anthropomorphic personification of despair by headbutting
him (well okay, it was more than just a headbutt but that was how it was conveyed visually). The speeches various characters gave about "always reaching towards the light" and stuff were also very inspiring, plus Zedd and Zapp's respective pep-talks to Leo about how his very "normality" is what makes him special in Hellsalem's Lot and how it's his resolve, not his magic eyes that qualify him as a member of Libra.
This show just never fails to bring a smile to my face, to the point I probably had a quasi-maniacal looking grin on my face for some scenes. It was a bit of a letdown that some of the big fight sequence against KOD's mooks was reused from the episode 1 opener, but at the same time it was a nice touch to tie things together overall. Plus the show made up for it with the Klaus versus King Of Despair fight, which was disappointingly brief for its amazingly
fluid animation. If only more anime fights had animation that good...
White was also cute as ever, and her scenes with Leo/her brother had a very genuine sweetness to them. Such a shame she had to
, but at least she got to have a proper fairwell with Leo and
live on with her beloved brother in spirit form
(or at least I think that was the ending's implication).
Also for all the importance put upon the King Of Despair's name I'm surprised we never actually found out what his real name was. Unless it was really supposed to be "King Of Despair"? But that's more of a title then a name, and besides that was revealed fairly early on. I was expecting Leo to use his eyes to somehow "see" his real name and then Klaus to use it to seal him away.
Speaking of KOD, he made for quite an interesting as well. An immortal demon responsible for some of the worst events/monsters across history (flashbacks imply he had a hand in the rise of Hitler and even the crucifixion of Jesus among other things), he lost most of his powers in the Great Collapse and ended up being forced to take a human body (which ended up being
). Intrigued by humanity, but at the same time contemptuous of them. Wanting nothing more than to eradicate the burden of his own immortal existence. Definitely not your typical "destroy the world just 'cuz" villain (though he sorta comes across as that at first blush).
A digression, but I wonder if the reference to The Shining that KOD makes was in the original or added into the dub for extra "American" flavor. Do Japanese people even know about The Shining? Probably, considering how popular it is... And the show is very "American-inspired" so I could believe the reference was in the original (whereas if it was most other anime I'd be almost sure it was dub-only).
As I've said, it was a great show, stylish characters, jazzy soundtrack and genuine pathos mixed with over-the-top ridiculousness that go together surprisingly well (at least IMO). Hoping for a Season 2 someday!
--------------------Evil flower of Pure Illusion... we're going to pluck you out!