Ichiban Ushiro No Daimo - Season 1 - Episode 12 - Review: "Ep 12"

With the final episode of the series, the show finishes out is odd turn of events that's really thrown the whole thing off balance. While we had enjoyed the show a great deal for what it was during the first eight or nine episodes, things changed substantially once it really finished introducing Hero and then going big with the whole end of the world style storyline. The show prospered well and was a great deal of fun when it was focused on the characters and the situation that Sai found himself in by being told he would be the Demon King someday. The Kyo Kara Maoh flavor worked well, heightened by a lot of fanservice, and each episode was a certain exercise in good goofy action comedy.

When it turned decidedly serious and ejected the majority of the comedy and fanservice, it did it so suddenly that it left you scratching your head wondering if you really were watching a different series or if you missed a few episodes. With the original light novel source having running several volumes, there's probably some truth to it. Watching this last episode, I'm left with much the same feeling I've had for the last couple in that it's now just a slew of events that may have been cool to watch play out if there were an additional ten or twenty episodes in between, or more depending on how they wanted to expand on things, since it does all make sense. It's simply coming out far too early. Watching as Yamamoto sets about for causing the destruction of mankind, there's all sorts of mystical moments, magic and intriguing beauty to it, but it's all incredibly hollow.

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