I guess i'm the lone dissenter here. At this rate, i won't be surprised when Azathoth barges into the thread to tell how he broke down in tears at the beauty of it all. But hey, someone's gotta have an unpopular opinion.
^Man, what are you talking about? That was fantastic! Everything was resolved, we found the Penguindrum, saw Momoka, got the fate transfer, saw all the major characters, and got updates on all the secondaries. I don't know what else we could have asked for in an ending, really.
To me, this last episode felt like checking through a list rather than making any sort of dramatic use of the elements listed. I mean, i can take an ending that consists of people having deep and meaningful conversations with each other against the backdrop of weird imagery. I could take EoTv seriously. But this was just so devoid of any tension, or intrigue, or conflict that i just didn't feel like i'm watching something, you know, happening. Not even within the characters themselves.
But let me just bring up an example, so as my argument about dramatic deflation won't feel as hollow: okay, so we have Kanba. The guy has been going Light Yagami on the world's ass, planting bombs, killing people left and right, shooting his own brother-of-fate in the ribs (to stun him, but still), abducting his own sister. That's a pretty long list of fairly weighty things that suggested a rather grandiose ending to come for this character.
And then, he sulks a little, Himari embraces him and he finds his heart and then it's over. Erm... i know that all the terrorist shenanigans were just a metaphor for some rebellion against fate and some denial over the turn of events, ultimately nothing more than another aspect of the relationships in the Takakura family, and love prevails but what the bloody hell? That's it? Kanba himself doesn't reflect on what he did and what it means that he did the things he did, and everybody else forgot about it in an instance, and then fate transfer, world reset, it doesn't really matter anymore. His character that was built up meticulously is discarded in an instance, without any real impact.
Or there is Ringo, who had her own full arc, then fell in love with Shoma or something, then fell off the face of the Earth, barely getting what coud be dubbed cameos, and then she spends the last two episodes in full-on Jeanne d'Arc mode with zero payoff involving her own character (the payoff goes to Shoma). And then, world reset, none of it matters anymore.
In fact, i think i have some philosophical gripes with the ending. There is such a thing as striving to alter our percieved fates and then there is making a mockery out of causality. But i digress.
Really, EoMP to me was dramatic flacidness, making no real use of the series that preceded it, terrible dialog (this has been a tendency for the last batch of episodes. Sanetoshi's the only one who had any good lines, but only because of the boastful, campy charm involved), cop-out resolution, so much sugarcoating that it had me reaching for the insulin (everyone loves everyone!), and that nyeh-nyeh-nyeh viloins+brass and wailing vocals combo was just annoying as hell after a while.
Actually, now that i think about it, i fucking hate the ending. Well, this is refreshing. It's been a long time since i really hated on something.
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