Ah, this scene was worth forcing myself to sit down and watch this retarded ending unfold itself. Asuhariet and Mercelida (´；ω；｀)
While I know that the manga isn’t even past five volumes yet and hasn’t even had anything that’s suitable to be a season-ender… they COULD have executed this forced melodrama ending a lot better. I mean, the rest of the series discounting 1, 11 and this episode was actually quite decent relatively. They fixed up some characters, gave them more screen time, compiled the random chapters together for somewhat coherent episodes and actually made me feel this anime was worth it. And it still is. I would still watch episode 5 again and any of the episodes with decent Mercelida airtime. And Asuha always makes things better. Even Sigurd was actually pretty entertaining.
It’s just… this ending leaves a bad taste in my mouth. First the World Tree goes berserk for some “wtf?” reason, then Astarotte’s life is apparently in danger as a result. Making things worse, the whole “unable to talk to each other” set up was stupid as fuck and following that the “please go on a date with me even though we can’t communicate with each other!” gimmick. Ugh. Doesn’t even try to make sense at all. To top it all, they laughed the whole set up as some random quirk of the World Tree and a fucking bug bite. A fucking. Bug. Bite. Seriously? I don’t fucking believe they don’t have any entomological records of a bug that produces such a distinct looking bite in the Demon World. Retarded.
But! Forced melodrama ending aside, I did enjoy my time watching this a lot more than I expected. It’s a refreshing take at the least and it’s at least worth watching the first ten episodes, if only for Mercelida (well, you could just watch 5 and be done with it I guess). It’s really a lot more decent than it should deserve to be and if not for the horrible ending setup, I would heartily recommend this show. Alas, I can’t if you really want to slog through this and expect to be wow’ed by it at the end.
Liked: Most of the show, if only the ending was better written.
Rewatch: The Mercelida parts.