And like a lot of Shaft shows, the gimmick wore thin by the end, but at least their stories typically wrap up around here.
The last couple of episodes were the least funny of the season for me. Maybe the freshness is no longer there, but honestly, I just think the main story finished on the weakest aspect of the show: Riku and Nino.
Like I wrote weeks ago, Nino’s nothing more than another example of cinema’s magical pixie girl for the lonely, troubled young men in the world. Her unconditional affections for Riku is so massively contrived. As a comedy, it’s easy to ignore the shortcomings of their relationship, but as Arakawa swells towards the dramatic for its last few episodes, their love fails to strike a chord. Who can relate to such a shallow relationship? I should be cheering them on in the ending, but I’m not; it’s just too artificial.
Moving on, Riku’s father goes to the bridge only to lose his pants. Gosh, it’s like poetry; it rhymes! The end result is perhaps not as poignant as it is peculiar. Riku’s father obviously reminds Nino of her “lover,” but Nino in turn reminds Riku’s father of a certain somebody…
If the story’s implying what I think it’s implying, ew.
To wrap things up, I liked the series as a whole, but the energy really peters out near the end. The comedy is droll so of course it wouldn’t work for everybody. I still think there’s something to glean from the humor, but the drama is uninspired at best and should have been kept firmly in the background.
Bits & Pieces
Kappa and Hoshi are the best characters in my opinion, but Maria is fucking horrible. I don’t think I laughed once anytime she was around. The camera zooms into her face every time she utters a single line like she just dropped a wicked burn or something.
But like Nino’s love for Riku, it’s so forced and pathetic.