There were definitely times over the last year where I felt that Gundam AGE was finding its stride, and attacking some serious and interesting moral questions in a worthwhile fashion. Sadly, today isn’t one of those times.
Here’s the thing: I don’t hate Gundam AGE. There are shows I hate that I watched through to the end for whatever reason, and even very rarely blog to the end (Blood-C comes to mind) where I really almost hope the end is as terrible as the series deserves. I never felt that with AGE – I never stopped hoping it would turn out to be a good show, and there were quite a few very good eps scattered along the way. I actually found some of the questions the Kio arc posed to be genuinely interesting. And I was genuinely curious to see how the series managed to extract an ending out of the loosely structured mess it had laid out over four cours.
Sadly, that’s why this mess of an ending saddens me – AGE still has the capacity to disappoint because I never disliked it and completely stopped caring. But make no mistake, this ending was a mess. And the thing is, I feel as if I’ve spent so much more time writing about the show already that I don’t especially want to spent a lot of time hammering out a summation of all the things that were wrong with it. I’ve made 48 posts on this show already (give or take) so you all should have a pretty good idea what I think about it by now. And I don’t think you’ll be struggling to figure out what went wrong with the finale – it’s pretty clear-cut.
So I’m not going to. You all saw it – it was an anti-climax, with all of the top figures in the Vagan dead or dying (we only had
So that’s really all I have to say. At least we have kittens – and here’s a pic from Mashiro-iro Symphony to help put you in mind of better anime.