I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I found this ending to Arpeggio of Blue Steel rather cheesy and disappointing. I think I saw this last episode as a great chance to show some really impressive tactical combat and the crew dying left and right, I was expecting something a bit more depressing and for more sacrifice to be made I guess. As it is now no one really died on that show, the only individual who ever showed up and were never made to come back to life were Iona’s sisters. I would have appreciated if the last episode sacrifices were not the only dramatic and more serious moment of the show. There were a lot of characters in that damn submarine, they could have easily killed half of them and no one would have minded, usually this is the reason to have so many characters…to kill them off !
This marks the end of Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Ars Nova and while I don’t think the show had any major flaw, I think it was a pretty generic and cheesy anime if you look past its original world and theme. The naval combat with submarine theme has been done before, but never in this particular action format of sci-fi and accurate military description. Therefore I give big points for the originality of the original presentation of the show, but things don’t get much better from here. The show premise is rather straight forward and the thrill factor seems to always stay rather low. For a show that preaches for change and evolution, the show remained rather conservative and stale through the whole 12 episodes it aired. I won’t be doing an Overall Review of the show because I feel it was not distinguished enough to have much to say about it, so I’ll do a quick overview of the show right here.
The art for the show is a little disappointing considering the amount of action that occurs each episode, most fight scenes turn into complete blur after just a few maneuvers, it gets really difficult sometimes to understand what is going on, which is quite unfortunate since the fight scenes are this show selling points. The characters were a bit bland and unexplored for most, but Kongou alone managed to give me some hope in the characters design with her real human emotions showing. The show never managed to completely enthrall and captivate me, it was always this fun thing I watched on the side and never made it into a big part of the day. I never woke up and thought “hey, a new episode of Arpeggio finally came out”, it is not the kind of show I’d recommend, not because it is bad, but simply because it was never powerful enough to captivate me.
Overall I don’t regret watching the show, but I don’t expect to remember it in just a few years. I’d rather have it slowly fade from my memories and remember it vaguely in 3 years when something similar but better comes out.
ZeroGhj signing off