This episode had everything I liked about the show stuffed inside. What a great way to go out for what’s definitely been my favorite show of Spring 2013.
There are times when I will see an episode with excellent direction and just geek out about it. Sometimes, though, it’s better to just let it wash over me. The low-key mood throughout the episode was just right for something I was watching at 3 in the morning, and I felt attachment to the characters just watching them go through that small segment of their lives. Light jokes spruced up the narrative, but the main focus was just on the characters being themselves on new years’ eve and where that ultimately led them. I was immensely satisfied by this conclusion, and I really hope the staff go on to make more shows like this one (although a second season or ova series would also be fine).
Character Designs: 1/1 (Faces were very expressive and contributed to a cast that was always full of emotion)
Soundtrack: 2/2 (Fun soundtrack, and also understands when to use silence and near-silence very well)
Writing: 2/3 (Characters could sometimes be one-dimensional, but were extremely charming)
Direction: 4/4 (Clever in a lot of small ways, always very to-the-point in delivery, and capable of doing very different atmospheres well)
Overall: 9/10 (A very enjoyable character-based comedy, short length makes it very re-watchable)
Recommendations if you liked it:
Astro Fighter Sunred – Takes a very dry and mundane approach to the fantastic, also has 12-minute episodes
Seitokai Yakuindomo – Uses a variety of atmospheres and moods to turn an otherwise-average comedy into something impactful and fun