Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Episode 12 (FINALE) – Uhhhhh…

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Tougou Mimori crying
TASTY.

This was disappointing for me.
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Episode 12 Review
Yuki Yuna is a Hero Episode 12 Review

Uhhh… Well first of all, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE! I know I haven’t been posting much at all, and I apologize for that. I’ve been busy with various things and the Hunter X Hunter review is taking absolutely forever. But that’s in the distant future and for now¬†we¬†really need to¬†talk about the final episode of Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru. If you want to look at the typical caption bullshit then feel free. If you want to read my actual opinions then¬†I highly recommend clicking the button right below and skipping to the review¬†portion. Let’s get started. There’s a lot to talk about.

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Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Episode 12 Impressions

TIS THE YEAR OF THE YURI LALALALALA LA LA LA LA.

I hope you are having a wonderful time relaxing at home watching Tougou-san wanting to disappear with Yuuna so their relationship will be forever preserved.

BUT IT’S TIME FOR SOME REAL ACTION.

ARE YOU GUYS READY FOR THE FINALE? Well, you’ve probably all watched it, BUT WHATEVER.

IT’S TIME TO BECOME A VEGETABLE.

EVEN IF I BECOME A VEGETABLE.

YUUNA LOGIC.

FINAL ORGASM.

Yuki Yuna grit those teeth

LET’S SEE YOU…

Togo Mimori shocked

GRIT THOSE TEETH!

Togo Mimori punched

YEEEEAAAAHHHHH.

YUNNA WILLPOWER.

SHE FELL FOR IT SO FAST.
SASUGA YURI POWERS.

AS A VEGETABLE.

DON’T WORRY. YOU WON’T HAVE TO GO SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES SOON ENOUGH.

HOLD ALL THE GROCERY BAGS.

STILL MUTE.

The visuals man…

WILD VEGETABLE APPEARS.

Love the special effects in this anime.

TIME FOR FISTING.
IF
YOU
KNOW
WHAT
I
MEAN

Miyoshi Karin dead eyes

THERE WE GO.

PUNCH THAT BALL.
OH YES.

Yuuki Yuuna hero punch

WOW, TOUGOU-SAN MUST HAVE TRAINED HER FINGERS WELL.

Taisha Shinju-sama

WHY IS SHINJU-SAMA, WHO HAS THE ABILITY TO GRANT MAGICAL POWERS, A FUCKING TREE THAT CAN’T DO SHIT?!

DID IT ABSORB ALL THE COLORS AND SPREAD GOODNESS ALL OVER THE YUUSHAS?

ALL OVER THEIR CLOTHES.
GOOD GOD SHINJU-SAMA.
RESTRAIN YOURSELF.

THANK GOD NONE OF IT GOT ON THE VEGETABLES.

WWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTT?!
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FAP TO THIS NOW?!

Inubouzaki Itsuki voice back

OHHHH MAN.

Inoubouzaki Fu crying

NOW YURI SEXY TIME ISN’T SO AWKWARDLY SILENT.

“ONE-WAY.”
JUST HOW I LIKE IT.

Yuuki Yuuna as a vegetable

SHE DID PROMISE SHE’D BE WITH THEM AFTER ALL.
SHE NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT NOT BEING A VEGETABLE.

LOOKS LIKE YOUR STORY ISN’T INTERESTING ENOUGH TO KEEP YUUNA-CHAN INTERESTED, TOUGOU-SAN.

FEISTY VEGETABLE.

EVERYTHING IS CLEARLY TAKAHIRO’S FAULT.

Fuck the Hero Club.
This is more like the disabilities club.

BUT DON’T WORRY.
VEGETABLE TO THE RESCUE.

YURI SEXY TIME IS BACK TO NORMAL THANK THE HEAVENS NO AWKWARD EYEPATCHES WILL BE USED.

EVEN AS A VEGETABLE.

THEY ALL BECAME VEGETABLES AND BECAME ONE BIG VEGETABLE FAMILY SALAD.

ABSOLUTELY PERFECT CAMERAWORK.

Togo crying

CALM THE FUCK DOWN, TOGO, YOUR VEGETABLES ARE NOT OVERCOOKED YET.

SHE’S FUCKING WITH YOU RIGHT NOW AS A WELL-COOKED VEGETABLE HOLY SHIT CALM THE FUCK DOWN.

LEAF BLOWING MAGIC HOUR TIME.
KANYE-SAMA GOING TO INTERFERE WITH YOUR LIVES TO BRING YOU MAGIC HOUR.

IT’S

Yuuki Yuuna revival

TIME

Tougou Mimori crying

FOR

YURI LEWD HAND HOLDING GOD DAMMIT I KNEW THIS SHIT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN BUT I’M NOT COMPLAINING.

Yuuki Yuuna Yuri togo

OH M-

OH MY SHINJU-SAMA NEVERMIND THAT IS TOO MUCH LEWDNESS FOR ME.
QUADRUPLE TIMING LEWD VEGETABLE HAND SQUEEZING. NSFW SORRY GUYS.

Yuki Yuna crying

NOW I FEEL BAD FOR SLAUGHTERING ALL THOSE VEGETABLES YESTERDAY.

Tougou crying

Is your butt feeling better now?

There goes my vegetable soup.

RIGHT IN THE VAGI-

Yeah, sometimes they still come out not well-cooked even though it looks like they’re fine.

ARE YOU SAYING I CAN USE MY WILLPOWER TO BECOME A VEGETABLES?!

TO-TOUGOU-SAN.
ARE YOU OF ALL PEOPLE IMPLYING YUUKI YUUNA IS NOT THE MIRACLE GOD OF VEGETABLES?!

Vegetables and yuri.
I don’t think I could have gotten a better Christmas present.

TOUGOU-SAN SERIOUS BUSINESS.
WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE SOME VEGETABLE SOUP IN AN OVA IF THERE EVER WILL BE ONE.

HOLY SHIT SHE’S DELIGHTFULLY EATING HER FAMILY MEMBERS.
PROBABLY.

THOSE NOODLES ARE MADE OF VEGETABLES, RIGHT?!

She’s going to shove this pointy sword up your VJ so hard for your intense fingering that got Tougou-san mad before that you’ll turn into a vegetable.

THE WORLD IS FILLED WITH VEGETABLES.

oh my vegetables
the true lord of vegetables is here
SORRY YUUKI YUUNA YOU CAN’T BEAT THE ULTIMATE ROASTED VEGETABLS.
IF WE HAD TO COMPARE, YOU’RE LIKE A VEGETABLE APPETIZER AND SHE’S THE ROASTED VEGETABLES MAIN COURSE.

Fucking vegetables.
I’m hungry now.

I’m going to eat some bananas.

OH NO VEGETABLES STATUS?!
OH MY GOD IS THIS HAPPENING?!
ULTIMATE VEGETABLE MODE?
WILL WE GET TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION???
HOLY FUCK GET YOUR VEGETABLE CHOWDER READY IT’S TIME TO CHOW DO-

JUST FUCKING KIDDING. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
LITERALLY THIS WHOLE FUCKING SHOW.
MY FUCKING VEGETABLES.

Hero Club Anime

FUCK THIS SHIT.
YOU’RE ALL TURNING INTO VEGETABLES IN MY FANFIC.
IT’LL BE TITLED, “YUUKI YUUNA WA VEGETABLES DE ARU.”
FUCKING FANTASTIC.
I’LL SOLVE WORLD HUNGER IN ONE GO.

Yuki Yuna hugs togo

YOU KNOW HOW MANY AFRICAN CHILDREN ONE YUUKI YUUNA VEGETABLE CAN FEED?
COUNTLESS.

Tougou Mimori happy

AS LONG AS THE VEGETABLES ARE WITH ME.

Yuuki Yuuna smiling end

YEEEAAAHHHH…

NOT EVEN GETTING STEAMED CAN STOP THESE VEGETABLES.
TO THE VEGETABLES OF TOMORROW.
SANSHU MIDDLE SCHOOL VEGETABLES CLUB.
MAY THE VEGETABLES BE WITH YOU IN YOUR HOLIDAYS, FELLOW VEGETABLES EATERS.

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Episode 12 Review

Before I start getting into this final episode¬†I would like to discuss how I felt during all the episodes prior to this finale and what the show does well. In the first few episodes, as I noted in my Fall 2014 First Impressions post, I was actually surprised to see the mix of some NGE and Madoka elements. It drove me to follow it week to week. The few slice of life episodes¬†managed to build the relationship between the characters well and ended up being entertaining episodes in their own right. It set a decent platform for all the pain and suffering that many of us knew were ahead. After they lost their body parts and realized the “truth” of the Hero System, the show started to realize the potential that I was hoping for. Everything up until the finale was definitely not bad. I sure as hell saw Itsuki losing her voice coming, but the execution of the despair among many other smaller things like Tougou trying to commit suicide were all fairly well done. When Tougou saw the outside world I felt what she felt. Hopelessness because of the inevitability of their loss and complete surprise at the truth. Little by little, they will lose their body and eventually their minds. Tougou makes the emotional, but definitely still understandable, decision to keep what she had even in death rather than lose it all. At that point, the grim tone was set well. The path was set to either one filled with despair or a bittersweet ending in which¬†sacrifice seemed unavoidable. Who would have thought that the anime would bait us with all the despair only to switch it all around at the very end?

Now, here’s the thing. I don’t actually care about how logical their recovery is as much as I care about this bait and switch when it comes to thematic importance. One could fairly easily find reasons to support their recovery. We already know that the Hero System is still being researched and improvements are still being made. One could then say that now that they’ve fought enough Taisha found a better way to utilize the system and gave their offerings back. Back in episode 7, Fuu¬†even said at 10:25, “It’s okay to eat offerings after they’re there for a while, right?” Even though it was partially for comedy, it’s not as if any of the other characters denied what she said. Therefore, one could say that them getting back their body parts after a while makes sense. (Not to mention the petals that fell on them and so on.) The same goes for the recovering of the wall and¬†the Hero Club being relieved from duty. They fulfilled their roles and new heroes will probably take their place. The recovery of the wall can easily be addressed. I mean, Shinju-sama¬†made the wall to begin with so it’s not unreasonable for him/her¬†to be able to repair it after the battle. Taisha’s message that¬†“The enemy attacks will be ceased indefinitely” probably means that new heroes will take over after they fulfilled their duties and gave enough research so that the system can be improved upon. “Indefinitely” may be “indefinitely” only for those who fulfilled their duties because now they’ll just live their normal daily lives. That, or because they eliminated such a huge amount of Vertexes that it’ll take many years before they can attack again. You see, you can make a decent amount sense of it all. But again,¬†I don’t view this to be that important in the grand scheme of things¬†as long as the show isn’t being completely illogical with those resolutions.

I mainly watched this show for its more serious themes about inevitability, sacrifice of oneself for others, grasping on to hope even at times when it seems that none of it exist, the duty of Heroes, how the club helping people out is a¬†microcosm of their roles as heroes defeating Vertexes, the burden of heroes, and so on. The show was building up to a conclusion that would show¬†the significance of sacrifice, the necessity of it for great things to happen, the true burden heroes must bear to do heroic deeds, and the dilemma of whether it’s worth it to sacrifice oneself for the betterment of the world or if it’s only those close to them that matter. The show reflected these themes in many ways. The loss of Itsuki’s voice that subsequently crushed her dreams in order for them to live another day, Tougou finding out she lost memories of her old friends that she undoubtedly found precious and not wanting to lose that again, Yuuna finding that it is her responsibility to be the source of light so that they can carry on even with the despairing situation in front of her and knowing that the fighting will never end, Fuu blaming herself for involving all her friends and now having to bear all the burden with her, Karin’s fight in the previous episode that lit the fire in Yuuna again showing that sometimes even those who are strong need a helping hand, and… Man, there are so many things that the show touches upon that I could go on like this for quite some time. The show delivers plenty of themes fairly well for the most part which is why I am disappointed that it would throw a lot of that away in the very last episode. However, this is the key thing. The more I think about this ending, the more I am conflicted about it which is why I split this review into two different perspectives and I highly suggest that you read both before commenting.

My initial perspective

Almost every single major theme that I just described have their significance severely downplayed due to one thing. The lack of consequences. Consequence is the absolute key aspect that holds most of the significance of the themes together. Why should I even care about their previous struggles, their losses to continue living, their despair at not getting any better, bearing the burden of heroes, and so on, if at the end literally everything is perfectly fine? Everyone gets completely better. It’s like what they went through didn’t actually happen. Tougou even regains her ability to walk, and the girl who had twenty-seven or something ridiculous number of transformations is now perfectly a-okay. It’s¬†too clean. I don’t mean that people have to die, but there simply has to be more serious consequences for what they’ve been through because of¬†how grim¬†a lot of things building up until this finale has been. How does everything being perfectly fine at the end of this reflect the seriousness of the themes it’s touched upon and the past few episodes leading up to this finale? It doesn’t. If this show didn’t emphasize¬†the more negative and tough-to-get-through kind of themes that it did, I wouldn’t mind this ending, but the fact is that it did emphasize those themes. It emphasized them quite a lot in fact especially towards the end. If you look at the previous few episodes again, you’ll once again see how bleak everything was. Now compare that to this final episode. The consequences of going Mankai, for example, that was so heavily stressed in previous episodes turned out to hold absolutely no consequences in this episode.¬†It’s like watching a happy slice of life anime and at the last episode someone randomly dies and everything takes a drastic, dramatic turn. While this ending isn’t as extreme as that example, it should still serve to give you an idea of what I mean. You can’t take it to the opposite extreme so suddenly and expect me to be okay with it.

This ending made all those themes I mentioned hold little significance in the end, and as such I view Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru to be something with missed potential. Whereas I could have felt sadness or at least a little bit of emotion at the end of their arduous journey, I instead feel¬†completely underwhelmed by the severe lack of consequences. To build things up all the way until the penultimate episode by continuously emphasizing the seriousness of the situation¬†while at the end suddenly switching it all around and making a purely happy ending just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It feels like I was misled. It feels like all the themes presented to me in the rest of the anime were not utilized to allow me to appreciate the work but were rather instances of cheap shock and despair for the sake of despair so that I would be compelled to watch the anime until the end. To put it uncouthly, it feel¬†like I got trolled.¬†Again, you may not view it this way which is perfectly fine. Personally, I find¬†this ending to be such a stark contrast to what everything was building up to that I have to wonder if some fan was putting a gun to the writer’s head to force¬†him to write a happy ending for everyone. What a twist indeed. A twist that devalued so much of the significance of the themes is truly quite exceptional.

Am I saying that a happy ending like this shouldn’t be done period? Not exactly.¬†What few minutes we get at the end of them reminiscing what happened amounted to them talking about willpower. While willpower is definitely a part of the themes, they skipped over so much of their despair and their sacrifice that I wondered if any of that actually happened or if everything was just a dream. I mean, after sacrificing their body parts and suffering they manage to somehow¬†move on so quickly? Aren’t they supposed to look back to their struggles and think about how they surpassed the difficulties they faced together? The pacing of this episode is simply far too fast to give some remedy to the problem of downplaying the significance of the themes. At least I would have been able to partially forgive it if Tougou looked back on¬†her actions and/or Itsuki talking about her dream or something along those lines. At least then we would see¬†how they have¬†developed from their previous struggles as heroes. Instead, we get a play at the end reflecting far too little of what they’ve been through and how far they’ve come. There is so much more to what they’ve been through than this ending suggests. There’s far more depth in their struggles than this ending suggests. Tougou reading out the play to Yuuna and them getting back their bodily functions are nice, but it’s not enough. In the end, what the characters went through didn’t feel…¬†real. This ending simply feels like an inadequate conclusion to the seriousness of the past half of the anime¬†that it originally¬†placed so much emphasis on.

The conflicting perspective

At first¬†I had a short paragraph about this conflicting perspective, but as I thought¬†more about it I realized that it was far more conflicting than I initially thought. Basically, with this perspective you can argue that everyone recovering¬†wouldn’t have been possible if they didn’t originally struggle and go through all those hardships. It is because they pushed through all the despair and suffering that they got their reward of a happy ending.¬†All those themes I mentioned were necessary for this happy ending to have impact because without despair the characters won’t appreciate happiness as much, so this ending still reflects the importance of those themes. Moreover, one could say that Yuuna’s unrelenting willpower to be a hero is something the show emphasizes above all others. It was pushed at the very beginning when she originally took up the role of being a hero all the way until the end as she settled the rage of Fuu a few episodes ago and Tougou’s in this one. Perhaps, it’s significant enough that one could say it trumps all others which makes this happy ending more reasonable than it may first appear. If you look at all the harsh ordeals they went through to be obstacles that are torn down by Yuuna’s sense of justice and her will to do what she believes to be right, then maybe this ending is not so unreasonable. The trials they went through could serve as stepping stones for realizing their duties as heroes. Initially, they were doubtful about their roles as heroes. Tougou and Fuu thought they were betrayed by Taisha and strayed from the path of being heroes.¬†Yuuna eventually dispelled those feelings and reminded them of their proper roles as heroes. As those who save others. With such doubts cleared, they realize their full potential and the Hero System used by future heroes are improved as a result of their efforts leading to a happy ending.

While this may address, or partially address, my complaint about the lack of thematic importance, there are still problems with this perspective. For example,¬†Tougou’s turning¬†against everyone is far too quickly resolved. Just a few words on Yuuna’s part to convince her everything is going to be just fine makes for a not very good conflict. Also, this perspective still has the aforementioned problems of not highlighting the tough times the characters faced previously nearly enough. The resolution and them moving on towards a better tomorrow is far too quick considering all they’ve been through. It’s as if all the hardship they went through were insignificant ordeals at the end of the day even though at the time they were problems that had¬†huge impact on their lives. One also has to wonder if the themes related to Yuuna’s willpower and her pulling everyone through really does trump all the other themes surrounding despair when they were so heavily emphasized. To me, it felt like the major themes at the end were the negative themes rather than the positive which makes the sudden transition to a happy ending seem uncalled for.¬†Still, regarding the lack of consequences, there is one thing this perspective can say that alleviates some of that. While at the end everyone gets 100% better, it’s not as if there were¬†no consequences before reaching the end. For example, while they were fighting this final boss, there was the consequence of them all dying if they didn’t fight against it. Just because at the end nothing bad happened to them doesn’t necessarily mean that consequences didn’t exist in the past. It’s because of the decisions that they made that they managed to get away without any severe consequences that actually affected their lives in negative ways. In that way, you could say that there were actually enough serious consequences in that they existed only as possibilities at the time they were presented rather than things that actually affected¬†the characters by the end. How reasonable it is for them to come out even better at the end after what they’ve been through is up to you, but at least it makes me feel a little bit better about this ending.


Honestly, a part of me likes this happy ending because, well, it’s a happy ending and I’m not a damn sadist. (Okay, maybe slightly. I do like the tastiness of despair… Wait, does that make me a masochist? W-whatever.) A part of me is content knowing¬†that it’s not a bittersweet or tragic ending. A purely positive ending is honestly kind of rare for shows that are riddled with suffering. If this is how you feel about this finale, so be it. I am not one of those people that want to make you feel bad¬†for not viewing something the same way I do. Personally, I am leaning more towards my initial perspective. It still feels too much like a bait and switch that leaves me wondering where all the seriousness¬†went. The significance of Yuuna’s heroism isn’t great enough in my eyes to eclipse the combined themes I mentioned earlier surrounding despair, hopelessness, and the like. Anyways, there are a lot more to discuss but I’ll leave it here so I can finish this and go to sleep because I’ve been thinking about this anime the entire damn day. (It’ll also give you all the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.) This year’s disappointments have been taking quite the toll on me. So before I get unnecessarily bitter, I’ll just say a few last things.¬†Overall, I enjoyed watching Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru. It had some interesting ideas, the slice of life moments were enjoyable, and the execution of the themes before the ending were not poorly done. The fight scenes and the overall anime¬†are surprisingly well animated and the soundtracks are absolutely fantastic. I had hopes that this would pull off a satisfying¬†ending seeing as how it progressed fairly well up until the finale, but I’m afraid it just did not do it for me. I said that the ending of this anime will make or break it last week. I now think that was too strong of a statement. While this ending didn’t necessarily break this entire show, I feel that the overall show would have far more impact if the actions of the characters had actual consequences, and not those possibilities I mentioned previously. And no, consequences don’t necessarily have to be people¬†dying. In fact, that’d be bad in its own way. I don’t want to make it sound like this whole anime is terrible because it’s not. It just didn’t live up to my expectations. Would I watch a slice of life anime with random Hero Club shenanigans? Absolutely. I need the best girl Tougou-san huge double D action. Do I like this anime? Overall, yes. Would I recommend it to others? Only if you’re trying to pad out your viewing experiences without hoping for too much. Critically, this ending leaves a lot to be desired which is a shame considering the rest of the anime surpassed my expectations. Perhaps because of that, my expectations were too high for this finale. I definitely won’t deny that possibility. Whatever the case, I’ll most likely forever look upon¬†this finale as missed potential.

I hope you have a great holiday. You can look forward to my preview for next season in the next week or so. My long review of Hunter X Hunter (2011) and my Top 10 for this year are both still in the making. Eventually, probably in no shorter than a month, at least one of them will¬†be done. Again, sorry for the lack of content. I’ll see you in the next review!

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  • Yatogami

    I liked this anime, like you i had a lot of Madoka vibes from it so i was expecting something grim pretty much from episode 1. Can’t really say I’m dissapointed in the ending though as I liked Yuuna’s character and I’m glad she made it out safe. As for Tougou, while i can empathize with her choices especially given her backstory I cannot condone what she did as it was EXTREMELY selfish. I mean that’s the last spec of humanity in the universe and it came one Sun sized fastball away from getting wiped out. I think because of her actions a Yuuna is a vegetable ending would have been much more fitting but at the end of the episode it said “Yuuki Yuuna chapter” which leads me to believe there may be other seasons later focusing on different heros. Last thing Im wondering is how they got there powers back, it makes it seem like shinju-sama rewarded them for Tougou’s reckless behavior. They did say the spirits sacrificed themselves but still. Anyway good review as usual. There were a lot of good anime that were not on my radar this season so it was a pleasent surprise. I want to see your review of ore twintails though lol

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Well, I’m guessing they got their limbs back by Taisha/Shinju-sama finding out improvements in the system like I said in the review. It could also be an elaborate test for them and they passed it so they gave them this reward? Though I kind of find that unlikely.

      One could look at Yuuna fainting near the end to be the writing trolling, but maybe she’s still fighting. I don’t think it showed her faerie being taken away like the other ones. (When the petals fell on them)

      Thanks for reading! I’m probably not going to do a review on Ore Twintails… I’m a bit too busy at this point and Adsense doesn’t let me put heavy fanservice stuff on there so… Yeah, sorry.

      • Yatogami

        I doubt shes still fighting because everytime they did fight theyd end up somewhere different than when they started it. for example how they all ended up on the roof after the first fight

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Doesn’t mean she can’t be super sekrit with her fighting. I mean, I’m not even sure how the timing is going to work, but I think Fuu fought before everyone else did, right? So Yuuna could still pull it off.

          • Yatogami

            Im not even sure Fuu fought. Her parents did so shes been in contact with Taisho since they died that’s how she knew so much and that was her reason for joining. But you’re right, I mean, the anime is named after her so I wouldn’t be surprised if shes secretly protecting everyone.

  • Casey Lee

    Where did you get all the happy ending scenes? The one I watched only 17:30 minutes length and it was damn satisfying.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Much wow. I must have totally watched the wrong version.

  • danielcabeza59

    LOL why so many people got angry about this

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Do you mean me or the post thing at the bottom?

      Just in case if you’re talking about me, I’m almost never angry when doing a review. I don’t know many people that were actually angry about this ending either.

      • danielcabeza59

        It was the post thing not you bro

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Just making sure, haha.

          Just to let you know, the actual number of people who clicked “angry” is 1. Not many people voted in total so that percentage just seems high.

          • Casey Lee

            Sorry it’s me. it should go to bored section but I misclicked on my way there.

  • Somi

    the best thing about this ending is its potential for another story
    at the ending there was “end of Yuna story” so there could be other stories, and yeah the was a former story abou Sumi Washio aka Togou
    and at the play scene, Yuuna got dizzy, thats not simple dizzy, thats the aftereffects of the Mankai, and thats a high potential for something even darker..
    in my opinion though

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      You’re right. There’s the possibility that this leads to something else that could be even better with all the buildup of this entire season and will reflect those more serious themes. Maybe she’s sacrificing herself so that everyone else retains their bodily functions or something like that. That would definitely be interesting. It’s just that from a critical viewpoint I can’t stand behind pure speculation. We’ll have to wait and see if it manages to pull something off. If it does end up doing something like that… Well, I’m going to feel pretty bad that I spent hours on this review.

  • Owa

    Nice post Entrav!

    I don’t know if you’ve seen this but this link was a pretty interesting read for me:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/2qgskv/spoilers_yuuki_yuuna_wa_yuusha_de_aru_ending/

    Yes, a lot of it is speculation, but a lot of it also makes sense too. I’m in the camp that thinks the ending is more subtle and smarter than to be taken at face value:

    That Yuna is still fighting and made some pact with the Shinju-sama. That pact must have had something to do with altering the Hero System and resulted in returning the ‚Äúbody offerings‚ÄĚ to the other 4 girls.

    The facts that support this were:
    1) After the final battle, Yuna’s faeries do not disappear into petals like the other 4
    2) Togo‚Äôs lines of reading the skit (‚ÄúAnd before they knew it, the hero was all alone. No one knew that the hero was alone. Even though she was now alone, the hero continued fighting. Because as long as she didn‚Äôt give up, there would still be hope.‚ÄĚ)
    3) Yuna’s suspicious fainting during the skit.

    Speculation: Right as she is about to faint, the music abruptly stops, and there is a strange ringing sound effect that gave me the same ‚Äúvibe‚ÄĚ as when time stops during a Vertex attack. That could very well be the ‚Äúnew‚ÄĚ Vertex alarm that only Yuna can hear now.

    I think many people have a problem wrapping their head around the idea that the Hero System can be changed. It would make sense to alter it again after an incident as big as this; and the system has apparently gone through changes in the past (i haven’t read the prequel yet though).

    All in all, with an original series, I think they probably left it ambiguous to allow for speculation and debate (which can be fun). To me, I never saw it as “trying” to become the next Madoka in terms of despair and dark tones. Sure there was some suffering, but the overall vibe seemed much more positive and thus I didn’t think it “needed” an ending with a big sacrifice (but if that happened it would have been fine too).

    Thought this was pretty fun/funny to read:
    http://theyuricanon.tumblr.com/post/106237047850/saying-yuuki-yuuna-is-just-a-weaker-rehashing-of

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thanks!

      Yeah, I saw that. I can definitely see a continuation happening.

      Personally, I still think the last few episodes really pushed the dark themes and tones. Yuuna’s positivity and the overall show’s positivity is definitely there, but they should have been emphasized more if it wanted me to accept the purely happy ending. (Yes, I know the continuation may not make it all nice and happy, but I have to critique what we currently have and not speculation since nothing is concrete just yet. I am giving it some leeway now.)

      Honestly, try to not compare Madoka and Yuuki Yuuna too much since it’s not a good thing to do if you’re trying to critique the show. I only mentioned Madoka in the beginning since it reminded me of it in the beginning episodes. After that, I try my best to look at it on its own though comparisons will undoubtedly still happen some of the time.

      However, with that said, I honestly think that post is not doing the similarities justice. Yes, there are many differences as that person mentioned, but there are a lot of similarities as well. (Hope and despair cycles that are apparent throughout the two shows, the system of being a mahou shoujo or hero being not as it seems, self-sacrifice is still very much a key part of YuYuYu (mankai) I don’t even know how that is not mentioned, and others.) Whatever the case, comparisons are unavoidable because the tone during some parts, some of the supporting themes, and so on are similar.

      Anyways, that’s not even going in-depth with the theme of being a hero and how YuYuYu doesn’t emphasize Yuuna’s apparently strong characteristic of being a just, strong warrior who’s positivity overwhelms their despairing situation. Her characterization could and should have definitely been done better than it was because her role was incredibly critical yet it didn’t really give off the impact it needed to support the purely happy ending.

      I think the difference between how good Madoka is and how good YuYuYu is comes down to how it all ends and how the various plot points are all threaded together. Madoka manages to tie it all together and make sense of it all in a mind-blowing kind of way. Even if the in-between may not be as fantastic, it didn’t really matter that much by the end. YuYuYu doesn’t manage to deliver a conclusive ending. It still feels incomplete and the threads aren’t tied together that neatly, and I think it suffers from that. Then again, if a season 2 comes around that could all very well change.