Posts Tagged 10/10
I have high hopes for Nisemonogatari. What leads me to believe in these high hopes is not for the mere fact that this is the sequel to the beautiful Bakemonogatari, a favorite for both art and dialogue, but that this series can improve upon the lofty accomplishments from its predecessor. And if the first episode is any indication, it seems we’re already on the road to improvement.
One of the hardest parts about watching a finale is that moment immediately following the end. At that point, the anime is complete. But you don’t always feel the same way. And for a series like this with half of its material still ahead, it shouldn’t really feel complete either. It’s finales like these, where you know it is not the true end, that are some of the hardest to deal with.
Whenever the finale to an anime approaches, your mind begins creating various fantasies of how you imagine the ending. Taking every possibility into account, there are always those normal ones where everything goes right and it ends on a high and happy note, and then there are those depressing ones where nothing seems to go right and it ends in regret and sorrow. There are those bittersweet ones twisting love and sacrifice together, and those random, unexpected ones that nobody saw coming. Then, after all that, the finale comes and you see which one, if any, is correct. As good as it may feel to call the ‘correct’ ending, it’s much more satisfying to get the ending you desire. And that’s exactly how Steins;Gate ended.
In an anime that’s a 10/10, there’s always a point, a scene, or something you can look back on where you know it surpassed all expectations and elevated itself into greatness. There is no explanation, requirements, or guidelines that define what the scene should do but you know it, and can feel it, when it happens. And that scene just happened in Steins;Gate with Okabe’s video. Perfectly amazing.