Wednesday, 1 October 2008

World Destruction - Episode 13 (Completed)

After frequently coming close to ending the world via the medium of boredom, World Destruction is finally over, and I do have to admit that the final episode was... well, rather cool.

It's been apparent from pretty early on that despite being a slightly annoying weakling throughout the series, Kirie is actually an important part of the story, and the last episode really ramped up his importance out of nowhere. This episode of course, we find out who... or rather what... Kirie actually is. Yes, that's right, Kirie is the Destruct Code, and what Morte thought was the Destruct Code is in fact Kirie's brain (well, is memories to be exact, but it at least explains his brain-dead actions for most of the series).

So, after a long fall and some more time in the labyrinth of memories, meek and mild-mannered blonde Kirie becomes kick-ass destroyer of worlds red-haired Kirie, and despite his rather over-the-top Neo in the Matrix sequels -esque transition, he finally becomes rather cool in an evil sort of way, turning people to sand and getting all zappy with the electricity.

If Kirie's involvement in all of this was predictable, Morte changing her mind and deciding not to destroy the world was a banker before the show even began. Lo and behold, as Kirie starts to bring about the destruction (or rather, reset) of the world, Morte changes her mind and stops him, which is fine as long as it doesn't mean we'll be getting a second series - One was quite enough, thanks.

Having seen this, and with such a big giveaway at the end, I have to wonder what the game this series is basically advertising is going to have to offer - All of a sudden we'll all be wanting to play as Kirie safe in the knowledge that he'll end up being a badass like Starkiller from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Anyway, this was a decidedly average series at best, that was ironically book-ended by two good episodes - Episode one gave me a lot of hope for the potential of this series that was never fulfilled, and this final episode may have been a little predictable but still somehow oozed a certain amount of cool. If only these lessons had been learned for the other eleven episodes, World Destruction as a whole might have been a more bearable experience. I guess it just goes to show that there are two types of mediocre anime. Kuma.

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