Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Ladies versus Butlers! - Episode 12 (Completed)

After leaving us hanging with the school sports festival that looked set to resolve the battle for a date with Hino between Selnia and Tomomi, virtually all of Ladies versus Butlers! finale is concerned with the final outcome of said event.

Indeed, when all is said and done it comes down to the final cavalry battle so beloved of Japanese school sports festivals (or at least so anime has us believe), and inevitably it's the players in this love triangle that are the last left standing as the event draws towards a close, although not before dishing out the usual dose of fan service before revealing who wins the day.

While the victor in the event might have taken the spoils on this occasion, both Saikyou and Flameheart swear to continue their constant bouts of one-upmanship; a vow which probably isn't such a bad idea as the clueless Hino manages to ruin the whole thing at the end anyway by playing the nice guy as always.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this series opted for such a cop-out ending, and at least it jokingly admitted to itself that it was weak, but even with that self-referenital humour I feel a little cheated - Why does anime have such trouble bringing closure to a series like this? Of course, I know the answer to that question perfectly well, but it still feels most unsatisfying. Come the end of it all, Ladies versus Butlers! has held a rather odd place in my viewing schedule for this season - At times I've rolled my eyes at the senseless bevy of fan service, but at others I've actually quite enjoyed it on account of Hino's eminently likeable character and some half-decent female leads. This certainly wasn't overly emotional stuff, but for a show predicated on fan service first and foremost it made a reasonable account of itself in places; not enough to make it a recommended series or anything like that, but it was fun enough to pass the time, and I suppose I can't ask for much more from it than that.

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