Re 11: End of Yokohama
If anything, this episode gave a full display of season one’s roundaboutedness.
After weeks spent beating round the bush, all the pieces of the puzzle finally fall into place. Well done Art, you have finally achieved what you had set out to do. If it were all worth it, then why the tears? Tears of happiness? You might say you are glad, but that quiver in your voice sorely betrayed you. Side-tracking for a bit while on the topic of voice quivering – oh HiroC, you cry so beautifully~ and while on the topic of HiroC’s crying, do give Angel Beats a go to hear HiroC at his tearful best. Heartbroken never sounded so lovely. So anyway, *coughs* from what I gathered, Art appeared to be conflicted over killing Nice. Then again, antagonists generally have all that inner turmoil going on, so Art was quite spot on with his feelings. That, as well as the fact that he and Nice did go way back, so I guess the tears stemmed from some sort of attachment he had and the guilt that he had just offed his friend.
For all the hogwash that I give this series (and I’m really sorry for doing that, but that’s what having expectations does to you!!), this episode was fairly interesting. One thing that was definitely worth the watch was when Art finally killed all the main Freemum members. We knew from the start that Art was simply using them, and by agreeing to work so closely with him they had effectively put an expiry date on themselves. Admittedly though, I thought their deaths could have come sooner, because as Art rightfully said, they were seriously creepy.
More on the plot. It seems Art’s master plan was to use Freemum to gather all the Minimum Holders to Yokohama, stage a grand Nice-kill-fest in front of Hajime to trigger her Nihilist Minimum, so that she could de-Minimum all the Minimum Holders in the area. A mass eradication if you will. And it worked! Very nicely in fact. For all his absence in the previous episodes, Art proved this week that he was still very much in control behind the scenes. Even though it was tiresomely long drawn, it is quite the relief that his plan worked out the way it did. Imagine if it didn’t – all that planning, scheming and playing nice would have gone to waste. And the time spent with the bunch of odd Freemum people… that would have been huge amounts of lost time.
It has been rather trying getting through this season of Re:␣Hamatora, but I am glad to have followed it through. At the penultimate episode, it looks like this series will be able to wrap things up pretty nicely. Now that the big plan has been accomplished, it looks like there will be sufficient time for the last episode to clean up all the mess of the previous episodes and tie up any loose strings.