Posted by psgels on 15 September 2007 with categories: Toward the Terra


Interesting. The final part of Toward the Terra is going to be political. Instead of going in an all-out battle, this episode featured negotiations between the humans and the Myu. Because of this, it isn’t as emotional as the previous episode, but I’m quite interested in how the creators were planning to end this series. The episode ends with Grand Mother, finally showing herself, and I wonder what she’ll be adding to the ending.

The best moment of the episode was when Terra finally appeared, though. It’s become one huge desert, how’s that for a disappointment! It seems that it’s still habitable, but only a few humans can live there, and it was a brave decision of Jomie to keep advancing, even after having seen this. He’s really evolved into a great leader.

The negotiations happen in a huge tower, which probably provides one of the few habitable environments. Perhaps this was handled a bit too quickly, either that or it was me, not paying attention. Before the negotiations happen, Physis visits Keith, asking what Blue’s last words were. Overall, I couldn’t follow most of the talking due to my limited Japanese, unfortunately.

There’s only one episode left. All that’s left to hope now is that the creators haven’t shot themselves in the foot with their planning, and don’t end up rushing the final episode. I’m not expecting anything, and I’ll assume that the best episode of this series will be episode 22. Making a good anime is one thing, but ending it well is an entirely different story. I’ve seen magnificent series with just mediocre endings (Escaflowne and Mahou Shoujotai come to mind), and it really takes something extra to make it original, not predictable and still satisfying. If I had to make a quick guess, then I’d say that out of all the shows I’ve seen up till now, only half a dozen ended up with a great ending, and that isn’t much. Most series either turn mediocre or just good, but way below the overall quality of the series.

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  1. Boulayman says:

    I agree with your comment about Escaflowne being blown to pieces by the ending (really is a shame since it was a really great anime until around episode 19 or something) but I beg to differ about Mahou shoujotai, I think the ending was pretty good and overall it is really a great anime !

    Btwm I an not watching towrds terra at the moment, would you recommend it ???

  2. leongsh says:

    When they showed that Terra/Earth is now a desert planet and no more the blue planet per the dreams and propaganda, I didn’t think that it was a disappointment. More like the moment of clarity and revelation of a dirty secret about the condition of Earth.

    Having watched the movie version, I dread what’s going to happen in the final episode.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Boulayman: oh, I definitely recommend Toward the Terra. It’s one of the best series to come out in the sprin-season.

  4. cubed says:

    Just out of interest, could you name a few of the animes that have ended with an ending that’s as great as the rest of it’s series?

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Hmm, let’s see:
    – The Third
    – Revolutionary Girl Utena
    – Noein
    – Gunslinger Girl (although a second season is about to come)
    – Night Head Genesis
    – Death Note
    – Ayakashi ~ Japanese Classic Horror

  6. sylvan says:

    You know, I really loved the way Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto ended. The music, the snow, the statues… The series by itself was just okay, with some cool moments here and there, but I think the ending was pretty amazing…

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Well, this is just me being picky. I’m not sure why actually, I usually have a broad taste but when it comes to endings it’s totally different. I don’t know the exact reason, but most endings feel unoriginal and predictable to me.

  8. sylvan says:

    Oh gosh, it’s not picky! It goes to taste too!! It’s funny but I’ve never really cared about predictablility, maybe because I’ve always waited for the story to be told to me rather then think ahead to what may happen next. I’ve never been all that great at chess either, for that very same reason, I guess. I can’t read very far ahead to see where my oponent may move next. I’m not sure if that’s a weakness or a very tiny strength, for watching anime that is. O_O It’s definately a huge weakness for chess! But that’s okay too. I just like to play. Anyway, I can’t wait for the next episode of Terra and I agree with leongsh, I hope it doesn’t end like the movie…

  9. carmen says:

    I agree about esca.
    Terra:
    But i’m rather glad they made episode 23 more political than battle. A battle to the bitter end is rather cliche so it was nice that they spiced it up with something more realistic. Plus 3 episodes of battles would have been too monotonous. Though I’m all for a battle in Episode 24 XD. My prediction is that Keith dies. Which is too bad since I find him a heck of a lot more interesting than Jomy. Poor Matsuka. :(

  10. Neflyte49 says:

    Habiendo visto la pelicula ese es el final esperado, al final Keith mata a Jomy y la computadora padre se rebela ante todo, los Mu son parte del proyecto de SD :)

    Well, Keith kill Jomy by a order of Grand Mother, and the Mu are a part of the SD, a Gran Father Computer reveals at the end. Well…

  11. kersi says:

    That one was a mean spoiler, and we dunno if Jomy dies for sure, and the most important the hole mystery is deffinately not political. one thing is sure Keith in the end will be a human not machine.

  12. rins says:

    I hope the series ends differently than the movie. In the series, the humans still hate the Mu.. so it’s unlikely they’ll all be hugging at the final episode. Btw, for anyone interested…the movie is out @ mininova.

  13. chou says:

    Well, if the series does end the way the manga did, then I think you won’t be disappointed.

    Btw, it seems that a lot of people are against the movie ending but personally, I wouldn’t mind it since it’s similar to the manga ending anyways (which I loved). But I heard the anime ending is gonna be different from its sources. So let’s cross our fingers and hope the producers won’t give us something like “Keith and Jomy destroyed GM, saved Terra from self-destruction, and everyone lives happily ever after.”

  14. chou says:

    Never mind what I just said in the previous post. THIS is what will happen in ep.24:

    http://irohanihoheto.typepad.com/toward_the_terra/

    The ending itself is kind of interesting but it’s totally inconsistant with the rest of the series. Unless it does a heck of a job explaining itself I think the ending ruins the purpose of one of the most important aspects of the show, the maturity checks.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:42 AM)
    Oh Andrew Niccol, oh how the mighty have fallen.
    Hoffman showed up in Capote and most wanted man, the latter which I especially love and there need to be more thrillers of that vein coming out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:37 AM)
    It’s funny how they also each have a Nicolas Cage movie. Kaufman has Adaptation and Niccol has Lord of War. Although despite the usual Cage antics neither of those movies is really that bad.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:33 AM)
    Eternal Sunshine and The Truman Show are the two roles where Jim Carrey really demonstrated his acting chops well outside of his usual comfort zone. But Kaufman moved forward from Sunshine with the superior Synecdoche, while Andrew Niccol went from doing Truman Show and Gattaca to doing young adult garbage like The Host *wretches*
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:28 AM)
    @Emma: yeah you’ll most likely enjoy it. On the surreàl scale it lies somewhere between Birdman and Holy Mountain, so although it’s peppered with symbolic imagery and thematic shots it’s still a personal story about a man’s struggle when faced with his own demise. Although a lofty statement, this is in my onion philip seymour hoffman’s best performance, and his untimely death adds another incredibly rich level of nuance to this movie.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:20 AM)
    @Bam: Adaption, Nicholas Cage =< a guilty pleasure actor to watch for the most part and little more.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:12 AM)
    @Bam: The more you mentiom Synecdoche, the more interested I get. Malcovich was a creative idea for a film and Eternal sunshine was a good spin on the romance genre which gave Jim Carrey a film worth acting in.
    Riki-oh if anything is just a heck of alot of fun.

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