Posted on 19 March 2008 with categories: Suteki Tantei Labyrinth


And another series where its finale has begun. So far, it hasn’t been anything amazing yet, but I never expected this series to deliver an awesome climax. For now, it was entertaining and without flaws; it was built up well, so I’m happy. The fights were entertaining, and the themes on friendship may not have been as well-developed as in, say, Higurashi, but still there’s nothing wrong with it.

In this episode, Seijuu basically gets his hands on the path that leads to god. It turns out to be the music box that Mayuki’s mother gave him when he was one… which makes me wonder why he didn’t just get it in the first place, but I think that that can be explained because Mayuki unconsciously led him towards it. So anyway, the end of the episode shows Seijuu getting into God-mode, and if things go as I think they will (which is very likely), then the next episode will feature a very flashy fight as a climax of the series, where Mayuki defeats Seijuu.

The entire success of that episode will probably depend on how Seijuu will develop. There’s still one question left: why did he leave is wife to become God? I’ve seen this series long enough to know that it can very well give background and push its story forward at the same time, so there should be no worries about this series having a rushed ending, or questions that are left unanswered, that plague quite a few other series.

One thing I do hope is that Seiran, Sanae, Hitsumi and Byakko find something to do in the next episode. One very common pitfall is that final episodes very often neglect side-characters, and these guys often end up cleaning things up after the main character and his antagonist. My prediction is that Seiran/Sanae/Hitsumi will give Mayuki the final edge in defeating the big bad Seijuu because of their friendship, but Byakko could prove to have one final card up her sleeve.

In any case, I think that this explains pretty well why I like endings that try to do something different. I’ve seen so many anime end now, that I’m getting better in predicting how they’ll end, especially the ones with generic formulas. Series like The Third and Night Head Genesis are great examples of series that really tried to be different in their endings. Series like Bokura no and Kemonozume both really succeeded in their endings that had a completely different mood, and Ooedo Rocket greatly subverted the overdone ending-trope. I’m hoping that the end of this season will add one more series to this very small list, but that one most definitely won’t be Suteki Tantei Labyrinth. :P

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  1. Jenga says:

    I LOL’d so hard during the fight between Seiran and Seijuu. You gotta admit the animation was bordering on cheesy (stinking bishop level) during that scene :P Still, points for being entertaining all right. Ah I need a new source of cheese to watch after Labyrinth finishes. Any suggestions?

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  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:56 AM)
    As for the frantic pace, that is no way to tell a story, especially for 11 episodes. The points I argued still apply.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:56 AM)
    It’s a shame because he could be placed in a mentor role and help develop the characters.
    3:Inaho still interests me because I view him as a sociopath. Personally the best way to develop him would be to have others see him as abnormal. Mostly they have been laughing off or just treating it as somewhat strange. It would be more interesting if they started to feel there was something seriously wrong with him. His inhumane nature could be used as his arc.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:51 AM)
    @Aidan Those tropes CAN work decently, which is why I hate how especially shitty this one is.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:51 AM)
    2:My guess is that rather than develop they want to keep up a frantic pace. It’s works for a while to keep a show interesting but soon enough you gotta bring more to it. The side characters are basically interchangeable. They have very little defining characteristics. The core characters have more but are chained to the needs of the plot. The most developed character on the show is the war vet and the show seems determined to keep him out of the action.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:45 AM)
    Alright, a reply.
    1: Agreed. The princess is essentially the standard of the standard. Noble pure blah blah blah. Hell even if they made her a stuck up Ojosama that at least would have been more interesting than this living trope.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:40 AM)
    @Aidan 28 pages back. Not exactly a “few” pages in hindsight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:37 AM)
    @K-off, I think I read it but how many pages back?
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:36 AM)
    But out of everything the main thing that’s bugging me is the main villain motivation. His goal is revenge on Vers. And to get revenge on Vers he has started a war with earth…Kinda missing the revenge part here. This doesn’t exactly hurt Vers. I mean yeah they committed a massacre out of a misunderstanding but when the wars done they can just say that they did kill the princess, so f*ck em. History is written by the winners after all.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:33 AM)
    @Aidan I’ve also given a detailed explanation as to why Aldnoah sucks a few pages back, if you’re interested at all.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:32 AM)
    The action is pretty good. Vincent mentioned about scientific inaccuracies but I haven’t really seen anything too jarring. Plus Vincents an idiot so no matter what he thinks, it’s irrelevant.
    Some character development would be nice. Would have been nice to have a quiet episode to help flesh some characters out before bringing the spacemen down for a attack.

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