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Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! Episode #12 Anime Review (Season Finale)

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“501st, You're Splitting Up?”

© 2020 Fumikane Shimada · KADOKAWA / 501 Integrated Battle Group
“501st, You’re Splitting Up?”

What They Say:
It’s time for the final battle, and the 501st isn’t invited! Instead, they’ll be taking a nice, safe vacation on a tropical island…

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The 501st hits its final episode of the season with this installment and it’s the kind of thing where even if it’s good, does it really matter? We’ve had to go through so much terribleness along the way that nothing can really redeem it at this point. There are a lot of shows that play with this kind of animation style and storytelling style and most of them tend to do it better and without the built-in audience that comes from being a Strike Witches property. The result is the slog that we’ve had which is still that here in these final minutes as we lumber toward some form of closure for it.

With the final battle looming for the world in dealing with the aliens that we’ve barely seen (if at all) in this season, the mood changes fast when the group realizes that they’re not going to be involved in it. So they end up just going off and doing their own thing which is a whole lot of pointlessness topped with their fearless leader struggling with breaking her sword. That does get her to take a trip about halfway through, catching a lift with part of the allied fleet along the way, but all that does is just further cement the way the show has faltered repeatedly. While it does set some bigger moments here as it progresses, giving us the Neuroi nest and all that, having the main cast off on vacation on an island just left me rolling my eyes.

In Summary:
With a short movie coming out later this year that’s going to clock in at about two episodes worth of material, the 501st isn’t actually done. But I’m hard pressed to say that I’ll be drawn in for me. I like the Strike Witches property as a whole and have some nostalgia to it with the figures and friends, but this series has practically killed what little interest it still held after all these years. This was a badly executed series from start to finish that I suspect most fans will avoid at every turn. I don’t doubt there are people that enjoyed it as I did find moments to laugh at or like, but it’s just not a good series at all.

Grade: D

Streamed By: Funimation

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