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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!! Episode #12 Season Finale Anime Review

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What a special ride it’s been, following these girls through the world of animation.

The Eizouken will shape their world with the power of anime

What They Say:
A last-minute mix-up leaves the Eizouken scrambling for an answer. In order to get their DVDs ready for the convention, they’ll need to flip the anime story on its head. Thankfully, their last-ditch efforts pay off. The patrons of Comet A come out in droves for Mizusaki and lend their support to the anime. The night winds down and the people of Shibahama head home. They kick back, relax and pop the UFO DVD into the tray…exposing them to the magical world of the Eizouken.

The Review
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
A massive oversight hangs over the Eizouken’s shoulders as the premiere for their anime DVD approaches. The music they had commissioned doesn’t match the atmosphere of their short film. There’s not enough time to rework the music, so Asakusa takes drastic measures to salvage their project – rather than change the music for the animation, they’ll change the tone of the story to match the music. It seems like a major adjustment to make this late into the game, but by reordering the animation they already have, Asakusa plans on ditching their happy ending for something more pragmatic. The Eizouken are no strangers to sleepless nights and impending deadlines.

Just in the nick of time, the Shibahama UFO anime is ready to go. The Eizouken set up their stand at Comet A, the local exhibition where different artists, clubs, and creators show off their passions and talents. Just as Kanamori had planned, Mizusaki is the main selling point, as people line up to greet her. Asakusa is bewildered by their surreal situation – all those years she spent daydreaming of making anime, and now a heap of strangers are flocking to purchase the anime she created. The convention comes to a close and the Eizouken manage to sell their entire stock of DVDs!! Having not seen the final product themselves, the girls celebrate with a watch party at Asakusa’s place.

Comet A attendees head home with great anticipation, settling into their comfy corners of the world as they dive into the UFO anime. Asakusa, wrapped in a blanket with stuffed animal in hand, mirrors the impressionable girl we saw watching Future Boy Conan back in episode one. But this time, it’s her anime that would leave its mark on the people of Shibahama.

The UFO anime retains most of its original plot-line, as war breaks out between the humans and kappas. But the initial dance party ending is scrapped for a more dramatic conclusion (Mizusaki’s dance animation is repurposed as bonus content for the DVD). As the battle rages on, one soldier from each side attempts to quash the needless bloodshed. Despite defending enemy ships, taking on friendly fire and running their tanks empty, the war has no end in sight. Both soldiers crash land in enemy territory. Raising their hands to the sky, they approach the surrounding enemy forces. The moody music perfectly matches the new story angle; the once fairy tale-like ending is instead replaced with melancholic uncertainty. As viewers become captivated by the anime, the city of Shibahama is suddenly transformed – blending reality with Asakusa’s imagined world.

The Eizouken momentarily bask in the success of their anime. Asakusa wakes up the next morning and looks out the window to see her newly-visualized Shibahama. But this isn’t the end – far from it. For the Eizouken, this is just the beginning, as Asakusa assertively states, “there’s still a lot of room for improvement.” The girls meet up at the clubhouse, where their next adventure awaits them.

In Summary:
And so, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!! comes to a close. What a special ride it’s been, following these girls through the world of animation. Eizouken managed to display both the technical and ethereal qualities of anime’s creation and why people love the medium. Science Saru and Masaaki Yuasa knocked it out of the park – I already can’t wait for their next project. I’m going to miss the time we’ve spent getting to know these lovable nerds, but at least we can look forward to the manga making its way stateside. Until then, keep it Easy Breezy everyone!!

Grade: A

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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