Anime Review: Sakamichi no Apollon – 12 [Final]
Not gonna lie: Kaoru the long haired doctor is pretty cool-looking. Though it does make him look like he came straight out of a K-drama.
Well, that certainly wasn’t a bad ending. It certainly put together the important bits of information together and gave us something. We know what’s happening with most of the major characters who were introduced. And there was a sense of conclusion to everything in this episode. But I was so incredibly disappointed by everything. My honest opinion was that this was a dumb ending. I hope this isn’t the direction the manga takes because that’s where I’m going next immediately after writing this review. (NOPE. So wrong. So very wrong.) And really, even if we separate the anime from the manga, this ending felt very weak compared to all the other things we’ve been given over the past season. I couldn’t even really get into Moanin’ at the end because everything was just so… bleh. Not exactly the spectacle that I had hoped from Sakamichi no Apollon, but it was plausible and I’ll take it, though begrudgingly.
In fact, I’d go far as to say that this episode wasn’t really a final episode; it was an epilogue, but even as an epilogue it wasn’t very good. Almost everything in this one felt like it was given the barest of passing mentions only to move the plot forward. Kaoru’s reaction to abandonment and coping is literally nothing new, as we’ve seen it a couple times already. The relationship between Ritsuko and Kaoru was either open-ended or poorly written, depending on how much you care about them. And the whole Yurika-Jun relationship was only given a few lines. Seriously, her cameo as expecting mother would feel like a pity throw-in if it wasn’t for the photo. Nothing in this episode felt concrete or final, despite it being the supposed finale episode. Everything about where everyone ended up seemed very lazy and haphazardly put together. Not something that I wanted to see at the end, that’s for sure.
Definitely not one of the strongest endings I’ve ever seen, but at the very least, it was an ending. And I have to say while I still think it was stupid, it was suitable and maybe given some time to think about, I’ll give it a better appraisal.
GO Rating: 2/5
This epilogue-finale thing, whatever it was, really did this show an injustice. Sakamichi no Apollon was one of the series that I actually would not have minded having an open-ended ending, leading into the story of the manga. Even if it was a ploy to get a second season, I would not have minded because then it would have done what I wanted it to do. As the series went on, I saw this less as an anime standing on its own and more as an introduction to the manga. Normally, I’d like to see it the other way around, but as in the case for me with Usagi Drop, the anime does a phenomenal job of introducing the greater story of the source. As an anime, it was strong but sputtered to the ending and practically collapsed before even crossing the finish line. But what this show did was spark my curiosity and left me wanting more of these characters. And right now, I’m inclined to give this series the benefit of the doubt. It was not everything I hoped it would be, but it was certainly what it wanted to be and that’s plenty. Good series, weak finish, but give it a watch and you won’t regret it.
Overall Rating: 3/5