Devil Survivor 2 The Animation Episode 12: Sunday of Realization – I
‘Go, Hibiki! You’re the hope of us all!’
Synopsis: The battle against the Septentriones is complete, and the final battle line has been drawn. The Void continues to expand, devouring all of existence, and Alcor and Yamato finally resolve their long-brewing conflict. In the end, only Hibiki will remain, determined to stop Yamato in his attempt to remake the world — but will the strength of his convictions be enough?
In true Devil Survivor 2 style the first half of the episode was okay and the second half was great… I’m beginning to think they’re doing it on purpose, y’know? Whilst the first half felt lackluster and was composed almost entirely of conversation (and the odd tentacle attack on Yamato), the second half was wrought with drama, emotion and death. Death. At this point everyone really is dead aren’t they? Two people left in the entire world… Wow…
So I’m going to split this post into two main paragraphs, one talking about the first half and another talking about the second half… First half here we go? It wasn’t that the first half was bad… it just, as usual, wasn’t great. I’ll be honest, when this show turned to shit around episode 6, I realized that this was the moment I’d be waiting for, the end. In my mind at the time there was no way they could fuck up the end because, you know, it’s an adaption from a Shin Megami Tensei game, those endings are always good/numerous. As it stands, I think the show might be going for an anime only ending? But that’s just my thought process, I mean, I’ve never actually played the game so maybe you can tell me in the comments if they’re going for an anime only ending? It doesn’t matter either way really… unless you actually played the game. Back to the first half of the episode. Exposition. How many more times do we need to see Alcor smile? How many more times do we need to hear that Yamato is a ‘good’ ‘person’
(he’s not)? How many more times does Hibiki has to cry/scream before we realize that he’s way to emotional/has an abundance of hormones that are throwing the situation out of proportion (but I’ll get to that later). Honestly, there’s not much to say about the first half that hasn’t been said already. It’s first and foremost a battle sequence between Yamato and Alcor that you know Yamato will win. What other option was there?
Now let’s discuss the all important second half. Good things about it: There was drama, there was death, the survival feel was awesome, the backdrops were great, Daichi’s last moments were amazing, Makoto’s sacrifice was… yeah and the stage has been set for an epic final battle (which will most likely result in Hibiki winning and resetting the Earth to how it was at the beginning of the show, with Nitta, Daichi and everyone else alive… just saying) and, to be quite frank, I’m not at all excited. ‘But you just called it epic?’, I hear you cry out. Epic has several meanings. Is it going to be epic in scale? No, not unless Polaris joins in but that’s unlikely. Is it going to be epic in the sense that it’s going to be awesome? Also unlikely if the other battles from the show are anything to go by. Will it be epic in the sense that it’s the concluding battle and there’s probably going to be some dramatic dialogue? Yup. That’ll be it in an nutshell. But I digress, Alcor’s last moments were great, Nitta and Daichi’s last moments were great and Hibiki cries to much. Hibiki cried when Yamato died? Serisouly? Did he forget everything Yamato was/is going to do? Talk about trying to make a big deal out of nothing. Hibiki should have been celebrating but instead his bad characterization lead him to being the most cliche and most uninteresting part of DS2… DAICHI! Why couldn’t you have been the main character in his stead?
That aside, I’m glad this show in coming to an end. I haven’t enjoyed blogging about it and I certainly haven’t enjoyed watching Hibiki ‘grow’. I’m most sad about Daichi and Alcor’s death’s, but otherwise I’m just going to go about my daily life unfazed… can’t be helped I guess?