I was absolutely expecting a crazy twist for this episode, but I wasn’t really expecting the episode to go this way. I’m not really sure how I feel about this episode at all, but one thing is finally clear to me now and I should have said this sooner in my reviews: Akudama Drive needed way more episodes. Also wow, Hacker really did come back just to die didn’t he? >_>
I’m not a sci-fi person, it’s a genre that I pretty much never watch because it doesn’t interest me as much so I’m not sure how common this supercomputer trope thing is. So this whole time, I presume because of the war, Kanto was this area of weird gravity where no one but this supercomputer lives. And inside it are people of Kanto’s minds/memories where they live in a manufactured happy utopia. No pain, no sadness, just living in all of their fake happy memories. Seeing the way Courier grew up really made me wish that we had more episodes because the lack of backstory is one of my complaints with the show. Who is this woman from Courier’s past and did he always live life like this? I just wish we spent more time, and this also goes out to Hacker because he was in the show the least and we lose him already. This also goes to…whatever the show is trying to be?
Okay, so people who go to Kanto have their memories uploaded into this supercomputer. Brother and Sister were created in order to supply infinite storage for the millions of lives and memories in the supercomputer. This is pretty significant in the story, and yet the children were saved and the computer destroyed easily all in one episode! Like, really? Just like that? And what’s even funnier is that absolutely none of them even questioned, especially Swindler, that they would kill millions of lives if they saved the children. Yes, it’s true that none of them have their physical bodies and they were most likely destroyed, but they’re all still alive in a sense. There was probably this giant world inside that computer where everyone was living peacefully, and since Hacker and the others took the children and destroyed that connection…they are dead, right? And yet no one mentions this.
The whole rescue strangely felt like it came from a shounen. In fact, I think the whole episode did with Swindler jumping at the computer and her big speech, and however you would describe what happened with Hacker in the rescue. This whole episode just felt so off and strange that I just have no idea how to feel about it. Let down? I suppose so. We really could have spent so much more time on basically everything. I was enjoying this show so much, but I would say there was bit of a dropoff at a certain point where the story got a little shaky. And again, the characters weren’t fleshed out as much. Again, RIP Hacker. I get that he did the rescue because he wanted something fun to do since he was the type of person that gets bored, but still. :/
We have one more episode left and I’m not even going to guess what’ll happen. They have the coordinates to whatever secret Hacker knew about but they’ll have to escape the Executioners, and with their small numbers and all of the Executioners after them, it doesn’t look like it’ll end well but we’ll see. Also Kansai is fucked but we don’t have enough time for that either so…oh well.