The first half of this episode was awesome. It had very little Amata or Mikono and was mostly about pretty much the entire secondary cast stepping up and doing wonderful heroics. This is not a coincidence.
The second half was about Amata doing the Sekiha Love Love Tenkyoken, him and Mikono confessing their love as everyone else in the entire show, including Zessica and Kagura, watched with tears of joy in their eyes, and this magically defeated Mikage and saved the world.
If any of the above was spoilers to you, I don’t know what to tell you. It was funny, beautifully animated, and full of the sort of magical sparkly asspulls I apparently like in my fabulous mecha (draw your own conclusions about me if you want), but it was fundamentally nothing that wasn’t inevitable.
But the ride’s finally over. I’ll write more later, maybe. Once I figure out what there is left to say about this show.
Okay, here’s some for you: this episode would have been absolutely brilliant if it had been backed by a show that wasn’t a trainwreck. All the characters rallying behind Amata’s and Mikono’s incredibly pure love would have been an incredible view if they’d ever had a compelling relationship; if they’d ever shown more than a few glimpses of chemistry; if they’d ever had real interaction other than cheap drama and a few canned Romantic Scenes ‘R Us at the theater, at the tower, and at the movie showing. Mikage’s defeat would have been satisfying if he had had an established enmity with anyone other than Apollonius and a lot of past lives from 12,000 years ago, or if he had interacted with our heroes in any way other than “bwahaha I will rule the world now btw also reincarnation drama” (Donar Dantes? Who, again?). Kagura’s turnaround would have been wonderful if it didn’t happen in about five seconds after hours of pointless (and I mean that word as much as I can) headbutting. Really, I could do this for pages.
In short: it was a very well-crafted ending to a show that just couldn’t support its weight.