This show surprised me a fair bit on its way to this end, and most of the time the surprises were good. This finale however is a mixed bag of awesomeness and awfulness with little in between.
I’m going to pass judgment decisively and perhaps harshly; let me know if you disagree.
AWESOME: Chieri Wins Over Nagisa
Yes, you heard me. She won. Nagisa got to sing with her on stage because she let her. Chieri dictated the victory conditions and won entirely on her terms. Of course the sequel will ruin this by picking Nagisa as center nova and the successor to Acchan, but that’s a ways away!
AWFUL: Nagisa no Chieri
This has got to be one of the worst songs I’ve ever had to sit through in an anime. Is this worse than an entire album of Ali Project remixes? I don’t know, but it’s gotta be close.
AWESOME: Motomiya Nagisa’s Dad
Fuck yeah, WHO’S YOUR DADDY NOW?! Just when I thought there’d be this cheesy meltdown, but clearly becoming a political prisoner only made this guy become a badass and not just a hardass. This is the kind of father teenage robot anime pilots need. I wasn’t ready. His words of challenge was filled with love and I couldn’t help but break down in tears. Come hang out with me and Flit Asuno and have some whiskey and cigars. You are a total bro.
AWFUL: The Takamina Succession Clusterfuck
Really? Takamina doesn’t get a VI successor? That’s how this wraps up? Kanata gets completely shafted? This was supposed to be one of the best things about this show – real conflict concerning the zero-sum game that is an idol career within AKB. I’d rather see Takamina V exit gracefully on the surface and become a super villain in the sequel. That would’ve been a great thing for Takamina VI to deal with:
Takamina VI: YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS!
Takamina V: DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO KANATA! YOU DON’T KNOW ME!
Takamina VI: SHUT UP YOU CUNT, MY NAME IS TAKAMINA! I DON’T JUST KNOW YOU, I AM YOU!!! …rather, the very best of you, that you’ve now lost, but perhaps not totally, and not forever. I LOVE YOU LIKE I LOVE MYSELF!
Takamina V: DIE DOUCHEBITCH DIE!!!
AWESOME: AKB0048 shows AU Gundam how it’s done.
Just as Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell showed Mobile Suit Gundam 00 A Wakening of the Trailblazer how to communicate with an alien race with love and understanding (as if Macross 7 didn’t blaze that trail with power and soul), this anime shows up all these silly AU Gundams on how to do the pacifist thing: little girls, magic hearts, glowing critters, LISTEN TO OUR SONG.
AWFUL: The upcoming general elections
What’s the point of holding the elections if the Kirara anoint the Center Nova successor? Worse, it’s not as if Chieri would actually get chosen, it’s going to be Nagisa who destroys Yuuko as the new Acchan.