No. 6 11 – So that was a Thing (END)
My face while watching this episode probably could have been plastered in this screenshot just fine . . .
I’ll say that while I don’t think this ending is particularly great, it does at least fit in the grand tradition of anime having absolutely bonkers endings. It seems like the two most generic ends are “life goes on” or “wtf”. Personally, I usually prefer the latter to the former, because it can be great fun to go wtf every so often.
This episode most definitely delivers on the wtf. The wasps come out in full force — and apparently have some sort of connection to Elyurias. If I’m understanding correctly, they’re basically the result of No. 6 trying to tap into Elyurias’ powers and bring back the land the leaders destroyed? lol dumbasses. “Well, we fucked up indiscriminately setting the land on fire when we could have just killed everyone and enjoyed the fruits of the land for ourselves. Wasps are the answer!”
Then come the magical wasp tornadoes.
I . . . guess that’s Elyurias’ method of cleansing the land? Seems like a rather bizarre method — not to mention pretty assholeish, since getting all those wasps in the first place means murdering a ton of innocent people. Yeah, yeah, those wasps come about because No. 6 is being a bunch of meddling kids, but then Elyurias and the magical
plot wasp tornadoes of doom go ahead and destroy the city. Because, uh, nature is better when those gosh darn cities aren’t in the way? I’m sure everyone outside No. 6 wouldn’t have appreciated the extra shelter, or anything. I’m certain this is exactly what Shion was talking about when he claimed that tearing down the walls separating No. 6 and the outside world was the best solution.
There’s also, of course, the slight manner of Elyurias bogarting Safu’s body for her own purposes and then discarding it when all is done. Again, probably a better scenario than whatever No. 6 was planning to do to Safu, but still quite douchetastic. Just because a bunch of Code Geass-evil villains ruined the girl’s life doesn’t mean that ruining her life to a slightly lesser degree is suddenly all sunshine and rainbows. Safu gets a raw deal, period. What the hell did she ever do? Her only crime is being really awkward as a young’un. Whoop de shit — she has that in common with most nerds and geeks. After that, the plot is basically, “Well, we’re going to do terrible things to you, uh, just because. By the way, you have a connection with Elyurias for no adequately explored reason. Bye!”
I’ll say this: Is it any surprise that Elyurias is a huge asshole? First of all, she’s a goddess. Gods and goddesses do not have the greatest track record of decency. Secondly, she takes the form of a fucking WASP! Wasps are renowned for being the biggest assholes in the insect world. They just do not give a fuck. So when Elyurias shows up commanding a wasp army to tear a city to shreds, uses a guiltless girl and tosses her aside like nothing and then flies off with fucking wasp rainbow wings glittering in the sky, well, should we be surprised by any of this?? No! Because she’s a fucking wasp! They’re assholes!
The one decent thing Elyurias does is resurrect Shion. I’d be pissed off for unearthing such an eye-rolling deus ex machina, but frankly, Elyurias owed them something for being such a colossal dickbag.
Anyway, my final thoughts on No. 6? I liked the first seven episodes and was with the series up to that point. But once the magical bullshit reared its ugly head in ep8, I was done like Peter Griffin. Oh, I still enjoyed myself, because the establishment of Shion and Nezumi’s relationship up to that point was still interesting — and, again, I get a kick out of when anime goes full wtf, even though it damages my opinion of a series — but I couldn’t quite take everything seriously after that. Ah well.