Now that we’re friends…
After 6 long months, we may finally draw the curtain upon the big blue lane. However, this is still an ending post. Even though I’ve decided not to summarize the weekly story, Azur Lane will still get a proper send off. So, let’s get right down to it. Don’t expect this to be a kind one, though.
There’s a lot to be said about the story told throughout this anime. One could easily rip it to shreds, but I’ll be focusing upon a single point here. Why in the world did they make a serious plot line the focus? Though I have a pretty good idea why they did this, it doesn’t do the source material any justice. Azur Lane is known for its cute girls and fan service. If you really look at the game, then you’ll notice the story stops at chapter three, and there’s a good reason for that. In essence, the original story told here and what the core of Azur Lane is clashed from the very beginning. While the show did have its cute and fun moments, they were continually overshadowed by an out of place dramatic tale.
One could already tell this wasn’t going to be a strong production from the previews, but this went downhill fast. Although I’m unsure how much the blu-rays fixed, the two episodes I reviewed on blu-ray weren’t all that impressive. In fact, these past two episodes racked up a total of 148 stitches. This is way above the norm here. They really did slideshow the finale. Moreover, because of the serious nature of the plot, this show called for a lot of animation. Animation that a new studio could never pull off. I understand Bibury is new to the scene, but they had to of known they couldn’t do Azur Lane justice. The two month delay speaks for itself.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Azur Lane. I truly wanted to see this anime succeed, but it did nearly everything possible to do the opposite. It’s really difficult to find anything positive out of this mess, though I won’t turn my back on Azur Lane. Here’s hoping their future animation does well.
I know 4 out of 10 isn’t the prettiest overall score. Nonetheless, I don’t regret reviewing a single moment of this anime. It was a pleasure to capture every piece of Javelin and many of the other fine vessels. Anyhow, it’s time to form an alliance. Enjoy sailing under one banner!
I honestly can’t believe they did this… A legit copy paste job from the in-game art.
Is this really the end? Look forward to something exciting next Wednesday.