Rokka no Yuusha – 12 (Fin)

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For me, Rokka no Yuusha’s ending was never going to be satisfying. Even if the identity of the seventh is revealed—and it is; it’s Nashetania, whom we’d suspected the most all along—one episode isn’t enough to get to the Demon God, let alone defeat him. It just wasn’t going to happen. With that in mind, I managed my expectations accordingly.

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While it made logical sense based on a lot of her actions throughout the show that Tania was the seventh, it still left me a bit cold. A lot of why I enjoyed the show was the fact that most of the time, especially before that barrier went up, there was no reason to believe Tania was a villain. From the night she visited Adlet in his cell, she seemed like, well, a nice person. The story may have always intended for her to be the villain, but I’m not sure what to do with that.

I’m mostly just disappointed she turned into a sneering baddie who thinks 500,000 human casualties is a small price to pay for peace with the fiends. Despite the evidence against her, it still felt out of left field, and the big revelation didn’t have an impact that justified throwing her character into the dumpster. It doesn’t help that she turns into muddy goo and vanishes into the wind, meaning she’s still very much a threat to the other braves.

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But hey, at least Maura is apologetic and ready to work with Adlet, right? And Fremy isn’t going to go off on her own, and after she has some time to think, may eventually figure out how to interact with Adlet, whom she has feelings for? And we’re down to the correct number of six braves, right? Well, on that last point, wrong. 

Once the barrier falls, another seventh brave shows up. This brave, Rolonia seems specifically meant to vaguely resemble a cheap Nashetania knock-off, albeit with cow-themed rather than rabbit-themed armor. Worse, her sudden appearance, as well as the newly reignited suspicion and discord amongst the other braves…is played for comedy.

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Sorry, but this development is unforgivable. We were DONE with the seventh brave mystery. It took up the whole damn show, and if we’re being honest, wasn’t enough on its own to sustain most of the show. Combined with Nashetania being wasted, and not dying, ending up as a fresh threat, as well as the sudden arrival of a king who says 2,000 fiends are descending on their position…it’s all too much for a show that gives no indication of if and when it will return.

Part of it is me; I came in expecting the world-saving story to progress a lot further, rather than the show to get bogged down in a mystery. But for the show to solve that mystery, only to immediately start a new one in the last episode, was frankly the last straw for me. I’ve run out of goodwill and patience for this show. I wish I’d run out much earlier, so I wouldn’t have had to watch this botched finale. But I can tell you one thing: if there is a second season, I’ll be passing on it.

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Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

10 thoughts on “Rokka no Yuusha – 12 (Fin)”

  1. Jeez, gotta agree with you here. The series was good, but the ending was a little meh. Personally, I think they could have a done a lot better. And even the last moment when there is another seventh…. Really! Just wow!

  2. wow… about 5 words from finishing typing my response when i hit backspace and it decided to go back a page in history… the highlights are as follows…
    -you’re too hard on ending
    -rolonia isn’t the ass-pull you thought but is still fugly and will never win best waifu
    -ep. 2 under tree adlet hints to saint that didnt want he power
    -ep. 7 adlet tells fremy there might be another brave
    -cliff hanger is acceptable as it sets up second series
    -even if no second series comes, LN vol. 1 was adapted fairly accurately by series
    -nearly 4 LN translated so far
    now off to cry salty tears for lost post T -T

    1. Oh no! Sorry you lost your full response (I’ve lost 99% complete reviews that way!), but I think I got the gist from your list.

      This show just started rubbing me wrong as soon as I realized it would be dominated by the seventh mystery (which I was still compelled to stick around with) rather than the overarching quest of the braves.

      While I may have been unduly harsh in my final episode rating, that rating is as much an indictment of the direction of the show and how it chose to end (or not end, as the story is far from over) as it is about the execution of the 12th episode.

      How accurate or not it was to the LNs is irrelevant for me as I don’t read LNs or manga, I only watch anime…a practice that I’ll admit has its drawbacks, especially for shows like this.

      In hindsight, the show had some good moments and on the whole looked and sounded great, but ultimately wasn’t for me.

      Nevertheless, I thank you and everyone else for your patience in following my reviews!

      1. Couldnt agree more with your comments and review, exactly what I was thinking about the whole series, leaves more unanswered questions than answers, the whole ending has left a bad taste in my mouth.

        Was expecting a lot more or at least a proper fight vs the 7th on the last episode, instead we are treated with a new mystery of another 7th, just lame and dissapointing.

        Really like the characters and animation, this series could have gone a long way IMO, the plot was descent enough, but they messed it up by solemly focusing the whole series around the 7th.

      2. You know a second season wouldn’t be dominated by the seventh ‘ mystery. They’re going to go inside enemy’s territory now, they’re not blocked anymore.
        The thing is, what would be more interesting? to have them go inside while trusting each other, and to have them go inside with trust issues? You should actually rejoices the plot is going that way. What you’re doing right know is akin to complain that the story is going to be more interesting than what you thought it would from now on. I’m not sure that makes sense =).

  3. Ouch it really rubbed you the wrong way huh? As an LN reader my expectations were completely different. I was in it to see the plot animated as opposed to any mystery, so I enjoyed it a lot more since I knew exactly what I was getting into. This seems to really be a matter of personal preference so there’s nothing I can say x.x

  4. The anime only covers the 1st volume of the light novel, 5 more and counting remain. The later plot focuses more on the various mysteries and conspiracies the Braves encounter on their journey towards resealing the Demon God. For example, the 3 fiend leaders are in the midst of a power struggle between each other, the true 7th traitor is an unknowing mole (Naschetania was just a opportunistic imposter), and the true Demon God may not be what the legends describe…

    If you’re interested, you can start reading from Vol 2 here. This group’s still working on Vol 4 though.
    https://rokkathetranslation.wordpress.com/

    PS. Naschetania is merely a follower, not the true mastermind of the fiend-human unity plan.

  5. I got to agree with you for the most part. I basically knew we were probably not going to see the Demon King get taken down, which I was fine with; I liked that the mystery was main part of the story. But bringing a second seventh brave right after the first was discovered is rather unforgivable. I felt so confused and lost when that happened. I wish this one had gotten a decent ending because I enjoyed it for much of the season; character designs were interesting, I kept guessing who might the seventh be, the setting was cool. All in all a sad wasteful ending for a decently enjoyable anime! :(

  6. Well that was six hours of viewing time I’ll never get back. What a waste of time this show was. It blathers around for 12 plot thin episodes with the “oooooh who is the seventh brave?” story line, then gives us one of the most anti climactic climaxes I’ve ever seen in an anime. And then starts the whole daft story line again. And what is really annoying? After torturing themselves and us with their dense fumblings attempting to identify the seventh brave, they ignore the obvious conclusion and immediately fall for the same ploy all over again, resorting to suspecting each other again. That just shows to me that the Demon King is under no threat at all. All he has to do if this gang of morons ever confront him is to ask them to recite the 10 times table or ask them which cola tastes best and they will be so preoccupied agonizing over that he will have plenty of time to destroy the world. If there is a second series I’ll be avoiding it like the plague. No more will I waste my precious viewing time with this gormless gang of morons. Instead I’ll hope for a second series of Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei No Kyoukan – at least that will have some entertainment value and be less irritating than this sorry saga of six dimwit braves…

    1. We always try to avoid watching shows we dislike here on RABUJOI, but to be honest, my dislike didn’t reach its fullest flower until the final episode. In hindsight, I wish I hadn’t started peeling this particular onion in the first place.

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