I’d just like to say, for the record, the LAPD and Detective Decker in particular, acted impeccably on this case. This whole courtroom, nay, the entire city can rest assured that someone as honest, trustworthy and reliable as Detective Decker is out there protecting them.
yknow what will be really fucking awesome? if there’s an episode in season 3 where the paladins are fighting but someone has got to sacrifice themselves to do this one thing that could save them and amidst all the debate and fighting, lance just rushes forwards and does it and when the rest do realise it’s too late. then the convo goes like ‘laNCE wHAT ARE YOU DOING’ ‘shiro you’re the leader, keith you’re our best pilot, pidge and hunk you’re our engineers…and i…i’m just a boy from cuba’ (tHE LINE THAT JEREMY WAS TALKING ABOUT) and then lance just smiles wistfully aND HE’S GONE
then while the paladins mourn his loss and all, it’s revealed that mY BOY LANCE is actuALLY ALIVE!!! and that sOMEHOW HE’S WITH MTFKING PRINCE LOTOR AND THAT’S HOW HE’S INTRODUCED BAAM
Okay so if you followed me for the few days before episode 12 was released, by now you’re probably aware that this is not how I wanted the anime to end.
But allow me to stress one thing that changes practically everything about my post-ep 12 feelings: This is not the end.
If this were the end, if this were the only season and there were no promise of another one then boy, I would have been pissed, to put it lightly.
But it isn’t over. That’s the point.
Yes, I wanted both Victor and Yuuri to retire, get married and live happily ever after in Hasetsu or Saint Petersburg or anywhere as long as they’re happy and married (and pair skating ofc). And yeah, I do feel like the anime was building up to both of them retiring and the development of episode 12 was forced and practically felt untrue to the characters, as though the writers were disregarding the past 11 episodes, but I can all but forgive them for such an inconsistent finale because it wasn’t a finale. It was a transition, and a sloppy one at that imho, but the point is that this is not the end.
I think most of us by now agree that they changed the last episode sometime in the last few weeks after realizing how popular the anime is and that having a decisive conclusion right now would kill the chances of a second season and when something’s popular and does well with the audience then killing the chances of a second season is a terrible idea.
So they basically did the opposite. They bet everything on the promise of a second season, going as far as delivering a final episode that tried to please everyone and ended up sort of annoying a good portion of the fans.
But you know what I say? Fair enough.
Because I also wanted more backstories and more domestic moments and more character interactions and just more. More than 12 episodes could cover. So that’s exactly what we’ll get. We’ll have more.
And I’m sure there are people out there who say that “I’d rather have one wholesome, perfect season than two, especially if the first one ended so poorly.” And yeah, I get those sentiments but I’d rather give Kubo and the team the benefit of the doubt and trust them to make an equally (or more) amazing second season, rather than write it off as trash just because it was somewhat inconsistent with season one. They have months to work on that story and I’m sure they can come up with something good in this period of time.
The finale to season one of YOI has left me unsatisfied.
But am I disappointed? Do I feel betrayed? Did it ruin the anime for me or make me love it any less?
Because if for the price of a lesser finale to episode 12, we can get another season of twelve episodes that could potentially even top this one then that’s a price I am willing to pay.
Victor and Yuuri can retire and get married at any point in time in their career. So long as they’re together, I believe everything will be fine.
And if I can get an extra 12 episodes and my perfect happy ending then not even a weak finale to one season can kill the joy in me.
Those two once defeated an enemy gifted organization overnight. Their alliance was called the devastating rivalry in history. The alliance returns for one night. Let’s take back our lead. It’s our common front against the Guild. The launch of our retaliation.