It’s CCY’s brainchild and legacy and the aniblogging way of celebrating the twelve days of Christmas!
The power of the bad anime with a good ending was best evidence by the second season of Zero no Tsukaima, which was an almost totally worthless crap bag of ridiculous fanservice, filler and stupidly out of character characters. It drops the ball from the first season and goes nowhere. BUT! That is until the tragic hero end in which Saito goes out like Denzel Washington in Training Day. Dismissing the last minute of the episode, which as far as I’m concerned, never happened, I would rank it up there with episodes of Gurren Lagann in terms of epicness and pure heart thumping GAR-ness. You talk about a hail mary ending, this was the Doug Flutie versus Boston College. Because, now that I think back, I can’t remember a damn thing about that season except that it had that ridiculously awesome ending. So I’m left with nothing but fond memories.
Compare that with DRRR, which I mentioned in my previous #TwelveDays as having petered out at the end. The show was mostly good. Smart writing, good animation, great characters… but the ending was so disappointing and lame. All the good moments are being overshadowed by the fact that the ending was just flat out bad. So I’m left with a sour taste in my mouth. Objectively, I know that DRRR was about 100x better than the second season of ZnT. BUT! My heart belongs to ZnT 2, just because of dat ending. DAT ENDING.
Which brings me to Occult Academy, another good idea sent to walk off the plank thanks to A-1’s terrible direction. Once you get past the infinite awesome faces of Maya, and a few intriguing episodes to start out the season, the plot goes haywire and the whole thing turns into a mess of nonsense of banality. Filler after filler after filler. You’d think there wasn’t an apocalypse imminent. BUT! The ending was redeeming. Not nearly as memory-wipingly mindblowing like getting kissed by Superman, or the ending of ZNT 2, but I think back on it and think, “well, if you took the first couple eps, and then the last couple eps, and cut out everything in the middle, it would be a pretty damn good OVA.” I still have some objective oversight, but my heart isn’t nearly as disgusted as I was during the filler stretch. That’s the power of a good ending.