M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane Episode 12

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Was it just me or did the budget get tons better this time around?  The character designs look more livelier than they did before, as for the backgrounds the Lightless Realm looked more detailed too!

This was filled with quite a lot of recaps, I’m not sure what the writers have been thinking over the past couple of episodes but it looks to me like they are drawing out the plot for the sake of time. I lot of those inner monologue sequences with Akashi in this episode were highly unnecessary and it would be a lot more refreshing to see more of what the Lightless Realm has and what’s happened to more of the victims of the dark metal. Similar to the four episodes we had  at the start of this series.  About the only good part about this episode were the fights between the admonition and the reaper.

Not much of what we already know had been written into the story here.  Akashi and Sasame are in love and that had been the main focus of this episode.  I hope this series can redeem itself after these last two episodes.  Could have done without this episode completely, aside from the nice cliffhanger at the end.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 3/10

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