This was unexpected. Gen Urobuchi is out of his realm by not killing any of the major cast off. I thought for sure Lemrina would have been killed protecting Slaine out of love for him and jealous of her sister Asseylum.
This finale is ok– it does conclude the war in that the Princess of Vers establishes a peace treaty among the Vers Empire and Terrans of Earth. Still can’t understand why the Knights would just go and disobey an order from the Princess after all that they’ve lost. As soon as that scene came up I had figured Marito or even Inko would have been killed but this surprised me.
Urobuchi has gone way too soft with this series– although it is good that he’s not carrying the death flag trope that he’s known for this time around. What the first half achieved in developing I feel like the second half forgot what kind of story Aldnoah was trying to tell in the first place: Terrans protecting their homeland against the the same race of a civilization built around lies and the power of the Aldnoah Drive. I would have been ok with 1-cour with this show after this mess.
Slaine’s breakdown during his interrogation with Inaho was a bit too much and really shows how forced the ride would be getting to the end here. Sidelining the terroristic war plot over angsty teenagers is definitely not a way to develop characters, enrich the world built up by them and most importantly craft an intriguing story with concrete substance that the first three episodes did so well in delivering. I will say Asseylum marrying Count Cruhteo’s son makes complete sense– they’re both from the same place with similar ideals that can support each other. That’s about the only realistic aspect of this show.
Gunslinger Stratos has been terrible this season as well! I just hope that his next work Chaos Dragon slated for summer 2015 is stronger than this because this second half was quite horrible.
Also I do wonder if they are trying to set up another season with everyone still alive. Cash in for A-1 Pictures and TROYCA? Hmmmm…
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 3/10