Noboru Takagi is the series writer for this season and here is where an hour-long special would have worked extremely well by adding on to the conclusion of this. I was pretty unimpressed by this episode. However the highlight is that this entire episode was animated extremely well. Studio Shuka’s budget was used quite a bit on this finale– those fights were drawn with a strong attention to detail and had some nice fluid animation to back it up. Especially when Shizuo is dodging Varona’s bullets!
Shizuo’s fight against Varona is the real highlight that closes out this season nicely just in time for xTen. The motorcycle that is hurled into the air towards the crowd of Dollars and Saitama gangs fighting each other was a great way to introduced Shizuo the final episode. For the most part he cleans up house between the gangs but one part that doesn’t make much sense is how Varona can hold her own against Shizuo but can’t win against the Awakusa group. Sloan and her get taken out leaving quite the cliffhanger. It was a good way to show off how powerful the Awakusa group but don’t use the incredibly powerful Varona to achieve this! Doesn’t make much sense after she was able to survive the encounter against Shizuo!
On top of that we get another narrative thread– Yodogiri Jinnai shows back up and decides to kill Izaya for meddling into his business. Which given that the teaser is already out we see he’s very much alive. As for Ryuugamine he’s showing how weak he is by accepting Aoba’s agreement on being the leader of the Blue Squares. Another reason why this episode should have been an hour-long special. Felt really rushed.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 5/10