A While back I finished the last volume of a heavily male oriented anime titled, "Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden".
It was fleshy, flashy, funny, and well written. Most anime only span one to three disc volumes. This one gave out quite a few discs of entertainment. In the second to last episode, I saw things end in the dramatic fashion most anime take, as I write this titles like LOVELESS and SAMURAI X pop into my mind as examples. Without checking the Netflix sleave, I honestly thought it was over. But the credits ended, and the true last episode was previewed.
Though Mahoromatic is about a combat android and futuristic technology, the casual beet of the show made me not expect a Science Fiction style ending. As I saw the 30 something old Saguru, I was imediatly reminded of the anime OUTLAW STAR (with warm rememberance). To be honest, I would have liked to see more episode featureing the new Saguru.
I would have especially liked to see the new Saguru back on Earth. I had fun imagining what those episodes would be like. Its a silly thought, but a class reunion with Saguru's old gradeschool friends and his new ace-assasion persona would have made my day.
Some aspects of his old life on Earth did apear in the last episode. Saguru's old teacher made an appearance. In Previous discs she seemed too over the top to be tolerated. But in the last couple of episodes, she seemed gracious and almost humen. Ever too grabby with her male students, (I have no idea how to spell her name) Ms Shakigo didnt look like she'd aged a day in those thirty years since he last saw her. Out with her new students, Ms Shakigo came accross Saguru. Glanceing at his sword, she seemed to imediatly know what sort of man he had become, and still treated him warmly.
But I'm giving too much away. Mahoromatic was a great anime, and I loved every episode. I give it five out of five stars.
I wont go into too many more details, but anime that end this way either work for the series or they dont. Mahoromatic worked out, but other anime along the same line of endings did not. ROURONI KENSHIN had such an ending, and after viewing it I can completely understand why it never aired on tv in japan. For some anime, endings like that are a shitty way to leave things. But for other anime, like MIDORI DAYS, no more needs to be said.
Like the final disc of MAHOROMATIC is titled, "All Good Things..." must come to and end.