The final crisis is here. The Hooded Waterwheel which controls the flow of El is out of control. Can our heroes fix it and save the day?
What They Say
After tracking the El anomaly to an Artifact's core, Oasis faces a touch choice. Do they let the monsters unleashed by the anomaly go unchecked? Or do they repair the Artifact and risk eliminating the El flow?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In the final episode, no time is wasted on journeying to the site of the anomaly: Oasis and their allies are already there. Right off the bat, however, we did start in with cliches. A horde of monsters appears, which requires Aberdeen and Avril to stay at the entranceway to the Hooded Waterwheel tower to fight them off. As the adventuring group moves up the tower, another large group of monsters forces Nick and Garnet to stay behind and fight the rearguard action this time.
Convenient how the strongest physical fighters among them were the first to be separated.
When they actually get to the top of the tower, they meet Mizeh Altworth, who has inserted herself into the heart of the Artifact: speaking to the members of Oasis through telepathy, she tells them that she has tried to deal with the El imbalance by creating crystite monsters. This was necessary, since the alternative would be to allow the El to run rampant and eventually be completely dissipated. She warns them that to repair the Waterwheel is near impossible, and therefore he solution is the best one. While the rest look sad, Minette counters that this cannot be the right solution, since Altworth looks so sad.
So, the group decides to undertake the repair, which is very risky. For the moment that Altworth stops trying to direct the El flow herself, all of the El flowing through the Artifact will direct itself at the Oasis group and attack them. So, while Leicester tries to repair the device, the rest do their best to handle the El monsters that suddenly appear. It's fortunate for Leicester that Minette is with him, since the "control panel" to the device is flowing with El, some of it quite hostile. Minette, remember, has the anima perla as her core, so she is able to regulate the flow of the El and "calm" it, to lessen its attacks on Leicester.
Of course the battle is not easy, but the result was never really in doubt from the beginning. It was just a factor of time before Leicester would fix the machine. Before that, of course, we have to see the heroes all unite along with everyone in the world to wish for the world's problems to be fixed. Happy ending.
The only problem is that it is a rather anti-climactic ending. Granted, anything other than a happy ending would be hard to imagine for this show, as that would end up being an incredible downer. What few surprises there are that are revealed in this episode are minor ones, including an unexpected family relationship for one of the principal cast members, and the revelation that Leicester's father and Vita from the Nanohaverse share similar ideas about what makes for a good weapon.
The show has traded on cliches from the very beginning, so it is a matter of course that it has a cliched happy ending. Still, for those who like this kind of thing, cute girls, a little hint of action, and cliched humor and plotting, you've probably enjoyed the ride.
While Blessing of the Campanella occasionally made brief forays into seriousness and drama, the show has overall been very light in feel, and even with the "save the world" ending, it did not at all feel very heavy. Perhaps that is because the ending was never really in doubt, it was just a matter of seeing them go through the motions before putting the bow on the fully wrapped up conclusion. While it may be lodged as a complaint that the show lacks anything original to it, that might be to miss the point. It serves up the anime equivalent of comfort food to the segment of the audience that enjoys this type of show. We have pretty girls doing cute things. We have pretty girls engaging in fierce combat. We have a male lead who is unoffending in the extreme, though that is perhaps his only real virtue. The challenges that have been placed in front of the heroes have been just enough to push them to the limits of their abilities, though they were never insurmountable obstacles. The heroes can't be pushed that far because it seems that Evil is rather weak in this universe. We don't have any truly villainous villains in this show. Misfortune and conflict seem more the result of misunderstanding than any true intent to harm. Perhaps, however, this is what some viewers will want: a world where one can safely be challenged, but never truly threatened. Where we can watch the cute girls do cute things, but not have to worry too much about their safety. If that is what you are looking for, then Campanella and its world are for you.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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