They've finally arrived at Shiva Castle and that means it's endgame time.
What They Say
Cobra is very known space pirate, but decides to change his face and to clear all his memories. He becomes a common guy, with a common job, and a very boring life, but suddenly he starts remembering his true identity and new adventures begin.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Cobra draws to a close with this episode and it's unfortunate because the previous episode really caused this final story arc to lose a lot of its momentum. Similar to previous arcs of a similar length, and the OVA series from 2008, when Cobra hits more than a couple of episodes for a story it doesn't seem to have the right pacing as they end up with some material that doesn't seem to have significant impact and instead just draws it out. This last episode is pretty good overall though as it finally brings the gang that's survived to Shiva Castle.
Like other Cobra adventures, when the details are revealed we learn that Cobra has known all of the answers since the beginning but didn't let on to anyone about it. As they get into the castle only to find it abandoned, they make their way further and further in until they find the massive treasure room. That kind of discovery won't keep a group like this together though as someone in it will surely turn. What's surprising is that one of them is actually a Chaos Army member who organized the entire plan and sent the invitations out. Cobra's deductive reasoning is given some highlights here as we see how he knew from the start, mostly through luck more than anything else, and that sets the stage for dealing with the real head honcho of the Chaos Army that shows up as a blue dragon energy form.
Thankfully, this story gets a good bit of epilogue to it where we see more of the underlying reasons behind what was going on before the Chaos Army arrived at Saldora. It actually paints Cobra in a good light as we see another nugget from his past before his plastic surgery was done and his look changed. There are some somber moments to it overall as King and his girl pay tribute to those who died during the plan and there's a nice little nod at the very end about the show in general with the way it approaches things. The closing act to this particular story is decent, but it really does feel like it lost a lot of its momentum in the previous episode, also partially because the Crunchyroll site continued and continues to list it as just twelve episodes, so w were psychologically read for an end that didn't come.
Cobra: The Animation is a show that's definitely not the norm for what's made today and some of that is a big part of its appeal. The character, the way he lives, no kids running around and no qualms about killing people who operate on the bad side of life. At the same time, the structure of the series did not work well as the multiple episode stories were too long with pointless material in it or the stories were bad. When Cobra focused on smaller events, or the start of the longer stories, they were all pretty solid and enjoyable. They then start to fall apart. This is a show that I can definitely enjoy, but with reservations and with the understanding of its faults. It's not a show I'd run out to own though.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.