Tenchi Souzou Design-bu – 12 (End) and Series Review
Anime has always been very good at producing shows like Tenchi Souzou Design-bu (albeit sparingly, one or two per season if we’re lucky). Quirky, smart, inherently self-limiting in the audience they’re chasing. Here for a flash, then gone, never to be heard from again. Virtually anonymous even when they existed. But I’m heartily glad to have them, both for the service they do in promoting their source manga (usually), and for the entertainment they provide.
- I pretty much expected the bail when it came to showing God. Maybe save that for the last chapter of the manga.
- The Garuda is an interesting choice for “God’s ride”, since it’s actually a Buddhist mythological creature and this very much appears to be a Judeo-Christian God.
- A cassette-based answering machine? I bet God likes vinyl, too.
- Giant tadpoles, bigger than the frogs? I feel like that rang a bell as soon as I heard it.
- The T-Rex makes an appearance! From an evolutionary standpoint a fascinating development, to be sure. And the link to parakeets is further solidified.
- The lyrebird is one of the most astonishing and fascinating creatures nature has ever cooked up, even by the bizarro standards of Australian wildlife. They ability to mimic almost anything is truly astonishing, though I never really knew the evolutionary reason for it.
- I suppose I should have guessed where the mascot (it looks almost exactly like Nara’s, Shikamaru-kun) thing was headed, but it honestly never crossed my mind.
- Shimoda-kun’s origin story was definitely a good choice for a chapter to close on. It was quite heartwarming in its way.
What a nice way to end a thoroughly charming and enjoyable series. They don’t get much more under-the-radar than Tenchi Souzou Design-bu, but for those of us who discovered it, the rewards were ample. And I haven’t Googled this much in years. It made you laugh, it made you smile, it taught you a few things – and it’s hard to ask for much more from a sleeper than that. I consider it the height of unlikeliness that we’ll ever get another season, but I’m used to that with this sort of anime – just enjoy them while they last and hope the next season has something that can fill the void.
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