The truth is that if you’ve seen this past summer’s Aldnoah.Zero, you likely know exactly to what my title refers. The show had several surprises up its sleeve through its run, but nothing beat the finale in shock factor. The outcry that came pouring out after this episode aired clogged my online feeds and resulted in one of the longest discussions I’ve had about a single anime episode with KWoo. Neither one of us expected what happened, particularly with the way the protagonist stood on a pedestal for the majority of the series.
Then came the announcement of a sequel, and the hubbub continued. Who would be the characters and what kind of tone could we expect, given the original’s ending? Thanks to the direction of the first, the second became an absolute must-see just to answer the many questions that arose after the gunshots. We only have to wait a month for possible answers, although I think we all know that all too often even a sequel doesn’t pull through on loose ends.