How is it possible for a show of this nature to have such a satisfying ending? It’s funny how when Draggle and I talked about the anime recently he had complained about how the characters always order their favorite dish—not just the one time they visit on the Day of Satur (*cough-Saturday), but multiple courses of the exact same meal. Imagine ordering five refills of pork cutlet! It’s like the finale heard him and decided to defy those expectations.
Not only do we see almost all of our characters all together for the celebratory occasion of Adelheid and Shareef’s marriage, but they proceed to try other dishes thanks to the buffet presentation. The tomato kids end up trying and loving tomato-less pizza; our cheesecake fiends marvel at the richness of Japanese curry; the vegetarian elves take bites out of the giant strawberry wedding cake. And then, predictably, they choose to order their usual as follow-ups. Sometimes, you know exactly what you want and nothing but that will fulfill the craving.
Another pleasant surprise to cap the season was the restaurant’s origin story. While I was curious from time to time over the course of these two seasons about how Master got into the business of servicing another world, I didn’t put too much stock into needing to know. The revelation that not only is our current Master a successor, but that the older woman, his grandmother, who founded Nekoya along with his grandfather was actually also from another world fit the story perfectly. Her wariness of demons and higher beings had me cautious of her at first, but it made sense when we learned of her former life as an adventurer. Nekoya founded by a resident of the very same world it serves is the perfect cycle to end this franchise. May its doors not close for many a generation yet, though I’d be satisfied with our current offerings and save other stories for my imagination.
Rating: 1 dango
- 0 dango – average and forgettable.
- 1 dango – very good in its category.
- 2 dango – excellent show that is worth a try.
- 3 dango – exceptional show one must watch.