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Wow.

Just wow.

How is it possible for an anime that started so intelligently to veer off course so much and then end so epically badly?

How is it possible to so thoroughly sabotage the core themes of the opening episodes so much?

Kado: The Right Answer started off as an intelligent First Contact story that actually took concepts like negotiations and politics seriously[1].

Cool.

Possibly not the most entertaining thing out there, but certainly fascinating and refreshing to see.

Then… it took the left turn at Albuquerque into Cosmic Horror and Evil Twins. Fine, I’ve stuck with this show for 9 episodes, maybe it can salvage an ending by episode 12 that won’t be entirely horrible.

How bad can it get? I mean episode 11 was a little better, and suggested an ending in line with the original themes.

Never ask that question.

Kado decided to double down on the badness to the point where Kado reminds me of Kiddy Grade.

Which is frankly terrible company for a show that aimed so high to begin with to find itself in. Because whatever else you can say, Kiddy Grade never aimed that high[2].

On the one hand Kado didn’t contrive a faux villain to fight because the real villains would be too easily curb stomped. Which is what Kiddy Grade did.

On the other hand… Kado contrived a god via an Ass Pull to curb stomp the previously interesting character Yaha-kui zaShunina who had been degraded to a cartoon villain by this point.

A show that started out being about intelligent negotiations ended up being a superhero beat down, and about as subtle.

Oh, and then for added bonus craptacular ending points, Kado finished with a Big Red Reset Button that Star Trek would be jealous of.

Kado’s ending is right up there with the never to be sufficiently damned final episode to Say “I Love You”, and without the redeeming feature of the series as a whole being good[3].

How did something that started so well, end so epically badly?

Oh well, at least the OP is still good.

[1] There’s a number of fascinating articles out there dealing with Kado as a reflection on both the domestic and international politics of modern Japan. I don’t have links handy but they’re worth chasing down.

[2] Way too much fanservice for a start. Which at least was never one of Kado’s failings. I always did like Kiddy Grade’s OP and it does show you the level of the show:

[3] I will cheerfully watch Say “I Love You” again someday. Lovely show (I’ll just skip that last episode when I do).