In a number of recent anime series I’ve noticed that the penultimate episode is the one where everything goes bang.
I acquired the blurays of Xam’d: Lost Memories recently. I’m only about 4 episodes in but it looks, and sounds, fabulous. More importantly the lead character passed a critical “not stupid” test that clearly manifested in his attitude to the characters around him.
I’m also giving bonus points for the amusingly appropriate title for the opening theme: Shut Up and Explode by the Boom Boom Satellites. 🙂