I generally don’t care about mentioning spoilers but if I do you know it’s for a show which their biggest appeal involve not knowing the twists. So, there you go. Don’t keep reading if you’re planning to enjoy this anime to its fullest. Spoiler: you’re not gonna enjoy it.
It’s funny because going into Lost Song I expected this to be the most inconsistent anime I’ve ever watched. I got that vibe from it. There’d be bad scenes where something or someone will say something nice and the scene is supposed to be interpreted as “these characters are the good guys and you should be rooting for them”. Like, Leobolt was talking to Finis I think in episode 1. I’m not entirely sure if it was any one thing specifically but Leobolt felt fake. Again, I don’t know if it was his dialogue or typical knight-in-shining armor appearance but pretty much felt like looking at a Ken doll. He just seemed not genuine and pretentious. It was weird. Episode 1 felt more like a fever dream than an actual episode. Really, the first 5 episodes felt like that but it got progressively less and less so. Things were just getting more tangible as I got to know the characters. The way Leobolt analyzes potential assassins and trick them into revealing their identity encompasses a lot of how this guy thinks. He’s not just some Gary Sue. He felt like a real person who collects a bunch of flowers and throws them at his opponents to distract them before pouncing on them because that’s what absolute units do! It was hilarious!
There’s be a lot of quirky jokes like this. Nothing that really takes away from the serious atmosphere of the show but real comedic intricacies that wasn’t just there to be a joke but to define the characters and show us their kind of personal humor. Another example: Rin would suddenly start chanting: “Be a man” at Al. Pony would join in on this chant as well. It’s not that it’s funny but it’s light-hearted humor that they personally find funny. Although, Al is an annoying piece of shit. He’s the “well, actually” guy. “Well, actually miracles happening because of the art of song is literally impossible”. Hearing this throughout the show is like putting a centipede in my ear. Spoiler: he ends up being the only half-decent character. Anyways, Pony wasn’t immediately interesting to me. However, it’s how similar our philosophies are that engaged me to her. “Sing whenever you want. Sing because you love it. There’s no other reason to sing”. I respect the confidence she exhibits and I find that I, also, follow a similar way of life. If I wanna do something I usually just do it. I almost never care what anyone says. I choose to enjoy my life how I see fit. So, I liked her a lot even though her character design is abysmal. Like, her tits are just out. They just didn’t draw in her nipples.
Anyways, the plot is pretty well set-up from the beginning. There’s not much about the world. It looked better than it actually was. Like, there’d be a lot of simple designs that sort of made it look unique but as I continually absorbed the aesthetic of it all it just looked like any other fantasy world with maybe a little more effort in making it look interesting. More importantly, the characters were very interesting. They eventually felt genuine. The world, while it wasn’t the most layered thing in the world (unintentional joke), it did look somewhat appealing. I liked the western fantasy it clearly was going for. Leobolt is kind of your average knight in shining armor. Finis is kind of your average princess in distress. Rin and Al’s journey is the only anomaly and that’s a huge factor that plays into the plot later.
And… y’know… I had this really fancy idea of, like, a breakdown from beginning-to-end on how I felt throughout my binge of this. But I just wanna come out and say it: this is the worst anime I’ve ever watched. I truly felt like there was a story being established. Characters were finding their identities. And then, they decided to change it completely. Just like that! It went from a wholesome western fantasy to a “fuck this western shit let’s get as intrusively Japanese as humanly possible”. What I mean by that is when Japan TRIES… Like, genuinely try to make a story they feel like they have to make something absolutely ballistic. And it’s usually at the drop of a hat as well just to make sure you really feel like getting whiplash. That isn’t to say it doesn’t work sometimes. I LOVE the bonkers shit that comes out of Japan, obviously. Additionally, I am an adamant believer of trying new things; something I really want Japanese anime studios to understand as well. Test new things. See what sticks. The problem with what happened in Lost Song is that they managed to fuck it up so badly that they completely erased everything that was good about the show whilst pretentiously shoving it in your face that they came up with a plot that you didn’t figure out because it made no sense.
“Seek perfection; achieve excellence” is not about erasing the things you did that were good. It’s about including those things as well as other things that are good. Constantly until you achieve the best result possible. What Lost Song did was not change my perception of its world but, quite literally, destroy it over and over again until it was basically an entirely different world and anime. I did not feel like I was watching the same thing I was watching for the past 7 episodes. My sense of familiarity with the characters was washed away. I saw Leobolt burn away because Finis was tricked by the Prince to burn him. Of course I was expecting her to be absolutely livid! I expected her to murder that clown into oblivion! I was so excited for how the plot was unfolding! …And then… Like… The whole idea of making Finis immortal. Having her live through endless cycles of the beginning of civilization to the end. First of all, I didn’t even realize what was happening. In my eyes, this was just some huge acid trip. Like, imagine watching a purely fantasy anime for the first 7 episode and then episode 8 is suddenly some weird sci-fi bullshit. I legitimately checked if I was watching the wrong anime. Finis would keep going! Beginning to end. Time passing by. Nothing new sparking life into her. Nothing mattering. The world is just an endless cycle! NOTHING MATTERS! IT’S ALL A LIE! It became pretty clear to me this show is… Somewhat about nihilism and how the world is not in a constant state of evolving but rather it is in a constant state of restarting from scratch.
Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end. Then it’ll restart. Then it’ll end… Is this annoying enough?
Above that, there’s the constant… Like, trolling. I don’t know what else to call it. Episode 8 or 9 I think. They reveal that Rin’s adventure doesn’t really take place in the same ‘time’ as Finis’ part of the story. The Finis bits was just some kind of pseudo-flashback sort of thing where they show you how she ended up being an immortal bitch that decided on destroying the world. They just don’t tell you it’s a flashback. To fuck with you. As well as other things like episode 8 starting with an ED and ending with the OP. Like, straight up they started the episode with the Ending song. As a metaphor to the fact that, to Finis, the world’s beginning and end are interchangeable. And the title of the song getting progressively black. Just the edgiest things you can possibly think of. It was insufferable because this was not the same anime I signed up for 7 episodes ago. At all! It kept getting worse and worse. Old characters were new characters with the same personalities slapped onto them. Specifically Leobolt who was in love with Finis. But they make it a point that it’s not the same Leobolt. This guy fell in love at first sight with the Princess of the kingdom who eventually disappeared. This was a last minute development and, no joke, at the very last battle they reveal that Pony, the girl I was praising this whole time, is that long-lost Princess. So, I don’t know. They just kept doing these strange plot twists that, at some point, I just stopped caring.
Let’s call this post how it is: I just wanted to vent. Because I put time into something and it took that time away from me. Insisting I use it on something I didn’t want.