BlazBlue: Alter Memory: Episode 12 – “The Price for the Future”

BlazBlue: Alter Memory is an anime that features a character named Ragna the Bloodedge, who is also known as The Grim Reaper. He has a reputation for destroying NOL branch offices; because of this, he has a high bounty on his head. The start of the series sees the characters living in a time loop; however, after Noel Vermillion rescues Ragna in episode two, the time loop is broken.

Episode 12 is the final episode of BlazBlue: Alter Memory, and the first half focuses on the fight between Noel, Jin, Hakumen, and Ragna. Before going, Ragna is told he will have to kill Noel; if he doesn’t and she enters the Cauldron, the world will end. However, Ragna decides he doesn’t want to kill her, so he works at trying to make her remember back to when she was Noel and not Kusanagi, the God-Killer Sword. In other words, he’s trying to appeal to her humanity.

Terumi also reappears, and he goes to see the Takama-ga-hara. They’re not happy with what happens between Ragna and Noel, because that is not what they had intended to happened. They’re surprised that Terumi is still around, and it turns out he’s awakened someone else who can serve the same purpose that Noel was supposed to. Terumi infects the Takama-ga-hara with a virus and goes on to try to fulfill his plan.

I don’t want to say what actually happens in the remainder of the episode, because that would be giving more “spoilers” than I already have. All I will say is that to me, the ending didn’t feel much like an ending. To be honest, it felt like the ending was trying to set the stage for another anime, whether it’s another television series, an OVA series, or something else.

To me, this final episode felt rather rushed, and events just happen one after the other rather quickly. This is such a stark contrast to the storytelling in the earlier episodes of the series. Over the course of this series, I went from being rather confused, to feeling like I somewhat understood what was going on, to “WTF did I just watch?”

If I’m right and this ending is meant to set up another BlazBlue anime, then I can safely say that I have no interest in pursuing this any further than I already have. I entered this series without any knowledge of the BlazBlue game franchise, and that ended up being a mistake due to the way the series was written and executed. Now that I’ve watched the whole series, it’s very clear that the writers and director expected the audience to already have knowledge about these characters and plots from the game, so they spent little to no time explaining anything.

If you have knowledge about the BlazBlue game franchise, then you might enjoy this series. However, if you’re like me and don’t know anything about these games, then I would highly recommend avoiding this anime.

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