THINGS I LOVED IN EPISODE 8:
- Some of the puzzle scenes
- Early Beatrice and Battler interaction (I CRIED)
- Genji comedy
- Beatrice and Battler ending
THINGS I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT IN EPISODE 8:
- Pretty much everything else
THINGS I REALLY COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT IN EPISODE 8:
- Trivializing everything in Episode 7
I really don't have any problem with Episode 8 on the basis of what it was trying to convey, its theme, or its project, or the fact that it didn't hand out explicit answers, particularly since it was meant to be "for Ange" in her particular situation. But the execution and structure was just sort of shoddy and unfortunately rushed in a way that made it really obvious Ryukishi was scrambling to get this shit out in two months. (by recycling a character arc for ange we'd already seen TWICE but nevermind)
Basically, he was trying to marry the premise of a nice, low-key, intimate, personal story: Ange coming to terms with what happened to her family - with the unspoken expectation that the last episode in the series needs to be flashy and bombastic and be stuffed with beloved characters being high-level ~awesome~, and it... didn't really work. So the first part of the episode, that did reflect that kind of sweet, warm, family-focused tone was actually nice and emotionally affective. It's when Battler sends Ange off to bed and summons lobotomized versions of all the fantasy/meta characters to dick around with alongside his family that the episode started losing me to the point that not even giving basically an ideal Battler+Beatrice ending at the very end was really able to salvage it. Will and Lion in particular were utilized so badly it sort of destroys me inside and I wish they just hadn't been in the episode at all. That combined with how much I love Yasu, and after Episode 7 gave that traumatically awful ending to her, Episode 8 basically sweeping everything about it completely under the carpet in favor of Ange, Ange, Ange, and more Ange, I just. ...okay maybe I did kind of have a problem with the premise of the episode. There are some things it did fairly well - which I do appreciate! - but as a follow-up to Episode 7 which, you know, basically has my entire heart in its diabolical and bittersweet clutches, it dropped the ball in kind of a horrifying way.
That being said, the actual, final ending really was nice. I really sort of loved Tohya. I WAS KIND OF SHOCKED AT HOW MUCH I LOVED TOHYA. Best part of the episode. Somehow.
SEACATS AS A WHOLE, IN SUMMARY:
That's about it!