"Period" is how magic users called who beat "Spiral"—monsters that were summoned from isolation. Due to the rise of these beings, 14-year-old apprentice Period Haru, who is a part of the Eighth Arc-end Division, is called to break the cycle and cast himself into the endless battle. However, a mysterious thievery occurred and sank the division into bankruptcy, forcing Haru and his other comrades have to leave their headquarters. To rebuild a branch, they have to overcome quest after quest.
If you’re ever unsure about watching something because it’s unpopular and has a low MAL score, here’s my suggestion: you should take one of your hands and quickly slap yourself in the face with it. Repeat this action until you have it burned into you that this is not a good way to judge anime.
But, skepticism is always welcome, so if you’re just here to gauge opinions, here’s one: Last Period is one of the best anime of the season, as someone who tends to be a pretty big fan of comedies. I even thought Aho-Girl was funny, but maybe that was just me relating
to cataclysmic autism.
If you’re one of the many who love KonoSuba, or one of the few who watched Mahoujin Guru-Guru, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t like this one too. Is it as good as either of them? In ways, no, but that’s not exactly the point. The point is, it’s very much like those anime: a comedic adventure with lots of RPG elements, weird and quirky side characters, and the occasional meta joke.
Last Period has more of an emphasis on meta jokes. One of the main characters, Choco, is acutely aware of being in a late-night TV anime that probably sucks dick according to normal standards, and takes pot shots at it with no mercy. (“Cramming money jokes into a guy’s dialogue is lazy writing.”) She is literally referred to as “Meme Girl” by one of the other characters at one point. Lots of it is clearly obvious for the sake of the anime being more fun, but there are some more subtle jokes as well, such as gachas being complete bullshit.
Also, the Higurashi characters make a cameo. No, really.
It’s clearly an anime that just wants to have fun with itself and doesn’t really try to impress with any sort of plot or character development. And that’s completely fine, because it comes with a lot of heart. There’s a Team Rocket knockoff called Wiseman: a trio of girls with a talking mascot, who questionably serve as the recurring villains of the series. They show up, cause some hijinks, and suddenly leave without really doing anything. There’s not much of an explanation or reason for them to exist, but there’s something genuine and nice about how playful their personalities are--even if you can combine them all as one character (which is kinda the point).
I can’t exactly sell you the character of Wiseman in the form of a written review; in fact, I can’t really sell any character in this anime because none of them have particularly strong personalities by themselves--with the exception of Choco, whose presence is almost always some sort of oddity due to her constant deadpan look and repeated memespouting. That doesn’t mean they’re bad characters, because they work perfectly well in this series. What they lack in development, they make up for in charisma. They bounce dialogue off each other well, everyone has their own quick, witty comments to make; they don’t feel awkward or dull despite their lack of depth, which is why I say they work for the anime itself.
It also helps that the character designs are super strong--like, good god does this anime have some gorgeous women. It’s about an average J.C. Staff production, so it’s not spectacular, but they maintain a respectable level of quality. Said character designs remain crisp and well-made, similar to Amanchu and also Shokugeki before it turned into a grade school powerpoint. It also features some pretty cute monsters that look like Pokemon.
Also the anime has music and voice acting so 7/10 sound please click helpful on my review. The ED is really, really good though because Wiseman sings (sing?) it and the one with the glasses is hotter than two fire ants fucking in a desert. IDK where I was going with this paragraph or this review because I fell asleep while writing it and don’t care anymore but it needs to be posted because I saw that Last Period was getting shit on for no reason and felt the need to give my objectively subjective opinion on why everyone but me is wrong. It’s a good show.
Last Period is J.C. Staff's version of KonoSuba, except this time it is based to J-RPG cliches and everyone hates it because all the characters are worthless.
The main character is a female who is a man. The most cringe character is an oni muscle creature lady who is also a man without tits. We have a maid girl who is probably also a trap, but at least cast by a female seiyuu. The 4th member of our party is emotionally dead rabbit mascot girl whose only merit is that she (assuming genders here) is the most "normal" character among the main leads. Awesome.
story focuses around some quests which have exactly as much depth as j-RPG missions ever have, and of course side track all the time for the same reason. This time we do not have any interesting dialogue or emberrasing remark shipping going on, so I would personally drop this faster than Tales of Xillia if this was actually a game. At least the enemies are quite fun even tho they introduce themselves like Team Rocket. + There is no same battle OST playing for 90 hours unlike in Xillia, so this isn't exactly as nauseating to witness.
The series relies on comedic reliefs which do not relief anything, rather feel very forced and seem to be the main content of this show. Hence me calling it KonoSuba by J.C.Staff, except they are doing it very wrong. I assume this can have some appeal to people who actually like JRPG's for the reason that this doesn't seem to very different from anything I have personally seen at least, but to me, for the same reason this show seems pretty much trash.
Also, whenever they introduce a new character, I am 75% sure it is not of the gender I first think of. Even the lolis in this show seem to be shotas. I am very confused about who this show is actually aimed for. Does someone actually want this? "You know, I think the modern state of anime is depressing." "I have this bag full of girls with dicks if that helps?" ????? AOTY. Half of the show is, btw, about fanservice in bath houses -- intimate areas covered by soap bubbles. Thank anime industry for censorship, I am sure I would have developed some sorta trauma from the sole amount non-binaries and shemales.
When it comes to things that I didn't dislike in this show, episode 3 was also actually pretty okay. If the whole show was more like that, my review would have been very different.. but of course ep 4 was awful once again. The RNG party machine which developed more trap girls with animal ears was kinda funny, too. Mainly because my reaction was pretty much the same as the existing party's when they saw that shittrap crawl out of it. KILL IT WITH FIRE.
I might have exaggerated a bit, but I am still utterly confused on why anyone thought making this anime was a good idea. Man of culture meme gone too far, perhaps? J.C:Staff should have focused on not putting their most binge-worthy show Shokugeki no Soma on hiatus mid season instead of planning to do Last Period.
Here is a list of series similar to Last Period that I'd rather recommend to watch instead of Last Period:
Konosuba, Senyu, Mahoujin Guruguru (2017), Sekai Seifuku Bouryaku no Zvezda, Busou Shoujo Machiavilleanims, Mondaiji-tachi, Dungeon machi, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar