THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
OK, what the hell happened during the second half of this episode? Seriously. We don't need any more damn recaps or another synopsis. Move the story! I'm really starting to get irritated.
This was done by the second director probably after the first one walked out and the mangaka said she wouldn't allow a second season. It looks like they are just filling the timeslot with a recap using already animated clips. What a pity....
We'll see what episode 25 looks like (also by the second director) but I don't have any great hopes. Episode 26 was done by the original director so if we're lucky it will be an adequate season closer, but not a series closer.
This episode was literally shit. The first half was actually interesting albeit hammered down an issue we've been reminded about 800 times prior. But the second half was absolutely terrible. Lol @ using the OP twice. Lol @ using the "Please watch in a bright room and at a distance" like 3 times. This is just way too painful Gainax, you took a great rom-com and turned it into an abysmal penny pinching shitfest.
The first half was bad enough with some awful thrown together directing while going over their relationship yet again although it did nicely sum up their feelings and show how far they've come I guess. The second half was complete garbage. So disappointed and up until episode 18 this series was so well done.
At first I thought I was watching a vid that was borked, the intro starting playing again and it gave yet another recap and then another and ANOTHER. Then I come here and see that yep, it was done intentionally. Frustrating, this series hasn't been that great to begin with, there really is no true depth to the characters after all, a true waste to the first third or so of the anime which had the potential to be something much better but now... meh. Two eps to go, time to finish this and never watch again.