Episode 13 – Wind Breaker

How would you price episode 13 of
Wind Breaker ?

Neighborhood rating: 4.0

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Calling this a finale is a bit beneficiant, if I am being sincere. Sure, it is the final episode of this season earlier than a large break till the subsequent episode, however the “finale” imparts a way of conclusion that’s absent from this episode. That is most likely an unavoidable consequence of Wind Breaker‘s odd method to season-long storytelling that left us with three full episodes of denouement after Shishitoren, nevertheless it’s such a non-conclusion that in case you advised me it was coming again subsequent month slightly than subsequent 12 months, I might imagine you. In any case, it is most likely higher to name this a teaser for season two, as a result of there’s a whole lot of setup for the subsequent story arc, however no payoff to talk of.

Nicely, alright, we do get just a little little bit of character work for Sakura’s arc. Now that he is warming as much as his position as a frontrunner for his class, we get to see him nicely and really stick his neck out for an additional member of Furin. As all the time, it is humorous and treasured how he blushes by what would in any other case be a giant hero second, avoiding eye contact at the same time as he guarantees to assist Anzai and his pals. It is a very endearing second and works as a marker put up for the way a lot Sakura has grown since this story began. He is transitioned from a haughty loner with a chip on his shoulder to a man who will butt into conditions with out being requested. That is a stable little capstone for the story thus far.

In any other case, there’s not a lot to go on. Anzai and Nagato’s entire deal is unclear in the meanwhile, and thus far we all know nothing about KEEL moreover the tremendous cool hoodies they pay for by purse snatching and teenage extortion rackets. We get a quick introduction to the principle leaders inside Bofurin however do not spend time with any of them or study something about their personalities. It is all a setup for no matter will come subsequent cour, finally. It is not an altogether unhealthy episode, nevertheless it’s in regards to the least impactful means they might have ended this season. This might simply as simply have been the opener to subsequent season and nothing would have been misplaced by reducing issues off the place final week ended.

In a means, that sums up a whole lot of this season. Wind Breaker has some undeniably nice moments, and at the least a few wonderful episodes, however as a complete package deal it feels just a little too slight to stay with you. It is simple and to the purpose with its character arcs, naked bones with its tales, and bolstered by a slick manufacturing that strikes just a bit too casually to maintain your fists pumping so long as you’d need. Whereas the present has weaker moments and sometimes misses the mark in marrying its melodrama with the correct tone, nothing is actively unhealthy about something it is placing down. With quicker pacing or extra meat to its characters, Wind Breaker may have been an actual contender, however for now, it is a stable midcard fighter who can pop with the viewers in the correct circumstances. Here is hoping it might probably make an actual run for the belt when it returns.

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