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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Part 1 Review

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Part 1 Review

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

293 Episodes of Boruto

It’s finally time to review all 293 episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The last time I did a review of the Boruto series “as a whole” was after Episode 50. And, between Episodes 50 and 293, I reviewed 215 episodes on a weekly basis.

So, while I’ve covered most of the Boruto series, I technically haven’t reviewed it all. That’s what today’s review is for. Though, I won’t be going into as much detail as I did in the episode reviews.

Now, to start off, I need to talk about where Boruto Part 1 ends and the future of the series. The 293 episodes of the anime covered 67-68 chapters of the manga. That makes it a bit of an odd stopping point, considering Part 1 of the manga has 80 chapters.

Boruto putting on his headband from Episode 1 of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime series
Boruto putting on his headband from Episode 1

Why didn’t Part 1 of the anime stop at the same point as Part 1 of the manga? I don’t know. But, what I do know is that Part 2 of the manga is called Boruto: Two Blue Vortex. I’m interested to see if Part 2 of the anime eventually uses that same name.

The other important thing I want to mention in this part of the review is the flash-forward in Episode 1. Way back in 2017, we saw Boruto and Kawaki facing off with the Leaf Village in ruins. So, did we get to that content in Part 1? No.

After Episode 1, we didn’t see Kawaki again until his introduction in Episode 188. And, even by the end of Part 1, we still didn’t get to the fight between Boruto and Kawaki foreshadowed in Episode 1. I don’t even know if Part 1 of the manga got to it (I only watch the anime).

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Akatsuki vs. Kara

At the start of Boruto, we saw an attempted revival of the Akatsuki made by Shin Uchiha. That didn’t last very long. But, eventually, we met the real bad guy organization of the series, Kara. And, in many ways, Kara is similar to the Akatsuki.

Kara has nine members, though, really eight since Kawaki isn’t a willing member. And, like the Akatsuki, Kara’s goal is to use the Infinite Tsukuyomi jutsu. One difference is that the members of Kara appear to understand what using that jutsu means.

Remember, back in Naruto: Shippūden, the Akatsuki were pawns of Kaguya. Well, Nagato was the pawn of Obito, who was the pawn of Madara, who was the pawn of Kaguya. That’s not exactly what’s going on here. They know the Infinite Tsukuyomi is a jutsu of the Ōtsutsuki clan. Some of them think they can survive it, for some reason, though.

Jigen of Kara from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Jigen of Kara

Anyway, the biggest differences between the groups are their leadership and cohesion. In the Akatsuki, Nagato (Pain) was at the top and Konan was his second-in-command. Then, the other members were paired up. And, every member of the group had the common goal of creating a “perfect” world.

Kara is very different in that Isshiki (Jigen) is the absolute ruler. You could say the same thing about Nagato. But, Isshiki is actually a member of the Ōtsutsuki clan. So, Kara is more like a cult that worships Isshiki than the egalitarian Akatsuki.

To me, that difference makes Kara less interesting as an organization. But, the members are also less interesting because they don’t see themselves as equals. Most members of Kara are secretly plotting against the other members. They all think they can spin the group’s goal to suit their needs. That’s less intimidating than the monolithic Akatsuki.

Did Boruto Ever Get Better?

Alright, it’s time to answer the big question. Did the Boruto anime ever get better? I know a lot of people dropped it early on or didn’t give it a shot at all. So, is it any good? Sort of.

The series definitely improved over time. My rating for it after 293 episodes is higher than my rating after 50 episodes. But, it still has a lot of flaws. There’s what I said about Kara not being as interesting as the Akatsuki were. And then there’s the fact that there are a lot of filler episodes and arcs.

Individual filler episodes are almost always bad. But, the filler arcs weren’t the worst. Some of them were pretty good. However, most of them were average. And when a significant portion (maybe even most?) of a series is average content, that’s not great.

Hinata, Himawari, Boruto, Naruto, and Kawaki from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Hinata, Himawari, Boruto, Naruto, and Kawaki

If you haven’t seen Boruto, everything I’ve said might make sense, so far. Sure, it could have stayed average or below average. But, it shouldn’t be too surprising that it improved a bit over 293 episodes. What might come as a surprise, though, is that Boruto had the best episode of the entire franchise.

Yes, I’m saying that there was a Boruto episode better than anything in either Naruto or Shippūden. And if you want to see for yourself, it’s Episode 189. As I mentioned earlier, Episode 188 is Kawaki’s formal introduction into the series. But in Episode 189, we get his real introduction.

Honestly, Episode 189 has everything. Basically, the whole episode is one awesome, brutal fight scene. It also has some amazing animation. And, even the art style of the episode is way better than anything else in the series. They pulled out all the stops for Episode 189.

Boruto Part 1: 6/10

Back after Episode 50, I gave Boruto: Naruto Next Generations a 5/10. Now that all 293 episodes of Part 1 are done, I think it’s a 6/10. That’s not much of an improvement. But, it’s a start. Hopefully, the series continues to improve in Part 2, whenever that comes.

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Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

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Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 2nd Season

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is the second season of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. The Japanese title is Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen (昭和元禄落語心中~助六再び篇). And, this season is all about passing the torch to the next generation of rakugo performers.

When you really think about it, it’s pretty much what Boruto is to Naruto.

Okay, maybe that’s not the best comparison. But, when I first found out what this season was about, I was worried. I wasn’t sold on the idea of following the next generation.

Luckily, Descending Stories is at least on par with the first season, if not better. I’d say the characters of the first season are better. But, the story of the second season is better. Though, I will admit that the characters of the second season grew on me as I watched it.

Yakumo Yuurakutei and Konatsu from the anime series Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Yakumo Yuurakutei and Konatsu

As you may recall from the first season, it started and ended in the “present.” The majority of the series was a giant flashback. Descending Stories takes place in the “present,” which is something like 20 years later. Kikuhiko, now Yakumo Yuurakutei, has taken on Yotarou as his student.

At first, Yotarou is annoying. But, that makes sense considering his name. A yotarou (与太郎 / よたろう) is a fool. However, over the course of the series, Yotarou’s character transforms. He develops into someone who can fill Sukeroku’s role from the first season. He’s a foil to Yakumo’s character.

The first season focused on Kikuhiko’s story. Sukeroku was a main character. But, Kikuhiko was the protagonist. In this season, both Yakumo and Yotarou are the protagonists. We get to see the rise of Yotarou and the fall of Yakumo happening simultaneously. To me, this makes for a much better story.

The “New” Cast

Yotarou is a former yakuza member who fell in love with Rakugo while in prison. He saw a performance by Yakumo when the latter held a show at the prison. And once he got out, Yotarou tracked down Yakumo to ask to be taught Rakugo.

Yakumo Yuurakutei, may have been in the first season as Kikuhiko. But, he’s in a different stage of his life and career in Descending Stories. At this point, he’s become disillusioned with the future of Rakugo and wants the art to die with him. But, the fact that he takes on Yotarou as an apprentice seems to show his true feelings.

Konatsu is the daughter of Sukeroku and Miyokichi. Yakumo raised her since the deaths of her parents. But, the two of them don’t get along. Konatsu blames Yakumo for her parents’ deaths. And Yakumo refuses to take her on as an apprentice because she’s a woman.

Yotarou being a yotarou from the anime series Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Yotarou being a yotarou

I could go over some of the other truly new characters from this season. But, these three are the most interesting. So, I want to go into a bit more detail about how they’re all connected. There will be some tagged spoilers.

So, Konatsu gets pregnant and has a child early on in the season. The father is unknown at first. But, it’s eventually implied that Yotarou’s former yakuza boss is the father. And since Yotarou doesn’t want the child to grow up fatherless, he marries Konatsu and adopts her son.

In the final episode of the series, it’s implied that the yakuza boss isn’t actually the father. We never get explicit confirmation. But, it’s heavily implied that Yakumo is the father. Konatsu had some daddy issues and Yakumo was attracted to the daughter of his first love. So, they slept together.

Death of Rakugo

I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that Yakumo dies toward the end of the series. That’s what the whole series was leading up to — even the first season. And it should come as no surprise that the art of rakugo didn’t die with him.

What I want to talk about now is how Yakumo’s death gave the best scene of the entire show. It reminded me a lot of my favorite arc from March comes in like a lion. The Burnt Fields arc in that series is very similar to Yakumo’s death here.

At the end of his life, Yakumo looks back on all he’s accomplished. And, more importantly, he looks back on what he wasn’t able to accomplish. What were his biggest regrets? At the top of the list was his inability to save his best friends, Sukeroku and Miyokichi.

Yakumo meeting Sukeroku in the afterlife from the anime series Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Yakumo meeting Sukeroku in the afterlife

However, after he dies, he gets to see his Sukeroku and Miyokichi one last time. And he even gets to perform the Rakugo he’s perfected over the decades since their deaths for them. Everything about this scene was great.

Of course, it was nice to see the trio from the first season reunited. But, what really made it special was how this one scene brought everything together. Yakumo thought his dead friends would hate him. He found out that’s not the case. And he was able to finish everything in death that he failed to finish in life.

Yakumo died before he was able to perform for Shinnosuke, Konatsu’s son. But, Shinnosuke was able to visit the afterlife to see Yakumo’s “final performance.” And child Konatsu got to do the same with Sukeroku’s “final performance.”

Oh, and then the next episode gave us closure for Yotarou’s story.


Overall, Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is an 8/10. It takes a bit to ramp up. But, by the end of the series, it’s great. And if you like this series but haven’t yet seen March comes in like a lion., I highly recommend that one.

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One Piece (Whole Cake Island)

One Piece (Whole Cake Island)

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One Piece

Whole Cake Island Arc Overview

The Whole Cake Island Arc of the One Piece anime covers 95 episodes from Episode 783 to Episode 877. It started airing in 2017 and concluded in 2019. That’s fairly close to the length of Dressrosa. But as I’ll explain in this review, Whole Cake Island didn’t suffer from the same issues Dressrosa did.

Okay, well, that’s not entirely true. But, I’ll say Whole Cake Island masked those issues a lot better than Dressrosa did. And, I think the first improvement that’s worth discussing is the plot of the arc.

Partway through Dressrosa, Sanji left with I believe Nami, Brook, and Chopper to head to Zou before the rest of the Straw Hat Crew. Then, Sanji was captured by the Big Mom Pirates at Zou and taken to Whole Cake Island to be married to one of Big Mom’s daughters.

Why was Sanji being married to one of Big Mom’s daughters? Because he’s actually a prince from the Vinsmoke clan of the West Blue and the Big Mom Pirates and Germa 66 (the Vinsmoke’s “country”) wanted to forge an alliance.

We get Sanji’s whole childhood backstory at this time, which explains how he made his way to the East Blue. And, this sets up a reason for the Straw Hats to finally come into contact with the crew of one of the Four Emperors of the Sea.

Obviously, Luffy isn’t going to simply let Big Mom have Sanji. And so, the entire Whole Cake Island Arc is really just a giant rescue mission. At this point, the Straw Hats aren’t strong enough to take down Big Mom and her crew. Their goal is simply to rescue Sanji and flee Big Mom’s territory.

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Increased Quality

Overall, I’d say there was a substantial increase in the quality of the series in Whole Cake Island compared to what came before. And, this increase in quality applies to all aspects of the anime, namely the story and art/animation.

As far as the story goes, this may be my new favorite arc. I still really like Thriller Bark, and I enjoyed Zou as well. But Whole Cake Island did a lot more than those arcs. Specifically, I think Sanji’s whole backstory with the Vinsmokes was great.

It would have been easy for this whole Vinsmoke connection for Sanji to feel forced. I mean, we already saw Sanji’s backstory from when he joined the Baratie. But, this goes beyond that without retconning it. And I really enjoyed Sanji’s interactions with his siblings (who have great voice actors I recognized, such as Kenjirou Tsuda).

Sanji Vinsmoke crying in the rain from the anime series One Piece: Whole Cake Island
Sanji Vinsmoke crying in the rain

Whole Cake Island was also surprisingly emotional. I know we already had Usopp “leave” the Straw Hat crew back in Water 7. So you’d think Sanji “leaving” the crew here wouldn’t be as impactful. But because of the circumstances surrounding Sanji’s departure, that wasn’t the case at all.

Of course, I can’t talk about the increase in quality of the anime during this arc without bringing up the insane animation during Luffy’s fight against Katakuri. The entire fight wasn’t animated amazingly because it was spread across many episodes (it was still good). But Episode 870 was crazy.

Honestly, my one big complaint about the arc has to do with the main antagonist, Big Mom. Despite her appearance, I do think Big Mom is a pretty cool character because of her ability and how she uses it. I also enjoyed her backstory. However, I couldn’t stand her screaming “wedding cake” for half the arc.

Big Mom Pirates

I guess I should start off this section on the Big Mom Pirates by explaining Big Mom herself. As far as we know, she’s a human. But, she’s huge and her skin is effectively made of reinforced steel even without her using armament haki.

She also has the Soul-Soul Fruit, which allows her to take the life force out of people and implant it into inanimate objects to give them life. It kind of works like Moria’s Shadow-Shadow Fruit. Big Mom can also implant pieces of her own soul into things.

The objects she animates are called Homies, and there are three Homies made with Big Mom’s soul. Prometheus is a large ball of fire, Zeus is a large thunder cloud, and Napoleon is a hat that can transform into a sword.

I don’t know if Napoleon’s transformation is due to a Devil Fruit like Spandam’s sword that ate an elephant Zoan fruit.

Luffy vs. Cracker from the anime series One Piece: Whole Cake Island
Luffy vs. Cracker

Below Big Mom herself are all her children. She has a lot of them, at least 70 from what I remember. Most of her children also have Devil Fruits — often corresponding with their names. For example, Oven has the Heat-Heat Fruit and Smoothie has the Wring-Wring Fruit.

Additionally, Big Mom’s children apparently encompass every known race other than Giants. It was specifically pointed out that there were no Giants among the Big Mom Crew. And the reason for this is that the Giants are sworn enemies of Big Mom due to the events of her childhood.

Oh, and aside from Big Mom’s children, she also has many other crew members from all around the world. Two we’ve met before are Pekoms, a lion Mink with the Turtle-Turtle Fruit, and Baron Tamago, who has the Egg-Egg Fruit.

Overall, Big Mom seems to have hundreds, if not thousands, of crew members.


Whole Cake Island is a 7/10, which is tied for the highest I’ve rated any One Piece arcs. However, as I mentioned, I do think this is probably my favorite arc so far. Despite sharing a rating with some other arcs, it’s the best.

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Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Night Is Short, Walk on Girl anime movie cover art
Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Movie Overview

Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome / 夜は短し歩けよ乙女) is an anime movie that’s set within the same universe as the series The Tatami Galaxy, yet isn’t a sequel. Also, I’m not sure why the English title of this movie doesn’t begin with “The,” but we’re just going to ignore that.

Anyway, the movie is told from the perspectives of two main characters. First and foremost, we have the female lead who’s the true protagonist of the movie. She doesn’t have a name, but she’s referred to by the male lead as “the Raven-Haired Maiden.” I’ll be referring to her as “the girl” from now on.

The second main character is the male lead, who also doesn’t have a real name. The girl refers to him as “Senpai,” so that’s what I’ll continue to refer to him as. While the girl and Senpai look very similar to Akashi and the unnamed male lead from The Tatami Galaxy, it should be noted that they are different.

I bring this up because there are quite a few characters who appear in both that series and this movie. Specifically, if you’ve seen that series, then you’ll probably be familiar with Higuchi, Ryouko, Johnny, Jougasaki, Kaori, and Ozu (who goes by a different name this time around).

As for what the movie is about, that’s hard to say. It’s about one, severely alcoholic girl’s night out on the town. She out-drinks everyone she meets, performs in a flash musical, rescues used books from a nefarious collector, survives a pandemic, and more. And yet, in the end, I’m still not entirely sure what it was about.

Just Some Things I Liked

While I enjoyed the movie overall, I’d like to use this section of the review to go over some of the things I liked most about it. To start, I really liked the fact that watching the movie, you actually get the sense that there’s way too much happening for it to take place in one night.

The only scene of the movie that doesn’t happen within a single, eight or so hour span is the final scene at the end. Everything else occurs in the span of a single night, which is a fairly important point. The idea here is that both of the main characters gained years’ worth of experiences within a single night.

There were actually multiple times throughout the movie when I questioned whether or not all of these events were happening back to back. And then, every time I found myself wondering this, I remembered that that’s the point of the whole movie. So, the fact that this happened multiple times shows how well the movie achieved that goal.

The Raven-Haired Maiden drinking from the anime movie Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
The Raven-Haired Maiden drinking

Another thing I enjoyed was the music during the musical theater sections of the movie. I noticed that multiple songs were effectively rip-offs of Queen songs. Maybe all of the songs were (I don’t know because I don’t know that much Queen), but I believe I noticed three different cases of this.

I don’t have anything else to say about that. I just enjoyed that there were references in the movie that I was able to catch.

And, the third and final thing I want to mention that I liked a lot was one scene that involved watches. There were some old men whose watches were running through years, the girl’s senpai (Higuchi and Ryouko) had watches that ran through weeks, and then the girl’s watch ran normally.

I thought this was a cool way to illustrate how the passage of time appears to be different for people depending on their age. To the girl, the night was extremely long, but to those who have been alive for longer, a single night is extremely short.

Comparison to The Tatami Galaxy

I think it would be odd for me to not set aside a portion of this review to compare this movie to The Tatami Galaxy. And the first thing I have to say regarding these two anime is that I liked how Night Is Short, Walk on Girl didn’t have dialogue that was quite as fast as the dialogue in The Tatami Galaxy.

There’s nothing inherently bad with the dialogue speed in that series, but I appreciated not needing to pause or go back just so that I could read the subtitles. But, I think that might be the only thing I liked about this movie more than that series.

In a lot of ways, this movie felt like it was trying to be The Tatami Galaxy rather than being its own thing. Obviously, the two are connected, so there’s going to be some overlap, but I didn’t get the feeling that this movie had much of its own identity. For example, as I already mentioned, even the main characters look (and often act) nearly identical.

The Raven-Haired Maiden drinking (again) from the anime movie Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
The Raven-Haired Maiden drinking (again)

The other way that I think this movie falls short of that series is due to the protagonist. The girl simply isn’t as interesting as the male lead of The Tatami Galaxy. That’s partially because she only has a single movie’s worth of development while he has a whole series, but I stand by that statement nonetheless.

It’s not her fault that she doesn’t get as much development, but I do think that’s a drawback of the movie. One of my favorite parts of the series was the protagonist’s spiral down into his own mind. The girl in this movie didn’t really have anything like that.

For her, it was effectively a very event-packed, yet fairly normal, coming of age story. Through her travels over the course of this night, she learned a lot about herself — mostly in the form of reaffirming that she can out-drink anyone — but she didn’t exactly have a defining moment in which she developed.


Overall, I think Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is a 7/10. It’s a good movie and I enjoyed it, but I don’t feel like it’s anywhere near The Tatami Galaxy. I feel like I tend to rate movies higher than series, but in this situation, that’s not the case.

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Girls’ Last Tour

Girls’ Last Tour

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Girls’ Last Tour

The Adventure Anime I Wanted

On Tuesday I binged the Girls’ Last Tour anime from start to finish and then picked up the manga where the anime left off and finished that as well. That might not sound like an amazing feat, but I’m not sure when the last time was that I was so immersed in a series that I binged it all in one sitting.

Usually, I’ll watch an episode or two each day. And going to read the manga after finishing the anime? The only other time I’ve done that was with Attack on Titan. My point is, this series is something special for it to have been able to get me so invested.

I’m not sure how long this review is going to end up being, but based on my outline for it, it’s looking like it will be around twice as long as my usual reviews. On top of that, I already have five other articles planned around this series for the future. So as you can see, I have a lot to say about it.

But, let’s start with the basic fact that Girls’ Last Tour is the adventure anime I’ve wanted for a long time. Great adventure anime are hard to come by. There are good ones, sure, but it’s rare for them to really scratch that adventuring itch I have.

The most recent anime to almost achieve that was Somali and the Forest Spirit, but even that fell short of what I was looking for in an adventure.

Emptiness and Loneliness

The series focuses on two, young girls named Chito and Yuuri who are traveling together through the ruins of a mega-city far larger than anything on Earth today. The unnamed city’s immense scale compared to the girls is what really makes the series feel like an adventure.

Yes, the whole series takes place in a single city. But the city is so massive, so empty, and so full of varying terrain and scenery that their journey feels like an epic quest. But at the same time, Chito and Yuuri’s journey is far different from most other adventure series.

Typically in an adventure anime, our protagonist(s) would come across a wide variety of other characters along the way. Even if the journey is a solo one, there are usually so many people coming in and out of the protagonist’s life that it always feels lively.

Girls’ Last Tour is the opposite.

Chito spotting for Yuuri's target practice from the anime series Girls' Last Tour
Chito spotting for Yuuri’s target practice

Throughout their entire, months-long journey, the girls only come across two other individuals. And in both cases, they part ways only a few days after meeting one another. The vast majority of this last tour is solely made up of Chito, Yuuri, and the empty expanse of the city.

An adventure with almost no characters might not sound all that exciting, but in this case, it was extremely effective. With no side characters to distract us, the focus is entirely on the dynamic between Chito, Yuuri, and the world in which they live.

We learn so much more about the girls through their interactions with each other and their environment than we do from their fleeting interactions with other people. They’re products of the empty and lonely world in which they live. And that’s no more apparent than when they come across objects left over from the world before which they lack the context to understand.

Questions About the World

One of my favorite aspects of this series is that as viewers, we have so many questions about the world the girls live in, but they don’t. It’s not that Chito and Yuri already know everything about the world in which they live. Rather, it’s that this is the only world they’ve ever known, so they don’t see the questions that are there to be asked.

We see this towering city made up of multiple layers stacked on top of one another and ask why it was made in the first place. To Chito and Yuuri, the “why” doesn’t matter. All that matters to them is that the city exists and that they exist within it. As long as they’re able to continue surviving and moving forward, why the world is the way it is means nothing.

At one point late in the series, I believe it was in the manga after the end of the anime, one of the girls poses a question to the other. She asks why they’ve continued on their journey to the top of the city this entire time.

This question isn’t really about the world, but rather, it illustrates their lack of understanding about the world. They’ve been traveling up the layers of the city for what seems like years — months since the start of the series — and yet, they don’t know why.

They know that at the outset of their journey, they were told specifically to travel up the city and not down it. But why they were told this is unknown to both the girls and us as the viewers. It’s one of the great questions of the series. For what purpose was their journey? Why did they continue without knowing what they would find?

Life at the End of the World

I mentioned that the girls only come across two other people throughout the course of their journey. This is because, by the time we join along, the vast majority of life on Earth has been eradicated. But, this does open up some interesting questions, such as “what happened to cause this outcome?”

I’m going to begin getting into some spoiler territory in this section. And the following two sections are going to heavily focus on spoiler content. I suggest skipping to the conclusion if you want to avoid all of that.

I’m going to venture a guess and say that Chito and Yuuri are no older than 17. They’re pretty clearly still children, but based on Yuuri’s body type when we see her swim in the fish tank, I think it’s safe to assume that they’re supposed to be around 15 – 17 years old.

However, they appeared to be much younger, maybe between 10 – 12 years old at most when we see them first set off on their journey. And, before setting off, they lived with their “grandfather” in a town populated by what seemed like a lot of people. So, what happened to everyone else?

Yuuri making a snowman on Chito's head from the anime series Girls' Last Tour
Yuuri making a snowman on Chito’s head

The obvious answer is that war happened. However, it’s clear throughout the series that there have been many wars since the construction of the city. From what I can tell, there were at least two, but probably three major wars that resulted in the eradication of life on the planet.

The first of these wars was the nuclear war that plunged the world into a nuclear winter. The second war was the one that utilized the giant robots capable of destroying vast amounts of the city. And the final war was the war over the last remaining resources.

This is the war that Chito and Yuuri fled, and it explains why there’s hardly any life left on the planet. Everyone else either died in the struggle over food or ran out of food and starved within the next five or so years. Chito and Yuuri only survived thanks to their travels.

Girls’ Last Tour Anime Ending

If I had to point to my least favorite part of the series, it would undoubtedly have to be the ending of the anime. This is for two primary reasons. First, there’s the entire thing with the Nuko. And second, there’s the fact that the anime ended where it did.

To start, I should point out that the name Nuko comes from the word neko which is Japanese for cat. Neither of the girls has ever seen a cat before, so when Yuuri finds the adolescent Nuko, she assumes that it’s a cat — a creature she had only heard stories of.

The Nuko then attempts to repeat the word neko, but says nuko instead, which is where it gets its name from.

We don’t really know what the Nuko are, and that’s my main issue with them. They’re some sort of creature that eats and breaks down volatile materials. For example, when the first Nuko is introduced into the series, Yuuri feeds it bullets. And later on, we see larger Nuko eating nuclear missiles.

Along with eating volatile materials, Nuko are also able to communicate via radio waves. And, their bodies are quite unique. They can either take the form of elongated, cat-like creatures or humanoid mushroom-like figures that can apparently fly. I’m also going to assume that their white coloring is due to the nuclear winter, as we see the fish are also a pale white.

Are Nuko aliens? Were they man-made creatures designed to clean up the waste littering the world? We don’t know. And because of that, their inclusion in a series that’s otherwise fairly grounded in reality is just awkward.

As for where the anime ended, it concludes at chapter 29 out of 43 of the manga. This is a problem because it leaves the ending very open despite that not truly being the case. For anyone who watches the anime and doesn’t read the conclusion of the manga afterward, it’s a very different series.

Girls’ Last Tour Manga Ending

The ending of the Girls’ Last Tour manga is probably the most special thing about the whole series. And that’s exactly why it’s a shame that the anime ended where it did. I don’t think it needs a second season, but a movie would probably be the perfect length to conclude the story.

I plan to write another article focusing on this, but let’s quickly go over one of my favorite chapters of the series. Chapter 32 is titled “Art” and follows the girls as they explore an art museum full of famous works such as “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli.

At the end of the chapter, Yuuri draws a picture of her own and affixes it to the wall directly next to a large stone with cave paintings on it. I love this scene because it shows humanity’s first and last pieces of art side by side. It’s a perfect representation of many of the story’s themes.

Yuuri and Chito reflecting on their lives from the manga series Girls' Last Tour
Yuuri and Chito reflecting on their lives

Moving on to the true end of the series, I mentioned that it wasn’t as open-ended as the anime made it out to be. That’s because while Chito and Yuri’s adventure does continue on for a bit longer, it has a definitive end — their deaths.

Upon reaching the top layer of the city, the girls are confronted by nothing. There’s nothing above them but a starry sky and nothing on the layer other than a single, square structure with no entrance. The ground is covered in snow, and it’s clear that there has never been permanent life on this layer.

It’s at this point that the girls contemplate their lives and journey while eating their final pack of rations. After determining that they’ve enjoyed their lives, they fall asleep together against the structure and succumb to the freezing temperatures in their sleep. With that, humanity and life as we know it ends.

And before anyone says that they didn’t die because they mentioned thinking about what to do after waking up, that’s not the case. They said that as a way to reassure themselves so that they wouldn’t fear death. There’s an extra chapter after the final chapter in which it’s made clear that they’ve died because we see them in the afterlife.


I know I’ve been praising Girls’ Last Tour for the majority of this extra-long review. But in the end, I think both the anime and the manga are 8/10s. They’re very good, but they do still have some problems, such as the awkward inclusion of the Nuko or the magical digital camera.

But, if you’re looking for a great adventure series that focuses on themes as varied as friendship, mortality, and existential hopelessness, I can’t really think of anything better. And, once you’ve finished the anime, I highly recommend that you pick up the manga starting at chapter 30. Finishing the manga should only take you maybe an hour.

Since I usually comment on the OPs and EDs of series at this point, I’ll just say that I like them both, but that I like the ED more. However, the true best song of the series is the insert song/ED for episode 5 known as the “Rain Song.” I plan to write a full article dedicated to that song in the future, so look forward to that.

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