Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter Episode 11

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter Episode 11

End of the World

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter Episode 11 was a good episode as far as Yuki Yuna episodes go. I still don’t really understand what the Heroes were fighting against. But, at least the episode looked nice.

Anyway, I’m glad that the Taisha organization was officially revealed to be the cult that it always seemed to be. They don’t care what happens to themselves or anyone else as long as they believe their “gods” willed it to be so.

And I liked how the one high-ranking female member of Taisha who has been in charge of giving the Heroes their orders began to doubt her beliefs at the end. It was nice to see the contrast between her and the hardline beliefs of the other high-ranking members.

Karin Miyoshi from the anime series Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter
Karin Miyoshi

Overall, I did like how the end of the world was portrayed in this episode. Not only did we get to see how various members of Taisha viewed it, but we also got to see how the current heroes viewed it.

Obviously, the girls of the Hero Club would prefer for Yuna to be saved and for the world to not end. But, at the same time, they each know that they’ve done all they could at this point. It’s up to Togo to save Yuna in the end. And even if she manages that, the world may very well still end.

The only thing I think was missing from this portion of the episode was something to show us how the Sentinels and general populace felt about the impending end of the world. I feel like the storyline of the Sentinels was just forgotten. And I want to know what this time was like for ordinary civilians.

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

Is Yuna’s ultimate form towards the end of the episode the titular “Great Mankai?” I’m going to assume that it is. But also I feel like there’s been a surprising lack of information given to us about Mankai considering the title of this season.

You’d expect that we’d have gotten some additional information about Mankai. Instead, we don’t really know any more about them than we did at the start of the series. They burn through the life force of the Heroes to give them extra firepower. That’s still all we know.

It would have been pretty interesting if the Mankai of the current generation of Heroes was somehow connected to the spirit summoning of the original generation. I’m still annoyed that nothing actually came of that. Why can’t Yuna Yuki summon Shuten Douji? We’re just never going to get an explanation?

Yuna and Togo from the anime series Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter
Yuna and Togo

Anyway, Yuna’s “Great Mankai” was definitely the best-looking part of the episode. I liked the styling that was used for her ultimate “Hero Punch” attack against the gods. However, I also think that’s a pretty boring trope to use for the final showdown.

We get this new, super version of Yuna and all she does is use a single punch to defeat the gods? I still want it to be a hard-fought battle in the end. I want Yuna and Togo to end up looking like Karin from the first image in this review.

Sure, Yuna’s Hero Punch was a hype moment of the episode. But as far as storytelling is concerned, it’s an underwhelming way to conclude the battle for the fate of humanity.

It just seems like every time there’s something I like about Yuki Yuna, there’s something else that reminds me the series is pretty average (or lower) overall.

Yuna Saves the Day

Regardless of how I feel about the way in which Yuna defeated the gods, the result is that there’s no longer a threat to humanity. And considering the Heroes’ magical smartphones were destroyed at the end of the episode, I assume next week’s episode is the last one.

Of course, next week’s episode is the last episode of the season. But I mean the last episode of the series. The gods were destroyed, the Heroes no longer have access to their power, and as far as I could tell, the world has been restored.

If all of that is indeed true, I have a few questions that I’d like to be answered in the final episode. Though, based on this series’ track record when it comes to explanations, it seems extremely unlikely that I’ll be satisfied by the end.

The Hero Club members from the anime series Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter
The Hero Club members

First, I want to know what became of all the people who were turned to dust during the final battle against the gods. Do they get to come back to life as if nothing happened? Or are they actually dead? And, did the one female Taisha member turn to dust completely?

Second, if the rest of the world truly was restored, I’d like to know what that actually means. It’s been hundreds of years since the world outside the final city was erased from existence. So I have to assume all those people who died around the world didn’t get brought back.

I mean, it’s not like humanity has progressed in the 300 years since the collapse happened. Even if everyone did come back to life, they wouldn’t notice 300 years had passed. But how is this going to work since one portion of the world has existed all that time?

That seems like too big of a question for this series to answer. But I can hope.

Conclusion

What do you think of Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter Episode 11? How do you feel about the final battle? Do you think everyone comes back to life now? And will the series end with the next episode? Let me know in the comments.

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