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Qualidea Code is coming to an end amidst a twister of bad writing and even worse animation. Before its broadcast, Qualidea Code was a mixed-media extravaganza that promised a story worth telling. One episode before the conclusion, the series delivered a story that was not worth animating.
Japanese Title: 双極のファミリア
Since I am going to bitch a lot in this article, let me start with what I did like from this episode: the scene leading to the opening credits. Asanagi and Oookuni gradually became the most interesting characters of the series. They started as an uninteresting parent-boss figure that seemed to play no important role. They became a story of interspecies love that may actually make sense, if the writers provide us with a sensible explanation in the last episode.
The most important points in titles: The humans want to eradicate the aliens because they are monsters. The monsters are not really monsters and they just want to survive by stealing the human children and by modifying them to resemble their alien nature. Asanagi is human and out of love and probably a couple of reasons more he is helping the aliens. The children are attacking the aliens to close the gate. A huge alien that is probably Ookuni appears when the children reach the headquarters.
Really, that’s all that happened and had an impact to the plot. If you read my paragraph with a dramatic voice, you may find it more interesting than the episode itself.
This is one of the few review articles this season in which the highlights are not awesomely cool, but awesomely bad.
Repeat Frames: Throughout the episode we had repeat frames, just like when Chigusa fired twice but probably destroyed the same alien ship. I felt like I had some short of dejavu and I had to rewind a bit to make sure I wasn’t.
Tenkawa Speech: The first time is was ok. Every military themed series needs an awesome rally speech. This time it was just funny and uninspiring.
The Love Boat: You can’t have a decent love scene without proper facial expression and passion-filled voice acting. I’ve always felt like Canaria and Ichiya’s love story had a role to play in the series. They tried to bring it to the foreground in this episode, but the only they managed was to fill the episode with a few boring scenes.
Sociopath children: The Chigusa siblings have always shown a tendency to sociopathy, but the rest of the cast had at least one emotional moment that suggested otherwise. Their reaction, however, when they encountered the real form of the aliens was enough to convince me that their emotions are non-existent. Of course, that lack of proper reaction is because of the usual subject: the combination of bad animation, terrible scene flow, uninteresting voice acting, and flat writing. I must find new adjectives to show how disappointed I am with the series.
Unknown: It’s not clear if the term is used just by humans or if the aliens are calling themselves the same way, but the word relates to the numerous transformations they had to endure over the span of their existence. They had to go through so many, that they don’t remember their original form.
Survival: Survival is a concept we can relate with. According to the plot so far, the aliens had no choice but to pursue the only mean that could ensure their survival as a species. By stealing human children and modifying them to be their own offspring, they established their future generations.
Qualidea Code has things to say. There is no doubt about that. The problem is that it fails to deliver on any of its proclaimed themes. Is Johaness a metaphor for biased discrimination and blind bigotry? Of course she is. Are the Unknowns trying to be an enemy whose actions are based on a logic we could sympathize with? Of course they are. Are some of the children confused on the morality of their actions and the implications between truth and lie? All the time. However, all of these themes are well buried below a pile of bad animation, uninteresting voice acting, and bad dialogue writing. Sure, you can identify the themes, but they are just titles hovering on a distant plane, waiting for someone to care so they can shine through the plot. But in Qualidea Code, it seems that nobody cares.
I just wish that A-1 Pictures will give us something special in the last episode. A treat for all the sloppiness of the series. If, on the other hand, just wants to end Qualidea Code in the worst way possible, they will just have Canaria sing while the humans destroy the gate. But, with Asanagi revealing that he is human, I guess that there will be a more interesting ending in store for us.
The episode could be summarized on just the scenes that had something new to bring to the plot. Everything else was just superfluous bad animation.
I hope there is a major twist waiting for us in the last episode. That’s the only redemption Qualidea Code can hope for.
NEXT TIME: Qualidea of the Radiant World (燦然世界のクオリディア)