No, seriously, it does not need another season. Not a one-cour. Not even an OVA. Just, simply, nothing at all. The series is finished. Accept it and move on.
Every once in a while, there happens to pop up discussions about whether a show needed more episodes or not. Scamp touched upon this particular topic in one of his posts. These discussions also tend to bring up the question about unnecessary sequels. Are they needed, or is it simply milking the franchise? Some honorably proclaim that only true anime fans wants sequels, no matter how needed they are. Everyone else is just false fans. Other people argue that a sequel would be worthless, as the story is already finished. These two sides clash and as always on the Internet, it ends with each side badmouthing the other.
My opinion on this falls into the latter kind of people, the ones who believe that finished means finished. For me, this is actually rather simple and not that difficult to understand. When a show is finished, it has done what it wanted to. The main characters grew, they saved the world and they became lovers or something else. You get it. In a show where the main characters saved the world, there is nothing to continue with. Develop the relationships, the mythology or other nonsense? What would be the point of that, when the story is over? It would not hold as a reason for a new season. What about introducing a new enemy, meaning it would be a mindless rehash of the first season? Come on.
I am not completely opposed to the idea of releasing some bonus episodes directed to the fans though. If the directors really want to, let them create some bonus episodes of fan service (not that kind of fan service) or something like that. It will be pure feel-good enjoyment for the fans. I am one of the persons who sure enjoyed an OVA like that. It was the new Toradora episode bundled with the Blu-ray release of the series, an episode I had been longing for ever since I first heard of it (in the end, it was very well-handled!). Toradora means so much to me that I would not mind a second season of nonsense; I just want to see the characters move again.
See, I can understand people who crave for sequels to finished anime. But when it comes down to it, I would say no to a sequel to Toradora. It would most likely ruin what is already near perfect; it would drag on beyond its natural length. And truth be told, it would probably not even be fun to watch. If anything, go with an OVA or two, but nothing more. Creating a new, big, story… why? Try to justify and convince me that a sequel is needed for a show you like.
In April this year, we have the upcoming sequel to Eureka Seven called Eureka Seven Ao. So far, not much is known about it. But what piqued my interested in the synopsis was the following:
“A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.”
So, here we have Scub Coral and Nirvash once again. But oh, what is this? A mysterious entity called “Secret” shows up and does bad stuff? Is this not the exact same thing as the first series already? Why do we need a sequel? Answer: milking a well-known franchise. It is always easier to use big names instead of starting from scratch.
Before I completely wander off into the territory of not making any sense at all (doubt I made any so far, though), I want to ask you about your thoughts on this matter. How do you feel about sequels? I find it simple to explain to me, finished is finished, but harder to others. It is such a vague topic.
“> trying to determine the worth of television entertainment by “necessity”
It’s as “necessary” as any other television show is. If you’re not interested, don’t watch.”
People like you annoy me.