Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

Despite acting high and mighty, Kongou’s facade finally comes off, revealing the crybaby that she truly is.

What makes Kongou an authentic character is her response to the concept of change. While most people would welcome and accept change to better their lives, Kongou, and the rest who shared similar perspectives are at a loss with what to do. This isn’t simply a form of betrayal of their beliefs but rather, their inability to process something that goes out of the norm. That is to say, these are the individuals who adhere to the meta that they grew up with.

For instance, a person who have grown accustomed to a team composition of 2 tanks, 2 dps, 1 healer will never accept or choose to be a part of a team composition that is made up of 2 tanks, 3 dps. Unless of course, they are open-minded with these things.

And such was the case with Kongou. The poor, little child, unsure of what to do after seeing her friends change, throws a motherfucking tantrum in the size of a super-gravity canon, referenced by Mako’s CARNIVAL DA YO~

In all honesty, I like this closure for this series. To reiterate, what they did with this series deserves no continuation. This ending ends the tale of the Blue Fleet and their quest to change the world. A tale that ends with a “possibility”.

It’s not just delivering the vibration warhead, if anything, that device doesn’t mean shit at all! What matters is the lingering possibility for the Fog to evolve and draw an understanding between humanity. Sure, they left a lot of content unanswered such as Iona’s origins, the existence of the fog, the other factions within the fog, but this is one sufficient ending for Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio as a whole.


Don’t get me wrong though, if they want to milk their cow and make some more then go ahead. If anything, having to enjoy this amazing cast, the naval battles, is more than enough for me though I fear the story may prove to be weak compared to what they have established here. I don’t know, I just have a feeling that most second seasons don’t end well after season 1 proved to be a success.

Manami Numakura was quite a surprise! I never thought I would enjoy her portrayal as Takao. And I think I already mentioned this before but Mai Fuchigami’s take on Iona reminds me of Yuka Iguchi’s Index. It’s not just the appearance, but the voice.

While I credit Hibiku Yamamura for her singing of the Blue Field album, she needs more roles to expose her capabilities as a seiyuu. She did well with Haruna but I sense her potential to do more. Hopefully, she lands on a lead or a more prominent role.

Overall, this series was quite a surprise. I never expected so much WIN! It’s actually a good thing I saw 4head-chan and got motivated to watching this. The visuals can be a little bit weird for some but it’s really good. Or rather, it matches the naval battles quite well. Hell, even Iona’s clash with Kongou was a sight to behold.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. x
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 21:24:37

    This one turned out much better than I expected in almost every way :p. As for the ending, it reminded me of the ending in Jormungand Perfect Order. As you say, this is a story that ends with a “possibility”, leaving everything else up to the imagination of the audience (at least until they decide that milking this series is too tempting :p). As for a second season, well, as long as they don’t do it as bad as IS2 was to IS, I think it will be fine ^^;.


  2. torisunanohokori
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 16:22:45

    I’m also just fine with the show ending where it did. The action racheted up for the climax and the crew accomplished their immediate objective without anyone getting extremely out of character, which is really all an ending needs to do. I do plan on reading the manga to get the continuation of the story anyway.


    • baka~
      Dec 29, 2013 @ 00:08:21

      From what I’ve heard, the anime deviated by a great deal from the manga. I think it would make sense that they end this series in doing so. Then again, the promise of wealth generated by a successful series is tempting. If they decide to milk their cow so be it. XD


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