General Burnside, from which sideburns were derived, was a Union Army general in the American Civil War, having led several successful campaigns in places like North Carolina, but having suffered devastating defeats as well. Widely considered to be his greatest failure, General Burnside’s last battle at Petersburg, dubbed ‘the Battle of the Crater’, was a noble effort from the get-go. The mines placed under the enemy’s fort blasted an entire crater in the ground, but due to his decision to march the soldiers into the crater, they were picked off by the Confederate’s gunfire, resulting in a complete loss.
Now that I’m done with historyfagging, you probably must be thinking : what the fuck does this have to do with the arc to begin with?
It probably sounds like it doesn’t ( I don’t think it does at all, actually.) , but what did the Battle of the Crater teach us?A lesson in fiscal mismanagement and bad decisions. In other words, screwing up a perfectly good idea. In this arc, Nanasaki’s awesomeness was only to be undermined by the inclusion of several unnecessary, time-wasting segments which could have been better placed to use.
The last episode is always the most crucial episode for an arc of Amagami SS. Yet they devoted half of that time to the likes of Junichi’s drunk teacher, Takahashi Maya, and other random ‘funnies’. Sure, I’ve pretty much gotten over most of my dislike for Haruka, but still it was unnecessary for that segment too.
…that was only one episode…
..then how do you explain the whole Haunted House/Miso Ramen part? Drugs?
After all the random happenings, the show ends with them going to a hidden natural spring, to bathe, leading to Nanasaki’s and following that, Junichi’s confession and they kiss – nude. Guess we all can roughly know what happens after that. Only those deer know for sure.
But some of the good things this arc delivers is the usual character development sequences we’ve seen in Kaoru’s arc. Instead of saying “Hello there, I’m <character X> and I’m in love with <character Y>. Let me show you.”, they actually pause to reconsider their feelings. I really liked that touch. However, what I discovered is that this arc tended to focus more on Nanasaki than fanservice for Nanasaki (which was done with aplomb and was aplenty) , leading to this chart :
All in all, although the arc had a lot of potential from the start, it was wasted by the inclusion of unnecessary time-wasting segments and it could have been much better. It’s the second best arc in my opinion though.
I also think that her ED is probably the best: