Over the past few weeks, I’ve been nice to enjoy Dimension W by cutting it some slack and trying to see the beauty in it. This episode took away all my reasons to care about it now. Let’s get into it.
Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t seen this episode, I suggest you stop here! If you haven’t watched this series, please have a look at my first impression of the show (Spoiler Free).
I have been hearing nothing but bad things about Dimension W ever since the Easter Island arc happened, and it took me until just now to realize why that is. Because episode 12 is such a mixed bag of good and bad (mostly bad), it becomes worse and eventually falls flat. Many things prove this, starting with the first chunk of the episode. Watching Seameyer ramble like the mad scientist he is can get annoying. The episode is filled with so much flashy coloring and effects that it feels like a waste of time, since they could have used this opportunity to smooth out any problems, even though doing that can only help so much at this point. The main problem of this episode are Kyoma’s memories and Genesis, where things take a turn for the worse.
The method of how Mira goes into Kyoma’s memories doesn’t make sense, even if it does look a bit interesting. She states she can do all of this by knocking him unconscious and using technology that is targeting him, but it feels like an explanation that just appeared out of thin air. Mira’s experiences from her past jobs with Kyoma is not enough to suffice as a reasonable explanation for what she did. The real problem is Genesis, which invovled Kyoma’s memories. The entire existence of Genesis is basically a deus ex machina for this episode and the entire Easter Island arc, as it can apparently do anything. It proves this by showcasing what happened to Kyoma and how he mysteriously met up with Miyabi. Due to this, we get the sequence of the couple making a promise to each other, which causes him to destroy Genesis. I am truly baffled by what took place. It feels like Dimension W walked up and slapped me in the face. Actually, I feel so naive for not realizing how bad things got until now.
Scenes after are just as bad, if not worse. With Seameyer going insane after finding out that his precious deus ex machina has been destroyed, chaos ensues until Kyoma stops him, along with his message of possibility to Seameyer. The whole message sounds like an excuse for the Genesis phenomena and feels like an attempt to justify its actions. The scene where Mira shows up, only to have her coil breakdown, is the final wave of confusion. Because of Mira’s coil going out of control, combined with Seameyer’s failed attempt to destroy everything, they enter into some green abyss that does not make sense. Since the scene is nothing but animation and coloring, it doesn’t explain how it happened. Dr. Yurizaki showing up to calm Seameyer and give Mira a green coil feels out of place. It doesn’t tell us why he is there and leaves us in the dark on what the coil Mira just received is. I wonder if it is another deus ex machina, but I’m sure the answers lie somewhere in the manga.
Anything that happens after that is just cool-down for what took place and to end the series with Kyoma’s monologue of possibility. In all honesty, I feel betrayed and dumb at the same time. Betrayed because I thought this episode looked great, but turned out to be a heaping pile of mess and dumb for not realizing it. I’ll explain in my full series review of when, how, and why Dimension W fell flat, but if there are any plans of a continuation, then I certainly hope it’s better than this. When recommending this series to friends and fans, I’ll say nothing else but this: there are better sci-fi anime out there.
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