Girls’ Last Tour ★★★ 1/2
Don’t ask me how I forgot to review Girls’ Last Tour yesterday, for this oversight is a mystery even to me. If anything can explain it, it’s the fact that I dropped the anime for a while until some commentators convinced me to give it another try. (Yours truly ought to more frequently apply the three episode rule.) Reading Infinite Zenith’s “Girls’ Last Tour (Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō): Full Series Review and Recommendation” reminded me of the fact that I had both watched the show and not reviewed it on my blog. Infinite Zenith features very detailed posts with plenty of screenshots, and I highly encourage all my dear readers to read the post linked to above.
What first attracted me to this anime was how unique the setting was. As a lover of snowy settings and post-Apocalyptic tales, I had to give this show a try. As the series unrolled, one could see that the mangaka essentially explored what makes life worth living. Each episode provided one possible answer, and overall the mangaka simply answers “friends.”
She’s not the first to pose such an idea, since Epicurean philosophy has friendship at its center and no less an authority than the Philosopher himself wrote: “Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” Two of the books of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics are dedicated to the topic of friendship, and one must admit that friendship is perhaps the most neglected field of philosophy in modern times. Perhaps that’s why so many people are depressed?
At any rate, the series is quite fun. Though I prefer Chito to Yuuri, most of the zest in the show comes from the stupid things Yuuri tries to do. If Yuuri were not so stupid and carefree, this could easily have been a very dull show. I must also note that the opening song counts as my second favorite of the season.
Who else watched Girls Last Tour? How high did it rate in your estimation?