Before I start, let me just praise this amazing opening song:
Now, where do I start?
The Last Season finally brings us young Jeanne who is a very likable character (reminiscent of Rose in many ways, but also more powerful in many ways as well). It is amusing, actually. Early in the story, Jeanne was described as the woman who took down Madam Rose of Primavera and took her place. This left me feeling anxious about the future since I was rooting for Rose as a leader and Primavera. However, given the drastic change in Primavera, and Rose being out of commission, I found myself rooting for Jeanne. Funny how things turn out, huh?
The early part of the last season was incredibly frustrating for many reasons. Not only because literally everyone was doing EXACTLY what Gabriel wanted (f*ck that inhumane monster btw), but because there were so many meaningless deaths. I know this sounds contradictory since I initially wished for more consequences in Rose Gun Days, but…not like this! Oliver, Yuki, Yuuji, just why? That was so, so awful. And then Gabriel manipulating Richard, Cyrus, Keith, goddammit! It was painful to read, to be honest with you.
Richard. Damn it, Richard. I totally get how Yuuji’s death was the breaking point for him. I honestly hate Richard for his actions, but at the same time, I can’t hate him completely because he pretty much lost everything and he’s blinded by sadness and rage.
Cyrus, on the other hand, I lost a lot of respect for in the last season. I can see how a person can be loyal to someone (and I get that he was friends with Richard for a long time), but in the last season Cyrus doesn’t even flinch at any of the orders given by Richard. Sacrifice young wolves like Oliver? Sure, no big deal. Kill Leo? Why not? It’s like Cyrus lost every single bit of moral code that he had in the past, and replaced it with sheer obedience, like a puppet with no mind of his own. It is quite pathetic, and I expected more from him.
Keith? Keith is despicable and hypocritical. Again, much like with Richard, I understand why he’s enraged. But Keith literally killed Yuki in front of Alan, and yet has the audacity to blame Alan for Stella’s death? He goes on to assume that Alan, the guy who saved his life in the past, is associated with the bad guys, and then tries to kill him over and over again. How do you lose so much trust in your partner so fast? I could understand if Keith hadn’t known Alan for a long time, and if he had been with Stella for months, but the novel emphasizes Keith’s relationship with Alan and how Alan saved Keith. Furthemore, Keith and Stella don’t even spend that much time together. For Keith to be able to turn his back so easily on Alan is simply awful and makes him one of the most irritating characters in the story.
Okay, enough about the negative stuff.
The last season also features the return of Leo, which I actually welcomed, before it felt like a ray of light within an otherwise bleak story. I enjoyed the parallels with Leo meeting Jeanne in the same way he met Rose, and being employed as a bodyguard once more.
Zel also returns, which I LOVED. I totally expected her to join forces with Leo and others, and I was quite pleased with the outcome. In general, I appreciated the comeback of characters like Caleb, Miguel and all of them joining together to fight for the new Primavera. I felt it was a great idea and made a lot of sense.
However, here is my biggest gripe with the season:
The final season would have benefited so much from being longer for so many different reasons:
Jeanne becoming the new Madam. I felt that the whole process of Leo meeting Jeanne and then within a single day deeming her fit as Rose’s replacement was quite rushed. I think we needed to see more of Jeanne before declaring her as a fitting successor for Rose. I also wish we actually got see young Jeanne as the new Madam of Primavera. It’s as if the story ended abruptly and we never got proper closure.
The whole conclusion to the final fight felt rushed. Alan and Keith crash on the ground, Alan is supposedly not moving…and then what? Nothing. No legit outcome or explanation of what actually happens. Next, Butler is suddenly willing to betray Gabriel because something happened to Ange? What happened? We never find out and are never given an answer. I’ve seen some people assume that Meijiu killed Ange, however, I prefer to believe that Meijiu used some secret Chinese drug that allowed them to fake Ange’s death. I refuse to believe that after losing his own sister that Meijiu would sacrifice Butler’s sister.
No epilogue of any sort and we never find out what happens with the rest of the cast. Meryl? Zel? Charles? Nina? Keith? Alan? Meijiu? Weren’t we supposed to learn who was Wayne’s wife? What the heck? Where is that damn epilogue? Why don’t we get more scenes of Jeanne getting advice from Rose? Jeanne rebuilding Primavera? Felt like such a missed opportunity.
I really liked the twist of Julie actually being Rose’s descendant (I should have realized that at some point, but it never crossed my mind). I did find it odd they would hand such a powerful role to a woman just like that. However, WE NEVER GET TO SEE JULIE ACTUALLY INVOLVED IN THESE ACTIVITIES. The final scenes of Rose Gun Days imply Julie is actually doing important stuff but we never actually get a glimpse of that. Julie is apparently going to meet someone important, and then everything suddenly ends. The more I think about this, the more I NEED an extra season of Rose Gun Days that provides an epilogue for all of the characters and sheds some more light on Julie’s adventures in the future. Ryukishi, why did are you doing this to me?
Ahem, sorry about that rant.
Even though I have mixed feelings about the last season, and although I felt it was lacking in terms of its conclusion, I truly enjoyed Rose Gun Days. In all honesty, before I started reading it, I was highly skeptical given how drastically different it was from other Ryukishi works and seeing how action-packed it was. However, Ryukishi and Rose Gun Days surpassed my expectations and delivered an excellent story full of lovable characters and developments.
Thank you all for reading my posts, and I hope you enjoyed them.
Here’s a small bonus:
TOP 3 FEMALE CHARACTERS:
TOP 3 MALE CHARACTERS:
Honorable mentions to Meijiu, Miguel, Jeanne and Meryl.