And so we reach the end of the road for Fortune Arterial. I am not going to lie, the show did get better after episode 8 once all the random and pointless slice of life episodes stopped and the actual plot of Erica trying her best not to crave Kouhei’s juices got going. However Erica is now gone back to the mansion to stop herself from sucking him dry, and being the MC of a VN adaptation…Kouhei obviously doesnt know shit about why.
There really isnt much that happened for most of the first half of the episode, it was mostly Kouhei trying to finish preparations for the cultural festival and people wondering where Erica had gone only for him to BS an excuse every time…pretty annoying I might add. I am glad he received some lessons on manliness from his friend.
And so he did! He goes and confronts Erica’s mother, Kaya. This entire scene was actually pretty darn good, I was almost certain he was going to become Erica’s servant at that point but it seems the series can still surprise me a couple times.
Well if you want to piss off a pure blood vampire then Kouhei did an amazing job. In fact he was about to get killed and the best part of all, it seems like throughout this entire anime Iori was in keikaku dori mode.
But well it really did seem like shit was gonna get real when Erica arrived to stop her mom from killing Kouhei, but then he just ends the confrontation with words…I guess its admirable to do that against a true vampire but I was kinda hoping for something more exciting. Oh well…
And then before I knew it the ending was already playing…wait what? We didnt even get any sort of conclusion! All Kouhei did was allow Erica to return to school, she still wants to suck him dry from his fluids, she still craves for him like a crack addict from brooklyn, none of that got resolved! In fact, what about poor Kiriha? Kaya isnt the best master out there…did she get a happy ending?
Man I dont even know what to think of this ending…everything was building up pretty damn well but then everything came crashing down without reaching any sort of solution for Erica’s problems…will Kouhei end up becoming a servant in the future? I guess we will never know.
Episode 12 Rating – 3.5 resolved conflicts (out of 5)
Final Thoughts: The main reason I decided to follow this series back when I saw it on the fall 2010 list was because I remember seeing a list of Visual Novels earlier that year and seeing the title of Fortune Arterial ranked as one of the best Visual Novels from 2008 (ranked higher than Little Busters – Ecstacy!). I mean ranking over a Key title should be impressive right? I know most VN adaptations into anime tend to suck unless your name is Kyoto Animation but I tried to look into this series with a positive outlook. However it seems that in the end, no matter how much I kept watching this waiting for it to show me WHY it had been such a success in the end nothing really came. I am pretty sure the anime was a pretty faithful adaptation itself, so if its not the adaptations fault…maybe the actual content of the series is not for me? I mean it wasnt all terrible, the start was ridiculously slow, but the last couple of episodes were genuinely good and I was starting to enjoy this until the ending felt everything unresolved. I am too lazy to play the original VN so if there is something worth mentioning about this series, please let me know…maybe im missing out on something awesome.
The Final Verdict:
Voice Acting: 7/10
Overall – 7/10