Are you ready for the season finale of Cop Craft? If you aren’t, then don’t read any more of this, because that’s what I’m writing about today.
Summary: We rejoin our protagonists in the van they’ve been tossed into by the corrupt FBI agent Chan. Zelada is in the front seat and puts Kei and Tilarna to sleep with a magic spell. When they wake up, they find themselves separated: Kei beaten to a pulp and handcuffed to a chair in an interrogation room with Chan, and Tilarna bound and held captive in Zelada’s swanky penthouse. We get a back-and-forth sort of double scene in which we learn (again) that Zelada is an asshole who wants to sow discord between Semanians and Earth natives because he hates Earth culture and its degenerate effects on Semanian society, and that Chan is an asshole who just wants to blackmail the future mayor of San Teresa to get rich.
It’s quite clear that Chan is prepared to kill Kei once he gets access to Kei’s phone to delete that photo of Marla and her husband’s assassin from last episode (as we’ll soon learn, the reporter Randall has already met that fate) and Zelada decides to kill Tilarna once he realizes he can’t convince her to join his anti-Earth-culture cause. Kei and Tilarna are action stars, though, so of course they both fight their way out of their predicaments despite being bound. Kei manages to beat on Chan with his hands literally tied behind his back and chokes him to death with his thighs in an impressive display of strength, then he starts fighting Zelada’s corpse army on his way upstairs to the penthouse (yes, Kei and Tilarna are in the same building, though it’s not apparent at first.)
Kei busts in and he and Tilarna have a final battle with Zelada in which each is forced to use the other’s weapon, ending in old Z getting shot by Tilarna and decapitated by Kei. Then Kei and Tilarna head up to the rooftop and wait for police backup as they have a nice moment together. Kei offers to delete the incriminating photo of Marla so that the xenophobic douchebag Tourte isn’t elected mayor, but Tilarna insists they turn it in. Finally, we have a montage in which Marla gets arrested, Tourte gets sworn in as mayor, and Tilarna decides to stay in San Teresa for good, continuing her tenure as Kei’s partner. And then the OP plays in place of the ED, which I thought was a nice touch.
Analysis: Well, damn. What’s left to be said about this finale? It was pretty nice, got the job done, and tied up the loose ends, all while leaving the door open for a second season. The fight scenes were interesting as well, with Kei and Tilarna having to figure out how to resist and defeat their captors while handcuffed. The very final fight between Zelada and the protagonists was a bit confusing, though. There was a lot of trickery going on, with Zelada turning into flying red energy to escape Kei and Tilarna’s attacks. And apparently Zelada can deflect bullets, except when he can’t. Maybe Kei managed to distract him by blasting that rock music that Zelada hates, even though Kei should have no reason to know that Zelada hates it because he wasn’t in the room when that was revealed.
Oh well, who gives a shit about all that? Cop Craft might be considered an action show, but I cared a lot more about the relationship between Kei and Tilarna than about the action scenes, and this season closer provided a nice cap to that development. I’ve said before that I thought the show was hinting at something more going on between Kei and Tilarna, and even though nothing like that is firmly established here, it’s hinted at once again with one of Tilarna’s final lines. If you follow the light novel series, I guess you know how that’s going to proceed. The rest of us will have to wait for a second season if it ever happens.
And I hope it does. Cop Craft has its shortcomings, but I enjoyed it enough to want more. Hopefully that more includes a bigger budget, because I’d love to see Tilarna flying around and swinging her blade in intense action scenes that actually look good.
And with that, I’m done with my beat-by-beat review of Cop Craft. But I’m not done with the series quite yet. I’ll be posting a no-spoiler full season review soon, so please look forward to that. Until then!