Ousama Ranking: Astonishing Finale – In-Depth Analysis

This is Going to be Complicated…

At the conclusion of a series, it’s not often that I find myself so conflicted. The finale itself is difficult to categorize, but it’s the series as a whole that presents the real issue. Determining its place at the end of the year is going to be incredibly challenging. Regardless of the year’s overall quality, this show, which once seemed like a dark horse candidate for Anime of the Year, certainly falls short of that now.

A Finale as the Symptom, Not the Illness

While I won’t argue against anyone who hated the first five minutes of the finale (as any viewer with a grain of common sense would), my feelings about what came after are more complicated. In some ways, I was actually okay with it (although I understand this may be a minority opinion) in principle. However, that doesn’t negate the damage that had already been done.

I must admit, I was close to giving up (or smashing my monitor) during those first five minutes. To borrow the words of Roger Ebert, I truly hated that part. But I knew it was coming; last week made that clear. And my attachment to “Ousama Ranking” compelled me to stick with it until the end. If the rest of the episode managed to be okay for me, it still doesn’t undo the damage caused by the Miranjo arc. However, the damage inflicted in no way negates the positive aspects the series successfully achieved up until that point. Even as recently as episodes 19-21, it was truly fantastic. High-quality content like that is not easy to come by.

The Miranjo Debacle and Its Consequences

Plenty of virtual ink has been spilled discussing the Miranjo debacle, including by myself. Therefore, there’s no need to extensively dwell on that point. However, it’s worth emphasizing that it was simply wrong on so many levels. What right does Daida have to forgive Miranjo and preemptively deny the rights of all the innocents she wronged? And that thumbs-up from her murder victims was nauseating. The entire ordeal was awful, with the only saving grace being Daida’s willingness to surrender the throne to Bojji (interestingly, suggested by Doumas). But grasping at straws, I must say.

A Turn for the Better

Fortunately, things improved once the prime minister and justice minister emerged from hiding, having vanished while chaos ensued. There were some good moments here, starting with Hilling, who possesses more self-awareness than anyone in the cast, admitting that she was the one who stole Bojji’s self-confidence. While she did it out of love, it’s important to acknowledge that she never truly believed in Bojji’s strength but only in his kindness. Additionally, Kage’s decision to leave will likely provoke outrage, but I can understand his reasoning. Associating with a socially toxic figure like him could be detrimental to a new king attempting to gain the trust of the people. I believe his departure was in character.

A Controversial Choice and the Invalidated Plot

Now, Bojji’s decision to return the throne to Daida and establish his own kingdom? That’s certainly a plot choice that will incite controversy. Personally, I don’t despise it like the Miranjo trainwreck. While I’m not entirely in agreement with the decision, I can see a child Bojji’s age opting for such a path if he found more enjoyment adventuring than being a king. However, this choice somewhat invalidates a significant portion of the plot development in the first 22 episodes. This should have been Bojji’s kingdom by rights, and his entire journey was, to an extent, about reclaiming it. Besides, how does the whole concept of being the “#1 ranking” (you know, the title) work if the strongest individual isn’t actually a king?

Looking Towards the Future

Addressing these questions is likely the responsibility of Part II of the manga, which recently commenced. I have no idea whether an anime continuation will follow, although the series has achieved decent commercial success, making it a possibility (albeit not for a few years). If such a continuation does occur, evaluating it will be a challenging task. I will undoubtedly watch and cover it, as “Ousama Ranking” has already proven its ability to deliver compelling content for extended periods. Furthermore, I adore Bojji and Kage and their dynamic, reminiscent of Gon and Killua. Nevertheless, my expectations will be tempered by the notable stumbling blocks encountered in the second half of the series.

The Importance of Endings

Endings hold significant weight (as I’ve emphasized before). The extent of their importance remains a fascinating question that defies simple answers. The brilliance of the first half of the series (and a portion of the second half) stands on its own merits and is not altered by the ending. However, it is undoubtedly the ending that will dominate much of the post-airing discussions, and that saddens me. Both Wit Studio and first-time mangaka Touka Sousuke did a splendid job with this series, even though the latter seemed to lose their grip on the plot towards the end. It’s crucial not to forget that “Ousama Ranking” set a standard for visual excellence and storytelling that will be challenging to surpass in 2022.

Remembering the Strengths

When I reminisce about “Ousama Ranking,” I choose to focus on Bojji and his joyful demeanor, Kage’s unwavering loyalty, Despa’s integrity combined with wit, and Hilling’s fierce kindness. These elements override the regrettable missteps of the final arc. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to do so since the series’s strengths were undeniably remarkable. Anime of such quality is a rarity, and we mustn’t dismiss it as soon as things take an unfortunate turn. My hope is that, in due course, this is how the series will be remembered.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will there be a continuation of “Ousama Ranking” in anime form?

While it’s unclear whether there will be an anime continuation, the possibility exists, considering the series’ commercial success. However, fans may have to wait a few years for such a development.

2. How does Bojji’s decision to establish his own kingdom impact the plot?

Bojji’s controversial choice to give up the throne and establish his own kingdom raises questions about plot development in the first 22 episodes. It also challenges the concept of the “#1 ranking” if the strongest individual is no longer a king.

3. What were the major criticisms surrounding the Miranjo arc?

The Miranjo arc received significant backlash due to its perceived flaws on multiple levels. The act of forgiveness granted by Daida to Miranjo and the subsequent denial of justice for her victims were particularly contentious points.

4. How does the series “Ousama Ranking” stand out visually?

“Ousama Ranking” has set a standard for visual brilliance in anime. Its visual excellence captivated viewers, making it one of the show’s standout strengths.

5. What are the standout characters in “Ousama Ranking”?

Bojji and Kage are two characters who made a lasting impression in “Ousama Ranking.” Their relationship and dynamics, reminiscent of Gon and Killua, garnered praise from the audience.


While the conclusion of “Ousama Ranking” may have left many viewers conflicted, it’s important to remember the series for its exceptional qualities rather than solely focusing on its shortcomings. The debate surrounding the ending should not overshadow the brilliance exhibited throughout the show. With stunning visuals, captivating storytelling, and memorable characters, “Ousama Ranking” has made a significant impact. As time goes on, let us appreciate the strengths it possessed and cherish the positive aspects that touched the hearts of many viewers.