In 2444, Konoka Kokonoha’s advanced Exoframe Aeon engages in combat over the Moon with Mikoto Mitsurugi’s Exoframe Archon. Mikoto tells Konoka that she’ll die if she doesn’t fight back, so Konoka fires her rear cannons and then the two switch to swords. Mikoto pushes Konoka away, and Konoka pleads that she thought they could finally be friends. Mikoto calls her naïve and states that it’s the destiny of Exoframe Knights to kill each other. Konoka counters that Exoframes aren’t tools for hurting others, and Mikoto retorts that an ideal without power is pointless. Mikoto opens fire on Konoka and gives chase when Konoka dodges the attacks. Mikoto vows that she will defeat Konoka and fulfill her dream. Each generates wings of lights from their Exoframes, and Mikoto says they should fight to the death. The two charge special attacks that hit each other, and Mikoto tells Konoka she can’t protect anything if this is all she’s got. Sigils emerge from Konoka’s wings of light and increase the intensity of her beam attack. Mikoto lets out a sigh of relief that it can end now. She thinks back to when she was in school and Konoka approached her and said they should be friends. Mikoto responds that she doesn’t want to be Konoka’s friend and warns her to stay away. After becoming an Exoframe Knight, Konoka is shocked to learn that Mikoto is also one and now her enemy. As the Archon begins atmospheric reentry, Mikoto thinks about how she was saved by meeting Konoka. Mikoto is sorry about everything and doesn’t want Konoka to lose to her fate. Konoka swoops in and vows that she’ll never abandon anyone. Konoka reaches out but is unable to catch up before the Archon falls into the atmosphere. The Exoframe Aidron piloted by Nanami Nanahoshi appears and challenges Konoka. Nanami shares her despair at realizing that Konoka meant everything to her, but that the reverse wasn’t true. Nanami powers up her lance and says she can have what she wants with the Aidron. She also declares that the battle between their remaining Exoframes will determine everything. The anime then ends on the laptop that Bowman, Loewner, Rei and Fernando were watching it on.


OBSOLETE ends on an unexpected note by featuring a meta anime parody about Exoframes. It’s no surprise in this world that someone would make an anime series about Exoframes, but it’s a rather odd choice for a series finale. I would’ve much preferred something that ties together all the storylines seen throughout the series than this magical girl/mecha/school parody. What happened to Bowman’s team, or characters like Reshep, Zahir and Jamal? Did Reshep’s plan succeed at upending the world order and bring down nations like America? It seemed that way from episode 10, but it would’ve been good to get a more concrete explanation about everything. If the series were longer, having this as a random episode wouldn’t hurt, but it’s totally the wrong choice for a series finale.

Overall Rating


Hiroki Yamada
Seiichi Shirato

Gen Urobuchi

Mechanical Designer:
Makoto Ishiwata

Character Designer(s):
Akihiko Yoshida
Yuya Nagai

Musical Composer:
Tomohisa Ishikawa

12 episodes

Internet Release:
Streaming 12.03.2019 (S1); 12.01.2020 (S2)


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