I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24 falls into the trap of having to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. When you add that to this anime’s penchant for plot holes, then you’ve got a mess of a finale. At least there’s one thing that this episode did very well, it ended the series. Is it all bad though? Let’s take a look.
Where can I watch I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24?
Crunchyroll is the place to go if you want to watch this anime. They’ve been airing new episodes every Friday, but since the series is complete that won’t be happening anymore. Crunchyroll does have the entire series available, and in multiple different languages. If you’re wanting to try out this anime, then this is the place to go.
If you don’t want to go over to Crunchyroll, then your only other option is VRV. The two sites have a business arraignment where VRV can stream content from Crunchyroll’s library if a user is a subscriber to either site. They have instructions on how to link accounts on their site. If going directly to Crunchyroll doesn’t work for you, check out VRV.
How was the story in I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24?
As you could probably tell from my opening paragraph, I was less than impressed. It’s not that everything was bad, it’s just that there’s too much here that’s a mess. You mean to tell me that the meteor that’s causing the monsters to become stronger is the crystalized remains of a dragon that was flung into space by another, larger meteor strike? The Dragon Bishops are trying to use these crystalized remains to resurrect the few remaining dragons? It wasn’t obvious that Jezby was the Dragon Bishop?
It’s the first one that really got me. Million Lives episode 24 opens up with Fatina giving us the explanation about how the dragons were almost made extinct. The ones that survived are now dormant and their resurrection could mean the world’s doom. It’s why Fatina is out to stop the Dragon Bishops and it also is why the heroes are being summoned. The problem is that it feels like a sudden, cheap way to create a larger narrative.
Like much of this anime, I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24’s revelation that the larger narrative is one big quest to stop the resurrection of the dragons feels thrown together. It feels like this part of the story is introduced because it’s supposed to be introduced here, not because it really fits in. It’s like someone is following an instruction guidebook on how to write an anime story. We’re at the step where you add in the main quest, don’t worry that nothing really fits together.
Is it really that bad?
Perhaps I’m being too harsh. The story isn’t completely without its redeeming qualities. For instance, Glen’s confrontation with Jezby was done pretty well. Glen has been suspicious of Jezby from the start. Episode 24 is where she finally confronts Jezby and everything comes out in the open. It’s not a shocking twist, but at least it makes sense.
I think the rest of the story suffers from how little time there was left to wrap everything up. Episode 24 had to get us from the revelation that Jezby was a Dragon Bishop to the heroes successfully completing their mission. That means there wasn’t a lot of time to dwell on any one thing. We had to have a hurried fight, rushed dialogue and final closure. That was a lot to cram in.
What did I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24 get right?
It ended the season. I won’t have to spend time on Friday’s watching this anime anymore. It’s been a rough go since picking it up. I know that I’m going to have to write reviews on anime that just aren’t up to par, but I didn’t expect I’m Standing on a Million Lives to be one of those.
On a more serious note, episode 24 did give us more action than normal. That was a positive, at least in the context of this anime. Compared to action scenes from other anime, the fighting we’re given here is not the greatest. It at least broke up the inconsistent story and allowed the heroes to look semi-competent. Kusue even managed to kill a monster for once!
What did I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24 get wrong?
Unfortunately, there was a lot more that was wrong than there was right. Let’s start with Jezby. With the revelation that she’s the Dragon Bishop, we get an explanation of what really happened between Jezby and the people of Zagroth. Apparently she had the power to cast a spell over the entire town instantly. For everyone except Lanan, she altered their memories to include her in them. She did the same thing for the townspeople that we came across on the outside as well. When she did this is a mystery. You’d think something like that would’ve been spotted by one of the heroes.
The biggest problem that I have with Jezby’s revelation is that she appears to be far too powerful for the heroes to handle. I know that Yotsuya struggled in his fight against her and that he barely won, but wouldn’t someone who could brainwash an entire town be out of the league of the heroes? They can barely beat the monsters that are thrown up against them.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of what happened with Cantil. When he figured out where the marks for the resurrection ceremony were placed, Cantil was blasted with magic from Jezby. He then refused to be healed by Yotsuya while he told the heroe what he figured out. We’re led to believe that he was doing this as one last hurrah before he died. Come to find out, Cantil just needed a moment to rest.
That doesn’t even take into consideration how cheap the blast from Jezby appeared. I don’t mean “cheap” as in Jezby’s attack was a low blow. What I mean is that the entire scene made me groan by how blatantly phony it was. It reminded me that I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24 fit in well with the poor story that I’ve come to expect from this anime.
At least there weren’t any big problems with the action, right?
Did you know Yotsuya could teleport? Wait, he can’t? Someone tell that to the animators because they had him do that to get to Jezby. We’ve seen people and objects conveniently show up in places where they really shouldn’t be in I’m Standing on a Million Lives before. Remember the ballista that Yotsuya made for the Jiffon Island fight? Episode 24 couldn’t help doing the same thing with Yotsuya here at the end.
After Cantil passes his message along, Yotsuya runs off to take down Jezby. He judges her to be the key to stopping the monsters. There’s just one problem. Jezby is standing on the meteorite high above the battlefield. She’s not inaccessible, but it would take some time to climb up the giant plant to get to her. That’s not a problem for Yotsuya though! He goes from running on the ground to leaping from the beanstalk in one frame. That’s speed even Sonic would be envious of.
I point out this moment because I believe it’s just another example of how I’m Standing on a Million Lives cuts corners and suffers because of it. By having those scenes back to back, it gives the impression that it took Yotsuya no time at all to get to Jezby. Had we gone to images of the other heroes fighting it would’ve at least felt like Yotsuya had some time to climb up. It would’ve also have allowed us to see Jezby’s attention directed elsewhere. That didn’t happen and we’re left with a completely unrealistic moment.
Is I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24 worth watching?
I don’t think so. I’m glad everything was wrapped up with I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 24. Hopefully this anime won’t be renewed for another season. I can’t see how a story about dragons potentially coming to our world is going to capture a large audience that will demand more. Who knows though. Sometimes things get pushed despite their obvious shortcomings. Personally, I’d stay away from this anime episode and the series as a whole. It’s not the worst anime out there, but it’s far from the best.
Now go watch some anime!