Girls' Last Tour

Alt title: Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

Vol: 6; Ch: 42
2014 - 2018
4.349 out of 5 from 210 votes
Rank #991
Girls' Last Tour

Two young girls travel through a desolate landscape in search of food, water, and fuel for their precious Kettenkrad motorbike. Although the world they wander through is a lonely one, Chito and Yuuri find happiness in the little things they encounter on their journey: a forgotten supply of military rations, a hot bath thanks to a leaky pipe in an abandoned power plant, or the discovery of a lone autonomous robot protectively guarding a solitary fish. Even if human civilization is dead, these two can always find something to live for.

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I won't be able to say that Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is one of the powerful anime at the season. This apocalyptic story turns into a plot without direction that makes many interpretations of a world filled with immortality which it dies inside. Although this isn't the last time some works take place in a post-apocalyptic, there are so many you can't count but most are always created various cliches which we have always seen it, some still can handle it, some combine with any other elements, add a few subplots, but some of them fall in the place. The anime is great, I admit, but the manga carries its readers into the deeper level and one of the depressing and dark endings for manga with cute characters in it. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou takes a lot of philosophy in small pieces and designed without direction, without purpose, but there are so much mysteries about this post-apocalyptic world. As the story reaches the point when Chito and Yuuri meet with a deus ex machina that controls the situation on earth after the apocalypse, the story continues and aims to move to the next level again. This is one of the shows that combines elements of philosophy and survive. While surviving, there is a lot of deep meaning to be explained as the existence of the world, life, death, rain, future, nostalgia, even tobacco. Well, you would never find it except in this manga. There is some reference that connected to the manga such as The World as Will and Idea by Arthur Schopenhauer about the philosophy of the world. Although it's not mentioned, there are some of the small details. Each chapter depends on all situations from the two main characters either while sitting on a campfire, waiting for their clothes to dry, or staring at the sunset. I think, the ending is quite ambiguous but we all know what will happen at the end. For a manga with characters like this, I think it's just a lot of disturbing and depressing even though we don't know what will happen until they have to sacrifice a lot. Well, it's not that dark if you are so curious but maybe you should read it too if you still feel wanting. I really like an absurd art because there is a lot of artistic value and meaning in it. You can interpret whatever you want, connect to other things, and you can see the messages and the themes depending on what are you think. In this manga, the art is great for me, a so absurd sketch but it's like a beautiful way for the author. It has a lot of ambiguity and an integrated mystery in the post-apocalyptic world which only two girls in which they live in. Every location, it quite works for me like the details that show broken buildings, when depicting each character even though it is different in the anime yet the landscape with a middle of nowhere filled with all the destruction but no one living in that world. It's like living in a narrow world infinitely to be explored. There isn't much that can be explained in the characters, as I wrote in the previous review in the anime. The main characters include Chito and Yuuri since along the way they find other characters as well as the androids. Kinda reminds me of The Terminator in a few chapters and episodes about the world which has been given to androids who are tasked with protecting those who still exist with a threat that I also didn't know. The final chapters did have many interpretations in them, besides I say that if one of the quite depressing and dark endings, I bet. Maybe, are they both safe? Did the deus ex machina come to pick them up? Is there someone waiting for them? Or is the world they live in isn't the earth we know? Well, the last question reminds me of the Planet of the Apes. There is so much information and implication about it but there are also some people who relate it to other works. Regardless, it's up to you. Each chapter isn't very complex and doesn't show the small details as shown in the anime. However, the manga isn't too complex but is so easy to understand and not too long. I can read each chapter in just a few minutes, getting it's not too long because each chapter is short but not too short. In this aspect, I prefer the manga itself rather than the anime which has a slow pace and tedious in certain aspects. In a nutshell, the manga is short, solid, and clear when compared to the anime. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is one of the masterfully crafted for a temporary world. The settings which occurred after the war ended in so many souls floating without any results. The war doesn't produce anything but this is caused by humans in this anime, an empty world like no one else lives except the two main characters. The art is great, has a lot of uniqueness in every philosophy explained, the art is sketchy, and the story not too complex. A story without any direction and purpose is difficult to connect but there are also some that make it as a plot hole. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is full of various interpretations in it and too much can be obtained in a world that is so real.

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