Speaking of the ending, do we have any clue as to how old Eri is? I get she's an idol but with a those slightly suggestive shots that were shown in the ending, it was rather odd and made me wonder. Like, imagine Haru, our protagonist in those positions. Lying in bed with transparent revealing clothing and a flustered look on his face, or one with him in short shorts and his shirt flying up solely to reveal his stomach lol
As I said, I like the ending, and I get the reason they did it.*cough*anime fanservice*cough*, but I legitimately want to know what her age is now
But that stuff is actually quite realistic. There is suggestive photo calenders of real life idols much, much younger then Eri. I've once seen a calender with pictures even more suggestive of a freaking 7yo girl. Just look at the entire chidol business... It is really... Well... Let's just say it leaves a really, really bad taste in your mouth.
But... You know... That's the japanese Idol business for you.
Source is the 1080p youtube raw, so the full images are always 1920 across. Not embedding all of them because they are quite big:
(maybe I'll do some uncompressed png versions if there are Appmon BDs at some point.)
Unfortunately the third, fifth and seventh shot of the ED also involved some diagonal panning and slight rotation. This isn't really that noticeable when watching it but it's really damn annoying to combine screencaps while having to adjust the rotation down a tenth of degrees every time and the end shape ends up looking like this:
...which is very awkward to crop since I'd have to either cut off most of the bottom and side parts or end up with with empty squares/triangles around the borders, so I'm not sure if I should bother working on these...
...also, don't call me Igno.
I've certainly seen more gratuitous fanservice than that, even on kids' shows. What they did was rather tame to be honest.
The bigger issue is that Haru and Gatchmon's focus ending is them exploring and having adventures and her's is "look at the cute girl".
well, I'm not saying it isn't, but that's still a symptom of a larger perception of gender roles.
My issue with the whole episode is that it's endemically lazy. There's nothing overly wrong with it apart from being a complete waste of time on all levels - character development, interesting action sequences, furthering the plot, hell it doesn't even do a good job selling me toys.
The ending is awful because it reduces Eri to 'look at the pretty girl' AND because it's lazy animation AND because it's a terrible edit of an otherwise competent song.
I like Appmon a lot and I was willing to forgive some of the crappier stuff earlier because there was at least a little redeeming value in terms of some good action sequences or setting up character moments. Then episodes 11 and 12 gave us a glimpse of what Appmon -could- be in terms of competent storytelling. Then they threw a lazy Christmas episode at us but at least the value there was to give us a breather from the heavy action. Having ANOTHER useless episode right after it with even LESS value is just painfully disappointing.