Daaaayum son. Just incase everyone was wondering, I don’t live in Christchurch. If you heard about the earthquake and were a little worried, fear not. I’m still here, but everyone send your thoughts to the unfortunate people who lost friends a family. It’s all quite horrible. In any case, let’s dive into the latest IS episode, shall we?
If you can remember to yester-week (that better be a word) the episode ended on the first match of the Inter-Class Tournament. The match up was Houki and Laura vs. Charles and Ichika, and as soon as episode eight begins, coincidently, so does the battle. Ichika charges straight into Laura who stops him with her AIC shield. Charles pretty much saves his life then disappears to deal with Houki quickly. Because both Ichika and Charles see her as the weakest, she’s the first to fall in battle. Once Houki had gone down, the two focus their power of defeating Laura.
As their fight continues Ichika notices a weakness in Laura’s IS. She can only use her AIC shield if she’s concentrating on the thing or person she wants to stop. Using this to their advantage, Charles and Ichika eventually beat Laura down, causing her to have some sort of flashback. Turns out she was created to be the ultimate warrior, shooting targets in the head and beating up black people. Then when the IS came along, she couldn’t understand how to use it and fell behind in ranks. When Chifuyu came to teach her, she admired her strength and became powerful once again. Then Chifuyu left because of Ichika and Laura went pretty crazy. Then out of nowhere a voice asks her if she wants power, which she gladly accepts. Then she and her IS turns into poop or something.
Somehow, Laura’s IS turns into some massive ominous IS that looks like some random woman. It beats down Ichika in a few blows and goes off looking for more prey. Houki stops him running to punch it, but eventually lets him go when he says he has to defeat it. Charles transfers her IS’s power into Ichika’s band and he partially deploys Yukihira and strikes down the giant black IS and frees Laura. She comes to in the infirmary where Chifuyu tells her an illegal IS program called ‘Valkyrie Trace’ was implanted in her IS. It was activated and it transformed her and her IS. She leaves Laura, telling her she should stop trying to be her, and start being herself. How touching.
When everything is back to normal, Ichika pissed off Houki, gets beaten up then Charles and him are told that the newly opened male public bath is available for them. So Ichika and Charles seem to do the nasty in the baths, and Charles says that she’ll continue to attend the Academy as Charlotte. When the class learns that Charles is actually Charlotte (and that Ichika and Charlotte were in the baths together) , Rin rages and busts through a wall in her IS and tries to kill Ichika. Laura pops out of nowhere are saves him, only to turn around, grab him and kiss him in front of everyone, telling him that he’s going to become her ‘wife’. Yeah. Laura is the best character ever.
GOOD GOD THE EXPRESSIONS
This is some Evangelion shit right here.
Holy shit, she’s actually smiling. Is the world about to end?
Endless Photoshop opportunities.
I’ll admit, Hourou is a hard show to write about. Because a lot of it is fragmented into tiny, tiny pieces that you have to piece together. You have to make calls what to drop and what to, well, what not to drop. That’s why I love IS so much. The scenes are so simple to recall and condense into something readable and writable. And the characters are just so much easier to write about. So predictable! Or so I thought, at least.
That last scene was brilliant and reinforces the fact that Laura is actually the best character in IS. Have you ever seen anyone be so forward? Her and Charles don’t really beat around the bush (thanks Junko for pointing out they were super forward), so they deserve to have more screen-time over Houki, Alcott and Rin. They are all boring. Though, why is it that the female he’ll end up with, is the weakest out of the lot? I mean, Charles and Ichika took Houki out almost immediately in the tournament, she must be feeling pretty bad about herself right about now…
BUT EVEN AFTER ALL THIS AWESOME STUFF TO DO WITH LAURA, THERE IS STILL ALMOST NO STORY WHATSOEVER. Her IS turned into a big black blargh (technical term), it’s defeated and everyone has a bath together and people have a kiss. I mean. What? How does one even interpret that? Maybe I’m expecting too much for a basic harem. Though the mecha in the show points to a little bit of story at the very least! Maybe it’s like Sora no Woto. No story or immediate danger until the last two episodes. Then why wasn’t I annoyed at Sora no Woto?
I don’t have to write a preview. The picture should speak for itself.