Beam-chan of doom
|I was through my lazy phase these days… And still am. I pushed myself so hard just to get this post done. But yay, it’s done! Now let’s see if episode two can cancel out the failure episode one gave.|
It would be silly to have a long post about episode two because this was only about death and gore. From the beginning until the end, the only thing that was shown is the despair each soldier faced as they were in battle with BETA. And what’s surprising, it actually worked. Even though I didn’t have that much sympathy when the girls died, seeing them being eaten by BETA made me feel sad for a while because I had some level of attachment to them, thanks to episode one. This is where having both episodes separated work. If the death scenes were squished into one half-an-hour episode, will they work? No. It will just feel rushed and half-assed. Was it a good idea to separate the Flashback Arc into two parts? Yes. Showing the girls’ daily lives will tug the audience’s hearts, even if it’s just a little bit. The deaths will have more impact that way. But was it right to make both parts air separate weeks? No. Thanks to that weird system, Muv-Luv is already losing some audience, like Jrow (by the way, did you watch the second episode?). Making episode two feels more tragic does not change the fact that episode one was boring as hell. Boringness and horribly-designed mechas/suits are not a good mix. Episode two was great, but some people might not watch it because of the crappy episode one, and it’s understandable.
Seeing the female soldiers fall one by one was a bit saddening, but there was something positive from it. After the audience watched this episode, some will agree that Yui’s survival was excusable because she earned it. Yui was a good soldier who was prepared for war. This fact was not narratively explained but instead indirectly by showing each soldier’s weakness that Yui did not have. Thanks to her dying friends, the audience was able to know her capability on the field. She was not the girl who panicked, not the girl who flew too high, not the girl who was lax, and not the girl who was too emotionally involved with the battlefield. The only time when Yui screwed up was when she wasn’t able to shoot her friend, not giving her friend the chance to die before being eaten alive by BETA. Yui’s dead friends helped the audience to know Yui’s character and personality.
Episode two was as good as I expected it to be. It wasn’t a sob-fest since everybody (except Yui) was expected to die, but it was still sad. The confusion of a soldier was not depicted realistically, but it was close enough to reality. What makes it great is the amount of death and gore though. And I bet that’s what most of the audience loved in this episode. Makes sense, after such a boring first episode. The death and gore saved this and let’s see what they’re going to do for next week. Will it be as boring as episode one? Will it be full of excitement as episode two? We’ll see. Also, can I have a proper OP please?
Preview: Top Gun of America is here. Not Tom Cruise though. IT BETTER BE ONO DAISUKE!