“…and if we die, we fall into a coma!”
|A few weeks into school and things are already crazy. I’ve poked and prodded at human brains in my neuroanatomy lab and I’ve sifted through enough scientific articles to go cross-eyed. Staying on top of everything is tough! Oh, so tough! I’m sure you all know how it feels to be bombarded with work. I’ll bet you’re up to neck in some project or other too, dear reader. Be it homework, or kidnapping princesses, this post is full of busy people getting down to business. To be clear, I’m not the one who advocates whisking princesses away to tiny hotel rooms. I’ll forever leave that job to our white-haired protagonist.|
The one-shots continue! Hyoubu spends this week capturing a princess. That’s right, PANDRA’s not just about offing mafia bosses using the full extent of their powers. Sometimes a criminal organization has to do a couple of good deeds and save pretty ladies from getting their guts splattered all over the nice drapery. Saving Princess Sophie from being assassinated is actually Yugiri’s idea. She knew princess Sophie from her time at an orphanage, and feels like helping her out since she was nice back then. In fact, she’s still unbelievably saintly, and even offers to support her kidnappers in their endeavors. She’s either really stupid, or trusting and kind to a mystifying extent. Being nice to espers is one thing…being nice to espers who forcefully kidnap you is another kettle of fish. Still, I have to hand it to her for saving the audience time that could have been spent seeing her panic and thrash around helplessly. A damsel in distress, she ain’t.
“Where’s my complimentary room service?”
It’s kind of funny that she actually turns the tables around and asks her kidnappers to let her go out to eat ice cream, go shopping and generally just dick around. The entire episode is a lot more light-hearted and silly than the previous one, and just seems like a big excuse to get us to know Minamoto and Sakaki. PANDRA reuse a lot of tricks here such as hypnosis to create doubles and Fujiura’s handy eavesdropping skills. It’s almost like a repeat. To be fair, Hyoubu does seem to do a mind-reading trick by touching a soldier’s head and Yugiri unleashes her powers – but both of these are short-lived. Yugiri is telepathic and that’s all we know so far. Her super saiyan outburst just tells us she has stronger abilities hiding somewhere, but that’s still nothing any of us couldn’t have already assumed off the bat. Why else would Hyoubu keep her around if she wasn’t a dime-a-dozen telepath, right? Other than being a lolicon, that is. Just as it was explained to me last week in the comments section, Hyoubu is called a lolicon a lot more times than he defends it.
The more silly nature of the episode made me enjoy the ride a little less. Everything was resolved so quickly and simply. Minamoto’s role seemed like a second thought or a last minute addition. Was he really needed? Couldn’t that last scene have ended with Hyoubu breaking the guy’s gun and revealing him as the killer? I still enjoyed seeing the little bits and pieces of Yugiri’s adorable personality as well as Hyoubu taunting his enemies at BABEL, but I prefer when this show goes the more serious route. The humour just isn’t all that funny. If Sakaki hits on another woman, I think I’m going to rip my hair out.
I will admit that Sakaki playing the video game to try and unlock the data won a few smirks from me. It reminds me of playing games with my friends whenever someone uses a character that’s not normally theirs. For example, sometimes in Smash Bros. when I use my friend’s favourite character (Falco) instead of mine (Pikachu) and die, I will yell at my friend for causing me to die because of his stupid character. It was such a pointless scene aside from showing us that Hyoubu wanted to delay their retrieval of the info, but it was pretty cute. When he’s not feeling up women, Sakaki can be pretty funny.
All in all, this was a big one-shot episode to just familiarize us with BABEL, the state of affairs in the world with esper rights, and show us a liiiiittle more about PANDRA. It may be a criminal group hated by others such as BABEL, but they are willing to extend a helping hand sometimes. Sometimes. They’re all a lot nicer than they let on, and I think this all has a positive effect on Andy. He spends most of the episode complaining about Yugiri saving the princess on a whim, but I think he’s actually impressed at them for doing such an incredibly good deed. A dead princess would cause a giant uproar, after all. Plus, it wasn’t done for selfish reasons such as getting more esper rights, but just because a young girl wanted to help out an old acquaintance. Awwww.
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Preview: Oh wow, are those the original 3 girls from Zettai Karen Children? It sure looks like it! The cameos continue with these 3 attacking PANDRA on their boat. Is this another one-shot, or will the main plot actually involve all of these old faces from before? I’m itching to learn more about Hyoubu and not some new characters, so let’s hope episode 4 does some scratchin’!