It’s like a scene from the Little Mermaid…except the savior gets strangled afterwards
|For the past 3 weeks, The Unlimited has been consistently exciting. It’s like a never-ending climax. There are no lags in drama, action or tension as the show barrels forward with the tenacity of what you’d expect in the finale. Well, every week has felt like a finale. It’s only now that we’re officially entering that territory as the series closes in on that last episode, and Hyoubu gets one step closer to exacting his revenge.|
I’m always tricked by previews. I had assumed episode 10 would focus a lot more on BABEL, but they were mostly accessory items to Hyoubu and Andy. Since I’ve spent more time getting to know Hyoubu and Andy, I care about them a lot more than a trio of (extremely powerful) kiddy espers. I’d probably feel differently if I had watched the original series, but since I haven’t, the girls really don’t matter to me. Thankfully, they act more as plot devices than people they want you to care about. I’m grateful for this because there’s nothing that annoys me more than a director trying to make me sympathize with characters I couldn’t care less about. For a while, things could have focused on Kaoru trying to change Hyoubu, but that hit a dead end really quickly.
Kaoru would be the only person (aside from maybe Yugiri) who could ever convince Hyoubu to give up his grudge. The fact that she failed to make him see the good in normals is a good sign that Hyoubu will never sway from this path until he dies. The only reason he sticks with Andy is because Andy is also trying to get revenge. He’d love for Hyoubu to just chill out and accept normals, but he’s not going to try and change his mind. He has no right anymore after flip-flopping so much with USEI, PANDRA, and even a bit with BABEL. Who is he to decide what’s right when he’s so unsure himself? All he knows is that what USEI did wasn’t right, and he needs to rescue Yugiri with Hyoubu. The two of them haven’t exactly forgiven each other, but their unified goal has them united enough to at least function properly in each other’s company without going nuts.
Hyoubu is just too focused on killing Saotome Eiji at the moment to deal with Andy, Kaoru, BABEL or…well, anything. I don’t think he even listens to anyone who doesn’t talk about potential revenge plots. Which brings me to my next point: Saotome Eiji. Somehow, this guy survived being turned into a puree of blood and mangled flesh, and is still alive. I had enough issues believing Hyoubu’s revival after taking 3 bullets, and now I’m expected to believe this guy was mopped off the floor and somehow put back together? I really hope they explain how the hell this guy is still alive.
It’s a bit of a dumb twist to bring him back, but maybe once I see Hyoubu actually kill him again I’ll feel a bit better about it. Hyoubu’s biggest issue is that his past is constantly hounding him, and now he has to face it again. The only problem with this is that I don’t see how he’ll get any more closure. Killing him again isn’t going to be much help to get him over his traumatic past. The finale may very well end in tragedy for Hyoubu. At this point, he shows no signs of changing from his normal-hating self into a more accepting person. Andy has changed a lot more than he has, and I expect him to make a lot more important decisions in the finale.
Although this series is about Hyoubu, it really needs Andy there to tell it properly. I like that he mediates between all the groups, but what I like the most about him is that he changes a lot. He’s thrown into so many new situations that his reaction to each one subtly changes who he is. PANDRA and BABEL are so used to this that they are pretty much stable characters throughout the show – albeit with emotional ups and downs. Since BABEL and PANDRA and pre-established characters, there’s also not too much room for branching out, because there’s the risk of turning them into something unrecognizable. I think this is largely why Hyoubu remains as he is, while Andy is the one who goes through all of these life-changing events.
All in all, another great episode, even without mind-blowing fight sequences. Everything is a little chaotic right now, and I like it. Everyone’s depressed or angry or both! It’s the perfect situation to have right before a series ends, because then things will either get all better…or worse. I can see a mix of both happening, although I don’t have very high hopes for Hyoubu. We shall see!
Preview: Everyone hates Andy.
Next time, remember to at least bring him some nuts