Unbreakable Machine-Doll – 09-10

Don’t cheat on Yaya.

I wasn’t able to cover Machine-Doll last week, but fortunately not much has really happened.

 

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Why the disguise?

Basically last time we are formally introduced to Henriette, Charlotte’s little sister. And then we also learn that some stereotypically evil kid is using Henriette to blackmail Charlotte into killing the Headmaster of the academy. Supposedly this mastermind is related to good ‘ol Felix, but this episode we learn that even this is bull as the guy’s appearance is only a disguise. But honestly I couldn’t care less about any of this. To me, this arc kind of happens so quickly and abruptly that I don’t care too much for it. For instance, there are many questions I could ponder such as why Charlotte has to disguise herself when speaking with evil kiddo. One possible answer to this is the guy suspects someone might be watching their meetings, but that’s nothing moving the meeting to a more secretive and secure location can’t fix. But anyway the point is I just don’t feel enough investment to contemplate the matter beyond this.

Undead fire-girl imouto to the rescue!

Instead, I find comfort in the reappearance of Raishin’s back story. I’ve said this time and time again, but it’s especially true now since that subplot has been missing altogether for several episodes now. Essentially a few things we might have suspected are confirmed. We now know for sure that Magnus is indeed Raishin’s talented older brother. We also know that he did kill their entire family, including their poor little sister. The reason for this? Still unknown. And with only two more episodes with the mess with Charlotte to wrap up, I don’t see any concrete answers being provided before the end. But we do get a hint (or not really) in Magnus’s mysterious claim that he “took apart” their sister “to create God”. Probably that translates to a load of anti-heroic self-justified bull, as tends to be the case. My personal pet theory, though, is that he needs to collect ban-dolls made from dead girls, like some Pokémon trainer who’s gotta catch ’em all. And when he gets enough, they will docking into some loli-tastic God-like machine-doll. Or maybe I’m also spouting a load of bull. I’ll let you be the judge on the soundness of this joke of a theory.

A bunch of other stuff happens in the periphery like Kimberly consulting her mysterious organization of fellow bird-themed code-named cohorts and her bribing Loki with some super special book with some fancy-sounding name. But as with the rest of this arc (and most other arcs in this show as of late), who cares? It’s all just blowing by so quickly that sometimes I feel like the show is in on something that we the audience aren’t aware of. Which it probably is. Seriously, what are evil shouta-kun’s motives and identity? What’s going on with the Evening Party? Who is Raishin’s sudden fiancée? Will Yaya ever have sexy-sexy-fun-time with Raishin? And can Frey store weapons in her cleavage? These are questions that may never be answered. But at least next week we get yet another battle, so all will be forgiven thanks to the enthralling action, I’m sure.

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4 Responses to “Unbreakable Machine-Doll – 09-10”

  1. skylion says:

    And when he gets enough, they will docking into some loli-tastic God-like machine-doll

    Wow. I don’t think even I would want something like that.

    I agree Raishin’s backstory is the best thing for them to follow up on, as the Henri/Char story has turned cold porridge.

  2. belatkuro says:

    I’ll answer those questions that was mentioned already in these parts in the LN but were pretty much left out in the adaptation.

    First, out brat Cedric’s identity is actually the head of the committee for the Night Party. The committee consists of a representative of the students, a representative of the professors and the director of the academy. In order for adults to not abuse the decision making, the student is appointed as the president, which is this guy.

    Second, the disguise Charl is transforming to is actually her former (dead) roommate named Ravena. Cedric is pretty much doing this to further humiliate Charl as she apparently did something to Ravena to make her leave the dorm(and probably led to her death). Charl actually felt a bit nauseous when she transformed again and Cedric asked whether Charl is not feeling well in taking the disguise of a dead person. She doesn’t have a choice though as she needs to hide from the authorities and Cedric is providing her a disguise. With that she could walk around freely, as seen in episode 9 when she was outside the infirmary looking at Raishin.

  3. Highway says:

    The biggest problem with this show is that it spends far too much time trying to be “Crappy Amateur Detective Raishin” and nowhere near enough being “Unbreakable Machine-Doll”. It’s also far too much time as low rent political drama in a world with no exposition, so we don’t really care at all about who the king is or whether someone crossed powerful family X.

    I think it would have been much better with a simpler story arc: Raishin fights through some or all of the Evening Party. One goal, one main antagonist, some investigation into other participants abilities and backstories, but not all this “intrigue”.

  4. BlackBriar says:

    I’ll admit some parts are interesting but things are going so fast there’s hardly any substance to it. Not to mention Raishin suddenly saying he has a fiancée felt forced and made little relevance since we’ve never seen her and we’re so close to the end of the series.

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