“You know you liked it”
Well, at last I come to my “I am disappoint” episode. But I will cover some potential good along with the outright bad.
Politics is about Power
Finding his way in the political landscape
Well, like so many stories, it begins with the need for a bodyguard, when you already have a half dozen. This speaks enough to know that something is up. The people that Seitenshi is supposed to trust just aren’t enough, she needs to farm more labour from outside. But is it more than just that?
The political mixture in this one is quite heavy; not to mention incredibly direct, to the point, and not at all mixed. First we have a potential bad egg on the scene. Say what you will about Yusuwaki Takuto, but I think that jealousy of having his position usurped by Rentarou is just a cover. It is fairly clear that Lord Tendo and Seitenshi don’t see eye to eye on home affairs, and having this guy being hand picked by Tendo to be by the Lady’s side is just fishy as all get out. That would be enough, but this guy has to take it a step further ( I swear, do these guys ever watch television or film?). You don’t threaten the guy that’s neutral, that just pushes him the direction you didn’t want him to go in! Rentarou is able to make very quick work of them; quick to establish his power, quick to make an enemy.
The Sleepiest LOLi
Caffeine pills….part of every child’s well balanced breakfast
I’ve always said, a LOLi is never late, nor early, a LOLi arrives exactly when she means to. I don’t know why they choose to have Tina Sprout arrive on the scene the way she did. From those too big pajamas and her night-owl slippers to her sleepy-headedness to adorable name, she just squeals kawaii! Well, not literally, we squeal. Well, I do. As introductions go this was random as all get out, at least at the outset. What passes by Rentarou as an odd event, looks like it was a set up from the start. See Motherfoshing Gandalf/The LOLi-Defender’s Rule No.1 of LOLis above. She got your digits, son. And she has a mission. Hmm, Tendo goes out of town, new LOLi arrives.
The new character is on the bottom, I promise
This episode is not light on new character introductions. At first blush, some of it felt pointless, like the sudden entrance of Shiba Miori. But when it’s dropped that she is the provider, gratis, of both Enju’s fighting shoes (she has fighting shoes!), and the varanium black bullets that Rentarou pretty much has to use for bug hunts, we not only get a Chekov’s Gun scene, we get a potential Chekov’s Armory to boot. To add fuel to the fire, neither Miori nor Kisara are on the friendliest of terms. Competing martial art styles? Harem jealousy? The old who has the biggest boobs chestnut?
Dr. No? Blofeld? Kamal Khan? Scarmanga? Drax? Le Chiffre?
Holy Crap! Our next new character is President Saitake, the guy that saw the sign for the All You Can Eat Villain Ball Buffet and proceeded to Eat All He Could. I have to admit, having a bad guy presented as so obviously a bad guy is somewhat refreshing, but it kinda kills the narrative a bit. I mean, the guy is basically a thug warlord in an era that has brought back something like the Warring States period. His one exchange with Sentarou is to bitch about him destroying Heaven’s Ladder (did it get destroyed? I didn’t see that. Well, it wasn’t really loaded to specifiction…), and the rest is warmed over Sun-tsu’s Art of Speak Loudly and Carry the Biggest Stick.
Oh, and Saitake wanted to transfer the railgun To The Moon. Really? Who the heck wrote this thing? The cheesy is getting thick! But then we get to learn that Japan, being a volcanic archepelago, is the richest country is terms of varanium deposits. Maybe controlling a railgun on the moon is not such a bad idea. Nice to know it got totaled. Chekov’s Broken Gun? But with all that in mind, we find a pressing need for Seitenshi needing someone she can trust. Every other Protected Area is gearing up for action, and Rentarou cannot stand by and nurse feelings of inadequacy, and his very personal need to see Enju comfortable and safe.
Enju..<insert association football joke here>
I hate to say it, but this episode could have been a lot better. There are many ways to peel a grape, and when you got people watching, do it with some style. The animation looked second tier and all the developement “just happened”. It’s one thing to set up a new arc, another to do it in such a lackluster fashion. I mean the only thing they did really good on was the LOLi introduction. And that only gets so many points. Unforgivable! But with this much foreshadowing, I hope the staff can kick the proper style of ass soon. What did you folks think?