John Woo’s Tina Sprout’s Late Night Office Delivery Service
Welcome back the the Bug Hunt, where it seems that the gastrea aren’t the only worries in town.
The Night Owl
Just because she fails at takoyaki
I hate to flog a horse; alive, dead or Shrödinger, but damn two weeks in a row with some trifling animation and some rather derpy plot construction is a bit thin. But, I’m a patient sort of guy, and I don’t think the entire thing stinks on ice. Even though they fumbled the ball on handling Tina’s and Rentarou’s relationship, making it as obvious as the day is long, it has it’s moments. I mean, for one they don’t pound you over the head with how he remembers Kaya’s passing; the only other Initiator we’ve that has been asked and has taken human life.
Join the new team Rentarou…amazing….perks
I don’t think Rentarou can catch a break, and as one of his biggest troublemakers says, “he’s too much the gentleman to step in when a woman hesitates”. So, he needs to make opportunities. I mean, Kisara wants to kill him for “flirting” with Miori, who flirts with him to agitate Kisari, and Sumire just generally likes to keep tinkering with her creation in any way she can. This was actually pretty well woven into the story, and it took me a third watching to get it. Rentarou himself treats his victory over Kagatane as more to do with luck than with skill. He isn’t wrong. If he is going to push ahead of the rest of the Promoters, he has to learn to make opportunities happen, and not just get stuck in the middle.
Just a lucky guy?
…and he has quite the climb to make, as many of his competing Promoters, are products of the New Humanity Creation Project. Now, even though mechanized soldiers are far from deprecated, the nations of the world realized it was easier to use the Cursed Children as weapons, so it provided a unique opportunity for them to team up. Sumire is part of the international group responsible for the mechanized soldiers, a group I should lay down here, but won’t as I felt it was more than enough foreshadowing, and not important to the episode itself. Other than reminding us of Kagetane again.
KILl la LOLi
Why didn’t she bring a back up? Assault Shotgun would have been a better choice.
So for having two lackluster episodes back to back, at least we get some background on Tina Sprout. Like many Cursed Children she is an orphan, and one can take her at her word that life has been incredibly painful. She is also an Initiator, and has the high capactiy to be seen as a tool, and not much else. Her distant master surely only cares about the missions, as only her most basic of needs has been addressed while staying in Tokyo. In other words, she has no one, and that can leave one alone with memories. They can be close to the surface when agitated. I mention this because they directly address what it means for her to take a human life. She knows she is no tool, and cannot suppress the fear and dread she has for such a task. Kisara is quick to see this, and is quickly addressed in perhaps the one of the most brutal images the show has offered. Guns are guns, swords are swords, and they can be cool and all. But seeing Tina attempting to choke the life from Kisara left me a bit disturbed. As it should.
She still blames him for taking the last pudding
Yeah, they pretty much telegraphed a fight between these two from the scene she appeared in. I was left wishing it was: longer, better animated, and better choreographed. We don’t really learn anything new from the fight, and it seemed to be stuck here as something that needed to be check of a list. The confrontation and Tina’s confusion just fell flat.
Foreshadowing? It can be done better
Scenes from an OP
As you can tell, I’m not a fan of this outing. I did try my best not to let it color too many viewpoints. The show has a great deal of potential, and at this point I think it might be suffering from being in the “budget saving” phase. We are familiar with how that works visually, but man, don’t hire cheap writer’s either. You start with cut-rate flour, and margarine, you are going to make an awful roux, rest of the dish is going to suffer for it. I am sanguine for a better affair next week. What did you folks think?