Good things always come in threes
Welcome back to the bug hunt! Well, this could have been a better episode, but it didn’t fail completely.
Bugs and LOLis
Just a bit off the back and sides, please
In drama it’s not enough to have two opposing sides. The theory is that something is stable on two legs, much more stable on three. So the will they won’t they of romance, is made more complex with another potential love interest. Combat is made more complex by adding a third detail, a mole in the ranks, a platoon turning traitor…The idea is that the complexity, if payed off well, will make for a more satisfying, more fulfilling story. If it payed off well.
Spider LOLi PUNCH!
With that in mind, there was really no reason for things to go down like they did in the first act. What was stopping Rentarou reporting the flanking detachment? Even if they were reminded of orders to stay in camp (stupid orders anyway), the writers had determined that the adjuvant would make near easy work of it anyway. It would have caused a few more deaths perhaps, but hey, that’s scenery gorn for a show like this. So why? Well, to have an execution order handed down to Rentarou for leading his group away in violation of orders. DORAMA! Sigh. As a third leg, it makes more shakes than it stabilizes.
…despite this, no one here is revved up like a deuce…
But onto the fighting, the best part of the episode. As I stated above and as he stated as well, Ren’s adjuvant is one heck of a fighting force. They just naturally know how to watch each other’s back and play to their strengths. Plus you’ve got to love all the CQC bug squashing. I especially love how Kisara’s swordplay is close quarter, ranged, and burst, depending on the situation. And both Shouma’s and Tamaki’s style. Just keep punching, the LOLi’s got our backs. Humans draw the mobs, LOLi’s pepper them down from range.
But all is not cool in the battle. First the JASDF did well the first round, but suffered insane losses the second time. This unleashed a horde of bugs to the camp, leading to the above shaky leg situation. As if that wasn’t enough we have a new Big Bug in the form of Pleiades. Yet another definition defying Level Four that uses some kinda game ending weapon they are calling the Spear of Light. Later on, it is expressed that it is using mercury as a weapon, and was “throwing mercury around”. I know you can use that substance with a laser, but that seems far fetched here. But as I’ve stated before about this show, if they don’t bother to explain this stuff, I’m not gonna. It kills things dead either way, right?
A cup of water in the desert
Ren must love Cougar Town
In the aftermath of the fighting we get to perhaps one of the best parts of the show. Sumire-sensei always delivers great exposition, but during this episode she topped it. I love hearing her say she wanted to “cheer on the idiots who are trying to get out of the desert” I’ve always complained that this show has very little in the way of showing the effects of a post-apocalyptic world, but she talks a good talk about it. It speaks volumes of having hope, and about how much hope really needs help to make it come to light. “Take action Rentarou-kun, if you stop death will find you.” Oh, that feels like such delicious foreshadowing.
Report to General Jerkwad
…well, at least his Initiator is pretty awesome…
But we can’t escape this episode without talking about Gadou. What a tool! I swear, characters having samurai warlord pretenses bug the heck out of me. And that line about letting Aldebaran taking his leg, “I let ‘im have it”; what a joke. Dude, you fought hard, nothing wrong in admitting you got away with less than you would have liked. “Yeah, my left leg isn’t the dominant one anyway, you want it that baaaaaaad, I can gift wrap it for ya!” So it’s hardly surprising that he handed down some third rate BS decree. “You’re actions were equal to fleeing in the presence of an enemy”. Wait, what?! I would get that if they just booked it back home. But running into the jaws of another set of enemies is hardly desertion. But give the supporting character his due. He has to be the bearer of this nuttery in as much as he has to be the guy to say it’s impossible to kill Aldebaran; cause it regenerates. Way to bring down the party dude, do you even watch anime? MC finds a way.
It’s delicious to be bad
Admit it…you missed them
And yes, the return of Kagetane. As an aside how many of you are fired up for the return of Kiritsugu in both Fate/stay night and Ilya 2wei. I sure am. I don’t know if Kagetane watches anime, but I know he’s seen the original Star Wars prequel, cause he just uses the Dark Side playbook without missing a beat. He is unrelenting on getting Rentarou to the other side of his coin; because all it would take to make them a whole unit is the right flip. And he’s very giving. Yes, that way is the way to your goal, that BS taking down an unstoppable monster by yourself. Oh, we’re just going the same way as you….by coincidence. Oh, he’s a charmer!
Well, when all is said and done, I really felt the episode was rushed. We could have had a lot more battle in this thing. Face it, cute girls doing cute things fighting bugs is what makes the show worth watching, and they’ve been doing that, more or less, right. I have read most of the available manga, and bits and pieces of the LN. The sources have tons more social interaction and construction and do it well, the adaptation hasn’t been. With two more episodes, I hope they focus on Bugs and LOLis, and the issues between Kagetane and Rentarou cause that is what keeps me interested.
Looking a the same goal, guys?