Dammit Dammit Dammit Dammit Dammit Dammit!!!!!!! Welcome back to the penultimate destination of the Loli Bug Hunt. We’ve backtracked and made a stop at Despair Station. Be sure not to leave anything in the carriage. Next Stop! The Flame of Revolution!
This is the world you fought me for…
A Certain Bug-Hunting Enju
If you’re wondering about my string of struckthrough curses, you’ll have to wonder a bit longer. I’ll get to it in short order ::fumes:: Hey did you see that? Rentarou and Kagetane make for a pretty good team, don’t they? They took down that Level 4 or 5 monster in short order. Just two Promoter Punches? Well, as a fishy looking thing, it was not in it’s exact element. I guess we can see this Gastrea as a cautionary tale. Careful with that mercury. It poisons fish, and make them create their own mouth lasers….But with that thing out of they way, the JASDF can call in the air cavalry. So how does everyone feel about Aldebaran’s immortality? Not too shaky, and a good way to bring some ultimate weapons in the form of Shinba-san’s military connections.
This was a long bathroom break
I hate to say it, but Midori’s departure actually lead to some great character and plot development. One, it was a display on how one takes responsibility into one’s own hands. Midori didn’t want to burden anyone with her death. She took her own initiative, and was able to help those around her not have to carry that burden. I imagine that Ren is still feeling the weight of Kayo’s death, not to mention his students. Two, she gave Ren some insight. He isn’t fooling anyone with his half-hearted attempts at leadership. He cannot be the same man he was before. And Three, she shed some light on Kisara’s inner rage. I didn’t even know she felt that self-destructive, but it is a very interesting point of foreshadowing. Especially given how much she clung to Ren as he was going into his Commander in Arsehole phase.
But how about that pretense of literally stepping into Gadou’s mantle. Looks like Gadou was just a bit off in command. Again, we can bring up the Civil Office as a military force? Do they have brevet promotions like this? Don’t companies control them? Again, this show isn’t explaining it, I won’t bother either. But he does rather step up to command and show they what it’s all about. Ren’s near dismissal for “desertion” is a good counterpoint to how Ren handled the cause of actual desertion. It’s a good turn of the coin, I mentioned last episode. He will become what they fear; something more than the Gastrea. Good thing he has Kagetane on his side. And speaking of whom. He’s playing this game. Ren getting killed by his own men in not the ending he wants, eh? Being hated by his men? Is that something that fit’s in Kagetane’s plan.
This isn’t the last, I fear
I loved how Shouma stepped up in characterization. It is a bit odd that he was driving out of his martial arts school for developing the sort of technique that he did, but I guess that works out. He has lost his parter, and feels that grief. But he won’t let it consume him til the time is right. He even has the wherewithal to gain a new Initiator for the upcoming battle. With Gadou gone, he gains Mibu as his new partner; very well performed by Inori Minase (Chino from My Coffee Shop Employees Can’t be this Usagi!).
…and she has a
Valeyrian Varanium Steel Blade.
You must make amends with it…
hmm hmmm hmmm couting the ways I can kill him hmmm hmmmm hmmmmmm
So now we draw up the end game. The advancement of Aldebaran’s forces takes them to the Flames of Revolution, the landmark to the last Gastrea War. Shiba is able to provide an immortality stealing bomb, but it comes with caveat. It has to be inside the big critter. How? Why punching a hole in the thing. Maybe even repeatedly. I wonder who has done something like that before? Promoter Punch! And how about that scenery? Nothing like a reminder of past pain to get to Enju, and Tina as well, who was left out of this episode more or less. Nothing like laying it on thick producers. But it does rather set the stage well for the big Bug Fight next episode. They’ve got the prep down. Interesting place to stage a battle. Emotional resonance, high ground for the troops with battery powered flood light to keep the battle from being in the dark.
…and then this happened…
Ok, I call shenanigans! Look it takes quite a few men to work this sort of detail. I know that most of them are on this same butthurt patrol as this weasel, but are you telling me not one of them provided the voice of reason. Maybe one did, and he’s got a shallow grave somewhere, but that’s as story there. Might want to tell it. Besides, those batteries are useful, why ditch them at sea. Hide em, cause it might take to much trouble to find them by the time the Gastrea get there. Yeah, I know that office/supply skulldugery isn’t as exciting as midnight evidence dumps, but geez.
Well, we have one more week until the big action. I felt that most of the combat in this one was just as rushed as the last episode, so I hope that they’ve saved it up and are able to blow into some budget for the finale. Still, this show has far to may derpy moments, from Ren’s assumption of command (really, no one else?), to Mr. Jerkwad (not even going to look up his character’s name) basically acting like a butthurt kid dooming Tokyo in the process. Midori’s loss, much like Kaya’s is something to hard to talk about, mostly because she got far less character development for it to feel like more than just narrative advancement. What did you folks think?
…anyone see this one coming…