<<Irregular>> meet the <<Exception>>….
Well, I have to say it again. But this one went rather by the book as well, from the introduction of a new character, to the not-date-date, and a few finer points in between. Still, they are borrowing some fairly good pages from said book….
<standard buy the BD line here> Click for stitch..
I honestly don’t know if the original LN writer is in on the joke, or just chose a name at random, but the word Bristol is or was a fairly common rhyming slang (England’s the land of our new character Bristol City…you can do the rhyming, the pic is a dead giveway..or at least it would be if not for sun-chan). But what’s in a name, it hardly matters in the long run. What does is her straight-shooting modus operandi. She takes aim, she fires, she hits the target, accepts nothing less…
And I for one am all for that. My only wish is that I wanted them to play it with less than a heavy hand. So far, this is all we know about the character. Her determination, be it rational or not, is under-minded by the perceived rudeness of the character. For all we know she could have a lighter approach, with all the charm and grace of the type they made her station out to be. But no….short, sharp, shock…this is anime!
More School Rumble
Sakura has some Headmistressplaining for ya’ (click for stitch)
I’m sure Lilith will settle into school life proper after her transfer from England takes it’s pace. But in the meantime the gang has more serious problems at hand. In a hyphenated word, Bun-Bun. It seems that her killer approach last episode was not at all a normal procedure, and for all intents it lead to her dismissal. But quicker than you can shout plot device, she’s back in the fold. Why? She gets results. And if we go by hindsight, we had two possibilities. She either could have killed them all outright, or she could end up making them stronger. That last one is the outcome this goth-LOLi-LOLi wants. THE Absolute Duo, by any means necessary.
She mentions a Ritual of Sublimation to get them to advance a level ( Bun-Bun, back in instructor mode, mentions quite the difference between levels). At first I thought she was talking about chemical sublimation, cause I really am that nerdy. But psycho-analytic theory also has a similarly-named principle; a process where our baser instincts, libido, anger, aggression ar channeled into socially useful operations. Like beating on people with soul-weapons, I guess.
It’s a Date
Julie: That looks like a good spot to get drunk…
Well, Thor/Tor/Tooru went from frying pan to slow-cooker in one fell swoop. Once again, he falls victim to Julie’s nocturnal somnambulist cuddling. The sum total of the soft meeting was a hard fall. With that firmly in mind, the next evening, he tries to distract her from further cuddling (idiot!) by suggesting they go for a break, off the Academy island. Now for him, this isn’t a date (idiot!). But we know that is what she is thinking. She can’t wait. Oh, why do they have to write him that way?! (Idiots!)
But for all the male-inspired bluster, this was a rather cute date, with all the attendant charms; holding hands, spring clothes shopping, puppy-viewing, kindergartner surfing, and some time with ice-cream. Did anyone else set an alarm to this scene? Goodness, for all it’s predictability, it was cute as heck. Hey, Julie has a penchant for that…
Oh, Rum Raisin, Rum Raisin
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And then it’s the inevitable march of the poorly timed cliches. Being the “can’t break school rules” type she is, Tomoe cannot help but bring Miyabi for a bit of tag-along. That would be all fine and well, but for the addition of the idjit crew. How do they even get into a mall? But no matter. Tomoe has superior training is superior all figured out if necessary; which would have been interesting and cool, if not for the “man’s gotta do” cliche rearing it’s head (idiot!). All he really needs is a cliche-drunk Julie with him….oh wait, there she is. So just when things get settled in for a
nice sequence of static frame beat-downs, cue the British Invasion!
…which brings the idjit gang to a well deserved if not usless end. Damn girl, aren’t there better ways to show off? At least she could get rid of the weapon easy, and soul bullets aren’t exactly trace-able….
Well, all in all this episode did a fair balance of both badly done cliches and some well appropriated ones. Those that failed felt oddly inserted, and the ones that succeed had the shows mark on it. But besides that we got some information and a good feeling about the upcoming tone of the show. Sakura is going to train these guys hard, by hook or by crook, come what may. She’s not exactly up-front with the reasons why, but as I’ve been guessing so far, it has to be for some serious opposition coming their way. The first episode cold open suggested something coming that could be both a beat down and a game changer. Can’t wait to see how they turn it all out…with a few less derpy bits, please.
Until Next Time! We launch a new ship!