The whole episode was like this…really!
Well, I hope this wraps up the Exception arc, as I’ve grown tired of Lilith after a three episode focus. That really is the greatest thing I can say for this, the halfway point of the show.
Tor: I will defeat you with my heavily scripted genre-savvy…
I’ll make this one short and sweet. There were parts of this episode that were so-so, and parts that were even worse than that. But, despite that, a few scenes did play out rather well, with some very crisp animation. It’s too bad that had to be surrounded by some campy dialog, and some rather foolish storyboarding. I’ve seen enough Talking is a Free action when it comes to showing combat in manga, comics, and animation, and while this show didn’t take all the cake, it came back for the proverbial third slice. Especially when “Falling is a Free Action/Dramatic Slow Motion Falling/Full Motion Talking” rears it’s ugly head.
Hey, you like split shots? Have two of 11!
All in all this felt like a corral of one trick ponies both in visual composition and in story/character development. Since we had a cup o’ weak tea in the cliffhanger last episode; Lilith beating the second years off screen, the fact that our heroes would win the day was a forgone conclusion. In all honesty, there really should have been no tactical reason that Lilth should have even had them on the ropes for that long. It started off in a somewhat plausible manner with Julie, running ragged to ensure a victory to ensure her Duo, but that soon paled with every other character falling lock step into heavily scripted “bad choices”. From that point it was only natural to have a huge ass-pull by episodes end to mop it all up. What exactly did Tooru observe about Lilith right off the bat? That she can be distracted as well? Feels kinda weak.
Well, like the old saying goes: Nowhere but up from here. As I said leading in, I bid a fond farewell to this arc and I wish I could have done so an episode or two sooner. But in the interest of a bit of fuller coverage, we did get a secret organization setting it’s site’s on the Exceeds. This would have been a fascinating wrinkle if not for the knock off Master Chief outfits, the causal elan of “oh, we beat Blazes cause reasons”, and the entire affair of them getting asses handed to them, but it’s OK cause we got “data”. Bleh, cheap, cheap, cheap. I’m hoping for some more comfy zones next arc and the long overdue exposition the series deserves.
Palmtop Tora x Tooru?