Tomoe can’t believe the things she see’s this episode! (Some of the pics are saucy!)
Alright, it’s getting pretty late in the game, and that calls for the ever popular beach episode, with onsen added. But let’s not forget this show has it’s fair share of action and attendant nasty school life business to deliver.
The breast part of waking up…
You know, as far as the somewhat obligatory beach/vacation/onsen episodes go, this one was actually pretty well done. If they come this later part of the over-all story we can get a good mix of sauciness, bikinis, befuddled male main character, screw-ball comedy, nudity (censored or well blocked of course), and if they still have enough blood left, the staff usually remembers to add to the overall storyline, and to advanced the characters along. The pacing, general hanky-panky, and repartee were well balanced and fun. Also, seeing as how we are probably going to rush headlong into the major arc by next episode, we are given a great mood of the characters so far. It isn’t a by-the-numbers encapsulation of a recap episode, but since we know these characters it gives us some clearer insight into motivations, feelings, and agendas.
I think it helps that you had a nice sweet relative newcomer like Imari to pretty much hand this to us on a sliver plate vis a vis Tor’s relationships with his harem. Lilith is passion, Tomoe is good understanding friend, Usa-sensei is a challenge, and Julie is his Duo partner and of the most interest. This is an interesting break down for a couple of reasons. One, Imari doesn’t mention a singular quality that Miyabi has. Two, she breaks down Julie’s relationship as puppy to owner more than lover. The series qualifies Tor and Julie as the OTP, and it’s interesting to see another observer with a different, yet obvious, take. But the conversation can go to more places. It gives Miyabi the impetus to confess, and it rather ignores that fact that Tor and Julie’s relationship can mature.
The show discarded first girl in the first episode, first confessor may get similar treatment
I love how Miyabi’s confession totally suited her character. Being the quiet type, any overly bold declaration would have been off putting. She stated it simply and with all her shaking heart. Given how it was going, the blunt reaction she received would have played of well, but for it’s lack of bottom. We all know that Tor has a trouble past, but it has been awhile since we’ve seen a clue of it. That would be one thing against it, but there are far more to my mind. It’s flat as a pancake. We’ve not seen it evolve, it’s been so one note that it fails to register much. We know that he blames his weakness for a past tragedy, but why on Earth should it be connected to anyone else that comes close to him. Callow youth or inexperience cannot be blamed here. It’s not very good writing to have let this part of his past stay in the past, especially when it was used to close such a well played moment.
It’s interesting you see yourself as a sacrifice, but for what price, for what reason?
I really do wish some of the sub-par developments stopped there on the sunset soaked beach, but I’m afraid there is more. Much like Tor’s past, the background element has had no clear direction or indication other than the awkward altercation during the mostly useless Bristol arc. As far as I know, given what I have been shown, Rein and his soldiers are just some random plot device to give the show drama. They feel like some arseholes from a different show, one that has some tangential connection to Absolute Duo. But then so does any other ecchi harem show this season (It’s a secluded island, where’s Iris and the “D”?) We’ve been given some indication that not all is what it seems and in this scene Lilith even adds some extra fuel to the fire in the name of Diabolique Blaze. Interesting, but unfettered to anything I care about at this moment. Other than making both Sakura and her feel like they are perfectly fine with murder. While that is interesting in giving both of them layers, again, to little to late…
Anime Sins +100 Dipping into the Valvrave pool of story presentation….
Now, I know that most anime these days are basically payed-for ads for both the source material and for merchandise, I’m under no illusions about the business model, it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean I have to settle for a bad adaptation. I’d like to buy the LNs, if the character are any indication, it looks like fun. If the tip of the iceberg of the larger background is as good as the stuff under the water-line, than I’d like to read all about it. But if the stuff is good, I want a studio to have the stones to give me that. If you’re story is all that, then show me all that, don’t tease. And get off my lawn! ::ends grumpy old fart rant:: And stop giving good characters death flags!
Is it a Flag if they hang a jokey lampshade on it?