Julie is still the best part of the show…
Well, this episode had it’s share of ups and downs…
Yeah, call me Bun-Bun now!
So, I’ll guess I’ll reiterate my ongoing problem with the show. I don’t know enough about the stakes. While it’s a going concern that the Kouryou Academy produces Exceeds from their student body, and a chief concern that they push those Exceeds to the limit to achieve success, the reasons why are not disclosed. Why they have those concerns is something the show has yet to disclose, and it’s been quite unsatisfactory for that to have been left out this far into the program. This is compounded by a rebel group that has it’s own undisclosed purpose, is lead by a wooden sub-villain and chiefly stocked with Master Chief CGI knock-offs whose superior numbers have amounted to diddly so far. Oh, and that rebel groups target objective seems to change as soon as they are beaten. “Nevermind that we have what we really came for”
If there has been some saving grace to the show it’s been it’s stable of lead characters. At least when it comes to both Tooru and Julie. As revealed in this program, Julie has her own dark past and her own specific needs to get stronger via the Academy. The same reason that Tooru joined up for. But, is the Exceed program founded for that purpose? Knowing what Kouryou is trying to achieve would pay the bills nicely in these situations. I will assume that the other characters have similar motivations, so that just reiterates the need for a solid background.
When the real chips are down
But, all is not lost. At the very least we had Rito-sensei kicking ass and taking names, and giving us some solid exposition along the way. It does make me wonder about the Limiter she mentioned, and if that is something to do with the Lucifer the students are injected with. This is how I like exposition to be handled, a bit of mystery never hurt anyone, so long as it’s got some solid ground to stand on. I can even accept that Sakayu is the Blaze Diabolique and the center of attention, with Lilith willing to risk injury to defend her, there’s some meat there, as progression in their narratives have shown. Just give our wonky insert antagonist some raison d’etre.
Of course the main draw for today’s show was both Julie and Tooru standing the same ground and learning something that has lasting value. It’s not for one to exclusively protect the other, but for both to do the same. Wooden Villain guy was right about one thing, and that’s don’t be shaken when the chips are down. Now, if only they could have expanded upon why he is making so many dick moves now. He looks like he came from the same space that Tooru now occupies, too weak to take on the opposition, if the superimposed flashback is any indication.
But I save the worst for last, and for my final thoughts on this one. Why on Earth is Miyabi even with Equipment Smith and the Rebels? I understand she feels the need to be in the same space as Julie and Tooru, and the rest of her friends. They were doing a great job with her character arc, showing the slow and steady build from meek and mild to someone with more confidence. But her switching here sides just feels like they are treating her like the idiot she was not meant to be. Shy, yes. Unassuming, sure. But a brick in the head. Heck no! They’ve got quite the way to go to fix this problem….And so I don’t leave on a sour note. I have really enjoyed how they’ve promoted Imari to a full-fledged character despite the BS school system. She had some natural abilities that took a moment to shine, and it was a small refreshing in the rather insipidly staged battle. More of this would be good.
These semi-serious cartoon asides are screwy
It’s just nice to have her bookend the show…