It’s Miyabi’s yandere inspired world….we just live in it…
Well, I’m somewhat delighted. I get to eat my own words. This episode wasn’t as bad as I had originally feared, but some faulty narrative choices still haunt the proceedings….
Miyabi brings all her assets to the fight…
As I said, this episode wasn’t as bad as I had feared it would be. For one, we didn’t get loads and loads of badly done CGI Rebel goons storming around; they were isolated to a few short clips here and there. And for another, they didn’t drag out the drama as much as I thought they would going in; minimal angst is good, full stop. And for thirds, all of the combat felt personal, and had story and characterization behind them; it was clear cut, to the point, without mincing around or playing with those damn split screens.
There was quite a bit happening in the background, the raison d’etre for all rounds of fighting going on, but I’ll focus on the Miyabi arc for now. I had expected them to portray her as arch as possible, instead they gave us a lighter touch. Now they didn’t forget to add the yandere elements, but they held it off to a few pinches here and there. Having said that I question whether or not that was necessary, but given her brainwashed state of mind, a bit of repeating Tooru over and over again and the constant “look at me and no-one else” is a given. That’s what the Fusion suit really amounts to.
I have to admit, they did play the fight with her rather well. Split off the group to fight more effectively, and let one member of the Duo handle the other. It was a risk, with Miyabi injuring her partner earlier, but it payed off. Tora and Lilth made a good temp pair, allowing Julie and Tooru to progress to where they needed to be. But this part was all about Tomoe understanding where her partner was coming from, and where she needed to go. It was a bit of a narrative pull to equate the type of strength Miyabi was seeking with the courage to confess her feelings. But this is the usual way these altercations break down.
Snap out of it!
The other courts….
“Dammit, I got protected again….”
Yeah, that’s my first complaint. In the early days of the show they had spent some good coin building Julie up as a competent character, with a bit of lax spending here and there. But as the season has progressed, they just stopped making that investment. It’s been a sore point for me, as this story could have easily been her and Tooru’s progression together. Now, having said that, they do have a bit more time to bring her up to speed. But if the first episode cold open is any indication, it’s Tooru to her rescue all over again. Which would be a damn shame. It’s a Duo after all…
But as we fully expected, Tooru used the boost juice to give him the edge in the fight, just when he needed it. I do wonder if this is going to haunt him later, buying into Sakuya’s unknown program as he has, but that is for another time. Also, why isn’t that stuff an alternative at the beginning for all the better students? Seems like it would have been a good proactive measure knowing Equipment Smith was coming in hell bent for leather to prove himself. Oh, such a naughty man, spying on the female student body.
But I do admire the style she showed his ass the door
Well, despite the fact that both K and Smith were full fledged carriers of the Villain Ball, most of this turned out to be a good show. I still don’t know jack about what the opposing sides motivation is, other than to prove they are better than the Blaze Diabolique and all that jazz. That’s not a very good reason for a drama to my mind. It makes them seem petty, and can reduce the battles down to only so much animation. We can look forward to K making it more personal next episode, but I fear it’s going to be more of his solipsistic mouthitude. You can only beat this guy down so many times…But this episode surprised me a bit, maybe the final will treat me the same way….
Julie: Neh, I will protect Toruu. Tooru: No, I will protect you. Julie! Julie: Nej, I will protect Toruu. etc. etc.