“So you see, we took half of one movie, and then half of another movie, and came up with this plot…”
How much can go pear-shaped? How about everything?
Say Goodbye to Your Life as You Knew It
The loneliness sets in fast
Yuu doesn’t get a lot of time to bask in the glory of saving Ayumi’s life. After going to visit Shunsuke and reintroducing Ayumi to her big brother, he gets the bad news that he’s now too dangerous to let out of the secret bunker. And so is Ayumi. Oh, and she can’t get her memories of Shunsuke back. So basically, all the good things that had happened to Yuu in the past couple months, all the relationship development with Nao, all shut up in a stupid futuristic research facility. Even worse, all the research facility could come up with is a retread of the crummy 80’s movie Night of the Comet (the abilities are caused by particles from the tail of a comet), mixed in a little bit with the overarching tension of X-Men (the abilities are actually a ‘disease’ that needs to be cured).
“So, you care about your family more than hundreds of kids, why’d you take this job again?”
And you can tell that it starts to chafe on Yuu really quickly, especially when it feels like Shunsuke is both ignoring him and diverting Ayumi away from him. It’s not hard to sympathize with Yuu, who feels like his reward for going all out to save Ayumi is to lose the life he had, and have to start over, yet again. He can’t even go out with Kumagami to see Nao and the rest of the student council friends. But he’ll get his chance to go out soon enough.
Super Bad Guys
You know what this means? It means they should evacuate this whole place
because you don’t crack the walls like that and have it be safe to live in.
(Not-so-) Happy days in the bunker don’t last long, tho, because the weak link that everyone thought would be ok turns out to be the weak link after all. So the driver guy’s family gets taken hostage, delivers Kumagami to the bad guys, who then go nab Nao. Of course Yuu has to go out to try to save her, even though he’s at first overwhelmed by the whole idea. But it doesn’t go well, and he ends up collapsing the whole place when attacked by the token bad guy special power user and he can’t go back in time. The end result is a dead Kumagami, a half-blind Yuu, an out-cold Nao, and a line I have no idea what it meant: “So the name Pooh was a lie?”
Because somehow he got out of being tied to the chair.
I really didn’t like this whole thing. And it’s pretty much the same thing that has annoyed me the whole run with this show: It’s too obviously written. Nothing ends up feeling natural at all, because everything happens exactly the way it should. The slight change this time was that everything happened the way it should for the bad guys. It was like they had the chance to read the script, and then come up with the exact countermeasures to beat Yuu’s attempt to save them. On top of that, it was so two-bit. The muscle to soften up Kumagami and Nao, the “truth serum”, the pulling off of the fingernails, the hanging in her underwear. All of it completely cringeworthy and unnecessary. And at this point I’m starting to wonder if Japanese people can’t actually understand foreign English, so they make sure they have Japanese VA’s speak the English parts. I can’t think of any other reason you have an American character, who doesn’t speak Japanese at all for his 4 lines in the show, speak in that kind of English. Would it really be so hard to get an American to do it. Heck, you just need to find one guy and he could probably cover all these parts.
Bad guys… check
Screamy time ensues
This episode had all the same problems as the other episodes of everything being on rails, plus the added detriment that it was the episode that the bad guys ‘win’ on. If you can call all dying ‘winning’, I guess. But it just continues to leave me feeling ‘meh’ about the whole enterprise. We’re still checking off the boxes: “Kill major supporting character… check! Have Yuu lose confidence… check!” And that just makes it feel like in the finale next week, we’ll get “pick up the pieces” and “life goes on…”