|Well this has been a week of ups and downs for me in the “has an awful cold” department, which I why I haven’t been rushing out any posts the past couple of days. So this one is a day late for that reason. The latest for Aria AA will have to wait for a double up next week, or a series wrap up for other reasons. But….how did this two parter for Usagi wrap up?|
Usagi the Rabbit takes a bite out of derp….
I guess some families like to weed out their gene pool early…
We start with some fill in on Usgai’s past and backstory. She’s become the her families’ pariah due to, well, derpitude. When she was much younger, she and her brother were playing and he wandered off and started messing around with a hunting rifle and accidentally shot himself to death while she was trying to get him to put it down. So yeah, she get’s blamed for basically some stupid ass adults leaving a loaded high powered rifle around for small children to get ahold of. Perfectly reasonable right? She was the voice of reason, so yeah, she’s just gonna go along with the stupid ass adults and keep the blame…
The Tenmyoji’s have more fun with their weeding out process as it involves time and other factors….
This would be one thing, but enter one Tenmyoji as a child as well. His family, for all intents, starts raising their kids to be perfect little shits at an early age; cause you know, why wait? Or maybe there is something in the water around where these rich families raise their brood that encourages stupid and caustic in their male children from the womb. But regardless of what is bred in the bone, little Tenmyoji has all the tact of a water buffalo in heat and just starts slapping Usagi into the shape he wants her in soon after her’s brother’s funeral. In a better story she would have let him play with a loaded rifle as well…save herself a ton of trouble in the long run.
…in the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed rules…
But a ton of trouble she gets anyway. Tenmyoji sees her as his possession, so that’s just a queue for a long list of well-used bog standard villain tropes. About the only thing they didn’t do was make him a possessed vessel of the Mephistopheles witch; which in a better story would have been a boon. He was such a jerk to begin with, there was hardly any real benefit to having him possessed, as that would have just been more of the same.
As it stands, the Mephistopheles witch was a pretty weak character from start to finish. You would think that an entity that has reputation for badassery wouldn’t be so foolish as to make the same mistake twice, much less make it the first time. I guess she was to focused on her Generic Box of Evil as the centerpiece of her Obvious Landscaping of Doom festival project.
Good job, I guess….
Which brings me to the perfunctory actions of the main cast. With Ouka possessed this cut the main action down, put Usagi in the middle of a villain rape-plan and have Kusunagi backing her up, that cuts it down even more. So, enter the Squishy Wizard being key to zapping the evil plan down. Goodness but I hate that trope. No reasonable person would ever devise any system that leaves them 100% vulnerable; especially a young person such as Mari.
But that’s what they go with…for reasons. Ikaruga was once again delegated to support role with little fleshing out, but at least she got to explain some magical plot saving ordinance to Usagi along the way. Which brings us to the, “Just shoot them both” moment. That was groanwothy, wasn’t it? They even hung a lampshape on it, as if they were telling us they wrote the episode under deadline after a night of very hard drinking….This reduced what could have been a female character with some agency to so much “filling out of the blanks” style storytelling.
As you can tell I’m not a fan of this particular episode. It was pretty much a later rinse repeat operation of the last two parter that the show told us. Empty villain, vague evil thing, characters jumping through ambiguous hoops, doing things that might add up to something that solves the problem at hand. There was little to any tension, little to any real meat, and little to any payoff as a result. They just barely furthered the characters along any sort of path that we could care about. It’s the ghost of a story. For a show involved in the supernatural that could be a good thing, but not this time around, I’m afraid…
Next Time: Later, Rinse, Repeat….