Get ready for some turbulence
|This season has really exceeded my expectations. I thought I wasn’t going to like anything, and yet I’ve been going completely wild over at least 5 shows. Active Raid is… not one of those first rate shows, but sometimes you need contrast to really appreciate them. That’s what I’m telling myself.|
Now that I’ve got into the groove of Active Raid being a goofy show, I have very different expectations of it. Unlike before, I now want it to completely drop any attempt to flesh out a coherent story and just go nuts with crazy robots every week. Honestly, the best parts of the show are the silly moments, and whenever the half-baked story tries to present itself as a brilliant masterpiece, things start to crumble.
There has been a lot of time spent depicting the relationship between Sena and Kuroki. They don’t enjoy each other’s company and they are such opposites that it seems they should be constantly trying to murder each other. That isn’t quite the case though. They’re able to tolerate each other quite well, and Kuroki doesn’t receive any more than curt warnings from Sena. Other than that, they have a decent amount of respect for each other. It’s like they’re so different that together they form a whole, normally-functioning human being. When they’re apart, they’re so set in their own idiosyncrasies that they can miss the whole picture. (Or be attacked by inflatable animals. Either one).
Unfortunately, this isn’t a very interesting dynamic. There’s no tension because they actually do get along quite well. Sena scolding him just comes across as him being his usual preachy self, so it doesn’t have any weight. You see, if they actually had beef, it would be suspenseful to see sparks fly between them. The addition of Kazari would put an already chaotic situation into a deeper state of imbalance, and it would make the missions all the more intense. As things are, everyone is good friends and nothing is there to get worked up over. They try and play up that Sena and Kuroki have a deep rivalry wayyyy too much when in reality they act pretty normal towards each other.
They can handle standing on a moving plane but they can’t handle cute mascots
There’s also some added stuff here with Sena previously working for the government before being “downgraded” to Unit 8. I’m sure this will come into play later, but for now, I’m still not very interested in his past. Hell, even Sena seemed to not care very much about his dirt being dug up. I think later on we’ll see that side being much more corrupted and then maybe his past will be more…important.
What’s working well for me is that Unit 8 is sent on these weird missions and the shut-in hacker dude is always pulling the strings behind the scenes. A lot of what he says or does is hard to understand at this point since we don’t know his goals. At one point he suddenly starts talking to Bird, who isn’t even introduced, they just kind of barge in and we’re expected to know what’s going on. ….Much like how the loli sitting in the background still hasn’t even been acknowledged yet. At this rate, we’ll get to the finale and they won’t even explain why she was there in the first place just to be edgy. Anyways, I kind of like that about him and his weird gang of hackers. None of it makes any sense, but at least it’s interesting to follow.
While the mission itself had its ups and downs (we all knew the bomb would be diffused and everyone would land safely), I was pretty pumped when the plane was landed by the Willwear suits acting as fake landing wheels. It was the only thing that felt really desperate about their mission.
All in all, this wasn’t as good as last week because they toned down the crazy a little too much. I still enjoyed ridiculous moments like the hacker dude actually munching on popcorn while waiting for the shitstorm to go down and Sena’s Willwear not being able to fly for some reason. You would think they’d just stick some wings on that guy so he wouldn’t have to rely on Kuroki picking him up all the time. Especially for a mission that takes place on a moving airplane. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous! …But I will still see you next week!
The girl in the background has been appearing every week now! It’s like Where’s Waldo except easier.