I’m not completely sure what I just watched. At first, I thought it was like Death Note with the two arms dealers making plans and feints and whatnot…seeing each other’s plan. But the reveal didn’t turn out to be much, and although Koko said that Amalia Tolokhovsky was a tough opponent, she didn’t seem like much of an enemy.
I’m basing this on the fact that she seemed unaware of the ambush at her meeting with Koko and came without backup (that person in charge of the snipers didn’t seem related to either party).
Other than that, I guess some stuff happened with Lutz this week? It kinda looked like the start of character development, but it didn’t seem like that much. I dunno what to make of the preview for next week either >.> Looks like Jonah’s messing around while Koko’s pissed or something? Maybe a beach episode? I got nothing.
Well…hmm…that romance was kinda sudden. Not even sure where that came from. That aside, the main thing this week besides failing to get the pendant is that the leader of EVOL is asking Jin for help against Haitani. Given the circumstances, it seems fairly legitimate to me, but we can never rule out the possibility of a trap.
As for Kouga, while he still acts like a child with a lot of toys, I have to admit that his fighting ability without his suit against the Jin clones was pretty impressive. And with Konoha, her desire to figure out the truth is almost like throwing up a death flag for me…I can’t say for sure, but it’s possible that she dies.
I’m not sure how I feel about this series…based on the pacing, it looks like it’s building up to Jin’s first transformation as a climax and then ending shortly after with Haitani’s defeat (he doesn’t seem the type to die so easily. Anyways, next week looks like Kouga will be placed in another one of those “hero tests.” I wonder if he’ll eventually pick the other option, leading to Konoha’s death.
Yeesh…this episode was so sad…which is actually pretty different from the original series, which started out being tragic and eventually became slightly comical with the number of deaths. I thought the Ferris Wheel incident was a nice touch (especially since I noticed the screw go loose) and the portrayal of the sisters together was good, but my biggest complaint would probably have to be Misaki’s death. I just wish she wasn’t shown in so much anguish at the end…that face she made really ruined it for me.
Other than that, I have the usual complaint about the music, which is fairly minor in comparison. As before in the beach scene, the music that they play for the light parts of the show just doesn’t fit. All in all, it’s a nice episode to see everything before the story, but it lacks the suspense that the series had (although in its defense, probably fewer doll shots). One last question: anyone else think the very first scene was like something out of Kurokami?
Big trip to Saki’s potential future home (I actually recognized a bunch of the places when they stopped in Tokyo from when I was there lol). That bit at the end when Natsumi tells Saki she’ll talk with her dad about the move was interesting. Saki showed throughout the episode that she’s really indecisive, possibly because she doesn’t want to inconvenience those around her. I wonder if she’ll be able to take a stand with her father when she gets back after what Natsumi said.
Also, it looks like we got a brief glimpse at a potential new character on the island…you know, after the whole “being a jerk” thing passes. Final thing…no rock for a while. I don’t particularly have a problem with it…glad the rock has become more background now that the girls have the ability to “rely” on it. Would be boring if they just kept using it for their purposes.
Magic boob grab restores memories! Ehh….what? Sure, let’s go with that. Let me try to make sense of what happened. The memory loss and regain of Yuuko is pretty obvious, as well as the defeatism of Teiichi after being rejected by Yuuko that is later reversed when he realizes his feelings for her. What I’m more interested in is Shadow Yuuko, who seemed to be trying to keep Teiichi away from other girls due to inheriting Yuuko’s feelings for him.
All of that seems pretty plausible, but I wonder what happened to her in the final scene, where she approaches Kirie with the “who are you” line. Is this because Yuuko regaining her memories has made Shadow Yuuko lose her own? Doesn’t seem so likely. What if they both have the memories now and there’s a rivalry for Teiichi? But that last line still doesn’t make sense because Shadow Yuuko met Kirie before Yuuko’s memories were wiped.
Final theory: there’s a second Shadow Yuuko, who only has Yuuko’s feelings for Teiichi, meaning she wouldn’t know Kirie. Makes sense because Teiichi and Kirie couldn’t see this Shadow Yuuko until the very end, but that’s gonna be annoying to keep track. And what does that mean for the rest of the series? First Shadow Yuuko and Yuuko team up to re-assimilate New Shadow Yuuko into Yuuko? We’ll see, I guess.
Celebration for the results of the second exam…not much else happened this week. They made the death folder for Hibito seem pretty important last week, but it didn’t really end up being a big deal. Everyone already knew about it. But it kinda ties into the second part.
Mutta starts to ask himself about his motivations for going to Mars after hearing Serika’s desire to go to the ISS to finish her father’s research. While it has always been his dream, he’s probably wondering whether he should have a reason worth risking his life. Oh well…he’ll figure it out. Next week is the third exam…zero gravity testing, maybe?
This week’s episode was a bit…confusing(?) to me. I’m not sure if it’s because of the cool down from the big mystery or if it was just because of the way the episode was. The first part, with the philosophical analysis of sin and balance in humans…not bad, but meh…nothing new to me.
In the second part, where Eru talks about the incident in her class, I was having trouble. First off, how is Eru’s memory so flimsy that she forgot why she got mad? To add to that, do they ever figure out the answer to that, her original question? Houtarou comes up with a theory, but he can’t confirm it and keeps it to himself.
Also, with the actual mystery itself, I have trouble accepting their explanation. While it’s true that the lowercase forms of A and D look similar, why is it that a math teacher is more likely to write them in lowercase? I consider myself a math person, but I would always favor capitalizing both, especially with a class designation.
Still…I dunno…I don’t find this episode particularly bad. It keeps up with the style and the stuff about Houtarou was particularly interesting. For example, they bring up this idea that Houtarou is emotionless, but never expand on it. Maybe it’s something to keep in mind as the show goes along. Anyways, next week is some sort of hot springs episode?
More trouble has arrived. Now that Yuki’s fairly comfortable around everyone, it’s time to tackle Natsuki. He’s clearly got some family issues, but I get the feeling they’re not as simple as I think. Or may he just resents his dad, avoiding his decision to continue on with a new family after his mother’s passing.
I dunno…if that’s the case, I’m having trouble accepting his slapping Sakura. I wonder what could be so bad…you would normally expect a character like that to at least be kind to his sister. Am I missing something?
Either way, Sakura is gonna speed up the process by running off. Based on remaining time in the series, it should be wrapped up next week. Haru’s also been acting strange…but I think that can all be attributed to a fear of the ocean after the encounter last week (or is it something more?). Not all that much I can go on right now…simply speculating.
Wow…Kirei, the man who was always chilling in the shadows in the first half of the series is getting pretty serious now that his limiter has been taken off. He uses Kariya’s Servant to his advantage to kidnap Iris, then tosses him aside, framing him for Tokiomi’s death. Certainly wasn’t expecting Kariya to kill the woman he loved like that, but the heat of the moment, I guess.
Was that chase scene cool or what? Saber busting out the sword and slashing debris…transforming the bike…looked pretty sick. Rider going down to one Excalibur slash was a bit anticlimactic, but the chase was cool. The question for now: Kiritsugu realizes that Rider wasn’t responsible for the abduction of Iris. Does he go after Kariya, who facilitated the capture, or Kirei, the mastermind? Obvious choice is Kariya, but Kiritsugu’s pretty clever. Should be interesting.
Well…that’s quite the entrance…certainly wasn’t expecting the new character to just show up in Haru’s house. Saito Tomoko, aka Red King or Scarlet Rain…surprising that Haru would be related to her. Her personality change struck me as almost being like Akira Kogami from Lucky Star.
Still, my theory is that she developed that evil-ish personality to go with her title as Red King (I would assume it’s hard to be taken seriously when you’re just a kid). Based on her appearance in the opening, I believe the more cute version will be her true personality when she joins the good guys.
So the big question is “what is this avatar?” Tomoko seemed to be watching it as it went around and I think Haru is shown kicking it in the opening, so maybe it’s a big bad. If so, it’s possible that Tomoko’s reason for meeting Kuroyukihime is to ask for help to face it…thus opening up the path for her to join the team.
The preview seemed to show a similar creature, but it didn’t look exactly the same (maybe I’m mistaken). Maybe it’s some new breed of crazed (possibly non-human) avatar in the Accelerated World.