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「ワンモアナイト」 (Wan Moa Naito)
“One More Night”

Given Alma’s past, it’s easy to see why he’s not used to being close to other people, but I can’t see how anyone in their right mind can impose a one-meter comfort zone on Ruri — especially when she comes with a lunch packed for two. Missed opportunity notwithstanding, I still enjoyed all the innocent Alma x Ruri moments that came about. What threw me off was Ruri’s clingy tsundere-like behavior, which I haven’t really gotten a sense of up until now. It almost seemed out of character for her, wanting Alma to react a certain way and giving him ample opportunity to call her back, so it was oddly amusing as well. As I’ve expressed already, I really enjoy watching their innocent relationship play out, even though I’m not anticipating it’ll get anywhere profound. It’s always something to look forward to, since Wakana’s not really establishing much of a presence for herself.

I sometimes wonder if I’m taking these scenes the wrong way though, since I found Ruri’s disappointment a lot more humorous than anything else. I wasn’t banking her getting depressed as a result. In hindsight, it is the perfect setup to get Alma regretting that he turned Ruri away now that Night’s kidnapped her. It also serves as motivation for him to rescue her, while Ruri is still stuck in a rut thinking that Alma only perceives her as a nuisance and won’t come to save her. So as far as emotions go, what started out as a lighthearted affair has become the backbone for the upcoming episode(s). The only problem I had with it all was how everyone was surprised that Night’s back when they were fully aware that they haven’t seen the last of him. It’s like they forgot about him after driving him back that one time.

Depending on how you want to look at it, Kenmi doesn’t appear to have any ulterior motives anymore, given the amount of concern he showed for Ruri’s well-being. However, he still has questionable methods in his research facility, judging from the way Night was “treated” against his will. From Night’s flashbacks, it’s pretty hard to give Kenmi the complete benefit of the doubt. There’s also the matter of his Number Zero experiment (Nojima Hirofumi), who looks like he’s losing control of himself more than anything else. To help stabilize Cyclops, Kenmi was hesitant to get high-grade gems from Ruri too (presumably), suggesting that he want to keep what happened a secret from her. Aside from maybe his nonchalant SP, who appears to go by the name Arakune (she’s not listed as such in the credits), there hasn’t really been anyone from Kenmi’s facility shown it in a positive light. As such, I still perceive Night and Fei as victims in all of this rather than aggressors.

Naturally, I have to draw the line somewhere though. Kidnapping Ruri and using her body — likely her blood if Fei was any indication — to develop a serum against the effects of the Ashi is pretty borderline villainous. At the same time, I can’t help but wonder if this will lead to the moment where both Night and Fei come around, assuming that Ruri learns what they were subjected to and has a revised opinion of Kenmi. Judging from the title next time, it looks like I’ll find out soon enough if that’s the case. Ruri was hinted to be a Yoshi in episode three, so I may not have been too far off the mark about her stabilizing Night’s powers.

* It probably goes without saying, but Arakune is turning out to be a really awesome character. She doesn’t seem to have a care in the world yet fights incredibly well in her Anti-Gem Suit. She’s one tough cookie too and wasn’t really fazed by a sword through her forearm. I wouldn’t be surprised if her popularity started skyrocketing.
* Full-length images this week: 07, 09, 20, and 35.

 

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August 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm
19 comments »
  • August 7, 2011 at 10:27 pmMundo

    Ruri was just… adorable in this episode. Particularly the scene on the rooftop, with her curls suddenly hanging down like that.

    That said, it was Arakune who stood out the most this episode; not only did she kick ample amounts of ass, but there was something about the way she reacted to being stabbed that just threw me off (can’t put a name on it just yet). I almost wanted to feel sorry for how quickly she got forgotten, other than Kenmi asking her if she was all right, and then moving on to Ruri.

    But… seriously, this show needs a real antagonist. These back-and-forth fights are getting boring.

  • August 7, 2011 at 10:32 pmdeafvader

    Wow. Divine you are really on fire. next week ruri bondage

  • August 7, 2011 at 10:42 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    I Just wanna see her sister wake up, hope it comes early….

  • August 7, 2011 at 11:27 pmPandorakun

    I’m going to be mildly disappointed if Arakune doesn’t get a black, blobby form as well. Yep, definitely.

  • August 8, 2011 at 12:09 amMonks

    This show is starting to pick up nicely. Story, action sequences, characters – all feel like they’re really developing into more than the episode by episode fare that’s composed most of the series for these first few episodes. I think this was the first episode that actually had me itching to watch the next. Also the first that seemingly didn’t resolve in the episode itself, but again, I see that to be a sign of improvement.

  • August 8, 2011 at 12:47 amIzaak

    I was under the impression that “Cyclops” was the name of Kenmi’s power armor.

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:20 amDivine

      After watching that scene again, I think you’re right. Thanks.

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:28 amdeafvader

      That was my opinion too but Divine has a certain power of persuasion. Lol

      • August 9, 2011 at 1:32 amDivine

        Thanks for the benefit of the doubt. :)

  • August 8, 2011 at 1:06 amkureejii

    • August 8, 2011 at 6:32 amjrj

      yeah, except he has 7 powers vs. 1… :3

    • August 8, 2011 at 7:47 amIzaak

      Don’t forget GaoGaiGar and Betterman.

  • August 8, 2011 at 3:18 amShirt

    Yeah I got some Welcome to the Space Show vibes in the beginning. Pretty cool episode.

  • August 8, 2011 at 6:30 amjrj

    a setup episode mostly with some fights… I don’t particularly like Night just yet, but I do feel bad for what he went through… Alma really lost his mind there with the “one-meter” zone, but hopefully he would be able to save her later. now Kenmi still seems like the bad guy here. And I really want to see Alma fight in his Ashi form. Can’t wait for next week!

  • August 8, 2011 at 7:38 am7godeohs

    Two things: 1) Ruri continues the trend of heroines whose hair defies the basic laws of gravity or common sense. Bomb blasts, going swimming, jumping out of air plane then flying around on a hoverboard thing, random crazy stuff – but those curls stay rock-frickin-solid 2) Is it weird that I like the look of plain-clothed Ruri strapped to a table instead of her usual outfit where she looks like a weird doll? I could never take her seriously before because she just looked absurd IMO, but she finally looks like a normal person (minus the strapped to the table part).

    • August 9, 2011 at 1:33 amDivine

      I have to admit, Ruri’s hair is pretty mesmerizing. It’s like extra effort goes into drawing her hair over everyone else’s.

  • August 8, 2011 at 12:50 pmx

    Enjoyable episode. Finally getting some consequences with the story. The characters are falling into their cliché stereotypes though. I guess don’t really mind for this kind of show. I only watch it as a updated Kamen Rider story with some mecha on the side. Nostalgia I guess.

  • August 11, 2011 at 6:55 pmsealouse

    Wouldn’t it make sense to give Alma some serum so he could fight in his darkstone form?

  • August 12, 2011 at 4:31 pmMorito-kun

    The plot finally seems like it’s starting to go somewhere, and I’m all the happier for it.

    Lazy Girl (I shall call her this until she has an official name) continues to be the standout in every scene she’s in, and I’m really hoping to see more of her in the future.

    By the by. It seems to me that Kenmi’s power armor follows a Greek mythological naming theme (possibly in relation to the gorgon statue from episode one?), as such, it’s probably more plausible that Lazy Girl’s unit is named “Arachne” after the boastful weaver turned spider.