Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – 03
「街中の遊撃手」 (Machijyuu No Yuugekisyu)
“Commandos in Town”
If these past few episodes are trying to build up to something amazing, things really need to get kicked into high gear. For a show that can justify having a encyclopedia devoted to solely listing how each character is linked to another, I expect it to be at least somewhat interesting! But with the camera jumping from the main story involving (I’m assuming) Toori to new characters like Miriam and Azuma (who’s a guy?!) who are trying to figure out their dorm life, it’s hard to focus on a single point. It’s as if no one story has enough time to really make you care for those involved — something which doesn’t bode well when most people only give a show three episodes to wow them.
However, I’m betting on the fact that the future episodes will get a lot more interesting with how unique all the characters are. Tadatsugu is a great example of how nontraditional styles of combat can trump even the most skilled warriors. That said, I’m not sure what the point of trying to kill him was, but it was pretty lame when those two commanding officers just sat there whistling as if nothing had happened. In a post-apocalyptic era where people are fighting to relive history, how could you possibly do something that brash when it could lead to an all-out war!?
In a recurring pattern that I will probably follow for the rest of the season, I’m going to call out every time this series doesn’t give me enough of that plot-heavy goodness it’s supposed to be known for. After a good review over what’s led up to the current world last episode, it just doesn’t feel right when there isn’t something pushing the story forward. With enough characters to tell seventeen stories concurrently, one would think that every episode should be used to somehow most the story forward, right?
Thus far I’ll honestly say that my patience is slowly waning. I really want to get into the world that Horizon is trying to make, but with too many silly moments and not enough story building I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to last. Still, I love it when Toori is on screen and he’s probably more than enough to redeem the show during its slow moments. I would really like to see what his confession to Horizon really means but it looks like there’s going to be some big battles before we even get that far.