Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 04
「劇場の支配者」 (Gekijou no Shihaisha)
“Ruler of the Theatre”
Timeline – May 20th-29th
Why does Neito love meat so much?
Toori and Horizon’s discussion at the BBQ
The cargo ship’s hull and its anti-spell coating
What’s up with that young boy and Kimi-nee?
Much Ado About Nothing
First of all, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way – That. FANSERVICE!! Bath scene? Check. All-female bath scene? Check check! Other stuff that happened? Probably, but it’s hard to remember after all that glorious SERVICE!! However, I’m going to try to confine my perverted gushing to the Random Thoughts section below. Let’s get our plot on for now, sound good?
I go over Toori and Horizon’s discussion in great detail in the Explanation section above, so I’ll skip that in favor of our other major couple, Tenzou and Scarred. That. BATH SCENE oh my gods–!! *massive nosebleed* Ahem. Sorry. I’ll control myself.
Anyway, the reasons for Scarred’s burgeoning attraction to Tenzou are becoming increasingly clear. It all comes down to honor and sacrifice. Tenzo and Mary (I’m going to start calling her that) are both, to borrow a phrase from another show airing this season, selfless freaks. Just one look at their bodies (focus on the scars people, the scars!) shows that they are the types who sacrifice themselves for others. Yet while Mary feels only regret and pain for the sacrifices she has made, Tenzou is fulfilled by his own. Mary sees in Tenzou a happier version of her own worldview. When you meet someone who thinks like you, dreams like you, works like you, and sees the world like you – if only you shone as brightly as they did – well, I can imagine why she’s falling for him.
Moving on, the second bath scene was, of course, friggin’ awesome. I’ll go into more appropriate gushing below (preview: boobies!), but for now, two things. One, I found it hilarious how deftly Asama’s maus went about filling in for the censor steam. Sure, I would have preferred that she hadn’t, but I appreciate baldfacedly blatant censorship when it’s both unobtrusive (i.e. not censor tape) and at least gives me a chuckle. It’s almost like that little mini-miko knew we were watching, ARGH!! Secondly, it sounds like mauses do a lot more than just help with active abilities. Sun block and skin protection were both mentioned, as well as maybe helping Masazumi not starve quite so easily. I’d really like to know what else mauses can do. Also, boobs.
Then there was the end of this week’s offering. While most of Episode 4′s runtime was filled with service and humour, Shakespeare-chan’s reapperance at the end reminded us that yes, there is plenty of plot in this show, and I’m not talking about the happy-go-lucky kind. I’m unsure about why that Tres España ship appeared, save to tell us what we already knew – that Mary Stuart wasn’t actually in the Tower of London. Yet all in a flash we have Shakespeare-chan telling a new story, the return of the briefly mentioned Avalon / Lost Noble sub-plot, and a whole lot of new antagonists being revealed. I have to say, this last minute plot bomb has me really excited for the next episode! I especially liked how they visually paired the protagonists with the antagonists they would be facing off against. Not only does it build excitement and set us up for some tournament-like one-vs-one fights, but it’s also nice to see that characters like Malga and Kiyonari are going to keep having an effect on the story. They’ve gotta make use of that big cast, after all!
One final thing – the music. Though I’m not the audiophile that Moomba is, I can tell when the audio is done right occasionally. First of all, the soundtrack for Kyoukaisen continues to be remarkable. For me, it was during Toori and Horizon’s discussion at the party that I was reminded of this. Watch that scene again and just focus on the music. The way it deftly cuts in and dials up the feelings and the tension until what could have been a dry, dialogue-heavy scene takes on the heroic, world-spanning-consequences tone that rightfully fits its subject matter. Beautiful.
As for the other music thing, look no further than the ending. Once again, we saw the ED switch due to the tone of the very end of the episode. The cutsy chibi ED was fun, but it wouldn’t have been appropriate here right after so much of the coming conflict was just foreshadowed. That’s why they switched it out for something more powerful and serious. Personally, I like this song a lot more than the serious ED from Season 1, but that’s not the important part. The important part is the tone it sets. It takes the emotions that end of the episode conveyed and carries them further, allowing us as audience members to stay in that moment for a little longer, while we slowly come to grips with what we just saw.
Oh, and one other thing about this ED. You noticed who starred in it, right? Mary. Remember that in Season 1, it was our tragic heroine Horizon who starred in the serious ED. Naturally, that means that it’s Mary who is our main tragic heroine this time around. With the stage set, the rest of the Trump showing up, and the main plot of this arc exploding onto the scene, things are only going to get worse, for Mary and for others, before they get better. As with last season, we just have to hope they get better in the end.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Service, service, & more fanservice…but also plot, including a turn for the dire in the last minute. Excellent. #Kyoukaisen
- My my, Neito really loves meat, hur hur hur. Erh, sorry. I’ll be good.
- Neito: “Hug me.” Stilts: “Okay.”
- Does this look like a freaky fourway between Toori, Horizon, Neito, and a plate of meat to anyone else? Not that I’m complaining.
- “Tenzou, more beer!” Can…can I have a Tenzou of my very own?? Nothing weird or anything, it’s just, just…FREE BEER NINJA WOOOO!!!
- I enjoyed Milton (Kawahara Yoshihisa) and his little freak out sessions, though not as much as Tenzou turning him into a cannibal. Beware of getting between a ninja and his busty blonde, apparently.
- Speaking of, who wants to bet that Toori has already realized that Scarred isn’t a guy? He’s an idiot, but he’s perceptive like that. Though maybe I just like to imagine that he’s on deck (trope!) for Tenzou x Mary. Probably both.
- Azuma! Horizon!! Futayo!!! *cracks up laughing* The scene where they ask about sex – and the whole thing gets foisted off on Masazumi – was hilarious! Ohhh Malga, you should have properly explained everything to Azuma the first time. Now him + two busty babes have a very easily misunderstood definition of what sex means. I can only hope this will lead to more hilarious misunderstandings ^^ And by “only hope,” I mean I will cry big manly crocodile tears if this doesn’t happen. Seriously, make it happen Sunrise. I’m counting on you!
- Dem. BD. Sales. Someone find me a picture of Shirojiro bathing in money, and label it “Sunrise Accounting Department.” They’re going to make a fortune.
- Related: I had to watch the second bath scene twice, because I totally missed the dialogue the first time through, for some strange reason. These are the kinds of things I do for you. You’re welcome.
- It’s okay Adele, I like you just the way you are :3 But I like Suzu just the way she is too :3
- Oh, one last bit of plot-like substance – I was surprised to hear that Mary wasn’t actually going to be executed, but rather was going to be “saved.” Now I’m curious…does this mean that she won’t really be saved (she’ll remain locked up or something), or that she feels guilty being saved because of past events! (which I won’t spoil if you don’t know them yet.) Personally, I lean towards the latter. Mary smacks of someone who would have survivor’s guilt to me.
- Did you catch the book Seijun was reading? Yeah, that’s right – Machiavelli’s The Prince. I cannot applaud Seijun enough for this! That’s a really good book, and reading it should aid her in her political ambitions greatly. That reminds me, I haven’t done my read through for this year yet. Maybe I should change it up and do that after I…erh… *shifty eyes* I fear I’ve said too much.
Stilts note: I apologize for my tardiness with this post – I was running around all day yesterday and flying today, so I couldn’t spend as much time writing as I would have preferred. Next week’s post should be released with my usual alacrity. Look forward to it!
ED3: 「悲しみは誰の願いでもない」 (Kanashimi wa Dare no Negai Demo nai) by 結城アイラ (Yuki Aira)
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