Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 10
「劇場の咆哮者」 (Gekijou no Houkou Mono)
“Howler at the Theatre”
I have been waiting for this episode all season. In case you hadn’t guessed, these posts are a lot of work, especially Kyoukaisen ones that take double or more the time of a normal RandomC to produce. Yet once the credits rolled on this one, I leaped up in excitement and began pacing around, thoughts and words spinning around in my head, jostling, fighting to spill out onto the page before me. This is the kind of episode that makes me love Kyoukaisen, and fantasy and fiction in general. Epic confrontations, heroic efforts, friends coming to save friends from the bring of despair and snatching victory from defeat, love and strife and feelings galore…ohh man, my writer’s soul is on fire! This is without a doubt the best episode of the season so far. Explanations are first, then the impressions as usual. Let’s get to it!
Only One Loli Shakespeare-chan
Why is Kimi-nee impervious to Cecil’s gravity magic?
Why did Masazumi’s maus need to know more about her in order to teleport to her?
The Maid of Orléans
Neito’s Chains & Silver Dust
Shakespeare-chan’s Different Form of Speech
Malga, Tenzou, & Kimi-nee
Malga and Tenzou sticking together was a strange combo from the first time I saw it last episode. Yet, like seeing Adele, Suzu, and Futayo together (side note: we need to get that band back together, people!), or even Malga herself and Neshinbara back in Episode Two, it’s refreshing to see how these characters who aren’t normally seen together interact. I laughed hearing the Tenzou mention a minor slight from their childhood, and Malga the kindness Tenzou showed. There’s truth there; kids say mean things (Malga to Tenzou, Neshinbara to Shakespeare-chan, Toori to Horizon) to one another, and those minor wounds can endure in a way that later slights can’t even compare to…but in the same way, sometimes even the most minor of kindnesses were showed as a child are held dear, and never forgotten. Nice to see that though Tenzou was wary (as kids can be – Malga is different, she’s strange, and that can be scary), he didn’t let that stop him from being kind. Good on you Tenzou, and you too Malga, for wing manning (hur hur hur) for him when he most needs it!
Admiral Adele, Leader Toori, and Friends
This whole history recreation thing is a rather funny idea. The thought is to recreate what happened in order to get humanity back to where it once was. That’s a crazy idea in and of itself, but anyone with an above average understand of human nature (or who has listened to one too many theological arguments, or has more than a passing interest in politics) can instantly pick out the biggest flaw – humans are excellent at twisting things to their own benefit. More than England vs the Spanish Armada, that’s the fight that’s going on here. Adele is fighting like it’s a literal recreation of the original battle, whereas Felipe is fighting using the loosest interpretation that he can twist to Tres España’s benefit.
Masazumi vs Christopher Hatton, Round 2
HNNNNNNNNNNNGGG Masazumi’s maus is so friggin’ cute!! I had no idea how Masazumi was going to beat Christopher Hatton, which is part of the reason that made this battle fun. It does feel like Masazumi’s maus just teleporting in with a bunch of spells that it got from Asama just because she happened to come by is pretty convenient, but…well, okay, it was pretty convenient. Still, you’ll get a lot of forgiveness from me for throwing out a super cute maus, Masazumi tsukkomiing, an animated skeleton threatening to beat someone to death with a book, and Asama saying “happy death” in glorious engrish. Needless to say, I enjoyed this scene ^^
Neito vs Walshingham, Round 2
This battle was an interesting one. Compared to their first match, it seemed like Neito had a slight advantage from the get-go, but it wasn’t so huge as to turn this into a curb-stomp battle (trope!). Really we didn’t see them fight a whole lot, so Neito’s slight advantage could have turned around in an instant, just as Walshingham’s advantage in Round 1 ended with a tie. The clutch moment was when Neito charged towards Walshingham when she was firing her gun and shut it down. That was ballsy as hell, but it was exactly the kind of move that was needed to stop a dangerous opponent. Really, I was reminded of one of the first times I saw Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, and how the battles would go back and forth until one clutch move would seal the close battle for one of the combatants (especially when it was Nanoha vs Fate in the first season). That’s how a fight should be – short, frantic action that turns into someone’s victory in the blink of an eye. That’s pretty much how it works, after all.
Oh, and Walshingham’s maus OS is almost criminally cute, HNNNNNNGGG!!
Neshinbara vs Shakespeare-chan, Round 2
Oh man, where do I start! I go over the reveal that there was only one girl that Neshinbara was friends with as a kid in the Explanations section, so scroll up for that. Now, let me just say that I totally called it that Shakespeare-chan would crack out King Lear, though I was wrong about Neshinbara using his debut novel (even though that did appear later on). As far as sheer fight choreography, the duel between King Lear and Neshinbara’s deity Michizane was the best of an episode full of some awesome fights (well, other than that while naval battle, but I kind of put those in different categories). Either way, nothing says “epic confrontation” like two giants duking it out, so my heart was pumping as I watched that. And then it got better
Looking Forward – Mary
This ones easy to see. Kiyonari still has to fight bacon, but that’s small fry stuff; Adele isn’t done taking the fight back to Felipe, but that’s not the thing I’m looking forward to most; no, it’s Tenzou dueling Walter Raleigh for Mary’s life. Tenzou has less than three minutes to save his girl, and Elizabeth isn’t going to give her up easily (even if I’m still not totally convinced that her sister’s death is what she really wants). Shakespeare-chan and Neshinbara’s romantic moment was amazing, but if there’s anything that has a chance to top the one between Toori and Horizon, it’ll be that between Tenzou and Mary. I want it, I want it oh so bad. Oh man…why can’t it get here faster!!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Kimi defies gravity, Neito whoops ass, Seijun’s maus is cute, Adele gets her mojo back, & Shakespeare is deredere for Neshinbara #Kyoukaisen
tl;dr, part 2: @StiltsOutLoud – This episode (ep10) is utterly amazing. Watch it. WATCH IT NAO!! #Kyoukaisen
- boing boing.
- No one has ever looked crazier than Toori while naked. Anything he does, he does well…while naked. Woo!
- I enjoyed how Margot’s plan got the unspoken plan guarantee (trope!). Too bad it was a minor one that got showed off in 30 seconds anyway, Orz
- This OST continues to be phenomenal. Everyone, make sure to bug Moomba to do another OST post when that comes out, will you? It deserves it. Nay, it demands it!
ED & Episode Epilogue: