Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 12
「居場所の刃傷持ち」 (Ibasho no Ninjou Mochi)
“Where the One Scarred by Swords Belongs”
Why will Musashi lose if they go too far through Tres España’s fleet?
How do the Valdez Siblings’ spells work, and how did Noriki intercept them?
Why did Horizon and the Valdez Siblings say that Noriki lost, even though he saw through their pitch?
What’s the chaff that Adele and Musashi-sama were talking about?
What was that programming language the automated dolls used to translate sensory information into sound for Suzu?
What did Kenji and Nenji do aboard that Tres España ship?
Diego’s painting magic
What do Tres España’s Testament Arma do?
Why did Takakane deactivate his Testament Arma when Shirojiro’s coins were raining down on him?
Where did Gin’s smaller arms come from when her big prosthetic ones were so clearly cut off?
A quick overview impression before I get into each of the many plot threads woven into this episode: no, this episode wasn’t nearly as awesome as the previous one, but that’s a friggin’ high bar to clear. It was still awesome, and the best episode I’ve watched…well, since the last episode of Kyoukaisen! The action was just glorious, and there are two times during the episode where I got that chill that said hey, I’m watching something special. Yeah, it was a little rushed – they jammed a lot of content in here – but overall I think it was done quite well, considering all they had to work with and what they managed to accomplish. Now, let’s get into it!
Noriki vs the Valdez Siblings
I cover this one a bit under the Explanations section above, though not with as much solid information as I would prefer, so go to the comments below if you can help out! As for impressions, two things come to mind. First of all, I like how Noriki was going all tsundere on them for calling him out on how he came with a piece of metal under his jacket (what is this, Oda Nobuna no Yabou? zomg, spoilers!), and I liked how Noriki didn’t straight up win. Insofar that his goal was to drive the siblings off, he did win, of course, but I like to see the enemy giving the protagonists a good fight, and just injuring the older brother’s weapon hand rather than knocking the younger sister out entirely definitely isn’t a full victory. Gotta earn that, guys!
Like with Kimi-nee, Suzu is one of those characters who by all rights shouldn’t be terribly useful in a fight (one is an erotic dancer, and the other is blind, fergodssake!)…and I therefore love it whenever she is. First of all, it was awesome to see Suzu go all omniscient, and adorable when the cushion thing recurred. A clean cushion indeed :3 But of everything else, I look forward to Suzu being able to contribute more to this (and perhaps future?) battle(s) using this tactic. Suzu as mission control with Neshinbara and Adele on the bridge? Do want!
Motivational Speaker Toori
Initially I thought the diversion with the Musashi grunts was going to be a chance for one of them to show how far down the chain of command the faith in Toori and the others went, and just generally act like a bit of a badass. That would have been cool, but I laughed when Toori broke in and used his own special brand of motivation to rile up the troops…
threatening promising to come over and console them if they didn’t fight hard. Mushashi’s soldiers are tsundere for Toori? :3
Shirojiro vs Hironaka Takakane
First of all, the obligatory comment – a railgun, in my Kyoukaisen? …yeah, I’m okay with that, says Stilts cheerfully. :D But jokes aside, it was ridiculous how many different ways Shirojiro found to fight with money. Not indirectly – it’s damn easy to fight with money if you use it to buy, ya know, actual weapons – but to literally use the money itself is much more impressive. My favorite one (aside from the railgun shots, of course) was Shirojiro making what is basically chainmail out of coins to avoid getting sliced open like a kipper. Nice!
The Ascent of Jizuri Suzaku
Ohhhh yeah, now we’re getting into the best parts. This one was a surprise – coming into it, I had no idea this episode would contain Jizuri Suzaku vs Michiyuki Byakko Round 2, much less that it would be one of the scenes that gave me those “holy shit this is good” chills. First of all, the wings – niiiice. Jizuri Suzaku is a junkyard God of War, and it’s biggest weakness has always been that it’s a melee unit that cannot fly. Until now, that is. That alone raised its combat effectiveness markedly.
Futayo vs Gin
Now, the without a doubt best part of the episode. First of all, that opening scene – hilarious! XD I cracked up as Futayo’s naiveté slowly broke Gin, expecting with each passing second for her to go hard yandere to avenge her husband’s honor (and it was televised too, BWAHAHA!!), and I was not wrong. This episode only had a few of Kyoukaisen’s trademark funny moments, but this was certainly the best of them!
There’s only one more episode in this season, and there’s plenty to look forward to. Despite the title, we didn’t get to see Mary fight this week, so I’m looking forward to seeing that next week. Also, we just need to wrap up this whole Spanish Armada thing before time runs out! But now that most of the duels are over with and England is finally getting in on their own battle, that’s the last thing on the agenda. One more for this season…and probably a nice little hook hinting at the Season 3 I would so dearly love to see. 13 more episodes! 13 more episodes!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Surprises abound as the last few duels are end, bringing this season ever closer to its conclusion. & Naomasa, Gin-san..*chills* #Kyoukaisen
- It was a rough day for Margot. Man, they really need to beef up the durability on those things! Still, though that’s going to be potentially inconvenient for Musashi, it does mean that Margot and Malga are back on the same level. I think the strain on their relationship was going to be gone anyway, but if not, that oughta definitely take care of it. Work together to rebuild your rides, girls!
- Oh Asama, you bad girl you :3
- Loved the Tres España soldiers breaking out into their school chant on the battlefield, lawl. Only in Kyoukaisen!
- Really not sure about the scene with Hassan and Persona-kun. I know this isn’t the most aggressive of battles, but stopping for a meal (served by the enemy) in the middle of a battle was quite odd. I’m just gunna try not to think about it too much.
- Ponytail Futayo is hot, but so is unbound Futayo, HNNNNG!!