Vividred Operation – 09
「晴れときどきふわふわ」 (Hare Tokidoki Fuwafuwa )
“Sunny and Sometimes Fluffy”
“God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world.” With Akane back in action, we’re get back our light-hearted atmosphere this week — along with a focus on arguably our two favorite Vividgals in Wakeba and Himawari.
And well, it was quite amusing (and somewhat cute) to see Wakeba cleanin’ for Himawari to start the episode off. Should’ve known it was in exchange for her being forced to wear this, but in the end, things even out… kind of. Not sure if having to go to a whole year’s worth of factory tours would be considered even though. Either way, for the most part, this week was pretty straight forward — rather, as straight forward as you can get when you have a gal who wants to buy things normally not sold in malls (a military server to be precise!). Admittedly, I found myself going “WAIT WHAT!? THEY SELL THOSE?!” at that scene, but hey, just par for the course in the Vividred universe.
Moving on though, this week’s Alone gets dispatched pretty quickly — you know it’s quick when Rei doesn’t even have time to shoot it — so there’s not much to talk about in terms of that, aside from the nice reappearance of Vividblue… and the continued similarities to Evangelion. If you remember, the whole Angel dropping down from space was a key point in the latter, so once again, we’re seeing some continued referencing on the part of Vividred. I can’t help but think of the Lance of Longinus when Kenjirou mentions the “Rod of God,” but at the same time, it could just be a reference to the “kinetic bombardment” the Alone was doing.
In any case, it’s mostly pretty typical stuff this week — although I found it somewhat more likable than usual. I don’t know if it’s just because of the focus on Wakeba and Himawari… or just the fact that it didn’t seem that rushed at all this week. While we’re on that topic though… with only a few episodes left, I’m really starting to think there’s a planned second season at the end of all this. Either that, or they got their work cut out for them if they want to end this with some semblance of a proper ending. Guess we’ll see.