Devil Survivor 2 The Animation – 06
「DAY 3 – 不穏の火曜日II」 (Fuon no Kayoubi II)
“DAY 3 – Tuesday’s Disquiet 2″
I’m grumpy and tired from all the sleepless nights I’ve pulled over the last few days, so forgive me if this episode post comes out rough and short. There’s just a couple of points I want to get through, so I’ll start with the positive stuff.
First up, Hibiki. I’ve said a lot about his one-note characterization over the last few posts, so no, I won’t torture you with a re-tread. But for what it’s worth, this episode did get me caring a little more. I liked his short conversation with Otome, which highlights his self-awareness as a tool -“The most powerful summoner”- to be used. But even as a tool, he wants to choose a master that he agrees with; it was abhorrence of Yamato’s cold methods that made him turn to Ronaldo, who treated all life as equal. Otome challenges whether his perception of Ronaldo was right, but whether right or wrong quickly becomes irrelevant; it is apparent in the subsequent Septentrione battle that Ronaldo’s faction just doesn’t have enough fighting power. Even the great saviour Hibiki is shown to be fallible at a time of crisis, and so it fall to Yamato and JP’s to once again save the day. Whether Hibiki likes it or not, the circumstances does seem to be forcing him to cooperate with JP’s.
Now, two things I’m miffed about this episode; the first being the way Ronaldo calls Yamato out on his plan to rule over his Social Darwinist paradise. Honestly, the way the anime puts it out there seems far sillier than I remembered, without any sort of rationalisation for his goal. It’s largely due to Yamato being a damn enigma as far as the anime’s concerned; we just haven’t learned enough about him, or seen enough of a development in his relationship dynamics to understand why he’s taking the actions he does. What prompted him to rescue Hibiki this episode? And echoing Hibiki here, why was it so necessary to sacrifice the JP’s army in the battle against Merak, and not step in if he had the power to do so? I’m hoping for a clearer answer in the coming episodes, but I’m not holding my breath.
The other is the fight with the third Septenrione, Phecda. I’d first say that the fights themselves are typically the most impressive parts of DeSu2A, and the presentation wasn’t what I was disappointed with. Plus, Hibiki’s death clip added a nice bit of tension with the possibility of someone not surviving through the episode. No, rather, I’m hating how the Septentrione battles always seem to be resolved so underwhelmingly; all that tension and desperation in the fight seems for naught when it all it takes is one illogically powered character -before Hibiki, now Yamato- to take down the invader in a few swift strikes.
That said, I didn’t hate the episode; it is standard fare coming from DeSu2A, with nothing in particularly that wowed or disappointed me. There’s little to talk about, unless you get a kick out of seeing Airi being Airi, or Jungo being Jungo. (Probably the two characters least changed from their game counterparts) The episode does end at an interesting place with Hibiki and Yamato at a standoff, and Alcor –certainly the most enigmatic of the lot– butting in with his sparkling/shining one schtick. Whatever plans Alcor suggested he might have had for Yamato seems to now to be falling onto Hibiki, and I’m curious to see how the anime will develop this third faction from there.
Full-length images: 16.
Post was slightly delayed this week due to assignments and deadlines and whatnots. Final semester being a bitch. Next week’s post should be out in better time.