Devil Survivor 2 The Animation – 11
「7TH DAY – それぞれの土曜日」 (Sorezoreno Doyoubi)
“7TH DAY – Saturday of Variances”
It’s gonna be a bit of a short post this week, and I’m just gonna get my main gripe out of the way. What went through the writer’s mind as this episode of DeSu2A was penned? The gratuitous amount of characters deaths I saw in this episode was uncalled for. Was some kind of mood whiplash intended after the feel-good ending of last episode? Simply needing to up the ante of this Septentrione finale? Did they feel the need for the deaths to fuel Daichi’s relevance? Or hell, was it done just for the heck of it? Because the precedence for this chain of character deaths certainly feels like that very last reason.
Granted, death in DeSu2A seemed to have always come cheaply, and I chalk that up to an acute lack of narrative build-up and character development. Even so, this felt way overplayed. The series of incredible circumstances that lead to each death quite nearly becomes parodical; especially Jungo and Airi making the turn into another group of explosive pods, and Hinako falling right into the trench where the explosive pods also coincidentally landed. This was far from the kind of narrative impact I was expecting. The successive deaths altogether cheapens the severity of Septentrione fight itself when Hibiki simply arrives to save the rest.
In any case, style definitely precedes substance in the delivery of this episode. The fight with the final Septentrione Benetnasch is one hell of a spectacle; with demons and explosions in abundance. Everyone gets a piece of the non-stop action in this episode, and even someone bows out, you can bet they do so in a blaze of glory. Hell, they even managed to hit quite a few fanservice button with the climatic summoning of SMT mascot Jack Frost (actually Black Frost. Technicalities!) and I can safely bet I wasn’t the only person to gleefully HEE HO over his grand appearance. With two more episodes to go, it does seem that the showdown between Yamato and Hibiki will be the climax of DeSu2A’s story, with the winner being able to decide the world’s fate with Polaris. A loud and flashy climax is a guarantee at this point, and frankly, I’m no longer expecting the quality of the writing to improve much over the next two episodes.