Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyou – 10
「燃え尽きるような」 (Moetsukiru Youna)
“Like Burning Away”
Everybody just keeps making wrong moves, including the producers.
Stop Getting In The Way, Akari!
There are many unforgivable storytelling sins in Stilts’ eyes, and here’s one of the biggest ones – characters acting stupidly in order to push the story along. This is like my time-honored complaint about “convenient” events that move the plot forward, because it’s exactly that, but with the bonus of making me dislike a character as well. I understand and accept that people really do stupid things from time-to-time – myself certainly included – just as sometimes convenient things really do happen. That said, when it happens all the time from characters who are built up as serious, dependable, and moderately intelligent, I start to scream.
Why does Akari always have to get in the way when they try to take down a Daemonia? Now Seira can’t fight, and it’s Akari’s fault that she’s alone. (Sure, maybe Evil Luna would have bitten Seira anyway, but that doesn’t absolve Akari of her idiocy.) And why did Meltina and Priscilla keep attacking their clones even though they knew it would hurt them, much less charge straight at them? I understand that they were trying to buy time, but try missing a little you blasted idiots! It’s even the small things like Akari dropping her sword to grab her arm during the second fight with Luna. I’m sorry, but she hurt your left arm – let it bleed! Having your sword in hand would have been way more beneficial than depending on yelling out Luna’s name, even if it happened to work. This time.
Luna Isn’t Completely Gone, Yet
I was looking forward to more punch in Akari’s interactions with Luna this episode, but we didn’t get it. True, they have apparently finally realized that you don’t need to get rid of a character in a single episode, and that’s a good change – it could lead to even more punch when Luna’s plot eventually runs its course. It still remains that the one thing I was looking forward to didn’t evoke any feelings. Oh, and Luna not being completely gone? I’m not surprised, and unfortunately it wasn’t done well enough for me to be okay with that.
Low Opinion of Humans
The angry mob has to be one of my least favorite things to see pop up in a story. Yes, mobs happen sometimes, and sometimes they’re believable and used well, but it’s times like these where it feels like the creators just have a really low opinion of humanity. Some rumors start spreading, and within a day a bunch of normal people are engaging in a little breaking and entering, arson, and probably manslaughter (if they had gotten their hands on the Sefiro Fiore girls / they hadn’t gotten out). I know this story is supposed to be dark, but that’s lazy darkness. That’s saying people are dicks in general, instead of giving reasons for their actions.
I don’t know guys, I seriously don’t. After a good first episode and a decent first arc this show seriously slid downhill, and I’ve largely given up defending it. It had potential, but it hasn’t come through, and every episode increasingly smacks of people writing out of the cliche scriptwriter’s guide, with no spark or interest or desire to do something grand. At this point I want to see where they’re going to take all of this out of curiosity, and because the whole show has given me plenty of lessons in “How Not To Do It”. Which is nice in its own way, I suppose.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Things might not be so dark and bleak if everyone stopped acting so daft #geneitaiyou 10
- Stop hitting yourself, stop hitting yourself, stop hitting yourself. Idiots.
- Forgot to mention – the revelation that Cerebrum is some Daemonia that has free will (why? Because shut up) wasn’t what I was hoping for. A regular old Daemonia that grew up lacks the punch that some special, super powerful eldritch horror would have had. Now the whole thing seems even more mundane somehow.
- I guess it’s pretty cold in the Astralux.
- Expect next week’s post to come out on Sunday, because it’s football season, and Stilts will be druuuuuunk when this airs. Priorities!