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Luck and Logic – 06

「対決か 降伏か/」 (Taiketsu ka kōfuku ka)
“Battle or Surrender”

The strongest individual character development yet.

This week, Luck and Logic managed to surprise almost as much as its first episode did. Not only did it devote an entire episode towards developing a character who has done little more than exist quietly in the background, but it did so more strongly than for its primary characters.

Existing in the Background

So how exactly does Luck and Logic characterize someone who’s done nothing but support the main characters from afar? Well with that quality itself—Nanahoshi Yukari is the team’s de facto “manager,” like she was for her previous soccer team. It’s all she’s ever done, and all she’s ever used to. As the episode’s opening dream sequence made clear, Nanahoshi was not made for the spotlight—just the notion of injecting herself right into the action seems destined for failure. For now, all she can do is lend her services in assisting those more capable.

This is a wonderful way to justify suddenly bringing attention to a character who has merely subsisted in the series thus far. Though we’ve always got glimpses of Nanahoshi either cooking up some grub for the team or asking questions in the command center, we’ve never really gotten a feel for her identity, as well as her relevance to the team. There’s no better way to start characterizing her than with the way the show has used her character thus far. A surprisingly ingenious way to make her development this episode seem organic and unforced.

It was interesting seeing the drastic shift in perspective from the fighters to the team support. The focus on Nanahoshi allowed for a slower pace, as we finally got a better grasp of her character. As the series’ characters let her know, she has a natural penchant for supporting others—easily getting a handle on others’ habits, tendencies, and preferences. Despite being fully aware of her inherent strengths and weaknesses, though, Nanahoshi secretly covets a starring role. She knows her place, but can’t help but crave at least the opportunity to prove herself worthy for more involved post.

Priestess and god

Enter Quetzalcoatl (the Mayan god of wind and learning, as it turns out). His role this week was by far the most interesting. Up until now we’ve received little to no explanation for the motives and logic (WHOA HO HEY) behind the series’ recurring threats. Thanks to Nanahoshi’s surprising mental calmness in the face of a monster (who’s doing nothing but threatening to devour her whole), we learn that a motive or their attacks is the lack of veneration they receive from humans. They believe themselves worthy of the very same worship they we express towards gods, and are angered to find humans unenthusiastic to do so. Perhaps this calls into question whether real objects of worship with be afflicted by such pitiful egos, but that’s a thought for another time.

The real reason this guy got the spotlight was to finally grant Nanahoshi a trance partner! Throughout the episode, several relationships between logicalists and gods were explored—each dynamic turned out to be unique from one another, from the unconditional subservience of Athena, to the hot and cool complements of Chloe and Valkyrie. In all cases though, the two fit perfectly together.

The trend carries over to Nanahoshi and her new ally. On one side is a girl who flourishes in a supporting role, and on the other is someone who wants nothing more than to be held in high regard. Like an accelerator and a brake pedal. This is a wonderful way to not only introduce a wholly new character, but finally promote Nanahoshi to a more active role on the team. Thanks to her risky move she finally got a taste of the other side.

Drawbacks

Now despite the strength of the overall narrative arc, some beats weren’t played out as convincingly as they could have been. Did Nanahoshi and Quetzel Pretzel really bond strongly enough together during such a short span of time to warrant her life-threatening move? I get the thematic significance of their dynamic, but more should have been spent fleshing out their personal connection, especially to merit Quetzakfdafjkd’s drastic change of heart. Maybe play up a more human insecurity and secret lack of confidence to better complement Nanahoshi’s unconditional empathy and kindness. The episode in general was sort of lacking a strong emotional weight and resonance.

Going Forward

Despite some of my qualms, though, this week managed not only to deliver a coherent character arc that resulted in a consequential development (Nanahoshi’s upgraded role), but also an added layer of depth to the nature of these god-logicalist relationships. It was also great to see that a foreigner got a role greater than the typical monster-of-the-week fare. Now to see if Luck and Logic continues the trend of developing its individual characters, or decides to get the ball rolling for a grander plot.

Also I’m sorry but Nanahoshi’s new suit is embarrassing to look at. Nothin’ more than dragon jammiez.

February 14, 2016 at 1:58 am
16 comments »
  • February 14, 2016 at 2:34 amWorldwidedepp

    So our Female “Virgin” found her Partner God. An Maya God. That can Fly in the Sky

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatl

  • February 14, 2016 at 2:42 amzztop

    This series is testing its luck with its character-centred episodes, but the logics of its characters can be hit-and-miss.

  • February 14, 2016 at 2:42 amWorldwidedepp

    Also I’m sorry but Nanahoshi’s new suit is embarrassing to look at. Nothin’ more than dragon jammiez.

    I think we will not see it in the Anime here, but perhaps in the Manga. They can do the “Deeper trust level Bond” to alternate the appearance of the Flight Suit more. What we see is a “baby version”. Perhaps both of them find the trust for the Adult one. More like a Heaven Snake, what this God truly was. Perhaps they can use it to bring this two more into the “Front line” spot

    Just an idea of mine.

    • February 14, 2016 at 3:41 amWorldwidedepp

      Also her flight skill, can give her a better sight above the battlefield to overlook it… Like an Surveillance drone of today

  • February 14, 2016 at 3:09 amWorldwidedepp

  • February 14, 2016 at 3:17 amJayDrink

    I have to say, if anyone watching this anime had missed its first episode, Tsurugi would just be a very minor side character who’s good at protecting his teammates. This episode in particular, Olga felt more of a main character than Tsurugi ever has in any of the previous episodes. I mean Tsurugi gets, what, 2 minutes of total screen time per episode?

    I feel like I have no emotional connection to him in any way whatsoever, and I’m afraid that once the story puts him back in the spotlight I might lose interest in the show due to me barely knowing anything about the MC (other than the fact that whenever Athena hears him talk, she goes “Yoshichika-san..” in a slightly worried way).

    • February 14, 2016 at 3:27 amWorldwidedepp

      i have an idea, to blend Nanahoshi into the Anime

      Like an Evangelion episode, where the Main Computer breaks down.
      Yeah, use Nanahoshi as an “Command Center” in flesh. She knows the other teammates, they positive and negative things. She can be the one that smooth out their Team play in an Emergency Situation when the HQ has an Power fallout or are under attack. She can act as an “Fallback” Command Officer and can become the 2nd in Command Officer in the HQ. Battlefield Command should still be the our Athena Team. But give them the Spear already, Athena was not only famous for her Shield. If there should be an 2nd Season, this could be used as Cliffhanger

      • February 14, 2016 at 3:29 amWorldwidedepp

        i mean Yukari…

        sorry, my morning coffee is not do his work right

    • February 14, 2016 at 3:31 amzztop

      We’ll likely find out more about Tsurugi once his character ep airs.

      • February 14, 2016 at 3:37 amWorldwidedepp

        Well, i see him as an “Natural Leader”. He have the Strength and experience to understand the battlefield. He is more balanced then our Venus team. because our Venus team would sacrifice her own Life to protect. But Team Athena knows, if they die then how is there to save the Survivors?

        Both are Leaders, but Team Athena are more balanced in surviving

        Team Maya God, is like her: http://randomc.net/image/THE%20IDOLM@STER/THE%20IDOLM@STER%20-%20OP2.25%20-%20Large%2001.jpg
        She is the clue, and Oil that let the Team work above their Limits. Their Teamplay became one, with her as the brain

  • February 14, 2016 at 3:43 amWorldwidedepp

    http://randomc.net/image/Luck%20and%20Logic/Luck%20and%20Logic%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2019.jpg

    The more i understand him, then the more i see this God here
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    as his Partner. Both have nearly the same “high nose” of themselves

    • February 14, 2016 at 7:34 pmjhpace1

      My guess exactly. It’s a troupe spot – the guy left out of the group becomes the traitor.

  • February 14, 2016 at 3:45 amWorldwidedepp

    Sorry, for this mass of postings.. But my Diesel-san personality took over until i could tame it, gomene

  • February 14, 2016 at 9:31 ammarsh381

    Well here’s hoping the Orga’s character episode (if he ever gets one) will be the last, and hoping that we can move on to an actual plot now. With these character exploration episodes, they basically started off from really bad, and then got better. So hopefully Orga’s will be great.
    *side note* This episode was really adorable

  • February 17, 2016 at 5:37 amleppa790

    “we learn that a motive or their attacks is the lack of veneration they receive from humans. They believe themselves worthy of the very same worship they we express towards gods, and are angered to find humans unenthusiastic to do so.”

    I was really intrigued when Quetzalcoatl mentioned that they were on Earth 3. To me his follow up statement about a lack or worship from humans on this earth implied that not only did the earth 3 humans not worship these gods who’d appeared, they didn’t because they’ve never worshipped gods. I really want a more detailed look at what a society without a cultural history of religion looks like.

    Am I the only one who interpreted it like this?

  • February 18, 2016 at 7:54 pmLyfe

    I’m half expecting Orga Brakechild to get a serious powerup. He’s been a bit of comic relief in some scenes, but I’m hoping he’ll be useful in battle in a later episode. Like using a sword or something.