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Luck and Logic – 11

「絶望か 破滅か/」 (Zetsuboo ka hametsu ka)
“Despair or Destruction”

It’s never been more apparent than this week that Luck and Logic is adapted from a trading card game.

This week’s installment of Luck and Logic picks up right off where last week ended—the city is overrun by rogue foreigners and it’s up to our fearless main cast to put an end to it. As such, the first couple minutes of the episode showcase our heroes cleaning up after all the main baddies that they’ve put down in weeks prior. The segment was certainly entertaining—especially in watching the logicalists shine individually, as well as take a stroll down memory lane. I especially liked watching Nanahoshi get some (brief) time in the spotlight, especially because we found out what kind of offense she was capable of—hitting things with her butt. Rad.

However, I’m not entirely sure what narrative purpose the scenes served. I understand the appeal to take a brief recap of the season before we head into the finale, but right after these threats are taken care of, it’s announced that the city is still very much teeming with foreigners–all their effort was for not. Even if they did succeed though, what would’ve even been the point of bringing them in and making such a big deal of it at the conclusion of last week’s episode? I just felt that, this close to the end, every single minute counts. I was just sort of wishing that more time was instead spent fleshing out the complications with Olga—a more logical (OH HOO) decision how episode ten devoted itself to establishing his power. Maybe they should have spent more time strategizing—trying to figure out ways take him down.

And that’s something else—Tsurugi seems to discover Olga witness of just a whim. Something as crucial as the kryptonite of the villain that swept their asses last week should’ve been something more delicately handled. I understand that it ultimately didn’t pan out, but regardless, the revelation should have come about more naturally, to really get across the desperation Olga’s second staff instilled in our protagonists. Instead, Tusurgi just sort of announces his new-founded knowledge, which just sort of falls through the cracks.

By the way, when they were all going on about “attacks” and “defense” I suddenly couldn’t see the clash as anything but a realized card battle—Olga’s god-like stats are compromised by a stifled inability to incorporate one or the other. Just screamed “CARD GAME” to me, which honestly isn’t such an offense, given how well the series has hidden its true identity thus far.

In fact, that concluding scene, where both Tsurugi and Olga are totally showing off their cool new over-trance forms, really got across the fact that this show based off a card game. They’re clearly some higher-end upgrades or cards—the way they smugly brandish their new appearances, yeah I see you, you think you’re cool bro? Huh? I’ll fight you. Some wicked hairdos though.

Overall, a really kind of uneventful episode, which may be problematic given it’s the series’ penultimate. It especially did a poor job of building upon the developments of last week. I’m really just sort of disappointed more time wasn’t spent heightening the severe threat Olga poses, as well as the sort of mental effects the situation yields on the team. When Tsurugi and Athena propose to risk it all to combat this threat, we should’ve really understood not only the weight of the risk and the severity of the threat, but also the sort of mental and emotional turmoil the two were undergoing. It certainly wasn’t an easy decision, and I wanted to really see what was going on in their heads during the whole thing—this would’ve gone a long way in deepening the characters one last time. Ultimately, though, the big concluding scene felt more like a striking reminder of its licensed nature than a big heroic confrontation. Going into this finale, I’m hoping the series will really do something big to redeem this concluding arc at the last second.

March 21, 2016 at 3:37 am
14 comments »
  • March 21, 2016 at 4:39 amWanderer

    A large number of your image links in the text are non-functional. Too many to list. Looking at them, I believe you are missing a space between the last “-” and the word “Large”. At least, that seems to be the only thing about them that is different from the ones that work.

    • March 21, 2016 at 4:40 amWanderer

      Note, that was a hyphen, a dash, in quotation marks there, not an emoticon.

    • March 21, 2016 at 4:47 amJig

      You’re so right! Thanks for the heads up :) I went ahead and fixed ‘em

  • March 21, 2016 at 5:53 amzztop

    Between despair and destruction, which would you choose?

  • March 21, 2016 at 6:08 amAnon

    Duel of faggiest costumes

    • March 21, 2016 at 8:19 ambukszie

      unfortunately I felt that way too

  • March 21, 2016 at 8:46 amWorldwidedepp

    Well, finally Athena put her Spear out. Sadly they need to go Overtrace for that

    • March 21, 2016 at 8:47 amWorldwidedepp

      also, for our Athena Hero, it is the 2nd OverTrance time. So, he is used to this

      • March 21, 2016 at 8:49 amWorldwidedepp

        Problem here…

        Athena is a Goddess, Lucifer an Fallen Angel… But i bet he compensate it with his followers that pray to him…

        like i said, this show has an Power balancing problem

  • March 21, 2016 at 8:52 amAika

    I can hear my logic .. the probability of this anime fixing itself is .. ZERO PERCENT.

  • March 21, 2016 at 10:54 amweird d

    I have to say, I wonder what the character designers were smoking when they created the costumes :
    Asuha and Nanahoshi are wearing pyjamas (LOL at Quetzie getting heart-shaped eyes a couple of times when she transforms BTW)
    Yurine goes magical girl with Bare you Midriff for sexiness
    the Chief is a female Tuxedo Kamen
    Chloe has a chainmail bikini, minus the chainmail (not to mention excessive focus on T&A during her transformation)

    But the worst have to be Tsurugi and Olga’s over trances : Tsurugi all but gets a sex change and ends up in drag, and Olga wears a BDSM outfit with Spikes of Villainy.

    My poor eyes.

    • March 21, 2016 at 3:09 pmWorldwidedepp

      perhaps with Overtrance the goddess side exceed more then 50%. Overtrance are perhaps 80% Goddess and 20% Human body mix. That could also explain this heavy strain on his human body

  • March 21, 2016 at 7:37 pmcryarc

    I stopped watching it on 2nd eps waiting if it will become more interesting later, but by the looks of it it’s becoming worse instead… What’s with those costume designs??

  • March 21, 2016 at 7:40 pmqwert

    Oh no! Over Trance! Who didn’t see this coming since episode one?!