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Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – 06

「ゲット・ザ・ロックアウト!!」 (Getto za Rokkuauto!!)
“Get the Lock Out!!”

Steven is acting nice? Run.

I think this episode finally taught me what kind of “sense” a Kekkai Sensen episode should make. It doesn’t need to make logical sense, clearly; the zanier the better. What it should be is relatively easy to understand. Gilbert’s regeneration last episode is a great example—he gets cut, he speaks like two lines, and we’re clued in on what’s going on. The episode prior was too much exposition by half, and this one had two different things going on, one of which required too much exposition (the earthshaker, which was confusing initially) and one which didn’t require much at all (the rapidly evolving bugman). With both in one episode, it ended up overstuffed, and that’s perhaps the real point—

One episode. This Kekkai Sensen is exclusively episodic, and that presents difficulties. The first season did more complicated things with the Black & White arc, but it worked out fine because a moderate amount of exposition, when spread out over a season, doesn’t bombard us with too much exposition at any one time, and it can avoid confusing the viewer. When each of your adventures only lasts an episode, exposition either needs to be brief or easily digestible, lest too much of your limited runtime be wasted on world-building. It didn’t work when they were introducing the stealth werewolves + a villain and her back story, it worked fine when it was all Gilbert all the time, and it only sorta worked this time with the earthshaker stuff and the bugman. If you’ve only got an episode, you can only afford a little exposition. A lot can be done with stylistic elements that don’t require explanation, but they should consider their actual exposition time to be sharply limited. They went over the limit with this one.

Storytelling issues aside, this episode was—okay, I can’t even. Where is Anila!? What happened to her? Why didn’t they tell us at the end! I mean, I assume she’s dead—it seems the fate of most secondary or minor characters in this story—but why no confirmation!? Now I’m just left wondering, and argh!

The best part of this episode was undoubtedly Steven, even if he still spells his name wrong. Seeing him get all happy due to exhaustion, and then later on freak out, was amusing as hell. Everybody else was fine, just doin’ their thing, save for K.K., who is also awesome. They’re probably my favorites, though Leo is also up there. It’s a good thing Kekkai Sensen actually managed to make its main character one of the most likable ones.

I’m still really struggling for meaning with these episodes, though. The meaning of this one was that Leo was wavering, and that, through seeing Klaus work, he regained his determination. Leo was passive in this, and we never saw him take any action outside of that which he’d take anyway. It was tell instead of show, though it’s a good thing they at least told us, otherwise I would have missed it entirely. But without a larger meaning to all of this, what’s the point? Stop doing all these Michella flashbacks, or rather the same flashback, and get to whatever’s going to happen between the siblings now. Or at least stuff that’s already happened which we haven’t seen. Until then, things are just happening, and there’s no rhyme or reason to them. That might be closer to how life actually works, but I expect better from fiction. It isn’t allowed to be as damn stupid as reality can be, see: any newspaper headline in the last two years. Jeez.

Random thoughts:

  • After just writing about Yuuki Yuuna, it occurs that legs and eyes are some of the most frequent disabilities in fiction. I wonder why? If I had to guess, it’s probably because it’s immediately apparent how inconvenient it would be, they’re highly visible, but they’re also easy to work around when you have access to narrativium. Not so much the case in real life, I suspect.
  • Ohhhh, it’s Gilbert’s niece’s wedding. I was . . . I was assuming something else.
  • K.K. saying “Hiiii, Ste[ph]en-sensei” is going to be my new ringtone. Just sayin’.

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November 12, 2017 at 12:25 am
11 comments »
  • November 12, 2017 at 1:10 amExukvera

    They accidentally left it out but Show Spoiler ▼

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    If your maglock fails and you’re kicked out. Who You’re gonna call? YURIAN!

    • November 12, 2017 at 1:28 amStilts

      Phew, thank you. That’s one spoiler I really needed to know. That was bugging me.

      • November 12, 2017 at 11:57 amBigFire

        Instead of covering one chapter, this one covers a whole arc. So lots of things gets cut.

      • November 12, 2017 at 1:10 pmstarqo

        “Bugging” you, you say?

      • November 15, 2017 at 7:57 pmGuile

        … How is that possible?

  • November 12, 2017 at 3:12 amsuzuno

    This was an ok episode…but who cares.

    Zed’s episode is NEXT WEEEKKK. How do I live until then!!!

  • November 12, 2017 at 1:41 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    Giant mosquitos?? ……..Consider me DEAD!

    And how many BLOOD BRAIN GRID TECHNIQUES does klaus have anyway!?! endless i hope!

    • November 12, 2017 at 2:08 pmStilts

      As many as the plot demands, I bet.

    • November 16, 2017 at 11:37 pmKlein

      Wouldn’t it be 999 form in total? Considering Ewigkeit Gefangnis is form 999 and it’s supposed to be the ultimate sealing technique.

      The only other character who had a technique for every conceivable situation that I can think of is just Kenshiro with the ridiculously ‘wholesome’ Fist of North Star martial art.

  • November 12, 2017 at 9:28 pmOri

    This lack of on going story business is really killing this show for me. I am having trouble keeping my interest… and I was SO excited about this 6 episodes ago.

  • November 13, 2017 at 10:20 pmhaseo0408

    This confirms what everybody lnow really well by now: everything is Hellsalem´s Lot is out to kill everyone in the worst way you can imagine! I mean, even mosquitos can become mosnters with godlike complex!.

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