「夢の守り人」 (Yume no Mamoribito)
“Protectors of Dreams”
While every scene was practically standard fare from start to finish, it was indeed a gripping episode, with some well done suspense and tension between characters. The implied sexual relationship betwen Mysteltainn and Rice-sensei was unexpected to say the least, but makes sense in context, and we all know when you add sex to villains, it feels all the more taboo. Still, I lol’d when he promptly exploded her clothes into shreds. That’s some power you got there sensei. And what the hell was he doing that required censoring? Is that even censoring? Actually, I don’t think I even want to know.
Regardless of how simple Mysteltainn’s motives are, it’s done well enough to keep the suspense going. I did expect Merry to give back at least decent fight, but she never landed a hit. The fight choreography was also ridiculous. Yumeji’s failure is understandable, which then falls back on Kawanami, the big “question,” as if jaded ol’ me could seriously bite my nails wondering whether or not she’ll step up to the plate. Again, it was all done pretty well, so I still had some sense of dread, but the power of companionship wins over her emotionless heart like I have to use milk on my cereal. But as I was expecting some sort of cliffhanger, they suddenly retreat..? She practically had them all at her feet, so why wait? “Oh, I’m beating down too many people. Even though I’m so close right now, and I actually have to beat you all again if I wait, as well as open the possibility of you getting stronger, screw it you know? I’ll just kill you all next time.” Give it up for J.C. Staff everybody!