「旅立つために」 (Tabitatsu Tameni)
“Before Hitting the Road”
I don’t know what came over J.C. Staff but this third episode just felt a little out of place. If it was intended to build up some tension before that awesome fight that the preview alluded to, they could have at least made this episode more than just flashbacks! Judging from the comments that episode one got, it probably would have made a lot more sense to air this last week instead of this week.
In the end however, this is just a lot of nitpicking from me. Quality wise, things still look pretty superb. From character close-ups to Shana’s big fiery hand, J.C. Staff seems to have a pretty good idea about what kind of quality they’re aiming for here. While it’s not important how they upgraded the resolution of all those flashbacks from season one; I do hope that this translates into even prettier scenes down the line.
Besides the quality not faltering, this episode did end up being a pretty good recap over what’s happened thus far. While it didn’t pique my interests since I have seasons one and two fresh in my brain, it was probably a godsend tor those of you who didn’t want to re-watch all of the previous episodes. I’m willing to bet that this episode managed to jog your memories at least once! Starting with how Yuuji and Shana met, their battles against the tomogara, meeting their allies and enemies, and ending with Yuuji’s determination for his new goal — it did a good job summarizing a handful of key points.
But, the only problem I do have is trying to accept Yuuji’s decision to abandon everything he holds precious to him in order to save the girl he loves. If I’m not mistaken, I thought that during season two he figured out that being an arrogant kid leads to everyone hating him. Judging from his current course, it would seem that all of the knowledge he gained went right out the window. Be it from having one of the strongest tomogara residing inside of him or just being too stupid to see that what he’s doing is hurting everyone he cares about, I’m having a hard time accepting Yuuji’s decisions. As much as I don’t enjoy the decision he’s made, I am a fan of big “OH” moments and I’m willing to bet that somewhere down the line Yuuji is going to remember why he’s trying to fight for a certain someone.
P.S. Once again guys, I apologize with how late my posts are. Finals are finally finished but I will be out of town this weekend and the weekend after that for college things (CKI!). Due to this, most of my posts will probably be a lot later than usual. Once those two weekends are over though, I should finally be able to get these posts out on time. Thanks for your continued support <3