「堕ちた巨人」 (Ochita Kyojin)
This is the second anime this week where I felt a show prematurely killed off a character (the other one being Gundam AGE). In addition to feeling premature, it just felt off. I never pegged this show to be a downer. It’s not like they’ve never killed off anyone in the franchise but I can’t help but have this feeling that Jin may be resurrected. Logic dictates that he’s most likely going to stay dead though because I think it would be pretty screwed up and insensitive to have an open casket service for him (and other Neo-DEAVA students) only to revive him later. Next week’s episode has the potential to be very powerful emotionally.
This episode had a lot of pointing and power ups. We got to see Kagura getting a power-up from Altair, Neo-DEAVA performing a double gattai with seven people, and the cannon upgrade from Jin. Power-ups mean action and this episode was filled with lots of it. I can’t say I was really surprised with what I saw because it seemed very predictable. For example, they’ve already shown that two aquaria can occupy the battlefield at once so actually getting two Aquarion wasn’t out of the question. Also, since they are no longer separated by gender, “syncing” the two seemed like the next logical choice since all the pilots within one fusion are connected mentally.
It was interesting to hear Mykage talk about how long it has been since he’s seen Fudo. Mykage referring to 12,000 and 24,000 years ago only really serves to connect them to the past. What’s more interesting in how they’ve managed to stay alive this whole time. Also, I was surprised to see Fudo surprised by what Mykage did to Jin. It’s not often you see the magician shaken since he usually knows what’s going to happen.
Kagura gave me a good laugh when he lifted Mikono over his head after he had beaten down Aquarion. It was just really weird, funny, and slightly awkward and I’m sure Mikono didn’t appreciate it. Their attempt at making the viewer question the fate of Kagura later in the episode when his machine exploded felt weak since we saw Kagura get swallowed by flower petals and because Mykage wouldn’t let his play-thing (and main character) die so easily.
Although the episode was predictable in some ways, I was impressed by and enjoyed the action and am glad that they’re steadily trying to move the plot along after two weeks of developing Jin’s character.
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