「Aviation: 飛翔」 (Hishou)
If I had any supernatural power in the world… it would definitely be the ability to fly. Oh! And pretty wings to go along with it =) I know a lot of people rather time travel or have the ability to steal/replicate other people’s powers, but I’m not selfish like that. If I could grow wings and fly that would seriously be enough for me.
Moving along… I can’t say I was surprised when Haruyuki’s avatar suddenly went from being amputated to the first and only avatar to fly. He is the main protagonist after all and he needs something to make him special. I’m not bashing on him in any way though; I think they hinted at his ability heavily from his name (which makes SO much sense now) to his dream of soaring. I thought this episode was a great introduction to what makes this kid so unique and worthy of being a Burst Linker. The audience seemed to be thoroughly impressed (or threatened) and I enjoyed the author’s narration. On a side note: a reader brought up the point that Reki Kawahara uses this character (far right) to represent himself. That’s such an ingenious way to give yourself a cameo appearance! He voices himself as well.
There were a few moments that felt too unrealistic though and that’s not just because this is an anime. This goes for movies and any type of TV show in general. When Cyan Pile/Takumu used his special attack on Haruyuki, I thought that this would be the end of the battle (total gg by the way). I was hoping that Takumu would come out victorious because that proves that Haruyuki can’t always win – then later on, come back and kick some ass. That wasn’t the case though and Haruyuki was able to gain all his respect back within one episode. A little disappointed in the rapid character development there, but at least this speeds up the story and the heartfelt confrontation in the air really gave me a different perspective on Takumu. The cliffhanger from last week and the beginning of this episode really played off his character as an antagonist, but I’m glad that misunderstanding was sorted out and resolved. I can’t dislike Takumu for long; you can’t blame the man for being jealous if his girlfriend thinks about someone else. If anything, Haruyuki is equally to blame for being ignorant and assuming that everything is just peachy for everyone else around him.
I think the biggest surprise for me this week was definitely Kuroyukihime’s appearance on the stage. How did she recover so fast? I thought she was unconscious and couldn’t defend herself while linked up to the network (which is why Haruyuki had to defend her in the first place). Ignoring that miraculous recovery though, we finally get to see her avatar – which is pretty awesome. I just laughed when she said it was “ugly” due to the lack of hands, which is true… but I just don’t see why that would bother her so much (holding hands should be done in the real world, not virtually!). She looked so adorable when she was in the hospital waiting for Haruyuki. I was half-expecting another confession during the ending credits however, asking someone to call you by your first name seems a bit more personal. I don’t think the audience ever learns Kuroyukihime’s real name… but as long as she gets a nickname instead, I think that’d be a sign of how close the main couple is getting (plus her name is a handful to type!).
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Note: Apologies for the late post! Real life is a handful sometimes and I’m glad that everyone’s been so patient and understanding. As a forewarning, my next 2 weekends might continue to be hectic but I’ll try and be timely. Thank you Verdant for doing my screen caps and full-length images this week! I seriously appreciate it.