「大人になるには」 (Otona Ninaruniha)
“To Become an Adult.”
So, I managed to release this before any subs came out… pulling out a bit of sorcery myself here: Estetica style! IMPRESSED!? No? Darn it. Crappy references aside…
Going into the third episode, I found myself doubting whether I was watching the right show for a bit there. I mean, wow, there was a grand total of ZERO scenes of fan service through the first half of the episode. It’s like someone heard my qualms about the fan service to plot ratio from last week and decided to edit all out, filling it with plot and character development just so I’ll continue covering it or something. Na, that can’t be it, can it? Heh. Anyway, enough about that, let’s get chattin’ about the episode itself… with a story! I call it:
A Tale in the Life of Akatsuki: It’s Not Easy Being a Hero!
Continuing straight off from the 2nd episode, our rogue hero Akatsuki finds himself dealing with the repercussions of his… urination inducing actions: getting ignored by Miu, as well as getting nothing but a cracker for breakfast. But it’s okay! Because Akatsuki’s a real maverick and he gets it, he gets your feelings, and he gets my feelings. So he’ll take that cracker with a smile and gulp it down, and like it. Yes, Akatsuki understands. He knows that because he’s so awesome, he has a responsibility to use his power for good! We’re looking at you, oh, red haired hooligan whose name is not worth mentioning. Is that you bullying my good friend to get to the front of the lunch line? You better not be… Oh wait, you say you’re not? That you’re just peeking and not getting anything for lunch? Good good, I’d hate to see what’d happen to you otherwise…
And oh wait, who’s that trying to run into the elevator, thinking she can avoid Akatsuki’s awesome ability to make girls feel better? Class Rep! PEEKABOO! What a coincidence! (Not). You seem a bit down! How about you and Akatsuki relax a bit in a nice room for two? Not interested? Ah well, too bad! The great rogue hero just paralyzed you… so well, you’ll just have to take it in stride eh? He’ll carry you inside now. Oh right, did I mention Miu and Izumi are busy getting it on next door too?
The next day…
Ah, what’s this? We’re having some sparring practice? Awesome, let me just pick up my handy weapon summoning wristband and let’s kick some ass. Oh, what’s this? Join together in your own preferred groups? Sure, I know who I’ll be with… but who will Akatsuki end up with? Of course he’ll end up with the red haired hooligan! Oh and down he goes! Wait, what’s going on in the other arena!? Someone sabotaged the simulation and maxed out the statistics of the monster involved, and it’s turning everyone into stone!? Miu, Class Rep, and Izumi are in trouble!? Quick, call the maverick! What, he’s already there? Wait, of course he’s already there. He’s gotta save them magical girls. Will he do it!? Will he succeed with the epic sword that’s twice his size!? It’s just not easy being a hero! To be continued next week…
And well, that pretty much summarizes the episode up nicely. We get some nice moments of Akatsuki getting what he deserves after last episode and some character development for the Kazuha as well. Considering how likable her character is from my standpoint, it was a welcome development to say the least. But not to be overshadowed, the episode soon throws back the focus on our rogue hero, who amazingly adds a grand total of zero piece of lingerie to his collection this episode. It was pretty strange seeing him NOT going through pervy antics, especially considering how the whole abduction and locking himself with the class rep portion seemed exceptionally ripe for such a moment… but it allowed for us to see another side to his personality, a part where he shows he really gives a darn about the people around him.
And well, it’s just interesting to see, because in this day and age, there are just few characters who start out the way Akatsuki starts out (with his level of powers) AND also have the characteristics he does. He’s not arrogant for no reason. He’s not just sitting by waiting things to happen. And he knows to help when he should, even when it’s not wanted/asked for. Typically, the average anime character takes a whole series to build up the power and the personality that Akatsuki already has. And while it’s only a result of how the plot foundation is, it’s still nice to see, because it tosses out a lot of the generic build-up for the main protagonist that doesn’t break much territory in terms of originality.
Moving on, I reckon if the red-haired hooligan’ll be a kind of Scarecrow (cue Jormungand reference), in that he’ll be a constant source of laughter throughout the series. I mean, every single cameo he makes ends up with him getting owned in someway, and at this point, it seems like it’s definitely intentional. Other things to ponder: Who’s the one sabotaging the session and for what reasons? Why is it that people can actually be turned to stone? I remember the first episode saying that students don’t actually die in sessions… but this seems to throw that explanation for a bit off a loop. I suppose though, in the end, we won’t actually see anyone die, because Akatsuki’s there wielding his spanking new sword of doom… but it’s something that’s bothering me a little bit.
Anyway, Estetica earns itself some continued coverage with this episode. I’m still not sure if I’ll cover the series for the rest of the season and I’m also a bit worried as to whether it’ll end up covering any major plot points in the source material before it’s all said and done, but we get some nice character development and some potential foundations for a plot this episode… which fulfilled what I wanted from the series as a condition for continued coverage last week. Guess I’ll catch ya guys next week.
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