「勇者の背中」 (Yuusha no Senaka)
“The Hero’s Back”
This week on
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica the “Chronicles of the Great Rogue Hero”, we have… well, more of the same: Akatsuki showing us why he’s just so darn awesome. Really, what’s not to marvel about him?
But yeah, Akatsuki’s really a guy who just dabs in a bit of everything. Kind of like a jack of all trades, except like, more of a king of all trades instead. The guy just continues to add to his resume every episode.
But that’s enough about his supernatural talents for now, as there were some interesting developments this episode. For one, there was a whole
Revenge of the Sith Tanaka’s revenge bit that played out, as it is revealed that he had intended to use this cockatrice event to frame our good ol’ bully from last episode. Not only that, he also reveals himself to be quite the capable fighter as well… albeit seemingly a tad bit kookoo one, as he spouts some cool lines (“Babel is a death sentence. Crushing it is my cause”) one moment and goes off the contradictory deep end by saying how “revolutions always have their sacrifices”. Yeah about that…
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how true his statements were as the story starts developing, as it sure seems like Babel’s not as straight-laced as it seems to be. Those shady Cocoon meetings the Student Council President’s busy attending… the whole thing about the heads of Babel being caretakers of the world… there’s just something very, very suspicious about it all. But, I reckon we’ll find out more about that at a later point (hopefully). Until then, we can laugh a bit at yet another spectacular acronym in C.O.C.O.O.N., which stands for Children of Cross Over Other Nations. It beats me how people come up with these acronyms in the first place… but shrug* In any case, I have to mention how the Cocoon meetings reminded me of SEELE from Neon Genesis Evangelion for one reason or another, how Cocoon always reminds me of Final Fantasy XIII, and how their whole conversation about maybe being fake heroes reminded me of Nisemonogatari. Kind of interesting how that works out, but… it doesn’t seem like the similarities/references are intentional, unlike those of Eureka Seven AO.
Moving on, it was nice to see the continued development in terms of the relationship between Miu and Akatsuki. The thing involving the quote “if you have time to worry about others, spend it worry about yourself”, as well as Akatsuki telling Miu that it’s alright to cry because of the loss of her father, really highlights the kind of person Akatsuki is, and gives us an indication to the inner demons Miu has been facing since the start of the series. Combine this with the fact Akatsuki clearly knows that at least part of Miu wants revenge and the fact Miu’s father told her he wouldn’t mind if he killed the person who defeated him, should be he unworthy… and just sets up a very interesting dynamic. Normally, these two would never associate with one another, let alone live with one another. But yet, here we are.
One other nice thing to see was also the fact that Akatsuki’s definitely not one of those main characters that just have brawn and no brains… something he demonstrated in his ability to detect Tanaka’s hidden powers, as well as in combat with said Tanaka later on. They’re sure making it hard not to like his character to say the least and I reckon he’ll end up being the favorite character of many viewers’ for the summer season.
And speaking of the sides of Akatsuki, it seems like we’re eventually going to also get some insight into some of his past… at least a darker side to him as a result of the new arrival. Though, from the preview, it seems like that won’t happen immediately. I can’t fathom why Miu’d agree to bring Akatsuki with her to purchase lingerie… but I guess it’s probably likely he just forced himself in anyway. Hey, at least you got someone who really knows about lingerie to go with you… even if he is a legendary pervert and a guy. Good for you, Miu! I think. (Yeah right… more like you’re setting up yourself for this). Anyway, one last thing before I catch ya guys next week: I can definitely see this becoming some new fad in terms of being a new way for guys to “handshake“. Heh.
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