「広場の男女」 (Hiroba no Danjo)
“The Man and the Woman in the Plaza”
Queen Catherine, Queen Anne, King Henry VIII, & Carlos I
How was Gin able to beat Drake, despite his Testament Arma?
Horizon’s Positive Emotions
Turning Adele’s Mechanic Shell into a Shield
How did Tenzou know that it wasn’t Mary who was hugging him?
So much to go over! Similar to my explanation section, I’m going to give each section of my impressions titles, so you can pick and choose which parts of the episode you want to read more about. I write way too much, so I figure I ought to give you a way to skip the junk you’re not interested in, eh? But first, a short synopsis – this episode was awesome. Okay, yeah, maybe that was too short, but my expectation from last week came true – Episode 05 holds up a lot better when it is taken as the first half of Episode 06, and as part of the series as a whole. It doesn’t stand alone too well, but it helped make this episode so much fun. Now, let’s get to it!
Gin vs Drake, and Malga’s Escape
I go over how Gin beat Drake in the explanations above, so now my impression of it – awesome! Against a seemingly overpowered Testament Arma wielded by an angry wolf-man, Gin used skill and strategy to pull out the win. Woo! I so do enjoy seeing characters use just a little bit of cleverness to win their battles, which is something that Kyoukaisen in general and this episode in specific excel at. Think about all the other fights this episode – it’s a single bit of cleverness that lets the forces of Musashi (or their temporary allies) prevail.
Masazumi’s Flight, Escape, & Familiar
While I assumed Malga would escape – though I thought it would be completely because of Gin beating Drake, rather than what happened – with Masazumi I had no idea how she was going to get out of her predicament. First of all, her slipping out of the stabby-explosion because she was wearing a male uniform top was quite amusing to me, and also some pretty quick thinking. Yet from there I still had no idea how she would escape – until Malga’s rescue, after which I immediately called how Seijun would survive.
Neito vs F. Walshingham
One word: ouch! Neito’s fight had some of the best battle choreography in this episode, with plenty of different moves by both fighters, and a whole lot of unexpected twists packed inside a short burst of action. I was especially surprised when Neito went for the jagged-pieces-of-wood-to-the-back – she is a knight after all – but it didn’t work. To quote what I said out loud when F. Walshingham’s dagger-lemons stabbed into her and she cried out in pain, “The fu–that looks like it hurt.” And then I whimpered some more.
Neshinbara, Shakespeare-chan, & Their Childhood Promise
Here’s the surprising one of the episode. Shakespeare-chan has always had a tendency to go all scary shiny glasses (trope!), which is generally a signifier of either evil badassadry or a surplus of craziness. Still, I hadn’t imagine that she’d dip so far into yandere territory. Plus, her childhood promise with Neshinbara and the unnamed-other-girl wasn’t something I anticipated, though there’s no reason I would. I thought it was going to focus more on shouta-Neshinbara being a little brat to her, but I guess not. Picking on a girl is one thing, but breaking a childhood promise…beware, Neshinbara. You’re in big trouble now.
Horizon & Toori on Emotions
Of course, the point of all these fights was to give Toori and Horizon time for their date, which they certainly got. Their initial discussion was pretty straight-forward, so I’ll leave it as is, save to say that the “Why bother if it’s just going to end?” line of reasoning has always annoyed me. I’m fine with Horizon using it since she’s an emotionless automaton who literally does not understand, but for anyone else it is merely an excuse to do what is inconvenient or difficult – which are usually exactly the things that are worth doing. Fortunately, Toori points out that there is plenty of fun to be had, with the bonus of memories to remember each other by if one of them were to leave. Well played, sir.
Tenzou & Mary
And finally, we come to the main stars of both this episode and this season, Tenzou and Mary. Other than threatening to turn both Tenzou and I into ass men (I’m usually a thigh guy myself, but daaaaaamn Mary!), their scenes were some pure win. I go over the discussion about Henry VIII and such in the explanations above, but the real treat for me was watching Tenzou be perverted (and Mary give such good reason for it!). Hear ye, one and all – this is how you do fanservice. It’s not that the camera is needlessly focusing on the female cast’s chests, but rather that any focus on such things is happening as a direct result of one of the male characters being perverted. It’s the male gaze (trope!), but it’s justified because there’s actually a male character there doing the gazing!
Ahem…anyway, moving on! The end of the episode is where it heats up, with the big reveal that Mary is–oh, wait, that’s not really a reveal, since everyone figured out that Scarred was Mary like three episodes ago. Still, glad to see that Tenzou has finally caught up with the crowd. I am really interested to see what other-Mary (who I am 98.5% sure is Elizabeth, considering how she called Mary her sister + her voice + her general demeanor) is up to. Actually, I know what she’s up to; she wants to find out who this man is that’s making Mary waver in her determination to be executed, and likely to get him to quit that. You know what that means, right? MORE TAMURA YUKARI YAAAAY!!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The team is all saved, Toori & Horizon had their date, & Mary is revealed…but now Elizabeth is steping out to play. Ruh roh! #Kyoukaisen
- Why am I not surprised that Tenzou learned about history from an ero-game? Hell, that’s how I learned most of mine. Wait, oh shi–!
- Apparently Gin has an affinity for cutting off people’s arms. Trying to no longer be the odd one out, eh Gin?
- Let the doujins begin!!
- Neito is an M because she’s has a move called Flat-Chested Evasion!
- The fact that Asama, Kimi-nee and the others just appeared when Toori called out to them was pretty convenient, though they at least took the time to handwave that away as how the magic works, so I appreciate that.
- It’s the small details that count. For example, did you catch where Neshinbara sort of flicked his pinky finger after Shakespeare-chan left? He was remembering the pinky swear promise that he made with her and that other little girl back in that Tres España orphanage. Like I said, it’s the small details…
- …and I thought so. They were playing rhythm games. ADELE, SUCH A COCK TEASE!!
- In other news, nice flying move, Futayo. I can’t wait to see those three together!
- Okay, seriously, how is Tenzou only now getting a girl? He’s sort of awesome. Of course, he is a bit perverted, but seriously, who isn’t?
- “Why so serious?” I know that probably wasn’t a Dark Knight reference, but I still laughed. Now if we could only get her in some face paint…