「BABELランキング戦、開始」 (BABEL Rankingu Sen, Kaishi)
“BABEL Ranking Tests, Commence!”
The episode title says it all, as the new arc gets rolling with the BABEL Ranking Tests. As expected, Akatsuki and Miu have all the bulleyes planted on them for one reason or another, but hey, it’s like that Burger King quote: “Have it your way!” And I’m sure Akatsuki wouldn’t have it any other way. As expected though, everyone’s pretty much a “scrub” so the term goes, so they’re taken care of barely an hour in by Akatsuki and the rest of his overpowered team. And it’s just a nice touch, because not only does the series not waste valuable time on these guys, we also get a few flashy moves in the meanwhile, and the earlier arrival of the Student Council. Due to their continued emphasis on how they wouldn’t arrive until the next day, and thus in my mind the next episode, it was a darn nice treat to see them join the fray early and prevent the rest of the episode from killing the atmosphere/mood.
In the end though, as expected, even the Student Council can’t quite do anything to Akatsuki either, despite their flashy combo techs. Rather, it seems like the only one actually around who can at least put up a fight is Motoharu. It makes me wonder how he acquired such powers in the first place, but I reckon they should give off some more details about that later. There’s the link to the Council President after all, so that’s probably related (heck, they might be related). So that leaves perhaps the most important part of the episode, which is the continued hints that Motoharu ain’t anywhere near who he seems to be. And at this point, I’m quite sure he’s the source that’s been feeding information to the other world. But the thing that seems to be rather strange is, he doesn’t seem to want Akatsuki dead or anything, but rather to maximize his powers. Probably for some end like overthrowing BABEL or something.
In any case, things start to look a tad grim, as
Doctor Phil comes to crash the party. With Miu and the rest of Akatsuki’s team caught in an early cross-fire and the fact that BABEL’s protection from actual physical damage negated due to an attack on HQ (seemingly by Motoharu), it looks like Akatsuki’ll have his hands full for the first time all series. As such, next episode looks like it’ll be one of the better, if not best episodes of the series in terms of an action standpoint, which should be quite a sight to behold. I do find myself getting more and more worried at how it’ll end though, because it looks like this arc might just take the rest of the four episodes, leaving us at some kind of break in between arcs. It’s a better alternative than a total cliffhanger, but I can’t say I like series getting only part way through an adaptation before bidding us adieu…