「夜明けが来る前に」 (Yoake ga kuru mae ni)
“Before the Coming Dawn”
You know how there’s always this one episode they obviously saved all the budget for? Yeah, this was it. Estetica giving us all sorts of action and beasts this week—including a
Blue-Eyes White Dragon. The good part? We get a fairly good episode as a result. The bad part? It further exposes the flaws within the series—such as its inability to spin dramatic scenes properly. Not to mention, the fact they were able to pull off this kind of episode makes the previous one just that much worse. But more on that later.
Miu and the other part of the cast take center stage this week, joining together in an attempt to take down
Dr. Phil the Magic Dragon, and if not, to at least buy the valuable 30 minutes necessary for Akatsuki to join the fray. And well, things did go surprisingly well for most of the episode—to the point where I was actually wondering what the chances were that they’d succeed. It would’ve definitely surprised me, and arguably would’ve been a great development, but alas… it’s just a bit of holding back (again!) on the part of Mr. Bennet, who is trying quite hard to rise up the super hated villains list with his whole “THERE’S NOTHING LIKE GIVING YOU HOPE THEN SHOOTING IT DOWN.” He’s doing a decent job though, I have to say. But I just can’t help but feel it’s a poorly concealed excuse for why he doesn’t just kill off half the cast right about now, as it gives Akatsuki just enough time for him to make his triumphant reappearance on zeh bike of destruction.
The episode ends with Bennet pulling his usual underhanded tactics by aiming his epic
White Lightning beam of destruction elsewhere at the last second… but I really can’t see it actually doing much actual damage in terms of major deaths or anything. Akatsuki’s bound to win eventually, is the feeling I get, and it looks as though the series will end by setting up events for a possible sequel. It’s nothing too unexpected from that standpoint, but it doesn’t look as though we’ll be seeing that sequel anytime soon (if ever).
Moving back to my original point from way up there for a moment, I just have to say, it feels like Estetica’s wasted a lot of potential at this point. This episode highlighted how good of an action series it can be, but it also highlighted just how much of a waste and how poorly done last episode was, because they’re obviously capable of something better than we were treated to last week. And it’s even more apparent in the more dramatic aspects of the series, which possess lines and dialogue that wouldn’t be out of place in an epic scene, but are wasted by improper development that just doesn’t makes viewers want to care—effectively ruining what easily could be a great scene. If they could’ve melded the action properly with character development and emotional drama, this series could’ve given viewers a lot to enjoy actually, aside from just the fanservice. And it’s just sad that they didn’t seem to put that extra oomph to get that together.