「本当の強さ」 (Hontou no Tsuyosa)
You know for the first few minutes, I spent the whole time thinking “I could use a bike like that for when I’m late”. Like you know, when I need to take a shortcut via the sea or something. Then I realized that this was always a possibility and I can’t swim so… heh. Guess that wouldn’t be too good of an idea. And no, before anyone says it, I can’t transform (yet). Would be a fun way to get to class though. Well whatever.
Anyway, I don’t know about you, but Vividred’s really starting to remind me of Star Driver from Fall 10′-Winter 11′. They’re just so similar. Both are ridiculously over the top, both have transformation sequences for the main characters, and best of all—they’re both seriously fun to watch. Sure, the series doesn’t necessarily break any new ground in terms of personalities—in fact, it seems to intentionally jack some respects from other series I’ve watched before—but the way everything’s put together makes it worth watching regardless. I mean, Saegusa’s personality for example. It’s definitely something many of us have seen before, but combining that and her antics with Akane (that duel, chasing her across the school, sending her a
love letter challenge etc.) and that epic Vividgreen Operation still made it well worth the price of admission. And boy, was that Final Operation this week epic.
The sad part though, is that the series seems like it’s being rushed slightly. The whole sequence with Saegusa acquiring her key and docking with Akane felt like it was streamlined just to fit the end of this episode… but I guess it’s not too surprising considering they only have 12 episodes to work with. Gosh darn though, I really wouldn’t mind if the series was a few episodes longer at this point. Ugh. Alas…
Either way, the cast is starting to come together, as Saegusa joins as the third (or would it be fourth counting our arrow wielding friend here?) member of our Vivid operation group. Looks like we’ll get Shinomiya following shortly, and what can I say? There’s no words to describe how much I’m just looking forward to the ridiculous transformation, docking, and fighting scenes we’re undoubtedly going to get in the future. And well, that’s about it. Short, sweet, and to the point. I’ll let the extra screenshots and the few full lengths below do the rest of the talking.
Some side notes:
ED2: 「STEREO COLORS」 by 綾音 佐倉 (Ayane Sakura) & 大坪 由佳 (Yuka Ootsubo)