「今日よりも鮮やかに」 (Kyō Yori mo Azayaka ni)
“Even More Colorful Than Today”
Continuing off from last episode, the Vivid team ends up in some pretty dire straits as Akane ends up being too injured to fight the Alone this week. Things work out in the end after the girls decide to put everything in an all or nothing plan… and interestingly enough, this episode turned out quite good as a result. That’s not to say the previous episodes were bad or anything, but there was a lot more here this episode than the usual. In the end it’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what, but I don’t know… there was just something quite solid about this episode and how it played out. Things didn’t really feel rushed at all, the emotional aspect of the grim situation was portrayed fairly well — I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad when seeing Momo run in like that — and well, there was just a lot more here this week than the usual elements of enjoyment, a notion assisted in no small part by the great soundtrack.
In the end though, I gotta say… I can’t help but see more and more Evangelion vibes/references as each episode goes by. I discussed this a bit last week already, but this week really took the cake. For one, the whole impenetrable barrier + epic laser offense combination was quite reminiscent of some of the Angels fights in Evangelion. This was then hammered in further by the whole use of a special bomb (SGE in Vividred, N2 Bomb in EVA) in an attempt to win, as well as the whole “need to work in unison” aspect too, which also was a key element in one of the anti-Angel operations. Of course, there ain’t anything else particularly similar — especially considering Vividred doesn’t have any of the religious symbols or overall grimdark atmosphere — but it’s particularly notable nonetheless.
Looking forward, it’s interesting to note that Rei’s attempt to destroy the Manifestor Engine will destroy the world either way… which makes you wonder if she’s entirely aware of what her mission objective entails. We also find out this week that there’s no alternative docking pairings allowed that don’t include Akane as well, which while quite sad when you think about it, at least is reasonable in terms of why this can’t happen. Regardless, with the end is nearing for the series and Rei still actually not on the Vivid team’s side (quite surprisingly)… one does wonder how things are going to work out for Vividred — specifically whether they’ll be able to wrap things up with some kind of proper conclusion, if they’re going to continue the shift into a more serious/grim atmosphere, and if maybe there might be a sequel in store. Guess we’ll see.