「星とともの果てに」 (Hoshi to Tomo no Hate Ni)
“To the Ends with the Star”
This week it was Seira’s turn on the pain-mobile, as some new friends make her rethink everything she thought she knew before.
Bend or Break
I’ve said it before, but Seira is the type of character who is very strong, but also brittle. She’s the wall that falls during the hurricane, while the palm trees like Ginka keeps on standing. (Sorry for always using that metaphor, but I have family from Galveston. The storm of 1900, look it up.) It’s no surprise that another Daemonia needed to hit close to home for her to rethink her way of doing things. I’m just glad that it wasn’t quite so…painful as the last one. That sound… *winces*
Which brings me to a larger theory I had. So we’re getting a Daemonia-of-the-week format – at least for now. That much has become clear. That’s not bad, but it only really works when the Daemonia effects a character’s story in some way. Compare episode 04, where the Daemonia was largely incidental (Luna heard the Daemonia’s voice, but it had no real link to her character) with episode 05 and this week, where the Daemonia had direct effects on Ginka and Seira respectively. Also, the first three episodes qualify as well, all focused on Akari. Daemonia-of-the-week is boring, unless it ties into the overall plot or gives us insights and development into the characters.
If you’ve been reading my posts for a while now, you’ve probably heard me rant about overly convenient writing, which I define as an ass pull (trope!) but on a smaller scale. Seira and Ginka just happening to run into Minori and Hanae or Minori collapsing when they all met again were convenient, but some allowances must be made for the story to work. Besides, sometimes these things do just happen. Minori just happening to slip her cellphone into Seira’s bag, though…what? That’s just dumb. That’s overly convenient, and sloppy writing at that. I could also include Etia asking Seira to fight with her current team one last time, but perhaps she knew what was coming? She is a tarot reader after all, maybe she looked into the future. Though if so, they probably should have hinted at that. Another strike against.
Even If You Understand Them, You Still Have To Do Your Job
I am once again reminded of soldiers in a war. (The old type of war, not the type we have now-a-days – think WWII and the like.) The average soldier on both sides are usually normal young men (and now, women) who don’t much want to die and don’t much want to kill their enemies, but they have their orders just as you do, so you’ve got to kill them before they do the same to you. It’s stupid, especially when it’s so easy to see yourself in their shoes (not hard, since in this case they’re the same boots), but that doesn’t mean you don’t still have to do your job.
This is the situation Seira found herself in. Finally, she understood a Daemonia, and it made her falter – but you can’t do that. Though she understands why someone would fall (or choose to fall, in this case), that doesn’t mean she can avoid doing her job. Unless another way is found, the Daemonia must be destroyed. Do your job Seira, even if it hurts. There’ll be time to cry later on.
Looking Ahead – A Lovely Holiday
I’m still chomping at the bit for the story to go into bigger territory, or at least have an opponent that lasts for more than an episode. Next week though, is going to be a “Lovely Holiday”. Personally, I doubt anything about it will be lovely, but I’m also not sure we’ll get to the larger baddie I’m hoping for either. We’ll see, I guess.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Seira once only hated, but now she understands. Alas that a friend had to die to get her there #geneitaiyou
- Seira wants her oppai to turn into muscle? This girl has her priorities all wrong!
- I’m really glad that Minori is getting the surgery. People like her, people who are really passionate about something…well, that’s really attractive. Others are drawn to that passion.
- Thanks again to Zephyr for covering for me last week, and helping me with the screen caps the rest of the time. A quick note, though – I’m totally pissed I didn’t get to cover the Ginka episode!! I even teared up a bit during that one. Not that this episode wasn’t good, but Ginka-chan are her otou…gah!
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