「こぼれおちる水」 (Koboreochiru Mizu)
“The Overflowing Water”
They really need to learn to stretch things out over multiple episodes.
A New Threat – Is This Really Necessary?
The new reveal: if a tarot card user meets their counterpart, they’ll both disappear. I have major problems with this. First of all, how long have they been fighting Daemonia? Even if the Daemonia were holding the 22 elemental counterparts back, if it’s been going on for anything like as long as the tarot have been around then I find it hard to believe that this has never happened before.
That’s a minor qualm though. The major problem I have is that the stakes are being dialed up from such a bullshit angle. Having the mortal danger come from a slow grinding down by the enemies they face all the time would have been gritty and real. It also could have come from a radically more powerful (but still otherwise “conventional”) Daemonia, which would have been horrific and electrifying without cheating anything. Here though, the mortal danger comes from a whole different type of enemy that seems specifically designed to make these particular characters suffer and die. It makes the whole thing feel artificial, instead of a natural turn of events that just happened to tell us a great story.
Let me put it this way – when a powerful enemy shows up to face the protagonists in similar stories, there’s always the chance the protagonist could die. The writer(s) make you believe that, they tease you about it, they make you doubt, and sometimes they actually go through with it. It’s the uncertainty that does it, because they could, they might, just maybe…but also they might not, until they wait, they just did/didn’t. Here though, everything screams “MAIN CHARACTERS WILL DIE!” Telegraphing it so clearly makes the watcher shield (hur hur hur) their heart from what they know is to come, and that cheated us out of any power in Ginka’s demise.
Be More Obvious
Seriously, that whole scene with Ginka’s father? Be more obvious. I have long said that spoilers – or more accurately, having it be fairly obvious what is going to happen – are not always bad. As a storyteller myself I’m ridiculously trope savvy, so I can regularly see plot points coming a mile away. It doesn’t ruin my enjoyment when they’re done well though, because if they make me care about the characters I’m either elated or dreading what is to come. Here though, even though Ginka is my favorite character (was…fuck me!), they made the death flags so obvious that it bordered on comical. Done well, it could have been powerful. As is, not so much.
The one thing they’re doing a good job of foreshadowing is whatever is going to happen between Luna and Akari. Luna is still giving off potential yandere vibes to me (possibly in the direction of the “corrupting” influence that is Seira), but whatever happens they’ve been hinting at it enough that I’m intrigued. I just wish they were doing that for everything, and not going from Daemonia-of-the-week to character-death-of-the-week.
The Death of Ginka
I’ve really said it all by this point. The final battle of Ginka vs Nega-Ginka was cool to watch, but I felt nothing, and when an event ends with all the (remaining) main characters crying, if you didn’t make me feel something then you done fucked up. Ginka was my favorite of the four, the balance that kept all the other broken and warped characters from collapsing…so of course that means she had to be the first to die. Guuuuh!
I do think some of Nega-Ginka’s dialogue will end up being important. She talked about combining, which makes me guess that instead of killing each other, it’s possibly for the light and dark to combine and become both, but probably in a way where the side that “wins” remains in control of the united body. I dunno, we’ll see. All I know is that if they’re going to off any more characters, they better go about it better than they did here. Ginka deserved better.
Looks like Luna is up on the chopping block next, or maybe just more exploration of her and Akari’s relationship.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Ginka goes down & takes her counterpart with her. How inartfully done. She deserved better than this #geneitaiyou 08
- Chicken salad is not moe, Seira.
- I was wondering if someone else could destroy a user’s counterpart card, & then that question was answered. Apparently not.
- “Your attacks really hurt me a lot. I almost died!” Ginka, you are not helping right now.
- RIP, Ginka. You were best tarot girl to the end.
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