「ガリレオテゾロ」 (Garireo Tezoro)
Did Hazuki get sick from being in the cold last week?
Personally, after last time’s touching episode, I felt this one fell somewhat flat. I understand that there was some characterization here, or rather, intended characterization, on behalf of the assorted villains who are chasing after the Ferrari sisters, but somehow, a lot of this felt forced. First off, we have Roberto, the man working on behalf of Adni Moon and the CEO’s adopted son. Roberto is a damaged person, an orphan whose parents were killed in his youth during an incident where his entire home collapsed. Two homeless people whom Roberto’s parents previously treated with exceeding kindness robbed his mother’s corpse and refused to help the poor boy save his father. It’s supposed to be a tragic story that pulls at heartstrings and rings of selfishness and betrayal, but it just feels forced instead. It’s not that it’s not sad, or necessarily overdone, it just feels hollow emotionwise. I feel bad for Roberto, but I find the callousness of the homelessmen to be overtly heartless, and by that I mean that they’re not written to be believable. They didn’t make me feel righteously angry despite the fact that a situation like that would call for it, nor did I really think much of their cruel act outside of the superficial labeling.
In some ways, I could say the same for the air pirates. Cicinho’s followers, previously shown to be capable of shooting and hurting innocents in their pursuit of the girls, are suddenly not so bad, if only through the virtues of Cicinho himself. He seems to be a rally point for orphans who were abused, again, by the selfish and cruel, though this part of the story feels a little more realistic. We’ve seen Cicinho show compassion to the bambina when they’re hurt or in danger already, so this does clear up his character some. The followers are a bit iffier, though no where near as much as Roberto or his subsequent killing spree and the actions of his victims. I found the victims in particular to be incredibly hard to take seriously. I can understand the fear of freezing to death, but is that fear really so severe that an entire crowd of people would demand killing innocent and incapacitated patients who require life support? Perhaps if those people were monsters, and I understand that that is what we’re supposed to take away from this, but instead of driving that point home, it just feels… odd. Perhaps I’m asking too much from a one cour show, but I still feel like this could have been handled a little more smoothly than it was.
I’m still wishing we’ll get a little more on the actual tesoro soon, especially considering the fact that Roberto called Hozuki’s mysterious goldfish the treasure itself, but if that is so, have the girls been on a wild goose chase all along?