「時空金魚 < 前編>」 (Jikū Kingyo – Zenpen)
“Temporal Goldfish (Prologue)”
That was the most abrupt psuedo-villain turn around I have ever seen.
I think all of us have been expecting Anna’s choice to stick with the girls to happen quite soon, and most of us probably predicted that that change of heart would happen, as these things usually do, right at the moment of truth. Not quite as many of us were expecting that moment to last something like two whole minutes.
I’m aware we’re pressed for time here, with only two more episodes to go from here on out, but this, at least, felt like poor writing in the works. If you’re going to build up to this moment, as the last two episodes have been doing almost far too much with all the exposition on Anna’s guilt, you might as well give it a good go on the drama-carousel and work the turn for all its worth. To be honest, I don’t even think the show needed to see Anna pretend to be on Roberto’s side, even if only for the whole of a minute or two; we all knew she was going to pick the Ferrari girls, and it would have felt better if from the start she had simply told Roberto she had changed her mind. It just felt far too abrupt with her trying to force herself onto the other side, especially when she knew already what Roberto was going to do. It was supposed to be a moment of self-denial, but really, it just didn’t quite work, and it makes all that build-up, already somewhat overbearing, come crashing down like a little girl from a thunderstorm. Which, you know, is the second half of the episode, so there you go.
I actually preferred the second half, and not necessarily because it was better territory for the show. I have a couple of simple reasons. Firstly, I’m a dork for historical fiction (which, ironically, is why I jumped on board this season) and science fiction, which, of course, is exactly what happens when little Hozuki Ferrari finds herself time travelling/jumping/warping to Galileo Galilei the bishounen himself. Secondly, there is quite a lot of beautiful landscape art in this episode, and it is quite refreshing to look at after all the snow we’ve seen all season which is, of course, the point. As far as interactions go between Hozuki and her ancestor, however, there’s not too much to point out. They are, of course, pretty similar; they’re engineers, and lovers of science, and they get along pretty well, though I don’t think Galileo understands he’s talking to his ancestor from several hundred years in the future. It’s also become clear that Hozuki’s goldfish hourglass has been sending things back to the past this entire time, and whatever that bodes for the last two episodes, it’s likely to become the key to saving her world from the energy deficiency and the encroaching glacial maximum.
Note: Apologies for the delay, I’ve caught a cold right after finishing a final paper this week, and I’ve been suffering with a pretty terrible migraine since yesterday. I also want to give advance notice that I will not be able to post the finale of Galilei Donna on time in two weeks due to the fact that I will be having finals on Thursday and Friday of that week, and will be busy moving out of my dorm on Saturday. It’s likely the post will be up around this time Saturday night, as I’ll try to get to it as soon as possible. I’m sorry for the wait, but thank you so much for your understanding!