「急げ風のように」 (Isoge Fu No Yo Ni )
“Ride Like The Wind”
Here we go. The Tri-City raid is here and it’s every bit as crazy as we thought it would be. Psychological attacks, guns that shoot money, composite meat armor tanks, football players, rulebooks as weapons, pomp and circumstance as an audio weapon—the list goes on. There’s a bevy of ridiculous weapons and defenses from both ends this time around, and I had quite the chuckle watching an episode that was more over the top than usual. Did I mention there were some fabulous poses too? You know, like this? I wasn’t aware I was watching Yu-Gi-Oh! either.
Raid aside though, the general outcome of the fight ends up overwhelmingly on Satsuki’s side as expected, which leaves the main purpose of this episode not so much the raid itself, but about Matoi’s return to the battlefield. Coming off of last episode, the pressing question many of us had about Senketsu was answered in the first few minutes—Matoi managed to keep the one piece that was him—and it’s a development that does leave me torn reaction-wise. Because whereas this revelation sets up nicely for Matoi’s return and emphasizes the connection she has with Senketsu, it’s an anticlimactic finish that didn’t fulfill a lot of the potential development we could’ve gotten here.
Even Matoi’s reclamation of all the Senketsu patches (minus one) was accomplished within the span of about 30 seconds, and it makes you wonder what it is they’re in such a rush to show. I mean, there probably is a lot to show considering the future involvement with Ragyo and Revocs, but it just seems like a waste that they’re not taking advantage of this opportunity to grow Matoi’s character. Instead, she’s suddenly a girl who has “changed,”is “no longer the same,” and was ridiculously calm considering the circumstances she found herself in the beginning of the episode. It’s kind of like they just wanted to do something that wasn’t expected or something of the sort.
Of course, all aforementioned doesn’t change the fact it was another fun episode, but it just feels like a pity that the series doesn’t seem to be hitting the potential it has. I will however, reserve some judgement for now, because we haven’t seen how they’re planning to develop things from here yet. It’s entirely possible that they make up for the missed chance here by incorporating development in the upcoming Satsuki fight, so I guess we’ll see how things work out from here. In the meanwhile, have some full-lengths.