「未完成」 (Mi Kansei)
The climactic fight between Satsuki and Ryuuko begins—finally giving us the fight we’ve expected for a awhile and packing quite a climactic punch while they’re at it. We have Satsuki using the Ryuuko’s former skills back against her, the latter using back some some “brute force” in return, and it’s all about the fitting flip of some of the things we’ve seen done previously. Combined with Mako finally getting the bigger role she was destined to play and the nice link made between Harime still using the scissors blade and the fact that this meant Ryuuko wasn’t completely converted, and generally, this episode ends up quite fun to watch.
Oddly though, despite the action-packed goodness we got this week, I also found this episode somewhat lacking. Considering that this episode gave us a lot of what we’ve been wanting (and expected to come for awhile now), it’s an ironic realization, and it all boils down to one thing for me: Ryuuko’s lack of proper development is holding back the series. There just hasn’t been enough development for me to buy into the whole “fall from grace” she’s had recently, and it made her a rather underwhelming antagonist in the face of Satsuki and Co. Yes, it set up some great moments—Ryuuko stripping off the sown on Junketsu was fabulous—but as with previous episodes, one wonders if things wouldn’t have developed better if things had gone a different way. The fact is, she only lasted three quarters of an episode as the antagonist, and it doesn’t do her any favors when considering how well (and long) Satsuki was set up initially in that same role.
It looks like things’ll revert to something of a norm now that Ryuuko’s managed to tear off Junketsu however, so in the end, I suppose things do work out. We’re at a point where things can now exclusively focus on the bigger topic at hand—see Ragyo and her flying planet—and at the very least, it should be an entertaining whirlwind of a finish over the final three episodes. That said, the Mako x Gamagoori ship’s still going strong and that’s really about it this week. It was quite the straight forward episode, so I’ll leave things here with a few full-lengths (see below).