「銃の名はライブラスター」 (Ju no na wa Raiburasuta)
“The Name of the Gun is Livlaster”
Here we are. The Captain’s back on the bridge and it’s pretty much more of the same in terms of the quality we saw last week. The animation was superb—how about that Earth Engine transformation again? Or the epic HUDs?—and they addressed some of the questions people had from the first episode too. Of course, with more answers come more questions too, but it’s a two-cour ride and I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride. I’m just thankful I don’t have pain inflicting head gear and creepers keeping me from leaving my house…
That said, this week’s episode wasn’t so much about the fight between the Earth Engine and the Kill-T-Gang as it was the circumstances surrounding it and aftermath of the fight itself. Don’t get me wrong, the fight itself was spectacular, but the real meat of the episode came from the events that came as a result of it, and the show’s really laying out a lot of cards early on. Best of all, it does enough so that you’re still able to follow the general story line—even if some of the pieces leave you tilting your head—and it’s just great to see that there’s clearly a lot they intend to do with this show. There’s something to be said about being ambitious in this day and age, and although it sets up a bigger fall if things don’t work out, I’m definitely one of those guys that prefer a show aim for the sky and fall rather than not aim for it all.
For now though, let’s stick with what we do know, and the first on that list is the fact that Arashi Teppei and Mutou Hana have apparently been in the custody of a group known as “Salty Dog” since they last saw Daichi years back. Strange names aside, it seems like they’re an organization supporting or enforcing Globe in some shape or form, and it’s a kind of interaction that ends up quite reminiscent to the Generation Bleu x Big Blue World link in Eureka Seven AO. All things considered, it looks like there’s going to be a fair amount of political grandstanding and power play behind the scenes—not only with our main group here, but between the Intercept and Ark Factions, and the people behind the Kill-T-Gang, who seem to be plotting some sort of “Macbeth’s Revolution” to top things off. Phew* Talk about a mouthful. Now I know why all those agencies we know of in real life just have alphabet abbreviations!
In any case, I quite like how our MC in Daichi essentially takes the first step for the audience here in regards to basically saying “screw the politics,” and it’s a step that’s not without a significant bang. Or should I say, not without a libido filled laser beam? Either way, there’s a lot to be said about how Daichi’s character is developing, and it’s nice to see that when push comes to shove, he’ll turn away from his apathetic side and do what needs to be done.
The question that comes up however, is how much of a part he’s actually playing in his own actions. Because the thing is, one could argue he’s merely being controlled and pushed by the events happening so far. The whole act of getting into the Earth Engine seems to have been mostly under a trance of some sort, and when you consider the fact that the Livlaster might actually be an extra-dimensional life form using him for some means, it makes you wonder how much of what he’s doing is really his choice. There’s clearly something off about how he acts and reacts from time to time, and this is definitely another type of potential internal “power play” to look forward to here as the series goes on.
Ultimately, there’s just a lot here and the series is just barely hitting its stride from what I’ve seen so far. The workings of fate seem to have just started, and it’s going to be great seeing how Hana, Teppei, and Daichi end up coming together initially. They’re going to have to come together fast though, cause with some sabotage from Salty Dog and the return of the Kill-T-Gang looming, there’s going to be lots to do. There’s also a new potential addition to the main crew in Akari—if the ED sequence is any indication—and gosh darn, why can’t I hold all these great looking female mains? I thought Hana was a winner due to how she acts and the alien pet thingie she owns, but that flashy orange hair on Akari is quite something… Anyway, that’s about it really. I’ll leave off with a few memorable quotes from this episode and a full length below as well:
I don’t want to die. I just need to hit it right?
I want to show her my boomerang!
Full-length images: 36.
Author’s Note: Sorry for the slight delay guys. Just returned from PAX East yesterday evening!
ED: 「アメジスト」 (Amejisuto) by HANA (starring Ai Kayano)