「静寂の月夜、夜明けの空」 (Shijima no Tsukiyo, Yoake no Sora)
“Moonlit Night of Silence, Sky of Dawn”
I absolutely loved this week’s episode. Even with some awkward moments that could have been made so much better with just slight changes, I wouldn’t mind if the rest of the series kept up with this pattern.
Tina vs Rentaro
While I can’t seem to find the right words to describe it, the entire fight between the two felt a little strange. Maybe it’s because common sense says you shouldn’t run straight toward a sniper or maybe it’s because it was more like a battle between Rentaro vs remote controlled assault rifles up until the very end but the whole thing had this awkward feel surrounding it.
But as we got toward the end of the fight with Tina and Rentaro all up in each other’s faces, things started to get interesting. Sure you could cough up that the flash bang suddenly going off as a lucky break for Rentaro but I’ve heard from a few friends that it isn’t all that uncommon for grenades to have awkward release times. That and how could you not hnng a little when Rentaro dropped all the resentment and fear he had toward Tina and embraced her for who she is?
That said, I do have a small issue with how the show completely glossed over how Tina’s going to handle actually failing her mission. You’d assume that someone who’s literally chock full of technology would have something in her to take her out if she went AWOL, right? That and I’m pretty sure Ayn Rand told Tina to kill herself should she fail. But you know, I can look past these smaller things if it’ll mean we get an great arc overall. I say that with some reservations though because I still remember what Enju’s infection level was at and I really don’t want the story to just skip over that huge point.
Dirtbag Second Lieutenant Yasuwaki
Not much to say here besides he got what he had coming. After watching him shoot Tina square in the chest right after Rentaro finally managed to win her over was a cardinal sin in my book and I’m surprised Rentaro didn’t take the opportunity to smack the guy across the face a few times. The least he could have done was given him a good ol’ falcon punch after getting the permission to literally do whatever he wanted directly from the head-of-state.
As I said earlier, I can look past all the glaring holes that have slowly begun appearing since we first saw Kagetane. From things like what after effects the serum Renaro nonchalantly injected into himself has to revealing what happened in Muroto-sensei’s past, I’m really hoping the latter half of the show will make some kind of attempt to explain some of these things.
But with the monolith protecting the Tokyo Area somehow getting taken down and thousands of Gastrea just waiting to feed on some yummy humans, it looks like we’re on the road toward more action. Hopefully they’ll make some time to feed us some exposition somewhere among all the fighting!