「クライシス・ポイント」 (Kuraishisu Pointo)
This week’s episode sadly reminded me about just how bad of a train wreck this anime was during its first few episodes. Wacky pacing and awkward scene cuts aside, I think the writers tried to stuff way too much in a single episode. Sure the finale is next week but I’m pretty sure we went through three episodes worth of content in the span of one without any of the benefits.
Kagetane x Rentaro
With the original bad guy back in action and actively fighting alongside Rentaro, I don’t know what else to say — his sudden appearance is really neither a good or bad thing but rather a convenient plot twist that gives Rentaro the last pair he needed to have his perfect adjuvant. I suppose it appeals to all the Kagetane fans who were probably a little disappointed with how he lost to a guy like Rentaro and I suppose I can get behind a “new” character who has the balls to indirectly criticize Rentaro but I just can’t find any meaning behind it.
The Awkward Pacing Returns
Starting the day by defeating a key Gastrea boss and ending with the preparation for one last stand against Aldebaren where failure would mean the loss of the entire Tokyo Area, I think there was just way too much thrown at us. Because as much as I want to get behind how important it is to give the finale a decent spot to jump off from, I don’t think it’s worth sacrificing the important emotional impact we’re supposed to get from things like Midori’s death. Sure she wasn’t a main character but as a prominent girl in the opening, she deserved better! Because with the way things were handled, not only do we lose the feelings associated with mourning her loss but it almost feels like she was just killed off to make room for a more battle-orientated Initiator! Throw in the over-exaggerated yelling from Shouma as he questioned Rentaro’s resolve and Rentaro’s awkward attempt at becoming the “bad” guy in a vain attempt to scare people into following him and it starts to become pretty tough to take things seriously.
Hope Still Remains!
With a real doozy of and episode appearing right before the series comes to a close, I’m still hopeful that things will end on some kind of positive note. Seeing how the final battle between Aldebaran and the Civil Officers ready to begin and no one really on Rentaro’s case about his crazy dictator actions, I’m sure a bunch of awesome action scenes will help us forget about all of this week’s nonsense. Toss in how much I want Yasuwaki to get his face bashed in for trying to undermine Rentaro’s plan and you have the makings of a great finale!