OP: 「TOUGH INTENTION」 by KOTOKO
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Why is it that when there’s some new prototype weapon in anime, there always seems to be some convenient plot device attached to it so that only the main protagonist can use it regardless of how incompetent he may be? I couldn’t help but shake my head a bit when I heard that Argevollen is now tied to Tokimune due to the U-Link System because it came off so forced. The writers could have easily made it so that Silfy could pilot Argevollen as well, but have it so that its true potential can’t be unlocked unless the U-Link System really synchronizes with its original user. Either that, or just have things carry over from the first episode where Tokimune’s inexperience as a pilot and reliance on natural instincts actually make him a better pilot for Argevollen. The angle that the writers approached it is clearly a trope but what irks me about it is not that it’s a trope, but because it could have been easily avoided. As far as anime is concerned, I’ve never minded the constant rehash and reuse of themes and ideas that we see today provided that they’re spun in an interesting way. It’s only when the writers’ aren’t even trying to be clever and just conforming like Argevollen did here that it makes me scratch my head.
Minor rant aside, the rest of the episode didn’t particularly sway me either way in terms of the series as a whole. I’ll admit that I was looking for some indication that Argevollen was going to pick up in a big way, so I was somewhat disappointed to find out how uneventful things were. They divulged very little, as Samonji simply recognized that they were being pursued and focused all his efforts to get his independent squad safely away. (I guess he just has some otherworldly sixth sense when it comes to the battlefield.) As for Tokimune, there was a bit of melodrama with potentially getting killed because his sudden incompetency when it comes to piloting Argevollen, but nothing that any viewer could have been expected to bat an eye at given that this is only the second episode. Other than that, not a whole lot happened.
Incidentally, I did take notice of all the 3D lighting effects throughout the episode, which actually looked really good as far as anime goes and may explain why the story’s progressing relatively slowly to start. Rather than trying to appeal to audiences with a gripping story early on, I wouldn’t be surprised if XEBEC wanted to use this episode to showcase how their studio’s 3D animation has improved. Granted, they couldn’t have showcased their production skills and grabbed our attention at the same time, but hey, maybe they just needed the characters stuck in that flue for most of the episode to accomplish the former. In any case, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now as the situation between Arandas and Igelmia was glossed over for the most part and the story made no more headway into the possibility of ulterior motives on either side. What we did learn is that Jamie was developing Argevollen for Arandas, so there doesn’t seem to be any conflict of interest there. Until next week…
Note: In the spirit of how I’ve always blogged, I encoded streaming videos of the opening and ending sequences. Click on the “Streaming” links to open the video player.
ED2: 「フェイス」 (Face) by 三澤紗千香 (Misawa Sachika)
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