“Power Elite・Jin Yuuichi”
This felt like the World Trigger that I love so much. I think I’d have to put that down to two things. One is us meeting the top dogs of the Border agency, and the other is that we’re finally moving into the direction that the series will take from here on out. I was thoroughly satisfied this week, even if the visuals still aren’t perfect and the reaction shots are far too long – but at least they manage to convey the awkwardness that comes with being stared at by your superiors.
But before that tense second half, we have the conclusion to the conflict with the Ilgar Trion Solider. Whilst the action may not have been the most original or exciting, it was certainly use of tactics. With the lack of knowledge regarding a rare type of Trion Solider such as this, it means its abilities and motives are all a surprise, never seen before. So when Kitora effectively damages it to the point of defeat, she is shocked when it becomes clear that in its final attempt at causing destruction, it is purposefully crash landing where it will do the most damage. It’s a cruel strategy, but an effective one, confirming that the Neighbours behind these Trion Soldiers know what they are doing with each being given a specific purpose.
It ends up that Yuma (yet again) has to save the day. But this time he can’t show his true abilities through combat – as he would be instantly found out by Border – so he comes up with a simple but effective strategy: use his sneaky abilities from a fair distance and literally pull the Trion Solider into the river, setting off its bombs and preventing anyone from being injured in the process. It’s a neat little moment, and a successful one at that. Yuma is just too good I suppose…
Osamu is the one who ends up dealing with the after effects of this particular attack. Sure, he gets some positive thanks and welcomes from those who he saved, but there’s also some silly complaints as well. Osamu seems prepared to deal with the personal grudges of the civilians, but Kitora steps in and gives out some well-practiced official lines to quell the disruptions. In the process, when conversing with Yuma, she easily admits that it wasn’t her who dealt the final blow to the Ilgar. Kitora may be a tsundere at heart, but this moment itself proves that she is not so selfish as to take all the credit for what she didn’t do. The fact that she got assistance is bugging her, but she accepts it and later on even gives Osamu the credit she feels he deserves.
The second half of the episode takes place entirely within the Border HQ, which can be entered through disguised doors throughout Mikado City activated by agent’s triggers. It’s here that we get the introduction to the charming Jin Yuuichi (Nakamura Yuuichi), S-Rank agent, and Elite of the Border Agency. He’s an important fellow with his own admirers, and he’s a flirt at heart. But he’s been called to attend a meeting – the same one that Osamu has been summoned to.
Talk about tense. It’s a long scene – you could argue that it drags, and I wouldn’t disagree with you – but an effective one. Osamu is really put on the spot, being watched and analysed by the top dogs of Border as they try and come to a decision on what to do with him. It’s a classic example of those who hate rule breakers, and those who admire them. Although it’s hard to get a proper grasp of each of the characters involved, you do get a clear idea on which of them side with Osamu, as well as those who are against his actions. And then their is the mysterious Commander, Kido Masamune who never makes it clear what he thinks on the matter.
Osamu is given his chance to say sorry for his actions and promise that he would never do it again. But he refuses. He sticks to his morals and says that he would do the exact same thing again if it meant saving those who are in danger. Now, Yuma may be entertaining and hilarious, but there’s something about Osamu’s spirit that is admirable. He’s a weakling in comparison to those around him, but he is dedicated to his beliefs, and his journey that lies ahead is one of the most interesting aspects of the series – for me, at least.
The notion to even upgrade Osamu to B-rank is brought up, in counter to him possibly being fired from Border. In the end it is Jin who decides to take Osamu under his wing, after agreeing to deal with the issue of the rising number of gates appearing throughout the city. Jin suspects that Osamu is involved in this somehow, and so the deal is sealed.
But Jin isn’t the only one who has his eye on Osamu. Miwa Shuuji (Morita Masakazu) also decides to confront him and confirm if Osamu really did deal with the Trion Soliders beforehand. As expected, he covers for Yuma, but that only helps Miwa confirm his suspicions that a Neighbour is somehow involved in this. Which results in him asking permission to have his unit watch over Osamu, putting our fateful pair under more pressure to keep up their act. Especially for Yuma, as Commander Kido doesn’t mince his words when he says that Neighbours are, after all, their enemy.
Next week might be a little less dim in terms of lighting, as we step outside again in an episode that will officially introduce our fourth and final main character, Amatori Chika. Considering she is my favourite of the series, you can count me excited!
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