「重なる魂」 (Kasanaru Tamashii)
“Souls Come Together”
It’s funny how something so unexpected can nonetheless threaten to make this series more generic and forgettable.
A Consistent Tone, Finally
Say what you will about this episode (and I will), but it did have a much more consistent tone than the preceding episodes, save for perhaps the first. I’m not sure how much that tone works, given that Sougo is still a shallow character who wants to save Felia thanks to motivations that haven’t been adequately developed, his plan to save her is idiotic (yes, drive your hoverboard at the military vehicle and only summon the mech after you almost get shot, smart), and the only reason the plot progresses the way it does is because both sides make a series of idiotic decisions (like only sending Puck outside to make the exchange instead of sending a few guards, or putting the choker on Felia that didn’t allow her to use her powers even when she needed them). But it was consistent, so the episode ended up feeling less scattershot. It goes to show that if Comet Lucifer would stick to one thing, it can at least be that thing. I still would have preferred other world slice-of-life to mediocre mech action, personally.
Girl To Woman
Note: I’m purposefully skipping talking about the mecha battles. I don’t understand why Moura was missing an arm in the first battle, but it was largely pointless. It was also convenient that the mech evolved when it did, considering it never did that the other times Felia was falling somewhere. Also, Moura kept pulling new powers from, literally, its ass. The less said there, the better.
Instead, let’s talk about Felia’s transformation. Isn’t it funny that the most unexpected thing about this episode—a possibly permanent physical change to one of the main characters—has the potential to make this show more generic? The only thing that was probably working was the Sougo (papa)/Kaon (mama)/Felia (daughter) relationship. That Kaon hadn’t become an unlucky childhood friend was one of the bright points of this series so far, but it looks like they were setting up the usual trope (guy falls for the mysterious new girl) instead. Which, granted, we’ll feel for Kaon more now that we’ve seen her interest and thought the relationship was possible, rather than being informed of it, but that doesn’t alleviate my trepidation since that was the one element of the show I enjoyed.
I hope I’m wrong about what’s coming up vis a vis Kaon, but I don’t think I am. Sometimes it’s tough being right all the time.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Some pointless mecha battles happened, & Felia grew up. At least the tone was consistent #cometlucifer 05
- “Make me climax!” Wot. Did Captain Gus actually say that? *shakes head*
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