Kaon is the focal point of this episode, but that doesn’t mean she gets to win.
A Field Trip When You Should Be Running Scared
In my continuing quest to understand why this series isn’t working (I’d much rather discuss why it is, but I can only work with what I’m given), an interesting comparison occurred to me in regards to its scale and tone. Comet Lucifer reminds me of Robotics;Notes. In both series, the governmental (and extra-governmental, and even worldwide) scale of the conflict is at odds with how badly equipped the protagonists are to effect change at this level. Just as the narrative of Robotics;Notes had to tie itself into knots to make a robot built by a school club the pivotal element that saves the day, Comet Lucifer is tying itself into knots making a nobody like Sougo (and Kaon, and their other friends to a degree) relevant in a high-level conflict when he has no combat strength, no strong motivation, and no personality. It would actually work better if Soguo was a typical ordinary high-school student (trope), which is to say, if he wasn’t ordinary at all. You need to have something extraordinary to function at this level, and Sougo doesn’t have that.
I say all that, but I still enjoyed Robotics;Notes in the end. Its basic premise was flawed from the get-go, much like the more recent Charlotte, but also like Charlotte, there were signs of strong execution in its anime adaptation. (Charlotte clustered all of that in maybe two episodes, whereas with Robotics;Notes it was most evenly distributed throughout.) Comet Lucifer, on the other hand, has the persistent tonal mismatch between the serious plot’s potentially life-endangering conflicts and Team Felia’s seeming obliviousness to the dangers involved. When the government (or extra-governmental groups) is mobilizing to get them, they act like they’re on a field trip, and stop for a break so Sougo can be in a wedding. Come to think of it, that’s more like Charlotte, where the tonal shifts are liable to result in whiplash. If I were 8bit, Charlotte probably isn’t the anime I’d like to hear my new original compared to.
Ahhh, Kaon. You’re the primary redeeming element about this show, and this episode was the death knell of your romantic possibilities with Sougo. Or was it?
We’re about to delve into an area of predictive critical analysis known as, “Trying to guess what the author has planned.” Which, and I doubt this will come as a surprise to any of you, isn’t easy to do ahead of time, even though it often seems so painfully obvious in retrospect. We authors are wily sons of bitches—just when you think you know the kinds of twists we favor, we’ll throw a straight punch just to fuck with you. This episode heavily features Kaon hesitating with regards to Sougo, and a seeming preference (on Sougo’s part, and the show’s part) for Felia over Kaon. There are three main ways they can take things from here: Straight ahead (Sougo x Felia), a curve (feint with Sougo x Felia, end up with Sougo x Kaon), or other (Sougo is tossed into a cheese grater and Felia shacks up with Kaon, Moura is actually a prince and marries Felia after her kiss frees him from his curse, the moon crashes into the planet and everyone dies, etc). Where we’re going depends not only on the writer’s plans, but on whether this episode was intended to be the pain that will make Kaon’s eventual romantic victory all the sweeter, or whether it’s supposed to push forward the Sougo x Felia ship now that she’s physically mature enough to make it not weird (if you don’t think about it too much, and you probably shouldn’t).
I imagine most viewers will assume this was intended to push forward the author’s preferred coupling of Sougo x Felia. Yet I don’t think all hope is lost, precisely because it feels like all hope is lost. Much of fiction (and marketing) is about setting expectations and then either subverting or exceeding them, and coming in at the halfway point of the series, this could very well have been designed as the exploration of a character flaw of Kaon’s which, once surpassed, will (hopefully) lead to her happiness. That would be the feint toward Sougo x Felia, only to curve to Sougo x Kaon. However, that assumes a certain amount of skill and creativity that Comet Lucifer hasn’t displayed so far.
I guess my point is that it’s not over yet. It could still go either way, even if I do tend to think one is more likely than the other. Though even if Sougo does end up with Felia, I hope Kaon comes out of this a stronger person, rather than being sidelined for the prince and princess.
Looking Ahead – Honeybee
So, er, from the sound of the last scene it looks like Vee is spying on Sougo and Felia. That’s probably the only good twist this series has had so far, because I liked her and Do Mon, and insinuating that she’s tipping people off on Felia’s whereabouts means some drama could be headed for the potentially happy beta couple. I’m not mad. It could be interesting. I just still kinda hope she and Do Mon get together in the end, if she’s anything like how she’s been portraying herself up to this point.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Team Felia takes a field trip to fix her power or something. They almost get a bride killed on her wedding day. Whoops #cometlucifer 06
- A fun pastime while watching this episode: Timing how long Kaon took her eyes off the road while driving. By my count, she did it at least four times, for 11 seconds, 19 seconds, 10 seconds, then 27 seconds respectively, before (on that last one) crashing the car into a tree and almost killing a wedding procession. Someone please take her drivers license away now, and fire the animator who decided that characters who are talking to each others must face one another.
- Yes. Hit the mech with a rake, Kaon. That’s bound to work.
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