This episode changes everything. For the first time since the premiere, I’m optimistic about where Comet Lucifer is going. If it gives us more of this, it can—bwahaha, I’m just kidding. It’s still bad.
Warning: We’re now entering the part of the Stilts-blogging-a-bad-show life cycle where I take more obvious pleasure in ripping apart the show’s manifest faults. After over half a season of failure, I think we can safely say that all hope is dead (zetsuboushita!), and I’m no longer in a mood to coddle incompetents. I’ll still try to point out good stuff when it happens, though. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
Sougo Attaining New Levels as an Unlikable Twat
It’s utterly stunning how bad Sougo is as a character, and never has that crystallized (get it, haha, Sougo likes crystals. It’s a pun! *ducks airborne vegetables*) more than the scene where Do Mon confronts him about going up against soldiers when his only skills are gem-collecting and running away. The scripting, the acting, even his facial expressions all conspired to make him look like an absolute twat, a robotic shell of a human being with the personality of spilled milk. Not that I blame Kobayashi Yuusuke (Sougo’s seiyuu) for the bad performance—when you give someone a turd, there’s only so much they can do, though admittedly he’s not getting much done in the turd polishing area. It all solidified how little personality Sougo has, when Do Mon had to dredge up the red crystal (that hadn’t been brought up in like four episodes) to attempt to explain his motivation—and then no, it’s just that he “can’t leave Felia alone.”
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Godsdammit Sougo! Have an original thought in your head already!
Fossil Fuels Giftdium Lobby
So now we have the lowdown on how Sougo’s mother, Ena Amagi (Noto Mamiko), died. She was researching an alternative to Giftdium, Planet Gift’s main energy source, which she called Lucifer, because that name has never meant anything bad to anyone. (It’s red too, fer chrissakes. Might as well call it Sith Bling.) I’m tempted to call Giftdium an analog for fossil fuels on earth today, only we’ve heard of no downsides to the use of Giftdium up until now. The idea of a “better” energy source was just shoehorned into this episodes, without any reason given as to why she’s searching for it.
Look, if Comet Lucifer actually wanted to do a whole anti-fossil fuels storyline, I’m all for that. And I’m not even saying that because of any political leanings of mine, so don’t get your panties in a twist. It could be about supply side economics for all I care. What I want is for it to have a point. Stories (and characters) are more compelling when they have points of view, something they believe in or are trying to say. Sure, that might turn some people off, but there’s already word for something that’s palatable to everyone, and it’s “mediocre” (obligatory Fury Road clip). I’d rather it espouse a worldview I find repulsive than the blah mess they’ve got going here. That’s why Heavy Object will always be better—it may be stupid, but at least it occasionally says something. Comet Lucifer is all noise, no message.
The Mystical Magic Nonsense of Life
I don’t even know where to begin with the magical space seeds view of life. Aside from being utterly unnecessary and nearly impossible in a practical sense (space is fuckin’ big, and the habitable zones to Earth-like life are extremely rare indeed—how are non-sentient seeds going to find the good planets?), it introduces something more odious: Felia is literally an angel. Which … ugh. Of course she is. Of course she’s an angel. I feel like that’s symptomatic of how blatant and uninspired this series is, but what do I know, I’ve been drinking since I started the episode. I have to, to make sense of why I bizarrely enjoy blogging this show. I’m a mess, y’all. Send help.
At least all of this means that Planet Gift humans probably didn’t come from Earth, because if they had, this show would have taken another level in stupid. And since it’s already a Lvl 11 Stupid and going for the Idiot prestige class, another level would be overkill.
I Wish Do Mon Were the Protagonist
Do Mon is everything Sougo isn’t. He’s interesting. He has a personality. He has a personal nemesis in Cap’n Gus, whereas Gus is just after Sougo (really, Felia/”Lima”) because of orders. Do Mon actually has some skills to deal with the situation, and his relationship with Vee is much more interesting than the blind love(?) and callous obliviousness Sougo has for Felia and Kaon, respectively. How much better would this anime be if Do Mon was the protagonist instead of Sougo?
Unfortunately, my Magic 8-Ball tells me that Do Mon is probably going to die next episode. After all, why else does the mentor/father figure show up, than to die to propel the protagonist onward? At minimum, his life is going to be seriously threatened, and either way, Stilts is gonna be pissed.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Learned about Sougo’s mom’s death (dumb), the origin of life (stupid), & more about Do Mon (he’s cool). Too bad he’s doomed #cometlucifer 08
- How do you get to the space donut? Why don’t you, I don’t know, fly there on Moura! *facepalm*
- I can’t believe we watched them build a raft. This is like a stupid boy scout outing to save the stupid world. Also, they should have scuttled that thing when they left, because Kaon and the others are so going to follow them.
- How is that ship hovering with his thrusters firing backwards?
- Do Mon just hit a kid. Not even the likable characters can stay likable … is what I would say, but I’ve been waiting for someone to punch that dumb bastard.
- I hate to say it, but Do Mon makes for a shitty Lupin III.
- My viewing notes are fun sometimes. Here’s what I wrote when we were getting the life seeds reveal: “Countless lifeforms. Space chick? THAT’S Moura? Okay, sure. The seeds of life. Angel. Planet’s avatar. This is all dumb. Felia is literally an angel. Barf.”
- A five-year-old could tell you that putting all the important people save for one on a flight is a good way for the entire government to go down. An especially jaded five-year-old, granted, but still. Idiots.
- At least there was no unnecessary battle with Cap’n Gus’s crew this time. For all the stupid, but improved the episode. That and all the Do Mon.
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