「深淵の祭壇」 (Shin’en no Saidan)
“The Altar of Abyss”
It’s all happening exactly as we expected, and that’s not a good thing.
Roman x Kaon
Here’s a new drinking game: Take a drink every time Comet Lucifer or one of its characters does something stupid and clichéd that everyone anticipated three episodes in advance. Alternately, drink every time Felia says “Sougo!”
Unrelated: I’m too drunk to move now. Gglrr.
So as everyone and their dog expected, Roman is being painted at a nice guy now, and is going to court Kaon all over when they all get back. That’s not a bad turn even when it’s expected, but nothing happened on their adventure so far to cause this change of heart. He was just an insensitive asshole, then less of one, and suddenly he’s supposedly admirable. Bull. Shit. A big revelatory moment doesn’t even have to happen, as long as they showed Roman clearly reconsidering his foolish ways all along, but they never did that. It’s simultaneously out of left field and utterly expected. Drink!
P.S. Of course Felia loves Sougo now. And she doesn’t say it, because it’s not like they’re on a life-threatening quest where they don’t know what’ll happen when they reach their goal. But sure, wait until you get back. Drink!
Black Equals Evil. Attack!
So they find the tree temple they were looking for, and Felia gets swallowed up or some shit, and a new mech appears, which swallows up Felia, so naturally Sougo calls the Moura-mech and attacks because … why, again? The black mech had done NOTHING aggressive up to that point. It could have been what’s supposed to happen when Felia reaches the altar, and she could have still been conscious in there. What if that was all according to plan, and Sougo killed Felia by accident when he attacked?
No, they attacked because the mech was black, and black equals bad. That’s some racist shit! Wait, no, probably not racist. Colorist? It’s @#&$ stupid, that’s what it is. Black does not, and should not, automatically equal evil. Is a guy wearing a kickass black suit automatically evil? How about a lady wearing a little black dress? No, those are cool at worst, and quite possibly #@%&*$ sexy. They aren’t evil. Stop the prejudice against the color black! Protagonists can wear black too! Black mechs matter!
(Oh man, I’m going to get into so much trouble for that last paragraph. Drink!)
Granted, Sougo and Moura ended up being right, but that’s just because the scriptwriter knew the answer and didn’t bother to justify it in the story. Lame.
Piling On The Pain
In the comments last episode, a few people suggested that maybe Do Mon wasn’t dead. Recent evidence would seem to prove he is, though remember what they say:
“Never count a Human as dead until you see his body. And even then you can make a mistake.”
— Lady Margot Fenring, quoting a Bene Gesserit aphorism, Dune. (trope!)
So Do Mon could yet still be alive. But would that make the story better? No, it would not. That would be an unjust reward for Sougo, to dodge a bullet and not lose his father despite doing damn near everything wrong up to this point. Would it make it much worse? Eh, probably not. Comet Lucifer doesn’t have much further it can fall.
I will give the show points for one thing: At least it didn’t totally screw up how it used Do Mon’s death. With a character death, there are (broadly speaking) two ways to use them, narratively speaking. You use them to either, 1) Prove that This Shit is Serious, and Anyone Can Die For Realz, Y’all (trope), or 2) Mine them for maximum drama. (The real best way to do it is—well, I’ll point to an eight year old post on Blogsuki and leave it at that.)
This ain’t the former kind of story, because Sougo would be dead already if it was (oh how I wish), but at least they piled the pain on Sougo by having Felia be taken, seemingly reject him (though her wanting to protect him was painfully obvious), and him learning about Do Mon’s death all at once. Unfortunately, instead of getting Charlotte episode seven out of it, Kaon slapped him out of his (immediate) stupid within half a minute, and dropped her confession to a chorus of “mehs”. One step forward, a running leap back. Drink!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Of course Roman is nice now. Of course. Also, Sougo is prejudice against black mechs. Scandal! #cometlucifer 10
- I like how they were too damn lazy to make Felia an adult in the OP. I’m using the word “like” loosely, here.
- Maybe all of the Do Mon drama isn’t targeted at Sougo. Maybe it’s targeted at Captain Gus. In which case: Who cares. No one was ever watching this for Captain Gus. It’ll probably just make him help the protagonists or something at the end, ’cause he’s all yandere for Do Mon. Vomit.
- The crystals are lighting up. Get it? They’re a signifier for female arousal. Felia is lighting up at the thought of Sougo. GET IT!? Orz
- I’ll admit that I didn’t expect a “Black Moura.” Because Black Moura is dumb.
- So close,
EvilGood Moura. You almost got rid of Sougo for us. Better luck next time.
- Mechs as characters can work (sup Chamber), but not like this.
- You should feel bad, Sougo. It is all your fault. Drink!
- This post is not an endorsement of irresponsible drinking. Drink responsibly. Or, you know, the kind of irresponsible where you get silly and talkative, but don’t get in fights or hurt someone or get knocked up. Responsible irresponsibility. Stilts-oniichan approves this message, probably.
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