「力と代償」 (Chikata to Daishou)
“Power And Its Price”
I went into this episode expecting it to be kind of boring — luckily I was wrong.
The Urzaiz Sisters
As deliberate as the setup was, I’ll appreciate getting a chance to see what the Urzaiz sisters are truly like. Nowhere near as ferocious as their battle against Lester made them out to be, it’s a shame that the sisters weren’t introduced to us earlier. Finding a nice balance between eccentric and normal, overall they both have a pretty charming personality that is only accentuated with all their sisterly love. Sure, that love might manifest itself completely differently depending on which sister you’re talking about, but there’s no doubt just how precious they are to each other.
On a side note, wasn’t it adorable seeing Irene let Priscilla walk all over her? Apparently the voice of reason between the two, I loved seeing Irene calm down whenever Priscilla put her foot down. While it remains to be seen just why Priscilla has so much control in the relationship, I’m willing to bet it helps keep Irene’s Ogre Lux from getting too close with her. Which actually leads me into my next point — those damn Ogre Luxes!
In all honesty, I’m quite surprised how little significance Ogre Luxes have had thus far in the series. Not often seen and rarely used to their full extent, I think the most action we’ve seen was during Irene’s fight against Lester! In any case, I can’t believe I forgot about the fact that these super-weapons have a personality of their own. Which doesn’t make it too hard to believe they’d also have the ability to influence their wielders. Something I’m glad the story is fleshing out a bit since thinking about all the possible complications gets really interesting, especially when you consider that most of these weapons seem to have some sort of cost to use. Be it blood or having to face your possible death when you sleep, it’s a really interesting topic that I wish we had more information about.
After a pretty fun episode, I can’t wait to see next week’s ensuing fight. We’ve gotten enough development for the Uraziz sisters that it should feel pretty substantial and with the end of the season right around the corner, it looks like this first half to the show is going to go out with a bang. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week for what should be an explosive episode!