「二人三脚登山は命懸けて, イグアズ山岳砲撃戦 II」 (Ninin Sankyakutozan wa Inochikaete, Iguazusan Gaku Hougekisen II)
“Three-Legged Mountain-Climbing Is Life-And-Death, The Artillery Battle In The Iguazu Mountains II”
If the enemy can kill other Objects with artillery fire, why not just sell that to other militaries? Seems like there would be a market. P.S. I’m pissed I missed the pole dancing episode. Damn!
Why Not Just Sell That Weapon To Militaries?
I’m back from my week of drinking an inadvisable amount with my buddies, so it’s back to blogging shifty sci-fi. Speaking of shifty sci-fi, why don’t they just sell their Object-killer artillery gun to militaries? Seems to be a lot of militaries running around on this world. Though that’s more of a worldbuilding issue than a straight sci-fi one.
Fridge logic aside, the danger this weapon poses to our heroes was implemented well enough. They pulled out The Worf Effect (trope!) when that douchenozzle got slagged in his superior Object, then slagged the base and almost got the Baby Magnum to boot. I like how the Mass Driver Conglomerate seems to have the advantage, but they’re as much on the ropes as the Legitimate Kingdom is—not in this engagement in particular, but in the long-term, since they can’t get resupplied. That means both sides will be fighting dirty, and that’s what I like to see.
Splitting The Party
Everyone knows you should never split the party (trope!), but what about when circumstances do it for you? I’m okay with this. I like getting to see Qwenthur team up with Frolaytia and Havia with Milinda, even if the latter was mostly ignored in favor of the former. It’s just … it’s not as funny without Qwenthur and Havia together. Frolaytia and Havia works too, as does Qwenthur and Milinda, but Qwenthur and Frolayita is about the best we got this time, and they’re not a barrel of laughs. Which is all right, not everything needs to be a barrel of laughs, but it sure helps. Laughing keeps me distracted from the flaws.
Crazy Is The Death of Empathy
I don’t like when Havia implies that Bilany Saronna (Takahashi Minami) is crazy for wanting to blow the dam regardless. Thinking someone is lazy is the end of thought, and the end of empathy. It’s also lazy writing. Unless someone has a real mental condition—in which case, I would certainly factor that in, though that doesn’t necessarily make them “crazy” either—I prefer to assume people are rational. It’s just that we might not agree on what’s rational, as is the case with Havia and Bilany. Logic, after all, is often negotiable. Havia mentioning that Bilany’s team wants payback was much better. He should have stopped talking there.
Frolaytia’s Magic Uterus
I gotta admit, I don’t much likes stories that focus excessively on aristocracy and nobility. I don’t mean the old-style nobles, where kings became rules because they were the biggest bastard around, and their chainmail was dyed in other people’s blood. Those I’m cool with. It’s just they get all hoity toity and start looking like this douchebag that I tune out. What can I say, I’m an American through and through—I think royals are pricks. Unless they have the decency to not be bastards about it, like most “royal” individuals today.
It should come to no surprised that Frolaytia’s baby factory subplot isn’t my favorite. But I’m trying to look past that bias. Does it work well? Oh, and we have another example of what I mentioned in the latest monthly post. Just like Usagi’s arc in Taimadou, Frolaytia fighting not for her ideals or goals, but for her very right to choose. But I’m trying to look past that, too—even if both Frolaytia and Lady Vanderbilt are stuck with antiquated romantic plots, Ohime-sama doesn’t have that problem. I think. We’re not really sure yet, are we? Guh.
Past all that, it … it’s all right? It explains why she’s a career woman in the military, it explains why she didn’t like that other noble douchebag, and there was a nice bonding moment between her and Qwenthur when he heard her whole story, and cracked a joke rather than getting all serious. Which was the right choice, when talking to a woman like Frolaytia. But past that, your mileage may vary with this subplot, I suppose. It ain’t getting me far.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The MDC is shelling. Bright Hopper is down, Baby Magnum is damaged, & Frolaytia has a magic uterus. Wait, what? #heavyobject 11
- I appreciate how it was the enemy who blocked out the satellites. That’s better. It feels less stupid / like a coincidence, and more like the enemy is a competent, dangerous threat.
- I guess Havia has an antiquated romantic plot too, so at least there’s some gender equality in the old world nobility nonsense? Which is good? And it does go with the vibe they’re trying to establish. Doesn’t make it less annoying, though.
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