「二人三脚登山は命懸けて, イグアズ山岳砲撃戦 III」 (Ninin Sankyakutozan wa Inochikaete, Iguazusan Gaku Hougekisen III)
“Three-Legged Mountain-Climbing Is Life-And-Death, The Artillery Battle In The Iguazu Mountains III”
This has probably been Heavy Object’s best arc yet.
Don’t Guess, Plan
Given a choice between three different routes, the usual (and less exciting) method a storyteller takes would be for Qwenthur to guess one of the three, and then for it to either be right (protag-kun is smarter than everyone else) or wrong (fuck, scramble for a solution!!). Here, Qwenthur did neither. Instead he formulated a plan to have each of them cover one route, and then react to whichever one the enemy Object came down. I like that better. He formed a plan that gave them a chance to win no matter what, and exposed their forces to minimal risk—two times out of three, they’d only be risking one soldier, either Qwenthur or Frolaytia. That’s a good plan, and good odds. I like it when my protagonists act intelligently, something Heavy Object hasn’t always been good at.
Backs To The Wall
The key element that allows for one’s protagonists to act intelligently is hardship, usually springing from either A) a highly competent, dangerous, and/or superior enemy, B) bad luck, or C) both. The reason this arc is probably the best Heavy Object arc so far is that it employs both. I went over A in previous posts, so let’s focus on the latter.
Nearly everything that happened in this episode put the protagonist’s backs against the wall. Havia faced multiple enemies, all willing to kill him, which gives them a time limit. Qwenthur’s leg was hurt, and he hurt the other rolling down the hill. Then his radio busted. Sure, it was a bit convenient that he picked up a pistol last episode rather than always having it on him, but as I’ve said before, I’ll let a few things slide if everything else is being done well. And for once, everything was being done well. Everything backed them against the wall, so that they had to scramble to build a path to victory—so when Qwenthur shot out the intel via code and Milinda blew the mountain apart to strike the enemy Object, it was worthy of a cheer.
Groping Oppai for Freedom
I think, if the Milinda x Qwenthur OTP turns into a love triangle between Frolayita, Qwenthur, and Milinda, I’ll be fine with that. That’s because Heavy Object has done something that so many magical-fantasy-action-harem anime forget to do—give the haremettes a reason to like the harem lead. Not that reason is needed in love, but when you know you’re wading into a love triangle or worse (much less okay with the harem end, as a haremette), reason is needed. It could be something as simple as clear chemistry, but that’s harder to depict between multiple people, so having the harem lead do something that draws the haremette’s eye to him is a good path to use. (Note: All of this can apply for female-led harems as well.)
And now we have that from Qwenthur to Frolaytia. Groping for freedom is a new tactic, but it makes sense, along with being amusing and sexy as hell. And if Frolyatia does take a serious interest in Qwenthur—which is by no means a sure thing; she has thus far acted only as a concerned superior, her blushing can be explained by the groping itself, and just because she respects and appreciates Qwenthur for sticking up for her doesn’t mean she will want him to be her boyfriend—it will work better because there’s some kind of identifiable reason for her to wade into the morass. Plus, more jealous Milinda is always a good thing. I hope more of that happens even if Frolaytia never takes an interest in Qwenthur, which would be fine with me.
Quick announcement: I’ll be evaluating whether I want to continue blogging Heavy Object over the first few weeks of the winter season. Though this arc has been great, I’ve been spending too much time blogging lately, and I don’t want to miss out on covering a good show because I’m already full up. I’ll be blogging the next episode or two while I decide/intro others, and I’ll keep you posted.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A stirring end to the most compelling conflict yet. Also, Qwenthur gropes Frolaytia FOR FREEDOM! #heavyobject 12
- I’m okay with Havia joining Bilany Saronna while she drowns her sorrows. Er, in alcohol. Not unleashed flood water.
- Dat eyecatch.
- I’m not surprised that Halreed Copacabana (what a ridiculous name) survived. Why waste the character when Heavy Object hasn’t shown itself to be that kind of show? Plus, we never saw the body.
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