OP2: 「Never Gave Up」 by ALL OFF
「騎馬戦は足元を崩すべし アマゾンシティ総力戦 I」 (Gibasen wa Ashimoto o Kuzusubeshi Amazon Shiti Souryoku-sen I)
“In a Cavalry Battle, Knock Down the Foothold The All-Out War in Amazon City I”
While the structural underpinnings are improving, the details are still shifty.
Worst. Names. Ever.
Captain Burning Alpha Staccato. Amazon City. Major Halreed Copacabana (again). Sladder Honeysuckle. Major General Buffa Planters. Is it just me, or are these some of the worst engrish names you’ve ever seen? There are some that can beat them, I’m sure, but that’s quite the list. I can understand Halreed Copacabana or Buffa Planters—like Raye Penber (DEATH NOTE), they sound sorta kinda close to something, so I let those slide. But Sladder Honeysuckle? Burning Alpha Staccato? Give me a break. Those are chuunibyou attack names, not people’s names. And Amazon City sounds more likely to be a suburb of Seattle than it does a city located in the actual Amazon basin.
Backs To The Wall, Badly Excused
As I’ve said before, forcing both the protagonist’s and the antagonist’s backs to the wall is a good way to up the tension and make a conflict compelling. The problem with this episode is that some of the reasons given for why backs were connecting with walls were shifty at best. This isn’t a problem with the antagonists—I thought their asylum plan was quite good, and it gives them a time limit to hold out for with limited resources to do so. Not so with the protagonists.
Object parts are all order-made? Really? I don’t know a lot about a lot, but I know that you don’t custom design a tank, airplane, or a rifle every damn time. Military tech needs to be robust and reliable, and part of the latter means that if something breaks down, you can have parts on hand to fix it! So when they used that as an excuse as to why they couldn’t find extra parts for the Baby Magnum, I rolled my eyes. Especially since they could have gone with, “The Mass Driver Foundation destroyed our extra parts base,” or “All the extra parts are for Gen 2 Objects, not Gen 1 Objects,” or “We don’t have time, dammit!”. Especially since the last thing is what ended up happening anyway.
This has been an endemic problem with Heavy Object. Not necessarily that the explanations are bad, but that it feels the need to explain. Probably because its world is unnecessarily complex, requiring constant explanations to make sense of it. Only I wish they would stop trying, because it’s Heavy Object. Nothing much about it makes sense.
Goofy Banter & Rabu-Rabu Antics
As usual, the silly stuff was the best part of the episode (though the construction of the coming conflict is a close second). For my money, Ohime-sama’s jealousy takes the crown, though Frolaytia demanding that Qwenthur not walk behind her was good too. And her finding out about Lady Jessica, ufufu~. Even the electrocution gag, though over-the-top (in the not as good way), was better here than most of the times I’ve seen it, since it’s a soldier who was slacking off that got shocked rather than an innocent high school student. Compare those to the whole army ant battle, which wasn’t terribly compelling, and the banter still wins the day. I have hope for the rest of this arc, though.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The Mass Driver Foundation isn’t gone yet. But if their stupidly named leader isn’t dead soon, it’s war #heavyobject 13
- The new OP is fine, and it looks like Qwenthur and co will be getting new named allies in the near future. Nice. I just hope they have better names than Burning Alpha Staccato.
- Don’t worry, Milinda. You’re fine just the way you are. Yours are shapely.
- My biggest takeaway from this episode: Their comm discipline is shit.
- The new ED is all right too, but the old ED was one of the few endings which I listened to every single episode. As much as I like Iguchi Yuka, I don’t know that this one will be the same.
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ED2: 「変わらない強さ」 (Kawaranai Tsuyo-sa) by Iguchi Yuka