「騎馬戦は足元を崩すべし アマゾンシティ総力戦 II」 (Gibasen wa Ashimoto o Kuzusubeshi Amazon Shiti Souryoku-sen II)
“In a Cavalry Battle, Knock Down the Foothold The All-Out War in Amazon City II”
Listen to the words that are coming out of my mouth, Heavy Object: Destroying Objects without using an Object is not some big revelation. You’ve shown it multiple times yourself.
Destroying an Object Without Using an Object
While I appreciate some elements of Sladder Honeysuckle’s (Hosoya Yoshimasa) plan, most specifically how he admitted that his whole “overturning of conventional doctrines/proving Objects can be destroyed without using an Object” was a Plan B he set up just in case, that doesn’t forgive this episode for its central sin: Acting like the idea that you can sabotage Objects is a surprise. That wasn’t a surprise during the first arc, since of course people are going to try to sabotage Objects, they’re humans, we’re bastard coated bastards with bastard fillings. Ruining things for others is what we do. But then to act like it’s a surprise now, after the series has shown it being done several times? Get outta here.
Which is a shame, ’cause I liked Sladder Honeysuckle’s (what a dumb name) plan otherwise. Using the gun as a decoy to drop the Baby Magnum’s feet with the reactor explosion and shred its pilot with the net is a good plan, even if it relies on a lot of stupid decisions the Baby Magnum’s designers made, most specifically not trusting the Elite enough for them to be able to quickly and easily turn off the eject/self-destruct. But shifty worldbuilding is a Heavy Object hallmark, so no surprise there. I like that it was a plan with layers, and even when Qwenthur figured out about the reactor, he couldn’t stop it from happening in time. The action beats are still better in these more recent arcs compared to the earlier ones, even if the foundation they sit on is still shaky as fuck.
Suicide Bomber Qwenthur
Only one complaint with this scene: When Sladder wondered if the detonator was to the bombs around Qwenthur’s chest, Qwenthur should have detonated it right then. Sladder talked too much, which gave us the time to think, instead of having him bring it up and then WHAM, it happens before we know what’s going on. That would have maintained the shock. Which is endemic of a common Heavy Object (and light novel in general) problem—they talk too much. Other than that though, hellz yeah Qwenthur! You the man, and Havia helped.
They Get No Respect
Gotta love judgmental Milinda. It’s a little harsh that they’re getting sent off to blow up another Object when they set up all the wins and saved lives, even if it mostly feels like Frolaytia is trying to motivate them for their next mission, and Ohime-sama is pissed that Qwenthur groped someone’s boobs other than hers. Still, this was the best part of the episode, as usual, since it was goofy and silly and full of banter.
So, bad news: I’m probably going to drop Heavy Object. I really don’t like to drop shows—which is why I’ve only done it one other time in four years—but there are at least three other series I’m thinking of blogging this season, shows which more people seem to be interested in than this, and I haven’t had much new to say on this in a while. Plus most of my posts for Heavy Object tend to be fairly negative by necessity, which isn’t the kind of blogging I like to do.
It’s not that Heavy Object is bad exactly, it just is what it’s always been: A B-movie. And B-movies don’t much need explaining. It’s not good, and much of it doesn’t make sense, but it is enjoyable when it keeps its banter levels at Bruce Campbell level. (Side note: I’m halfway through Ash vs Evil Dead, and it’s a lot of fun so far.) I’ll almost certainly do a finale post to touch on the last few arcs, but it probably doesn’t need a few hundred words each week.
It’s possible that I could change my mind, or that someone else could pick it up, but I probably wouldn’t expect a Heavy Object post next week. My apologies if this disappoints you. (And for those wondering, no, I’m not dropping Utawarerumono).
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Qwenthur gets shot & pretends to be a suicide bomber to capture the enemy leader. They still get no respect #heavyobject 14
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- I feel like Burning Alpha doesn’t survive fying through a building’s windows. Those are pretty strong on tall buildings, you know.
- It’s adorable how the Intelligence Union thinks that, if they have enough data, they’ll be ready for any problem. Sorry, but it doesn’t work like that. It’s the unknown unknowns thata always get you, and data doesn’t mean jack shit if you’re not wise in how you read and interpret it. Also, Perfect Browsing is a dumb name.
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