「消えたジェネシス」 (Kieta Jeneshisu)
“The Lost Genesis”
It’s a good indication of how short Dimension W is for time that the big Loser vs Some Guy fight happened off-screen. Loser more or less has superpowers and Chrysler seems to fancy himself something of a caped crusader, so it was bound to be a match worth watching. Instead, we jump to a close Loser victory (yeah, I know) and him shoving yet another dangerous prototype device into his body (because four sources of nigh infinite energy was not enough, but five was just right). It’s a shame because now we’ll never find out what Chrysler actually does except for fly around, dress stupidly, and sell cars.
Was the fight actually shown? I don’t know. But I also make a point not to care. I know some in the comments have been clamouring about cuts to the manga, but we have to accept that the anime is necessarily a remixed version of the story, so let’s judge it as it is. Evidently, the anime has made the decision that this particular fight is simply not important. Loser’s not the protagonist, so arbitrary obstacles in his way simply do not get as much attention. Still, it’d have been nice to give him some focus, even if it’s a fight against a throwaway antagonist like Chrysler. It’d have given the audience an opportunity to root for him and be more invested in whatever cause he has. As Lose is right now, it’s still entirely clear what kind of stance we’re supposed to take about him and his motivations. He’s sometimes hated Kyouma for whatever reasons, he’s sometime had this thing with finding/rescuing/avenging/whatever his wife, but mostly he’s just an exposition creation machine. Since he has an equal stake in this game for the the Macguffin (with everyone playing against the dealer, Mr Toad), it feels like he should really have near equal standing with Kyouma in terms of development. Same goes for the other player, the smarmy prince. Sure, it’s good to know that he’s in it for his little brother, but that’s not enough for me to really root for him either. In my books, still a bit of a tosser. But I suppose we now have a guy to dislike more so all is forgiven.
I do admit that I’ve got a thing for antagonists; my belief is that they need to have as much development as the protagonist, if not more, to make them more than just a cartoon villain. And to be fair, Loser is still much more interesting than the actual villain, who’s just crazy and evil. Yeah, sure, he’s got the excuse of, ‘it’s for science!’ but it’s mad science. Other, minor characters? I can forgive brushing aside. If the rest of the bounty hunters were simply there to volunteer to go first and trigger all the traps, I’m fine with that. The cast is large enough already, I can use less people to care about. With full understanding that I sound like a sociopath.
In the end, I don’t necessarily blame Dimension W for skimping on the fights; we still have good quota of robots and explosions (which has worked well for Hollywood), and there was a lot to explain this episode. This is the 11th hour infodump, where all the sci-fi is supposed to start making sense. I admit, I don’t get it. They gave a lecture, and I still don’t get it. Thankfully, I don’t think it’s really necessary that one fully gets all the technobabble of Dimension W to follow the story. My takeaways are this:
- Living things have possibility, which distinguishes them from non-living things
- Realising possibility allows for creation of something from nothing in defiance of thermodynamics
- Look at this thing!
It’s great how anime is colour coded. It’s gold, it’s shiny, it’s important. That, I can understand. And really, what else is there to know? We don’t really have much time to worry about the details, because Loser’s wife has been turned into an eldritch abomination. Because, hey, why not? Perhaps we didn’t need Loser vs Chrysler, because this is his big fight. Kyouma had to put down him zombie friend, Loser will have to do the same for his Lovecraftian wife. I’m looking forward to it. And to how Dimension W is going to wrap up all in one episode next week.