「瘯心の渦中で」 (Shishin no Kachuu de)
“The the Midst of Jealousy”
This episode of Tekketsu no Orphans can be looked at in two ways: The positives of its long-term planning and setting up of a grander plot, and the negatives of a action-less episode that was frankly a little boring. Perhaps it’s just my luck that the two episodes of Tekketsu on Orphans that I have blogged were ones that I thoroughly enjoyed and had plenty to discuss. In the bigger picture, there were plenty of episodes during the middle of the first season that didn’t do anything for me and felt like stalling. I’m getting that sense again, though I do prefer being able to jump between character groups and locations rather than being stuck in space battles with wacky pirates that don’t really matter. What I’m getting at here is that I don’t think this show is perfect; this episode wasn’t bad or anything, it just felt like it was lacking in some real substantive content for the mean time.
For the positives, I’m seeing some nice possibilities as to where these characters could go and how alliances will unravel. It’s revealed that Orga and McGillis are conversing despite their differences, which I find fascinating. I get the impression this bond is more “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” rather than any long-standing agreement between both parties. Things are bound to go wrong along the way, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing how that happens and what the repercussions are of that change. I also liked that we got some scenes of the pirates that attacked last week, if only to have them re-appear at some point; we need to know more about the foes they’re fighting if we’re to truly care, and this is a good step. There’s also those fateful bracelets that are sure to come back to haunt us when one of the trio doesn’t make it out of the series alive; you know it to be true, there’s no way this sort of emotional connection is being made if it ain’t gonna be broken. And then there’s also the mysterious masked figure who is sure to play a larger role in things to come. I suspect it’s a new character altogether, but if anyone has any theories on a returning face then feels free to comment below.
Now, for the not so interesting. To sum it up, this episode was just a bit of a snooze for me. The plot wasn’t really moving, the conversations served their purpose and were at times amusing, but nothing felt vital here. We got a flashback for our new guy from last week, which was hard-hitting stuff, but there hasn’t been enough reasons given to truly care about his plight. The suffering of him and the many orphans that make up Tekkedan is a terrible thing, but I’m not yet sold on any of the new characters. Perhaps with time they’ll prove themselves, but I’d be willing to bet a bunch of them won’t make it to the finish line.
Cogs are turning beneath the surface, but not much is happening above ground this week. If I were marathoning this, then I would have little to complain about here as I could just go to the next episode and watch whatever action is set to unfold, but on a week-to-week basis, Tekketsu no Orphans proves tricky at times. In truth, I marathoned a sizeable chunk of the first season after growing distant with the space pirate arc, and I suspect that’s the best way for me to watch this show going forward. I’ve read your comments from last week and appreciate your enthusiasm, but at the end of the day in a season as packed as this, and with a show I’d rather watch in bulk, it’s difficult for me to commit to blogging this right now. Hopefully you’ll all understand. But this definitely isn’t the last Tekketsu no Orphans post you’ll see on RandomC.
ED: 「少年の果て」 (Shounen no Hate) by Granrodeo