「人狼大作戦」 (Jinrou dai Sakusen/i>)
“Werewolf Mission: Chainpossible”
Chainpossible? More like Mission—Oh, I get it.
Probably I should have asked this before now, but was it ever explained how Chain (and her crew) are werewolves? What with them having none of the usual strengths, weaknesses, or basic attributes of werewolves. The invisibility thing is pretty cool, but I see nary a whisker. What’s up with that?
I’m not sure whether I enjoyed this episode, because I ate a big meal beforehand and I just wanted to take a nap, but I made myself watch instead. Because I’m a professional like that. Even though I’m admitting that a big meal can effect my performance, which is maybe not good? It’s true, though. You know it’s happened to you. P.S. it was homemade oyakodon and it was delicious.
What was I talking about?
Right, stealth werewolves. This is an episode where I feel like they needed to explain more or less, and I’m not sure which. I spent half the episode wondering if the tokens were what I thought they were, and they were; each invisible werewolf has an attachment to the world, something they dearly love, which will pull them back if they go too far. Only, I’m still not clear on why they were going into all the flower imagery, only for Chain’s
chain token to be, if I’m reading the letter and situation correctly, “Steven A. Starphase suddenly visits Chain’s room.” And I was sure Chain’s discussion with Gilbert about flower arranging was going to be the key bit of foreshadowing, but—but why the flower imagery again? Jeez.
So maybe they needed to explain more, though a lot of the straight-up exposition ended up being boring, and the mission at the end, though I appreciate the Mission: Impossible reference, was—fine? It was fine. Probably the biggest weakness was that there were five werewolf commandos, and, along with the chief and deputy chief, that was too many new characters for one short episode. They ended up being too flat and one-dimensional, which means that when they were in mortal danger, I only cared because I wanted to see how Chain would react.
The highlight of the episode? Undoubtedly, it was when Chain freaked out after Steven suddenly visited her room. Shipping furiously!! Though maybe she just didn’t want someone she respected (Steven) to see how she lived like a slob. Which, by the way, I can never understand how people can live like Chain. Being a little messy? I can deal with that. But trash bags in the living room? Eww. I’ll be the
Steven Stephen who is aghast at your filthy room if you need a back up, Chain. Though then again . . .
My biggest concern is now as it was before: Where is this all going? Kekkai Sensen is one of those series where departing from the source material is less a detriment and more a requirement. Last season rose above the source material (in some ways—it wasn’t perfect) by trying to create a season-spanning plot out of a source material focused heavily on anthology-style short stories. This season has given no hint of that so far. That worries me, because while the episodes are fun so far, they’ll fade into the mists of time without something larger to hang their hat on. Let’s hope that’s coming.
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