「とある執事の電撃作戦(ブリッツクリーグ)」 (Toaru Shitsuji no Dengeki Sakusen)
“One Butler’s Blitzkrieg”
This is last episode, done better.
I wasn’t too fond of last episode, for trying to do too much, introduce too many characters, for explaining itself too much and not enough. This episode, on the other hand, did what the last episode tried to do, but better. Let’s compare the two.
One of my principle complaints of last episode was that it introduced too many characters too shallowly, and when they got into mortal danger, there was no reason to care outside of to see what Chain did. This episode only introduced one. That gave Philip Lenore (Ono Daisuke) time to breathe, so that we could see him in action as a butler, so we could see how he reacted to a situation differently than Leo, and so we could delve some into his motivations (to be like Gilbert). That made it so I gave a shit when he was in danger, and hope he would come out all right.
This also allowed us to really enjoy getting to see more of how Gilbert operates. I didn’t particularly care about Gilbert before this, I wasn’t especially interested in him, so a Gilbert episode wasn’t a big draw. But they not only let him strut his stuff, operating with calm competence and brutality as he took down the “badass-tachi”, but they also didn’t screw up the exposition. That’s big! Granted, the exposition here was a lot easier than with Chain and the stealth werewolves, because the less that is said about Gilbert, the more badass he becomes, and his special ability, as a Regeneratore, is instantly understandable. Explaining that it only heals him from fatal injuries after everything was over is the extent of the tell, don’t show. Quips about how he should join UQ Holder aside, it was done well.
Bonus points go for not even pretending that the villain chief was anything more than an unusually skilled mook. We wouldn’t have cared about his story any more than we (didn’t) care about that villain lady from the previous episode, so better to skip the exercise altogether.
All in all, it was a good episode. It enhanced an existing member of the cast, made me care a little bit more about someone who I paid no attention to (by Gilbert’s own design, it appears), and it was both funning and exciting. My concerns about the lack of overarching plot remain, but that aside, it was a good episode. I’ll take it.
- The first part of this episode was rough though, because of the sound that happened every time Gilbert’s back broke. Eeee!
- Looks like Leo learned his lesson. That doesn’t mean episode three was necessary, the moment would have worked equally well without that, but I guess it was enhanced slightly because of it.
- I love how Klaus is actually fine at everything on his own. A nice little moment to cap the episode off 🙂
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