「マクロの決死圏 後編」 (Makuro no Kesshi ken Kouhen)
“Desperate Fight in the Macro Zone Part 2”
If last episode was all build up for this one, then was it worth it? Probably mostly, and this one was better constructed besides, because there was less faffing about and more focus on the central conflict of this mini-arc: the one inside Riel-san. Both figuratively and literally.
That’s a big thing, because while last episode featured scenes that, even in retrospect, remained pointless—no, we did not need to see Sonic rescue the cat to know Leo could do a trickier version now, not when the difficulties weren’t explained until this episode, and what was all that time spent on Dog/Deldro? They were hardly there this arc—the only scene that at first seemed out of place was the Werewolf Bureau girls’ night out, until it became clear that it was setting up Sonic’s hero moment, which slid it right back into the “necessary” column. Plus it was funny, which is always a plus.
Riel’s story ended up being rather touching, as it dealt with the issue of loneliness, friendship, and how Riel let his negative feelings cloud his vision until he forgot what was truly important. I was struck by how Riel’s story is similar to either that of a drug user who spirals out of control (someone offers him the fix, and it takes him places darker and deeper than he ever imagined) or an angry young man who’s radicalized into committing great evil (Riel’s negative emotions made him a bomb waiting to explode, if only he had the power—and then he was given the power), though both shake apart in various ways (he retains some level of control until Gemnemo tries to hijack him like he’s a bus, and he never intended to commit any kind of evil, he just didn’t want to get stepped on/keep running away). Granted, Kekkai Sensen wasn’t interested in plumbing those themes so much as experiencing Riel’s loneliness, which is where the focus stayed, and as a character study it was satisfying in the end.
I heartily enjoyed that Sonic, of all
people characters, got to be the big damn hero (trope!) this time. It’s almost a mundane level of silly by Kekkai Sensen standards, but what can I say, I’ve got a soft spot for the rascally monkey. Especially since it led to Zapp ranting, Chain looking deservedly embarrassed, and then Zapp getting a Werewolf Bureau hit job after it became clear he was mouthing off without justification. Once again, Zapp is a bully, and the best way to use him is to abuse him. Kekkai Sensen understands this well.
Next week is the K.K. episode, or maybe not, the preview two episodes ago that seemed to show a Dog Hummer ep incoming was total bupkis, so who knows. Also, wasn’t Michella supposed to be a big player this season? I can’t wait until they try to do plot in the last two episodes. It’s gonna work about as well as it ever does (see: not really).
- Werewolf Bureau Drinking Shiratori is serious business. Also, apparently all werewolves can drink, damn!
- Loved the
Ankh-MorporkHellsalem’s Lot street crowd. Nothing like a beer and some street theater to liven up the evening.
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