「許さない」 (Yurusanai)
“Unforgivable”

Well damn, that’s certainly one way for Doan to reveal his inner softie. Even if it’s more tragic than wholesome. With Plunderer in its climax we can pretty well guess anime matters will end with this fight (for good or ill), but the how and why remain to be discovered. Or at least would if that preview was a little less obvious.

While Plunderer’s morals at this point are well spoken for courtesy of Licht’s reigning philosophy, it’s quite nice seeing several other characters receive some measure of complexity, particularly our antagonists. I doubt few saw that spiel from Doan concerning Sonohara coming for example, or the implication that cleaning up for Licht is what induced such change. Although Licht’s convictions and desires have been shown in a negative light before (e.g. Class A’s slaughter), Doan’s recent backstory really makes Licht come across as both selfish and naïve—and frankly he deserves the criticism. No matter the “rightness” of noble goals, they often cannot be achieved by one’s lonesome, and more so by deliberately rejecting those seeking the same thing. Want to be the army that doesn’t kill? Well figure out a way with everyone to be that so someone isn’t left to do all the dirty work you want to collectively avoid. It’s a change in mindset Licht is going to have to embrace, or what happened to Sonohara, Doan, and Class A will simply repeat with Jail and the rest on his latest run at happiness for all.

Of course, keeping Licht on the straight and narrow first requires victory over Doan, which in of itself will be quite a feat of anime logic. Supergravity; conviction-guided bullets; particulate shielding; just how Licht escapes this latest predicament will be fun to see, although it’s fairly easy to guess Jail is going to go full antigravity power up on Doan, because nothing says badass like stoically marching towards your enemy. It may not wind up being the most thrilling of endings (in part because the animation seems to have hit a funding rut), but there’s little doubt for me the answer to this latest showdown will at least prove entertaining. Plunderer may be set to leave us with more loose ends than answers next week, but at least it’ll be going out on a high note.

After all, we have that brewing Pele confession to potentially look forward to.

 

Preview

6 Comments

  1. Well that was Original and that I mean 70% of this episode. The Black Hole Trap and Jail’s entrance differs greatly from the source material. Still, love the way they still keep Jail cool and have him use little hexagons as his shields.

    Though the animation parts from afar isn’t top-notch, it’s slightly better than EP 21 in my opinion; well except for Jail’s fight with his dad. That was still the best fight sequence for me.

    So I guess this is the reason the earliest episodes are going per one chapter and that filler episode? To make this original cliffhanger happen? I still keep my hopes as low as it can be, but I just hope we get to see Lynn wake up and witness the (good?) aftermath at least.

    RK
    1. Very likely that was the plan with the pacing and filler. It would be very surprising if Plunderer received a sequel so this was chosen as the best place to leave off and direct viewers to the manga.

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  3. Fun fights. But really can’t tell if it was Jail 100% deflecting Sonohara’s shots or Sonohara not wanting to hit him subconsciously.

    Can’t help notice Doan’s comments in that flashback. Apparently Schmerman not wanting the kids to get harmed was his true nature. His current self is making them into homicidal maniacs. Can’t say for sure if he just likes natural selection or something. Such a strange person.

    To avoid a black hole, just make sure you don’t get past the event horizon. Seems entirely possible for someone like Licht.

    theirs
    1. For the shots I think it was a combination of both. Jail was definitely blocking, but Sonohara was clearly missing a lot (especially at the end), and since she has the ability to make sure none of her shots miss, that was subconsciousness playing a role.

      As for Schmerman yeah he doesn’t want the kids to get harmed, but only insofar as their ability to function as weapons; hard to use a weapon which is damaged after all. Earlier episodes I think showed enough to indicate that Schmerman was always intending to turn them into killers, it’s just his desires are more obvious now with the mask lifted.

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