「館山湾決戦前夜！」 (Tateyama-wan Kessen Zen’ya!)
“The Eve Before the Battle of Tateyama Bay!”
If there’s one constant about most anime shows this season right now it’s preparing for climaxes, and rest assured Sigururi isn’t breaking the pact. I’m pretty sure I’m far from the only one not sold on how this series is playing out, but at least it’s setting up for an entertaining conclusion. After all, when a god goes full suicidal, you know what comes next will prove entertaining.
Probably the biggest non-shocker this week is that yes, Odin is again confirmed the baddie. Held belief the red-eyed eye-patched bad boy would have some good in him yet? Get wrecked, because he’s going all in on delusions of grandeur. Given how Sigururi started this is a concept I can really get behind, between throwing a really interesting wrench into traditional Norse mythology and setting Odin up to be more of a selfish prick than one would read from available historical material. The issue though is that Sigururi has done little to capitalize on such a story. Everything up to this stage has been a superficial swim through typical tropes and plot elements, and outside of some above grade cast characterization it’s incredibly hard finding something which screams yes, this is what I’ll remember the most (sorry Azu, not even your adorable tsuntsun is enough). Not that Sigururi cannot still have such a moment yet mind you, but right now, everything is a veritable blur.
Part in parcel of this issue is the “calm before the storm” scenario we got this episode. I can get the emotions Sigururi is playing for courtesy of Azu and Miyako (with some Claudia for spice), but the pacing (alongside how the story has unfolded thus far) arguably hurt what was being aimed for. I’m waiting hard for the finale and final conclusion before delving too deep into the criticism weeds, but it’s moments like this which I believe highlight best how Sigururi either needed more time to tell its tale properly or better control over what it wanted to feature. Right now everything just seems to lack depth and definition for what one normally expects from these types of shows, and the longer it goes on reduces the potential any happy ever after can achieve once all is said and done. I’m still optimistic good things are waiting at the end of the garden path (since I’m a sucker for anime punishment), but Sigururi has quite the journey ahead of it before reaching proper redemption.
Kind of a good thing we’re getting into showdown territory then wouldn’t you say?