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1. Sirius the Jaeger (6)
Better late that never. The first half of the episode is pretty slow-paced, with various characters going about their business in the aftermath of the big train battle. There’s not a whole lot in here that’s new or exciting, although we do get Ryouko standing up to her father. He has no idea about the vampires, but he does know his daughter ran off and got herself serious danger, so he wants her to stay put and stop her sword practice. But she’s having none of that, and tells him she just wants to
fuck a werewolf see the world, and he can’t stop her. On the other hand, I feel like all this focus on Major Iba isn’t really serving much purpose. He’s not doing a whole lot, and he’s not a naturally interesting character either. Maybe if his detective work was paying off more, but so far I think you could cut all his scenes and not miss much.
But the episode definitely kicks into a higher gear in the second half. The vampires launch an all-out attack on the mansion, and we’re in for a lot of action. And as usual, it looks good. As a side note, it’s kind of sad that other than Jaeger, the only other show I’m watching where the action scenes have any sense of excitement to them is about badminton. I’m still not too sold on these generic monster vampires though. They never seem to pose any real threat to the Jaegers. But thankfully, Kershner and Mikhail show up and we’ll get a real fight again. This is an especially big one for Yuliy, too. Not only is his brother there, but also the man responsible for the attack on his village. I’m guessing Kershner will bite the dust next episode so Yevgraf can move into the picture.
All in all a pretty fine episode. Would’ve been better if the first half wasn’t so slow, but it’s still a fun watch. I hope next episode keeps up the pace.
Episode Score: 7.0
Season Average: 6.92
2. Angolmois (7)
Pretty uneventful episode. On the emperor’s orders, the remaining survivors are taken in by the Toibarai. The Toibarai are some sort of secret society who’ve sworn to protect the borders of Japan for generations and live within the enclosure of a massive wall built centuries ago. I guess they get really bored when there’s no Mongol invasion. Angolmois is loosely based on actual history but I assume this group was completely made up.
Anyway, we get some character interaction but nothing exciting, and the whole time I was kinda waiting for an attack that never came. Kuchii does point out that the fortress is far too big to be defensible, so I’m sure it will happen soon enough, but not this week.
Episode Score: 6.5
Season Average: 6.86
3. Hanebad! (8)
I have to give this episode a decent score because a main character actually won. Yay! There was even a happy ending where both players got closer together and the loser accepted her defeat in grace.
Nozomi’s not a new character, but I got seriously confused by the opening of this episode where she’s shown playing Nagisa in the past. Even in the flashback she looks way older than everyone else and I initially mistook her for Ayano’s mom (the only other character with lips), and nothing made any sense.
Anyway there’s some history between Nagisa and Nozomi that puts a lot of pressure on her for this match. It’s too bad it all has to be dumped on us in the same episode. The setup seems a little contrived (Nozomi was selected for a scholarship over Nagisa, despite everyone acknowledging the latter as the better player, and no reason is given for the choice), and there are some excessively dramatic scenes, like when Nozomi is in a bathroom stall and some girls outside are conveniently talking shit about her right there and then. But hey, it’s not Hanebad without an extra dose of drama, and at least everything ended well this time.
Meanwhile though, Ayano has undergone a hilarious transformation in the past few episodes where she’s now turned into some kind of ultra bitch. Just a few episodes ago she was still just a nice and quiet girl, but then her brain broke and now she’s crazy and looks down on everyone else. Even her body language is completely different. She’s just sitting there slumped back in her chair like she’s offended by having to watch this pathetic attempt at badminton. I don’t know what to make of all this. It’s sorta funny, but I can’t take it seriously at all and it’s so over the top. And their coach is either paying zero attention, or thinks it’s fine if team members are slagging each other off. This bodes well for the climax of this season.
Episode Score: 7.0
Season Average: 6.69
4. Planet With (7)
The first half of the episode is a flashback to destruction of Sirius, Soya’s home planet. It’s practically a recap and barely tells us anything we didn’t already know. We do find out that Ginko was a princess who was rescused from a Siriusan attack by Sensei. Right away, she wants to come with him. Being a princess must have been really boring seeing as how she’s now a live-in maid for Soya. Anyway the dragon tells Sensei that the people of Sirius are evil so they must all die, and Sensei fails to convince him that maybe genocide is not the answer.
Back in the present, Shiraishi shapeshifted into a schoolgirl and uses hypnosis to get Soya to show her around. I’m not sure why she did any of this other than forced romantic drama where Nozomi sees them and gets jealous. Shiraishi and the sealing faction are still trying to stop human evolution because they’re on track to become evil space warlords like the Siriusans. Eh, whatever. Apparently Nebula only cares if you’re terrorizing other planets. It’s fine if you do it to each other. I guess it was the same in Star Trek.
At the end of the last episode, Soya briefly saw an apparition who looked like his brother. This raised a lot of questions: is his brother still alive in some form? Why did he show after Takashi died? Well, the disappointing explanation is that it’s not his brother, but an alien without true form who only appears to Soya as his brother. Welp. The alien does little more than make its presence known and tell Soya that the fighting is not over yet. I mean, yeah… there’s still another faction to fight. Why would he even think it was over?
This whole episode was kind of pointless.
Episode Score: 6.0
Season Average: 6.43
5. Island (8)
Hoo boy, what a ride. This episode has to be experienced, not read about. But here are some random observations:
- Their boat is hit by a giant wave moving away from the island, but somehow they wake up on shore. Is that even physically possible? Maybe the wind suddenly turned 180 degrees.
- Why does Original Setsuna’s skeleton have hair? Is it just so the viewer knows who it’s supposed to be? Does the anime think people watching this show are idiots? I mean, they’re not wrong, but…
- Setsuna points to Original Setsuna’s skull and says “it looks like he’s smiling.” What the hell? It’s a fucking skull. I guess you can interpret it as a wide grin but I don’t think would make Rinne feel better.
- They found Original Setsuna’s body in a room full of intricate machinery, but they show zero interest in any of it. Huh, it sure is weird that there’s an advanced lab on this tiny island. Oh well, let’s go fishing and frolic in the sea.
- After trying to leave, Setsuna wakes up back on the main island to find that Rinne fell overboard on the way and drowned. Just out of nowhere, she’s dead. It’s meant to be sad but it’s so random and silly. Just earlier in the very same episode, the exact same thing happened but they miraculously turned out fine. The first time they’re thrown overboard in a storm it’s no big deal, but the second time it’s super serious.
- He mumbles something to himself about how “The Setsuna inside her was who I had to kill.” What? What the fuck does that even mean? Is that really the resolution to the “Who was Setsuna supposed to kill” plotline?
- I’m not even going to try to understand this whole explanation about what the people from the future were trying to do. I’m just going to assume it makes no sense.
- Didn’t Kuon have soot blight syndrome? Isn’t that why she was hiding in a dark room all the time? Suddenly she’s out in broad daylight. Okay she’s technically standing in the shade of a tree but it’s bright and sunny and the leaves aren’t going to block every ray of light. And a little later she’s inside a car with no protection. The portrayal of this disease has been wildly inconsistent and it doesn’t even matter.
- They’re surprised Setsuna is so willing to go into suspended animation to maybe find a way to save Rinne. I mean… it’s not like he has any ties to this time or place.
- Karen has to stand on the shore and say “I don’t miss him. That idiot” to no one in particular. This is because she’s the tsundere, you see.
- I guess in the next episode Setsuna will be in the future. Can it get more insane than this? I believe.
Episode Score: 3.0
Season Average: 3.81