Just nothing here to stick with you.
Okay, first things first, Machine Doll…make up your goddamn mind.
Originally it seemed nefarious that there was something called a “Banned Doll”. That was suspicious and secretive and one of those things you didn’t talk about in polite company. Okay. Then one of the INSTRUCTORS came out and said there was no hard rule against having Banned Dolls. …Okay, suspicious, but we’ll roll with it. Now this week it would be a disaster if anyone found out that Yaya was a Banned Doll? The Hell?
Also…let’s count how many of the characters introduced so far DO NOT have “Banned” Dolls.
….Right…there aren’t any.
I’m sure glad this concept is being made clear to the audience.
I was hoping that the series would backtrack a little bit, explain things more clearly to us. Nope, just kind of going to glide right past all the information regarding magic and dolls. Again. We have clearly jumped into something mid-stream, but the producers don’t realize it yet. I don’t know if this is a function of the source material, or the adaptation, but whoever is at fault needs to get kneed between the legs.
So Freya is part Doll, because of course she is. You can’t have a sapient automaton creature without there being at least one character who is partly composed of those pieces. Such a thing would be madness and is totally not a stupid reason to waste half our series on. Her doll, Rabbi (Labby?), goes berserk (does this make her Ash Ketchum?) by drawing on her power too much. While I am in favor of making our Hinata the super power, there isn’t anything all that clever about it, so I’m finding it hard to stay interested. An “ophanage” that engineers its children to be half-human weapons….ehhhh…it’s no Dickens.
So little happened this week. Raishin got injured, sure. He does that. But mostly because he needed to be able to step into the fight between Loki and Freya. If we didn’t care about the fight between Raishin and Loki why did we even do that? Why not set up Walpurgisnacht so this could have just happened right away? Or made it more dramatic by having Raishin fight Freya first. Or have them all enter at once. This story has been so much pedaling to stay inside its (completely arbitrary) rules that it becomes completely obvious the writers are pissed they wrote themselves into a corner. This entire episode was so much “let’s keep up the illusion of motion so we can get Raishin back to the orphanage.”
The only thing that gets me excited for next week is if Loki will flip-flop (the thing he hates most is being given orders? Sure hope that doesn’t turn out to be important). Not only would we get to focus more on his moveset, and maybe glean some more information about this whole magic thing, but perhaps it will be something not contrived and thought out for more than ten seconds.
I say contrived because…characters serve little point to this story once their one thing is done. There’s no weaving, here. Charlotte has been dead weight since Episode 2. Shoko kind of managed to be interesting in her second appearance but we barely understood what she was doing here in the first place. Even Raishin doesn’t really have a connection to his Episode 1 persona, now he’s some Japanese spy being dicked around by greater powers.
This set up only really works in lengthy stories. But the action has been flowing too fast for an epic (unless Raishin did literally arrive three days before the festival…I can’t recall), and too slow to wrap up in any meaningful way. So even if there is a season 2, I can’t say I’ll be all that interested in watching it.