The Holidays make jackasses of us all.
I admit to liking the Loki/Raishin relationship. It’s absurd, as these over-the-top rivalries usually are, but at least they’re simultaneously clever, yet redundant with their insults, like they spent the time in between their arguments thinking up new insults, yet once they burn the new ones, they just keep using them for lack of imagination. It was enough to keep me entertained.
Having Loki fight his mentor in such a manner was, obviously, expected. Also, what IS it with the “Here are three pieces of information” characters this season? They’re all over the place, and not just KILL la KILL and Machine Doll. Eh whatever, must be the new hip trend.
And again…so there ARE rules regarding Human experimentation. So why again was Magnus given a clean pass for harvesting girls for his parts?
The fight with Sword Angel and Lucifer was a slower paced one than the chaotic mess of the Wise Man outings, so while we weren’t given any direct information, the combat was slow enough to see what was happening. Like the heat shield on Lucifer, that was set up rather well, and dealt with well. We even had Kimberly at the side explaining the mechanics to the audience. See, these tropes exist because they WORK. I’m still a little confounded on the magic and the relationship exactly between doll and puppeteer, but the combat itself is decent if you go in with the understanding that these are two mechs duking it out. Except for the distracting CGI. As always it is all over the freakin map.
Yaya’s comedy was pretty good this week. I particularly enjoyed the oversized needle. It wasn’t…rolfmao hilarity, but more, cute and endearing.
So, does Wise Man just finish when 99 of the students are in the hospital? Because the rules for elimination seem rather unclear. “Unable to battle” seems to mean more than “unable to battle constantly” since you can pull people to the emergency room. I guess as long as you don’t take the duelist glove? So you can let someone keep coming back over and over to beat the living hell out of them? Actually that’d be my favorite way to torment someone I hated…so good on that rule, I guess.
No Shoko this week. Schrodinger’s. Obi-Wan.
SOOOOOO….what was up with Charlotte? We gave her the chance to come fight with Raishin and she said no. Because she has “faith” in him. Why the hell even set her up as a violent tsundere prodigy student when you’re going to contrive her dialogue to MAKE her dead weight. This wasn’t even poor planning. It was “well we don’t really want Charlotte to be a set piece, even though under normal circumstances she would probably want to beat the piss out of Sword Angel. So let’s just write her out of this story.” But it wasn’t anything substantive. She just refuses to go. Why even bring that up in the first place? Give her a fucking reason. Something like, “If you get involved now, you might be disqualified from Wise-Man”. We know how important it is to Charlotte, so maybe we SHOULD establish that Raishin isn’t the most important thing in her life.
No wait, of course he is. Stupid harem bullshit.
Which makes the cliffhanger all the stranger. It’s going to have nothing to do with what we saw. We know that already. Your cliffhangers are so much “the boy who cried wolf” machine doll. Didn’t you learn your lesson from that story? Never tell the same lie twice.