you know, i kind of admire Biscuit HammerThe desire to throw the traditional structure out the window altogether. Episode 10 After the (theoretically) climactic fight, you’d think it would be time to ramp up for a big confrontation with Animus. Kaur, Instead, we switch gears entirely and, for about 20 minutes you can practically forget that this was a shonen battle series, as we delve into the sticky mess of thorns that makes up the Asahina family.
Not that I’m complaining — the character has been carrying the show throughout the season, so any respite from the cardboard cutout battle for the planet is a welcome one, especially when it means digging into a weird, awkward relationship. Karna is with Sami with his entire family. We’ve already touched on her less-than-present father, so now’s the time to tackle the other half of the troubled parenting equation, the daredevil’s mom. Or rather, it’s time for everyone to face it except Sami, because in classic teen fashion she decides the best way to deal with complicated emotions is to hit bricks and go to her non-boyfriend’s apartment instead. Have to hide This is a very convincing move, honestly, and Biscuit Hammer By turning that avoidance into Hisame’s perspective, it avoids turning into despair for the audience, in order to clear the conflicting fear and guilt in his head (literally, at one point) about his younger sister.
as Biscuit Hammer We won’t get to go through a lot of more complicated emotions at the end, but as always I appreciate all of these characters’ serious effort to make it complex and thoughtful. Hisame admitted that, until they started living together, she wasn’t really passed A relationship with his sister, and this fact is eating him up, even though they have become close. Meanwhile, Sami feels that it is his fault that their family is scattered in the air, and will instead survive in the fantasy of a battle for the apocalypse, rather than deal with anyone. After all, there’s no point in facing the fear that your mom and sister are secretly angry with you when the world is about to end in a couple of months, right? From what we already knew about these characters, it all feels natural, and it makes Sami and Hisame’s final confrontation feel like a real success. The resolution with Mama-Hina is a little too clean for my taste, but it makes sense as a starting point for a longer and less dramatic healing process that will have to wait until the world is on the verge of destruction. Don’t be Plus, there are so many short lines and moments in the episode that I can’t complain too much.
I also like the role that Yuhi is playing in all this. In many similar stories, perhaps our male lead will make a big speech or solve the problem himself, but instead our gloomy protagonist just supports, and it’s a role that suits him surprisingly well. When he sees that Hisame is hesitant to confront Sami, he goes back to what Hengatsu said long ago. When Sami is about to run away again, his big moment is simply finding the determination to follow him and lend a hand to catch him. It’s not a problem he can or should solve, but he can be there to reassure his partner, and this realization gives him the courage to approach his family problems again. After being stuck in the background for a while, it’s a touching little arc for Yuhi as a whole, and even marks our first use. pillows… in 11 episodes. Not sure if I would have made that call, but “I know you” kicks ass so I’ll enjoy hearing it again.
However, Episode 11 has everything that has kept me hooked with the show through its ups and downs. It’s still a bit of a scramble, but when the show has its heart up its sleeve and its bets on the ground, it’s worth it.
And thus the pendulum swings back to the opposite end of its arc and takes us back to Battle Manga Land, though at least this time we spend more effort mining humor than it actually fights. sudden rise of Enema A bit odd, considering just two episodes in, we found that Sami was the one in the driver’s seat of his soul-roommate dynamic, but Enema Strangely manages to make itself amusing enough to appear arbitrary.
You’d think the Good Twin would be the more kind and benevolent of the two wizards, but Enema has apparently reached a level of godliness that allows her to go into gremlin mode 24/7, and has long had “social skills” and “not kidnapping people into her inter-dimensional coliseum without warning”. Humanitarian sanctions have been abandoned. Functionally her role is just to show that we’ve reached a new level of danger in the battle with Animus, and to power one of our heroes, so I’m grateful that Mizukami performed them. Time found a way to make him funny. Work. An innocent goddess of goodness is fine, but an isolated prankster is much more palatable to wield divine powers. Her presence also inspires everyone to start experimenting with her powers, and it’s so funny to see Yuhi completely out of her element with all these weirdos who beg you. have to Come up with a good name for your attacks – otherwise they won’t be as powerful! Our guy has made some strong progress as a person, but he’ll probably never feel comfortable living in the skin of a fantastic hero, and God bless him for that.
Unfortunately there’s still one fight in this episode – two really! And they both suck ass in ways that are really embarrassing to witness. It’s a good thing we’re getting a recurring episode next week, because the already visible seams of this production at some point in this episode really started to move. There is a shot of Yuhi, who is riding crazy on her bike, which would be fatal in itself, but she would have to use it twice because I didn’t have time to do the second shot. There are many still frames where characters stop looking like humans and begin to melt into the abstract gestures of polygrams that resemble hieroglyphs more than anime characters. The critical fight that leads up to the back half of the episode is so slapstick that I honestly believe it’s a parody of the shonen anime before I thought it was an earnest production. It’s baaaaaad in a way that pulls down anything endearing or meaningful about the drama surrounding it, and it’s also not falling into the terrifying fire effect they use to power Taro.
So once again we have a couple of episodes that show us the vast breadth of the quality of this adaptation. I really wish I could say that things will look like they are from here, but all signs point to the story being more and more dependent on the key moments being delivered, and that doesn’t reflect very well because we Moving on to the second half.
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