It is that time of the week again. I said week, not month. You need to pay more attention to what someone writes and leave less to the imagination, not that I am saying creativity is not an important thing. See what happens when you let your mind wander? Ahem, that time of the week again, yes yes, when Animation Anonymous is invaded by the dreadful likes of Zvezda and once again we are given a front-row seat to the devastation that they leave behind.
The terror that is Zvezda.
This weeks episode focused on the weakest and by the far the most unpopular member of the Zvezda organization, Yasu. I will not lie, when he was first being punished in episode one I was really hoping he would be dealt a lethal blow. That is not to say I expected anything less than “No supper”. Still, to have an episode dedicated to this guy so early on in the series is somewhat of a bummer. It was saved somewhat by Gorou, though I would have preferred a Gorou centric episode with Yasu as support. Either way, we must deal with the cards we are dealt and in this case they were pretty awful.
However, that is not to say that this episode was a total downer. It was great finally getting to see Zvezda mobilizing the masses. I want to believe that in future episodes the Smoke Busters will make a return as loyal Zvezda foot-soldiers. You might recall last week that I mentioned how I was worried there would not be any actual invading, that the show would build up to a single decisive battle. While we were told that thirty percent of the city had fallen to Zvezda control, we really can not say for certain that was not just a joke and will not be reflected in future episodes.
Not to “dampen” your parade or anything, but this pun is awful.
I have to admit I was rather shocked when I realized that they would be conquering smokers this week. I had this image, and still do, of Japan as a hotbed of smokers. Most, if not all, of the students I have met from the country and neighboring countries are heavy smokers and have painted a similar picture for me. Yet from this episode I would have to believe that most Japanese are opposed to smoking otherwise it would be a rather unpopular move by the show to attack smokers. They would risk alienating a chunk of their viewers.
Needless to say, even if the Japanese are not the heavy smokers I envisioned them to be I was surprised at how harsh Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda was with them. It bordered being more than a simple tease. If I smoked I would definitely feel awkward about this weeks episode, or at the very least would be a little less enthusiastic about it. It is a good thing I am not a smoker because. It would have been a tad hurtful to learn that the people behind the series do not think I have a soul.
You came to the wrong neighborhood.
Either way, I am really excited for next weeks episode. I just love new characters. Now, the world love is thrown around so loosely nowadays that it has lost its impact. When I say I love new characters I mean that it can be the difference between an episode being OK and great. If an episode manages to introduce a new character well it easily jumps up a couple ranks on my interest chart. So again, I am really excited for new weeks episode for when we get to meet Odin.
I can not think of a better way to end the week than with Hoshimiya and her faithful Zvezda minions conquering the likes of dinner and the JSDF West Udogawa 3rd Armored Brigade. I have always been a stickler for series that go against the norm. That is to say, instead of following the heroes catching the villains, we’re shown the villains escaping the heroes. You know, the unexpected. While I am sure that the current regime will prove itself to be some sort of evil dictatorship which deserves to be conquered, I’m glad that our cast of misfits are the ones being chased instead of it being the other way around.
The elegant tigress stalks her prey.
I am going to admit something rather embarrassing that I would prefer to have stay here. I know how much you enjoy reading aloud what you see here to your friends and family, but lets just keep this to ourselves. It was not until towards the end of the episode, when Jimon left their base a little worse for wear, that I realized that White Robin was none other than Komadori. I know, I know. I am not exactly proud of myself.
I hope the pair of them are as dense as I am.
I have to say, though, I really did not expect to enjoy this series as much as I am. The real reason I ever found myself excited for this was the initial mystery surrounding it. With that gone, I did not think I would keep up with it like this. One complaint I have so far, which could be remedied next week, is I would like to see some school dynamic. With this episode we just breezed right through the day. I imagine, what with Jimon and Komadori both being in the same class, that some kind of hilarity could ensue during school. I am conflicted, though. One part of me wanted to see his day while another part of me applauded Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda for saying, “This is not a school comedy. We are going to get straight to the point.”
As much as we would have hated it, A-1 Pictures could have saved some money with some stills of Jimon sitting in class dreading the situation he has gotten himself into to. They could have done a lot of things with that school period, but they went ahead and decided to forgo it entirely. Hah, I am conflicted.
Perhaps if she had kept her eyes open the food would have turned out better.
I am really looking forward to next weeks episode. It will be nice to know if this show ever becomes about defending conquered territories. As it stands, I can not imagine Zvezda maintaining an army. Instead, I see a single definitive battle. While that could work, I have always been a stickler for armies. I would love to see hundreds of Zvezda foot-soldiers rather than just the two. Only time will tell, only time will tell.