This week’s episode concludes the battle introducing ZET and Alphas. Besides how cool it is that Kouga has a gunblade, Jin does a lot of discovery of his own powers in the fight. Still…was I the only one that thought he seemed weaker in his red form than his white form? I guess based on the ZET levels that the guys watching were seeing, it made sense, but they made his red form sound so amazing. Maybe my prediction last week was right and it was still a failure of a red form that Haitani induced.
I would assume that in order to gain his true form, Jin has to get that pendant back from Konoha. They’ve been making a pretty huge deal of it, so it has to be linked somehow. I’m less interested with Kouga, though…I’m not sure why, but a suit powered by his emotional state doesn’t seem all that intriguing to me. That bit at the end with Tanaka was kinda weird though. Makes me wonder if she’s a Player as well…maybe an EVOL with screwed up memories for Haitani’s plans. Either way, next week looks like Kanzaki’s coming back into the fold. Not sure what that’s about, but we’ll see.
So about halfway through this series and Jin finally takes the form of ZET we see in the opening. Strangely enough, this is triggered with the help of Haitani, who stabs him with a piece of the Ring of Exposure. I’m curious about his motives. On the one hand, he may have transformed Jin in a way that’s defective causing him to later take an even stronger form…seems like a typical setup. But still, given his character, I can’t discount the possibility that he wanted Jin to take his true form for his own amusement…not sure which to favor.
Kouga also debuts as Alphas in this week’s episode. He’s once again given the choice from the earlier episode with taking a risk to save everyone or ensuring the safety of some. He once again chooses to ensure safety, leaving Jin despite his injuries. Still, it’s harder to beat him up about his choice this time because we know that Jin could fight for himself and that he had to stay on the battlefield for the story. I’m still wondering about Amagi’s motives with Jin, but I like how Jin and Kouga both have their own support crew for now (they’re so similar, but different). Next week, it looks like Jin and Kouga will team up for some Player-killing action. Wonder if they’ll stay allies or become rivals.
This week’s episode marks the arrival of Kouga into the fray. His suit’s complete and he’s on his way to save his sister. Still…he kinda annoys me. The way he reacted to the suit when it was first shown to him and his sense of justice…he’s such a child. He really just sounds like a spoiled rich boy for now. Hopefully that changes…we can’t have him going around being some childhood fantasy come true. Kouga also meets that weird guy who “tests” him as a hero. I’m not completely sure what that test was for…it doesn’t seem to have had an effect on Kouga and the guy doesn’t seem to have reacted to the results in any way.
A couple of introductions this week. The girl from last week introduces herself as Tanaka, but refuses to give out her first name. Is she ashamed of it? We also get a name on that weird creepy dude that’s been sneaking around, Haitani. He calls himself an EVOL…but from the conversations in this episode, EVOL sounds more like an organization name than a species name. EVOLs must still be Players in some way…the Sweeper said that Jin was neither Player nor human…I find it strange that he didn’t either a) assume Jin was an EVOL or b) say that Jin wasn’t an EVOL either. Maybe I’m just over-analyzing. Questions aside, next week looks to be a continuation of the hostage crisis, but with the addition of Tanaka. Maybe Jin will finally become ZET…hopefully Kouga joins in the fight.