Fall 2017 Grab Bag Week 3: Sangatsu no Lion, Mahou Tsukai no Yome, and Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

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This is starting to become a bit of an experiment in talking about shows I would normally just watch on my own. I’m sure I’ll figure out a consistent format for this eventually.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 2

I really liked the development of Gotou from this episode. Characters are much more interesting when they’re not black and white. We were introduced to the cruel, harsh version of Gotou in the beginning, but this episode really explored the idea that there was more to him. Rei’s own conflict was pretty telling of this fact, as he struggled to reconcile the man that he despised with the man that was defending his mentor.

As we’re introduced to Gotou’s wife, the show starts to answer the question of what might be driving Gotou’s behavior. Perhaps he allows Kyouko to follow him around because it helps him cope. Maybe he’s rough to others because he always has his hospitalized wife on his mind. I tend to like stuff like that.

The episode also does a good job of relating things back to the pro shogi world with Kumakura, showing a similar duality within a seemingly stoic character. Despite it all, he wouldn’t be a pro unless he truly cared about the game.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episode 3

This episode was pretty nice for Chise. Despite her unfamiliarity with the magic world, she’s given a legitimate chance to help someone. Given her past, that’s probably a pretty huge thing for her. I thought it was really nice that Chise’s uncontrolled Sleigh Beggy powers are what give Nevin to share a final dream with Chise. Nevin also had some pretty good lines.

The beginning of this episode is probably my only issue with this episode because it confirmed that the ending of last week’s episode was unnecessary tension. The flashback just felt awkward because it was effectively expanding a scene that should have happened last week.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou Episode 3

I was quite impressed with this episode because of how it took the vague concept mentioned at the beginning of the episode and applied it to what was happening. In the first episode, the question about why people went to war felt way too forced and overt. In this episode, the random question of why people live isn’t even answered in the beginning of the episode. I almost missed it.

However, the episode ended up covering a person who had identified himself so strongly with a something he had done only to lose it. It kinda goes into the idea of how we define ourselves and what matters. The series covers physical objects, but I’ve always been interested in the ideas we use to define ourselves. You can become overly attached and sacrifice anything not to lose these ideas. Just a thought.

But all that aside, this line was gold.

Gate S2 Episode 17: Dungeons and Dragons

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Wait…the battle against the dragon just ended? The dragon dodged the rocket and just ran away?

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That’s an awkward way of wording it. I get that what they’re trying to say is that more food will become available for the dragon while it’s sleeping because time will pass, but this sentence makes it sound like the food will magically regenerate in the dragon’s body while it sleeps. Also, convenient hibernation habits to explain why the dragon hasn’t killed everyone in the world yet despite being an overpowered mess.

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This is like some kid’s fantasy on the screen. “Imagine there are these elves…and they have rocket launchers!”

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Oh yeah…Rory hates being underground. Forgot about that.

 

 

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Well…what did you expect? Ever try getting a cell signal underground? You would think the military either had equipment for this situation or would know it would happen. This just feels like a cheap way to force Rory to run into the cave when the dragon shows up.

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Using the weapons they found as shrapnel…that’s actually a pretty good plan.

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Wait…you mean there’s a giant hole in the top of the mountain and the radio signal couldn’t get through?

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Okay, I know that C4 is a very stable explosive, but I’m pretty sure that heat breath should have been enough to set it off.

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And, of course, Tuka wakes up just in time to see the death and destruction that initially gave her the trauma they’re trying to fix. I’m sure this will end up being a convenient way of making her accept the truth.

 

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Whoa whoa Leilei…you’re letting your emotionless face slip.

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I feel like I’ve seen this attack before…

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First off, spirit bomb. Secondly, that thing I said before about this being a convenient time for Tuka to get over her trauma.

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This electrical current somehow DOESN’T SET OFF THE C4.

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Okay, so the electrical current going through this dagger into the INSULATED WIRE is what sets off the C4 instead of the electricity sparking off of the dragon RIGHT ON TOP of the C4. Unless you’re telling me the dagger managed to land right next to the piece of wire Itami stripped earlier…and to that, I say dagger ex machina. Someone please tell me I’m misunderstanding how C4 works because this is seriously pissing me off.

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Well, we killed the fire dragon, so we should just go straight into the next story. I thought they mentioned the eggs in the dragon’s nest for a reason…no one’s going to worry about that?

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Wait…did Giselle just say “Her” Highness? Are you telling me Hardy’s a girl? And apparently Rory’s betrothed?

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Oh…never mind about the eggs. The dragons are right here!

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HAHA THESE FACES!

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Hey…remember when that general mobilized basically everyone to help Itami when he found out that Itami was going to fight the fire dragon? Convenient reinforcement timing saves the day!

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Oh…not Rory’s story after all. That ended quickly.

Given that next week’s episode is about a magic city, I’d guess the next story is focused on Leilei instead of Rory.