June 21st, 2009
So, instead of Leerin, Saya sends Layfon his original sword to just bounce Savaris into the Aurora, and THEN Leerin arrives with the deus ex machina sword after the fact… which of course leads into Layfon surfing on the two of them to save the day with a cry of "I HAVE THE POWER". I wish I was making this up. The deus ex machina sword was out-deus ex machina’d… and then surfed on. Unfortunately, the action through this episode was all really lame. Layfon attacked all of three times, once to deflect Savaris’ blast at Nina-Goat, once to defeat Savaris, and once to slap the filth monster letting the
Prism Rangers Heaven Blades turn into a rainbow of prettiness resulting in nothing but a big explosion. Savaris would have been more convincing as a villain if he had fought Layfon and lost previously, or Layfon ate his baby or something, but all the build up to the fight was just "I want to fight Layfon," without even any kind of shoehorned in eleventh hour development like Haiaiaiaiaiaiaiaia got.
Unfortunately, that’s really all there was to the episode. Savaris just wanted to fight Layfon for giggles, it took Felli and Leerin all of about a minute to talk Layfon into using swords again, and we got some surprise love love talk between Gorneo and Shante for reasons I don’t even want to contemplate. "I want to protect Zuellni more than Grendan because Shante’s there." Did anybody really think we needed a Gorneo x Shante moment in the finale? Really? Couldn’t they have spent some time on Saya or the Aurora, or going a little more in depth to Queeny’s sudden declaration of motherhood?
Don’t let the sarcasm get you too down though, it wasn’t that bad of a finale. I was expecting to be underwhelmed, and I was. It wasn’t painful by any means, but this definitely wasn’t even close to the high point of the series, and aside from the surfsword and the fact that it was the last episode, I’d rank it somewhere below the pool episode in general memorability. We all could have probably done without the surfsword, or Leerin’s stupid sword not even being used for anything except a mode of transport, but at least everything ended with a sharp kick to the shin. Felli never fails to be an absolute delight when she gets the chance. What really surprised me about the finale was how lame the music was, especially since they did a really good job on it up to here.
Final thoughts at the bottom.
Well, let’s get the bad out of the way first. The story meandered around nonsensically, never had a real villain or any kind of compelling threat to anybody, and nothing ever even came close to being a real threat to Layfon for anything more than maybe 10-15 seconds tops. It got particularly painful in the later going as certain things were painfully dragged out for no real reason other than plot convenience (and then ended up just being one half of a surfboard), and as the focus shifted away from the characters and onto the rather mediocre and fairly nonexistent story, the show did feel like it lost a lot of its
focus on Felli charm.
However, those characters are what made the show so much fun to watch for a long time… at least up to the point when we all realized that it was ending and there wasn’t a real plot to speak of, and even then they still more than made up for what the show lacked in plot or direction. Layfon was a stoic hero without becoming overly moody, Felli’s proclivity for violence is a wonderful twist on the normal "silent loli" archetype, and with the exception of Nina, the rest of the cast remained upbeat, likeable sorts that faced everything head on instead of drowning themselves in their own self-pity. Zexcs helped this along very well with the stylistic changes during the more humorous portions, although I don’t think I’m ever going to get used to the way they shaded character noses. Production was better than average through the entire run, and while I really did like the music, I do realize that it’s very much of an acquired taste. It fit the very RPG-ish overtones very well. Man… I’d play the hell out of a Regios RPG.
Anyway, I’ll certainly miss the show, although we do still have about 20 minutes worth of Legend of Regios left to be released on the DVDs. Zexcs has really come into their own lately and I’m (probably) expecting good things from their next show, Sea Story, starting in half a week.