March 31st, 2010
Ow! Stop that! Go back to skipping the bad Tales technobabbling!
This was honestly a really disappointing episode. The recap just went on and on and on and on. I think at least 10 minutes of the first half were devoured by recap alone. Even outside of that, most of the rest of the time was spent looking at a bunch of talking heads yammer on about Ex-sphere and Cruxis. Good lord, shut up already, damn it. I thought since the Sylvarant chapters marginalized a lot of the ex-sphere technobabble nonsense that UFOTable would find a way to continue steering clear of it, but instead we got the entire thing in a huge massive disgusting dump. After the opening little fight, the most entertainment I could drag out of the episode was giggling like a little girl every time they called Zelos Tethe’alla’s miko.
I continue to not mind most of the changes they’re making to the story. They’re being completely up front with both Zelos and Presea’s pasts here, as well as Zelos feeding Cruxis information. Presea was also basically inserted into Tabatha’s place, so we’ll have to see how that develops, but Tabatha never really played much of a meaningful role anyway. Mithos does somehow manage to look even fruitier than before. I prefer his pixellated self to the hip hugging white leotard. Terrifying.
(I had a lot of time to rip stuff since I wanted to watch BakaTest first and it took ~30 extra minutes to show up.)