September 1st, 2010
When in doubt, add a catboy.
On one hand, the plot this week was so insultingly bad that I think it may have given me hepatitis. On the other hand, the narrator was only severely irritating this week instead of infuriating and they’re actually addressing the plot again after two whole months of dicking around. JCStaff gets a special award for particularly horrific writing by trying to sell Reiko as a defector from Shirou’s camp. Is she evil? Let’s see? We’ve seen her for 15 seconds previously where she was smirking and laughing in desire to crush the protagonists. Therefore, she must be telling the truth about everything to the good guys! Let’s drag this out for half the episode wondering about it! The only way her ‘turn’ could have been more obvious is if they had "villain" stamped on her forehead. I’m glad they’re actually going to get to the plot, but there should have been a purpose behind it, not the villains sitting on their ass for 75% of the show before suddenly erupting in a string of kidnappings to drag all the protagonists to their home base. I can’t wait to hear whatever cockamamie reason they cook up for this one. I seriously hope it’s "The show’s ending, and you weren’t doing anything, so I had to create some conflict."
Meanwhile, Ryoshi’s off screwing around with some random Spaniard based on Puss in Boots. Maybe he’s part of Sheephead’s master plan too, who knows? If he is, then ‘training’ Ryoshi makes no sense and you’d think he’d have been a part of the giant panover of Shirou’s plan coming together at the end. If he’s not, then he’s the most bizarre training plot device since Goku went into a super gravity time compression mega freezord ultra chamber. "Hi, I’m a Spanish catboy, and I’m here to train you to fight because I. Am. Fabulous." Why not just give Ryoshi a magical fairy and let him fly off to NeverNever Land to train? Also for that matter, since when does Ryoshi know jack about martial arts? He has a slingshot. That’s his whole deal. Not hitting things, hiding in trees and whining.
Finally, I question JCStaff’s need to loop Otsu’s breasts bouncing as their post-ED interstitial. Seriously, JCStaff? Seriously?
Also, I’m aware of the existence of PRISM Generations, but since the thing is 12 minutes long, of which about 10 minutes are topless girls running around in the bath (and the remainder of the time Magical MANLY MEN), I think I’ll just leave you to discover that particular den of iniquity on your own.