February 17th, 2011
I should just write two paragraphs of bad jokes about the studio.
Don’t get used to this being early. It’s back to class next week.
I wasn’t really feeling this episode for the most part, and it wasn’t because Laura’s threat levels drop about three tiers when she has black bunny ears in her mech. The pacing was probably the primary problem since very little happened outside of the beatdown. That was mostly pretty well done, but like Freezing, it’s hard to get excited when one character just waves their hand and brings everything to a complete stop and/or wins depending on the needs of the writing. Houki’s stuff at the start was literally out of nowhere and she was all but a complete non-entity in the rest of the episode. Her only point this week was to have a flashback that will no doubt provide context to her actually doing something next week. Shouldn’t that have come… you know… when it’s relevant? Laura’s AIC (Active Inertia Canceller) also seemed a bit corny and absurdly overpowered as well if she can just flex one hand and bring an opponent to a complete stop. I’m not even sure that beams of energy have inertia either. What exactly is the mass of a beam? Maybe it’s the same physics that keeps Charl’s breasts so compressed.
Other than Laura beating down China and Great Britain, there wasn’t a whole ton going on. Everybody got it into their heads that the winner of the tournament gets to go out with Ichika, and with the two superpowers sidelined, they’re now rooting for Ichika/Charl to win. Of course, Charl is unable to take off her panties without falling over onto her hands and knees and sticking her naked butt in Ichika’s direction. Or maybe it’s just Freudian and she’s making a very very direct request of him. Since they ‘censored’ that scene by showing random shots of scenery while making loud noises, I also wonder exactly what series of events would have led from Charl’s panties around her ankles and butt in the air to Ichika holding them with his face two feet from the Loire Valley looking confused. He can’t seriously be that thick, can he? Maybe that’s how he gets around Laura’s AIC next week. Build up enough density and your inertia will be unstoppable.