March 16th, 2012
Great. The antagonist has the same general plan as Chairface Chippendale
Well, they answered the questions about Ryoko/Phine… At least they sort of kept it brief, even if the episode wasn’t really that eventful. The key takeaway point here is that she now has a giant tower which she wants to use to destroy the moon. Le sigh. Basically, when they were first looking into all this crap with Tsubasa, something went wrongtm, and ended up awakening a whole lot of sleeping brains inside Ryoko’s head, the dominant/evilest of which being Phine, a witch. This is some Guilty Crown level writing here. At least they kept that part relatively brief. Maybe that’s a sign of how much thought went into it.
Other than that particularly awful twist, it’s about the same as many other episodes. The first half, including Genji vs Phine was pretty lame. At least both did show a little competence by going right for summoning Noise (which he can’t fight) and him disarming her before she could. He fell for the old "Pretend to be the person I’m possessing" trick though. Kurisu’s swan song was rather weak in the end-fight, probably not helped by Tsubasa and Hibiki standing there like stunned rabbits the whole time. One of your giant swords would’ve probably come in handy for wrecking the tower before it shot, eh, Tsubasa? And if she was going to be dead, they’d commit to it and not have distant sparklies. Then again, we’ve yet to establish competence in Japanese writing for these last couple seasons. Maybe the real real villain will end up being Loki and this was all just an elaborate trailer for the Avengers movie. Oh well, hopefully there’ll at least be a good fight next week to polish this off and get to Hibiki’s grave.
But seriously, destroy the moon? This is more like a corny 80s show than I thought.