July 27th, 2012
And other euphemisms for erections.
It really is a good thing this airs when the AT-X shows are fresh in my mind. It compares so much more favorably to those than… say… the Saturday action shows. Still, any excitement these fights might have had is buried beneath the requisite 17-18 minutes of dry utterly bland exposition that does its best to strip all excitement and character from practically everything. Nothing says fight scene like characters lecturing at each other against a backdrop of CG swords after all. And after two episodes ostensibly centered around Mariya, the sum total that we know about her is that she’s… uh… flighty? But like I said, given the Thursday night… affairs… it doesn’t compare too badly.
At least through its choking amount of pointless infodumping, it still usually manages to put together a couple minutes of what could be mistaken for nice fighting in a better written show. Plus, there’s still the random other things to make fun of… such as horse power or Erika refusing to let him go from their magic exposition kiss until she had made absolutely sure she had sucked on his tongue… which made his sword go full power. Not exactly the same as perching on a ceiling of the shower, but it’s close enough to make me chuckle. This was still the weakest episode in regards to the quality of the action, despite having the longest fight. The budget here was obviously spread a bit, but it’s still doing a better job being consistent with its action than either of the other two, and you know how I love my consistency.