July 19th, 2012
What? A monster that doesn’t tear clothes off? Is this really ARMS and AT-X?
Kind of a weirdly structured episode. There was actually a fair amount going on, particularly in the second half, but it didn’t really tie particularly well into the first half. And as always, the utter lack of a budget made the fights only slight less dull than dishwater. At least that has grease and bubbles. It was sort of centered around the Hobbit and Myu continuing to make friends and open up, but they also tossed in Red pulling the ol’ "Screw with the sim controls and make things SUPER REAL." The Hobbit’s little self-doubt slash be a big girl! bit through the first third wasn’t interesting either. That even made Izumi attempting to get into Myu’s panties kind of dull.
Regarless though, a gigantic cockatrice is no Holographic Evil Abraham Lincoln though, and that whole scene was just kind of bizarre. Akatsuki just kind of utterly vanished from the entire thing for a large chunk of time to give the girls a chance to their whole teamwork and sacrifice themselves for Myu schtick before finally showing up again with the ‘cliffhanger’ of summoning his sword despite already manhandling t barehanded. They really should’ve addressed hist disppearace in some way at least because it’s obtrusive as hell, have him dragging off the stone people while eyeing all their AD bands or something. Instead he just literally vanishes when the cockatrice appears and Team Pee begin throwing it around the room.
Surprise, everybody lives.