September 8th, 2012
That’s a really big sword.
I’m not entirely certain what I was expecting from any of this episode as it went on since I can’t recall if there’s even the flimsiest of reasons for any of this. All I remember from last week is Eclair and Rico’s whining. It still seems like there should have been a writer involved somewhere here, or at the very basic, even the thinnest excuse for some kind of tiny narrative in these fights to at least give them some kind of purpose. At least make one an underdog or toss in some surprises. "X fights Y for no real reason, and they’re perfectly evenly matched!" for an entire episode really let down the actual effort put in. Certainly not helped at the start either by characters complimenting each other on how pretty their attacks were.
At least it was all pretty well done and straight action from start to finish, just not flashy enough to be able to carry the episode on nothing but flash. Better than no flash at all, but they could still use a magical rock or widget to fight over than makes jelly beans or someone’s hurt feelings sans Eclair-level angst/stupidity though. It did have a few moments of hilarious terribleness too, like whatever the hell that blur thing was with Nanami. I also dislike how Petting Boy keeps turning into his fantasy form. This has gone from a joke to a disturbing obsession.