May 31st, 2014
Because you’re going to spend the entire episode being tentacle raped.
It’s a little difficult to say where exactly they lost all control of the episode. There’s a pretty good case for “when an army of tentacle dragons jumped out of nowhere and began tentacle raping everyone,” but I’m kind of partial to “magical school has bonfire while bad music plays in piped through speakers.” The latter puts the point of total literary collapse at around 5 seconds into the episode, the former at around 3 minutes in. Either way, it was a mess.
The tentacle dragons existed for no reason at all other than to give Elfy something to save people from… by jumping off a cliff to show that she spontaneously overcame her fear on the impetus of absolutely nothing. I have the very real suspicion that it was originally written without her saving anybody and they realized the wasted opportunity for having random characters get tentacled. And the episode needed to be padded out another 2-3 minutes. I don’t even know how the rest of them got up there in the first place. The middle was brought to a screeching halt by flashbacks about Tuxedo Mask and naked dragon dream sequences. She seriously just went narcoleptic during the commercial break.
Aaand the fight against Tuxedo Mask lasted all of about 8 disappointing seconds and was just X punching Y then Y punching X. Fight over. Tear hand off and leave. All the rest of the time was filled with tentacle rape and that was clearly where all the effort went into the episode. They didn’t even bother animating the tentacle dragons while they were flying. They just disturbingly float in place with wings outstretched. I guess at least that abhorrent arc is over earlier than expected. That’s… something?
More wacky royalty.