So Kimimaro has to fight this… thing at the end of the sixth episode. Looks kinda like an RPG end boss — maybe Seymour from Final Fantasy X even.
It’s really whupping Msyu’s ass though; she’s bleeding black blood and howling in pain. Considering how [C] has handled similar fight scenes in the past, however, there isn’t really any tension. There’s no feeling of threat because, as you’ll recall, fights in this anime turn for inexplicable reasons. The first time Kimimaro set foot in the Financial District, he was also getting beaten pretty badly, but out of nowhere, he executed a “mezzoflation” or whatever it’s called and simply wins. No explanation required.
Why should it be any different this time? I know he won’t lose, but even worse, I know he won’t even work hard for his victory. The win will just happen and unfortunately, this really takes the sails out of the anime. With all that said, the way the conflict resolves itself in this episode half-asses (three-quarter-asses?) it even more.
Kimimaro has time for some obligatory monologue about how he doesn’t want to lose the people near him. In the meantime, generic chanting fills the background so OMG this is a heavy moment. I tease, but this is good actually. This is an emotional moment in the narrative and anime in general needs more emotional moments, even if the setup is trite as all hell. Plus, this means we’re going to get something satisfying and cathartic at the end of the battle, right? Kimimaro grips Msyu’s hand and goes SSJ. Electricity is coursing through his body and the screen fades to white. Here, it com-
…wait, what? No, I didn’t imagine that. See for yourself:
What the fuck just happened? Why are we on a baseball field talking to Kimimaro’s opponent?
Are you kidding me? The battle is over? Yes, yes it is; the anime just flat out tells (SHOW, NOT TELL) us “Well, duh, it was another ‘mezoflation’ (sp).” Jesus Christ, who storyboard’d this episode and decided that this was the proper fucking way to end an episode.
Maybe if we didn’t spend the budget on big-bosom financial lady taking a shower and attacking Kimimaro with “Greatrelish” hamburgers, we could have finished the fight scene — I dunno, just a thought.
Actually, maybe this is a new avant garde style of anime where we deliberately leave out the climax. Let’s see the same effect in other anime…
So in the next episode, there’s a pause in the action, which is pretty laughable considering what just happened, and we are treated to two short stories. The first story deals with Mikuni’s past and why he has such a “fuck you; got mine” attitude.
It’s always an imouto. Always. Standard anime fare so I won’t say much about it except for one thing. It seems that the assets represent their respective owners’ lost futures, if that makes any sense. Mikuni lost his sister, so he gets to tote around a little girl. Y’know, Q is monotone and depressed looking anyway, so I don’t think Mikuni missed out on much of a future.
Continuing on this line of thought, if your asset is your lost future, then Msyu likely represents the college girl Kimimaro likes in real life.
Aw c’mon Ash, you can’t do that to Pikachu.
Msyu’s narrates the second half of the episode, but it’s still all about the hero. If you thought you could gain any perspective or deeper insight of her as a character… nope. If the episode is to be believed, and nothing in the entire anime has betrayed this idea thus far, Msyu’s entire existence revolves around Kimimaro, which is kind of sad.
At one point, she recalls the battle from the previous episode, and her take on the events are no better. Again, Kimimaro goes SSJ and then,
…we just won! Ugh, just terrible. Just how impotent is Kimimaro, honestly? Well, near the end of the episode, Msyu asks him what a kiss feels like. Although he’s 19, Kimimaro confesses that he’s never had one:
Kimimaro rejects Msyu’s kiss anyway, claiming that beep beep bloop love is a discrete function and her feelings need to be thirty times stronger.
Since it’s her deredere time of the month, Msyu accepts the challenge. On the other hand, I’m a little deader inside.