Dear lord, it looks as though the animation budget has been slashed even more, but we’re only at the 14th episode. Oh well. I have nothing else to blog about on Wednesdays, so let’s just keep trucking on with this nonsense anyway.
— There’s a new OP I haven’t watched, but… yeah, I don’t really care.
— So when we last watched this abomination of an anime, Akashi had finally managed to defeat the Corpse, but all this did was cause a reaction where “metallizing” particles started to disperse through the air beyond the confines of the Lightless Realm. As a result, even poor lil’ Fido over here is turning into a robo-dog:
— Basically, the blame game begins. Military and government officials who, well, have been completely fucking absent from the story until now are coming out of the woodwork to tell IX that they’ve fucked up. Well, gee, when an organization has no oversight, I wonder what would happen? IX, however, wants to say that this latest mess is nothing more than a renegade pilot acting on his own accord. Meanwhile, all of the “good” guys — including Kasane — continue to sit there and say nothing. That’s why I put quotation marks around the word ‘good.’ Yes, they might not be as evil or reckless as Natsuiri, but good lord, if you’re just going to sit idly there for the entire season, you may as well be guilty too.
— Apparently, Akashi is considered dead. Oh well.
— Natsuiri tells the government and military officials that this is supposedly a piece from the Corpse:
You’d think these intelligent officials wouldn’t believe Natsuiri’s bullshit because, after all, you can’t even tell what you’re looking at here, so why believe any of it? Sure enough, we find out later that this is nothing more than a vial of cola. Once again, Natsuiri is just mocking people and nobody does a thing about it.
— Natsuiri spends the rest of the meeting claiming that only he has the intelligence to boss these kids around, and he won’t listen to any orders. Therefore, no oversight. Just continue being the mad scientist that you are, buddy. Never change for anyone~! I’m a strong, independent scientist, and I don’t need no morals.
— Naturally, none of the kids remember ever being in the Lightless Realm ten years ago, so they try to discuss it with each other. But this is boring for me to listen to, because we’ve known since episode one that they had met each other in the Lightless Realm. As a result, it just feels like M3 is spinning its wheels. What? You’re now only going to talk about this? Jesus Christ.
— Natsuiri shows up to tell the kids that they will have to investigate the Lightless Realm even harder than before. But c’mon, what are they actually investigating? Every time I’ve seen these chumps enter the Lightless Realm, they just ride around aimlessly until something attacks them. I don’t see any actual investigating. In fact, what is there to actually investigate? The only notable thing the anime has shown us in 14 episodes is some shiny, fucking tree.
— Oh hey, Heito is still out of commission. It’s fine by me; his character was annoying. But guess who gets to pilot the Sable now! Mahmu! Naturally, the girl agrees to this with nary a protest. That’s M3 for you.
These kids just do whatever Natsuiri wants, bad things then happen to the kids, and somehow, we’re supposed to feel bad for them. But I just can’t feel bad for these characters when they keep putting themselves into these shitty situations without even fighting back.
— But there’s no compatibility between Mahmu and Emiru, right? It’s okay. Natsuiri will just have to force them to link up. Kasane will verbally protest, but she allows herself to be pushed out of the way by Natsuiri. That’s what I’m talking about, man. All these assholes claim to be good people, but they just allow someone like Natsuiri to walk all over them. You’re not good anymore if that’s the case. You’re just a bunch of gutless individuals.
— Afterwards, Iwato tells Raika that if he ends up being put into an MA-Vess, she better be the one to pilot it. Well, no shit. More importantly, though, Iwato mentions how Natsuiri is expecting one of them to give up his or her life to become a mecha: “He’s expecting something disgusting.” So run! No, wait, let me guess, let me guess… someone’s going to sacrifice his or her life anyway, because this is for the good of the team. Right? Right?! Soon, we’ll have four mechas and… not manage to do a single thing with any of them. Science! I mean, what gets me is that they don’t even have an objective. As a team, the kids just follow IX’s orders. And as a research facility, IX doesn’t have an objective. Even as evil and insane as Natsuiri may appear to be, he doesn’t have an objective! It’s just, “Oh, pilot your MA-Vess into the Lightless Realm and let me look at the readings. Oh, oh, this data is so wonderful!” But the truth is, no one actually has an actual step-by-step plan. They’re all just winging it, which is why this anime feels so fucking aimless.
— For some reason, this is what Mahmu looks like when she failed to pilot Emiru:
Naked for no good reason whatsoever.
— But despite going all naked and being strangled by… hair, Mahmu wants to give riding Emiru another shot. This time, she hallucinates a naked Emiru falling on top of her instead — crotch first, naturally:
I’m not one to say that every girl should shave down their, but when it gets that unruly… girl, you gotta groom yourself.
— Somehow, this bullshit is leading to their resonance level increasing.
— We then get a crappy flashback from when the team were all kids. Young Mahmu looks like Wednesday from the Addams Family:
The whole “woe is me” attitude fits too.
— Basically, both Mahmu and Emiru have always been lonely, but Emiru was always trying to be the other girl’s friend. Mahmu’s only now realizing it, so yay, they are compatible after all! And we’ve just spent an entire episode on this shit. Progress? What progress? I rather discuss these boring characters’ feelings some more. Other people might want to get some answers about the Lightless Realm, but not me. Nuh-uh. I was like, “Look at that Mahmu over there. Doesn’t she seem like such a great character because all she does is sit in the corner, look scared, and write stupid shit in her diary? Let’s make this week’s episode all about her!”
Feelings! Fuck yeah! And now we both get to be naked with our boobs gently caressed by our hair!