Welcome back to our favorite trashy anime of the season.
— Here is a reminder of just how trashy this show can be.
— Naturally, Ange still wants to escape, but now they tell her that she only has enough fuel for one battle. Basically, she wouldn’t be able to reach her precious homeland even if she tried.
— Someone of you guys predicted that Miranda, Coco’s best friend, would end up hating Ange. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, ’cause that won’t be happening. Here she is, getting eaten by three dragons at the same time. Talk about overkill.
— All this dogfighting against the dragons wouldn’t be half bad if not for the anime’s constant need to shove the girls’ crotches in our face. Yo, get your hideous ass out of the way. I can’t see shit!
— But like most shows, the CGI is a trainwreck. It’s this plastic-looking mess that just doesn’t mesh very well with the rest of the show’s aesthetics.
— It’s basically a bullet hell shooter come to life. I can’t help but think I’m watching a Touhou with a lot more sex and a lot less silly hats.
— Oh Ange… she comes running to Zola with a bunch of dragons in tow. Yeah, it’s painfully obvious that the show wants us to hate her, but this is just shameful.
— And thanks to her antics, both she and Zola get smacked down by the big dragon. Yep, Zola the Rapist is dead. I’m not sure how to feel about this development. On the one hand, Ange has now gotten three people killed if you count Miranda. But on the other hand, it’s Zola the Rapist.
— “We’ve failed to retrieve the bodies of the two rookies.” Yeah, uh, one got ripped in half and the other is currently in a bunch of dragons’ stomachs. I don’t think you’re finding those bodies.
— Oh come on, she’s injured! Do we really need hot patient fanservice? Underboob and everything! I love how her boobs are bandaged, but they’re magically not flattened. Our sixteen-year-old princess got a boob job.
— Aaaaand the hate train continues as Ange insists that she did nothing wrong. Well, you can argue that she didn’t get the two rookies killed, but she definitely got Zola killed. Whether or not Zola deserved to die, well… But this doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. What matters is that Ange continues to be a complete idiot.
— Some of last week’s commenters don’t really get it. I’m not saying she has to change her mind overnight about the Normas. I’m not saying she has to suddenly accept them as people. I’m just saying… is she fucking stupid or what? You don’t go up to a hornet’s nest and hit with a bat. Likewise, when you’re wrapped in bandage, strapped to a hospital bed, and surrounded by Normas… you don’t insist that Normas aren’t human. Needless to say, she gets a swift kick to her shoulder.
— Besides, I’d still feel bad if I got a dog killed, and a dog is certainly no human.
— We see a flashback that “explains” why Ange never realized she was a Norma. Her father had told her that members of royalty did not have to use the Light of Mana, so she just left everything up to her maid. I just don’t really get it, I guess. I mean, it’s fucking magic, man! Even if my father, the king, had expressly forbade me from using magic, why wouldn’t I try anyway when nobody was looking? Again, it’s magic.
— I’m surprised that Jill actually sent Ange’s petition to the various nations. Unfortunately for the princess, they all deny any knowledge of a Princess Angelise. Hell, they even deny knowledge of the Empire of Misurugi. Apparently, the empire has ceased to exist, but I’m not sure I buy the idea that the citizens have revolted. Hell, because of that alone, I’m not sure I buy Jill’s story. Who’s to say she didn’t just stamp those petitions herself…?
— Ange has to pay for the victims’ gravestones. I feel bad for the rookies, but… fuck Zola.
— “Zola. Her impulsiveness was her only fault.” Uh… They go on to name all her positive attributes. C’mon, it’s not like her skinship with the rest of the girls was a well-kept secret or anything. I love how the story does its fucking best to make us hate Ange, but we’re now trying to honor Zola’s memory.
— Again, we see Ange try to exercise her Light of Mana powers to no avail. Ho hum. I thought she already claimed last week that the Light of Mana didn’t extend this far. C’mon, just stick to your story, girl!
— Eh, there’s not much to say about this scene. After all, it’s the umpteenth time we’ve tried to convince the princess that she’s a pathetic Norma. I have a feeling that this will be the last time, though. After all, just how many more times can you rehash the same pathetic argument? You’re a Norma! No, I’m Princess Angelise of the Empire of Misurugi! Rinse and repeat.
— Welp, they’ve found the dragons again, and no, I’m not going to capitalize the word ‘dragon’ every time they show up. Instead of fighting, Ange just wants the rest of the Normas to kill her and thus end her pathetic fate: “Then kill me, please. I can’t take it.” C’mon, can’t you do anything for yourself? You gotta take the first step. Start by killing yourself. In fact, they’ve just found the dragons, right? So here’s your chance to throw yourself right at those dragons.
— Oh lord, they’re going to give Ange the fancy mecha Villkiss. Of course she gets the fancy mecha. Oh, the characters tell us that the Villkiss is all screwed up and everything, but just you wait. In Ange’s hands, it’s going to turn into a dragon-killing, ass-kicking mecha of doom. It’s how these stories always work.
— Yo, look how this anime has two fight scenes in one episode, and it’s not even a good anime. Other shows have no excuse.
— Needless to say, the second battle doesn’t go too well for Salia, the unit’s new captain. So here comes Ange to save the day… even though she wants to die.
— Check that. She wanted to die, but now she doesn’t. Make up your mind already! But even now, we have to see the girl piss her fucking suit. Goddamnit, Cross Ange.
— Ange doesn’t even do anything amazing. Thanks to her pathetic crying, her blood splashes onto her ring, which somehow awakens Villkiss’s true form… or something. I don’t even know.
— Our princess singlehandedly defeats the dragon, and that is that. The action’s honestly not bad. Where was this Sunrise when we were watching Buddy Complex? Still, Sunrise has to feed us all sorts of delicious angles in the aftermath to convey the extent of Ange’s true feelings. Did they really have to make her nipples stand out so much? Was she turned on or what? A cathartic moment for the girl is apparently still a boner opportunity for the audience.
— Finally, she cuts off her hair, so she now looks like how she does in the anime’s OP. She also says her goodbyes to her family and her old life. Still, one must naturally wonder if this means the end of incredibly stupid Ange, or will she continue to look down on her allies?
— As an aside, I bet a lot of girls wish they could cut their hair so perfectly with a single stroke of a knife.
— Hm, still no signs of the male love interest in the previews. I wonder when he’s going to rear his ugly head.