March 01, 2013

Mondaijitachi -- ep 8

OK! Things are starting to move!

First off, the best line in this episode is "Don't look at them. You'll just catch their stupidity."

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First, we watched Kasukabe's battle, and it doesn't come out well. However, her opponents aren't evil, and may even end up as friends. They help out later, for instance. They're from community Will-o-the-wisp.

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But just after her battle, suddenly thousands of pieces of paper start falling from the sky, all over the stadium and the city. KuroUsagi identifies them as "black geass rolls". (just a note here: "geass" is pronounced "gesh", not "gay-ahss". It's derived from a word in Gaelic. grumble)

Izayoi reads one of them. "The players are all the communities in this area. The host appointed will be the Game Master Shiroyasha. For the host master to win, all players mst be pushed to submission or massacred. For the players to win, they must shatter the false legend, and make the true legend known."

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There are three attackers, or four depending on how you count.

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The man is named "Weser". The woman is named "Ratten" and she has the flute. Izayoi seems to have done his homework, and identifies "Weser" as the avatar of the Weser River. (Note: This is all about the legend of the Pied Piper. There is a real town name Hameln, once "Hamelin" and it is on the Weser River.) Izayoi engages the man, thinking he's a demon lord. (He doesn't turn out to be.)

Izayoi has figured out that the traditional legend of the Piper is false, and the object of the gift game is to figure out what really happened and to publicize it.

The big white thing is called "Strom" and it's a "natural disaster demon". It's being operated by the leader of the enemy, and Leticia takes them on. She's about to get taken over when a fireball comes in an interrupts the fun. It's Sandra, and it seems she really is powerful enough to justify being a floor master. Her fireball dissipates Strom entirely. The leader of the attack identifies herself as the "Demon Lord of the Black Death, Black Percher". She says she isn't the boss of Rattenfaenger.

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Shiroyasha has been trapped in some sort of black magical field, and by the rules of the game she apparently can't participate. Which is a significant problem, because she's the strongest player among the good guys. Ratten shows up. Her flute gives her the ability to control rats and people. She takes over a bunch of the guards and orders them to attack, but Kasukabe blows them backward. (Somehow she has the ability to create serious gusts of wind.) So Ratten tries to control Asuka, Kasukabe, and Jin. Asuka commands Jin to take Kasukabe away, and is able to stop Ratten herself and the guards for long enough to permit an escape. But then Ratten knocks her down and steps on her hand.

This is a continuation of Asuka's story: her problem is that her power of command is weak, compared to Kasukabe and Izayoi, and not very versatile. There's the other side of her power, to control gifts, which could be better but it's undeveloped.

However... it's gonna appear next episode. There are hints about what it's going to be: There was a giant suit of armor on display in the craft show. It appears in the OP. And in the trailer which isn't really a next-ep teaser, nonetheless it's there and Asuka is ordering it around.

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Another possibility is that the fairy is inside it, acting as pilot. But I don't believe it. Asuka is going to store it in her card, and as she works with it she'll figure out new ways to make it stronger, and that's how she's going to make up the ground in power and versatility.

It doesn't belong to her, right now. Initially she'll use it during the emergency, and my guess is that once the excitement is over, Sandra will buy it and give it to Asuka out of gratitude.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 01:02 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 I think this plot arc is going to extend to the end of the series. They aren't going to get their name and banner back this time.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 01, 2013 01:10 PM (+rSRq)

2 Yeah, I think this is going to cover the 2nd LN and just that. At least, that's about what it feels like, since the arcs are almost self-contained.

Still, good episode.  You choose wisely to surrender, given the situation.  Then the black death dropped.  (The visuals worked really well, especially since this is a Middle Ages story reference arc)

It'll be very interesting to see what happens.  And I'm quite curious if Sandra's powers are just "passed down" via being given or they're considered Innate.  Either way, I think it'll be interesting to see the fights.

Posted by: sqa at March 01, 2013 06:38 PM (dvTNf)

3 Oh, and the "next ep" segment + End Card were just awesome.  Along with Izayoi & Shiroyasha's discussion of "art" at the start of the episode.

Posted by: sqa at March 01, 2013 06:42 PM (dvTNf)

4

What's a name? How do you define what a "name" is?

I find it interesting that by the time this is over, with the presumption (not too risky) that the good guys win and our kids contribute significantly to that, the "No Names" are going to have quite a rep. Isn't that effectively their name now? It's ignominious, as names go, but it's a name. And as they continue to perform glorious deeds, it's a name which, perversely, is going to gain more and more prestige, and become less and less ignominious. Isn't that strange?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 01, 2013 09:21 PM (+rSRq)

5 Just an off-hand point: Lilli has two tails. Did you notice that? I think she's a fox girl, and in terms of Japanese tradition, two tails means she's a tenko, and a reasonably powerful one at that. She's still young, but I wonder if later she'll qualify to enter the games?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 01, 2013 09:22 PM (+rSRq)

6 They're going from "no names" to "The No Names" pretty quickly.  I wonder if there is anything to the base Japanese that's acting like a pun?  Considering they're fast approaching the "Who's on First?" situation.

I get the feeling Lilli is probably more important in later books and could be acting as something of an amalgam of multiple characters in the base work.  Considering she is named, voiced and not really doing a lot, that's normally what's ended up happening.  (It's also a solid way to handle compressing a bunch of characters down)  Still, it'll be interesting to see, well, if we get another series.  (We can hope, as it's really helped the LNs and seems to be tracking to do well, though I think in more of a "we made our money back" situation.)

Posted by: sqa at March 01, 2013 10:31 PM (dvTNf)

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