Thoughts on the episode? It was pretty decent, actually, apart from a few things that I’ll discuss below.
Favorite Moment? When Arthur was freefalling. That mini-sequence surprisingly had me laughing so hard. I don’t know if it was his nonchalant attitude that he had while falling without anyone coming to his direct rescue or that huge boom sound he made when he landed, but it was all so great.
Oh, and I guess I also really liked the short fight between Joker and Shinra. Joker is living up to my expectations so far, so I’m a happy soul.
Anything you didn‘t like? Of course, as is common for most anime nowadays, there is quite an insufferable amount of ‘fanservice’. This is the kind that I hate, though. There’s been a handful of anime that I legitimately enjoyed that aspect of but only because they were tastefully done and didn’t take away from the show. The fan service for this show seems to be put in at random points as if the studio hads a dartboard on the wall of the episode’s storyboard and they throw a few darts at it and wherever they land is where they inject the fanservice, whether it makes sense to the scene or not. Am I supposed to expect this for the rest of the show with this new, annoying-as-all-sh*t cat lady? Because if so, yikes.
Another thing I’d like to add is that this really is, unfortunately, the case of ‘everything and almost everyone in the story is more interesting than the main character’. There are a few others that are more irritating than anything else, but my God, can Shinra be any more… blah? I mean, he’s not a bad character, but he’s just so disinteresting and I just genuinely don’t care about what happens to him. My feelings from the first episode still hold true, though: his ability is the only cool thing about him. Well, his voice isn’t so bad either, I suppose.
Last thing, what the f*ck happened to the other rookies that were standing in line to enter the building to take part in the games? The only ones they showed coming out of the building after it essentially blew up were Shinra with the two passed out people, Arthur, and the irritating cat lady. What the heck happened to the others? Why bother showing them if they’re just going to magically disappear for no reason?
Any additional thoughts? Well, apparently Joker knows what’s up. It was almost like he was talking to me when he said, “So now you’re deeply intrigued by me. Very good.” HOW DOES HE KNOW? I’ve also found two more characters that I’m looking forward to seeing more of: Captain Burns and that scientist looking guy that Joker was speaking to in the beginning who also came to watch as part of the audience. Like I said, for how boring the main character is, I’m really enjoying the others (apart from this new female, ugh).
Anyway, onwards to the next! Látom.