February 8th, 2014.
A Cold and Sterile White Light.
What will this episode bring? I know due to the preview and episode name that it’d be about Robin, it’d be about the “champion of justice” who works for a shady organization, one which preaches lies and obfuscation even more than the supposedly dastardly Zvezda. Also, Robin is Asuta’s classmate and his RomCom partner.
How will the show go about it? Honestly, I have not the slightest clue.
Thoughts and Notes:
1) Outside Face and White Light – “Why So Serious?“
1) Sergeant Major Egret is like a mirror of Plamya. Cool, white, collected, to Plamya’s dark seething rage. Also, she’s quite adept, fighting off both Pepel and Plamya simultaneously. Meanwhile, Asuta and Robin are like refugees from another show, from a sitcom/romcom (not to mention Yasu who had already been vanquished).
2) You know, the leader of the birds made me wonder, he speaks of how Robin had been humiliated by Asuta(It was an accident, these things happen! I know from real life experience), but he’s denigrating her quite mercilessly now, and he keeps at it. Reminds me of a “Secret Camera” show we have here, to expose crooks and such, when it had a few episodes about doctors and massage givers who sexually harass women, and they kept replaying those sequences over and over. Shouldn’t you boost up her confidence, faceless leader?
And it’s interesting, now we know this secret agency is state-funded, or at least claims to be.
3) Miki-sama sure looks bright and elegant, and Zvezda told us White Light mostly uses teenage girls. This surely is the real life identity of Major Egret, as I live and breathe.
4) Oh man, those backhanded compliments: “You’re blindingly optimistic, tenacious as a cockroach, have a flat and aerodynamic body…”
2) Amongst Ourselves – Silliness Abounds:
1) This… this is the true nature of Sekai Seifuku. Plamya the drill sergeant who cheers Kate on, Kate who always strives forward. They’re an organization bent on world-conquest, but they’re also people who need to keep their bodies moving, they’re also a family. Ah, this wonderful weaving of the munane and the over-the-top. More to the point, it just makes you want to smile, and it shows you that these are real characters, rather than just people who go around spouting nonsense.
Look how invested everyone is in Kate’s success! You can do it! No one cares about her words, but they all wish for her to accomplish her goals, and conquer the complete bar circle. Seriously, they all buy into the family, they all buy into the world conquest, and it’s certainly more interesting to be excited than to be a cynic on the sidelines.
2) Just like last week, Asuta says what we’re all thinking – “I’m having trouble keeping up with those people.”
3) The RomCom Magical Girl Mode:
1) How did seeing that mascot let Asuta know she’s White Robin? I don’t remember anyone noting on that mascot before? Well, “I can handle it,” either words from someone who’s ultra dependable, or famous last words. I guess Komadori Renge could be depended upon to be a klutz :3 Also, in case you hadn’t heard yet, “Komadori” means “Robin” in Japanese.
Ah, I see, the mascot Renge-chan made is attached to the hilt of her lightsaber.
2) Having a secret you can’t tell one another. Knowing what the other’s secret is but being unable to say anything, blushing when you talk to one another, groping the girl’s boob… this is a RomCom :P
3) You know, I wouldn’t have minded a whole show where Komadori is the protagonist. The action, the RomCom, it’s just so colourful and shiny. Then again, “I’m a magical girl but I’m so clumsy!” is actually a pretty common trope, and the part where she gets angry at someone being close / a misunderstanding due to seeing her less than perfectly composed is as well.
4) Dva and Kate Take on the World Without Planning Ahead!:
1) “Keikaku Dori!” (All according to plan) – Yes, Hoshimiya Kate cannot be a villain-protagonist without that line. After last episode though, it’s unclear whether Kate truly did predict everything, or she just makes stuff up as she goes along, and claims to have foreseen everything.
2) See? See?! That’s what I’ve been saying. This show has continuity, everything that happened stays happened, without ignoring it. So last week we got to the Secret Ancient Ruins Underground, and we’ve also used that opportunity to scavenge and bring back a weapon with us. Nothing is forgotten.
3) You’ve got to work on your naming conventions Kate :3 No one’s impressed.
4) “What happens next?” – “Oh, I hadn’t planned that far.” – Oh Kate :)
5) Dva, the monster slayer. Dva, rescuer of maidens in distress. Dva, you’re so going to get it later when you go back home. But for the sake of the girl you have the sweets for, it’s all worth it. Not to mention, they’d have released a video of you getting molested to the internet, and that is something you couldn’t have permitted!
6) Of course the weapon is made of KuruKurus. Did they get the blueprints in the ancient underground relics, or was that just nonsense?
7) And we just skipped over Dva’s punishment, but with how everything seems to hurt him, maybe he got spanked some :P
Next episode is a “Part 1”? We might actually get a non-episodic plot? :O Even with what I said earlier of continuity, I’m still excited.
Post Episode Thoughts:
This episode wasn’t necessary, as it did not show us things we didn’t really know. Well, did it not? We’ve seen things from Komadori’s point of view. We did get to know her slightly better than we did before. We got some more of the continuity of the show, and we also got to see how White Light’s leader is a major asshole, and a terrible leader.
Not just a terrible leader, but the opposite of Kate, and how White Light truly is the opposite of Zvezda. Kate is cheered on by her underlings, and cheers them on. Zvezda is a family, so much so that they live with one another, and their “masked identities” take a back seat to how they are people to one another.
Not so for White Light, where they may not be friends outside of their workplace, where the leader denigrates his underlings.
May the Light of Zvezda shine upon you, and it’s certainly not a cold and sterile white light.