And we’re back! It’s time for TERROR CHESS. I’m really hoping TERROR CHESS won’t dominate this episode, because it seems like a pretty silly idea, but I’m still excited to see where our various heroes end up. Okay, I lied, I’m mainly just excited to see what happens with Lisa and Shibazaki. Let’s go!
2:43 – This Engrish makes me sad. Well, maybe this’ll end up like Watanabe’s other shows, and the English version will be preferable… wait, shit, America’s an antagonist in this one, that won’t work.
4:41 – Yeah, this game is definitely stretching the show’s credulity more than the prior stuff. Mildly surprising no one in the airport is alarmed by all the monitors being hijacked
4:50 – And then they immediately draw attention to it, ahaha. Fair enough, Zankyou. You get to play by your rules
5:15 – The most acceptable members of the establishment simply act as an extension of its will, not cluttering the flow with their own opinions. These guys, who resist that, are cut out of the information loop
6:26 – Once again, Shibazaki’s story is the most interesting. This situation may be absurd from the other characters’ perspectives, but it makes for a logical puzzle that Shibazaki could definitely break down and isn’t dependent on outside knowledge in the way the prior ones were. This is “Death Note smart” – showing someone actually deduce something, not simply acquire magic knowledge
7:24 – I see that smile!
8:12 – Nice shot
9:06 – The moe-est terrorist
11:52 – Aw man, lovely pan. You don’t see these often in anime, and for very good reason – a smooth angled pan requires some reaaal nice animation
12:01 – Great shot
13:12 – Yep. The more people you value, the more vulnerable you are. Pretty much the opposite of Five, who’ll blow up a loaded train to say hello
So is Nine going to have to give up Five to save Lisa, then? Or will he be on the verge of doing that, but Shibazaki will intervene?
13:48 – So who does she work for? I feel like this episode’s leaning too heavily into a plot that isn’t strong enough to support the weight
16:06 – Great expression
16:34 – Welp, they’re teaming up. This episode’s already pretty much a dumb action movie, might as well pull this off too
16:46 – On the other hand, yeah, it is pretty sweet to see them working together. They’ve been on the same thematic side all along
17:29 – And it sure does look pretty
18:42 – This is pretty goddamn romantic. I feel like the theatrics lend themselves better to this story than the strict thriller stuff
19:38 – Interesting line, considering everyone’s been being her pet dog. And damn, those eyes
Man, that episode kinda sucked. It’s frustrating – the narrative up until now was certainly unrealistic, but this episode just veered completely into silly blockbuster thriller territory, and didn’t do anything but that. It was entirely plot-focused, and that plot was nonsense. It had enjoyable scenes, but I can watch a lot of shows to see enjoyable scenes – I figured Zankyou was trying to say something.
Well, we’ll see. It’s an outlier, currently – this was by far the most plot-focused and ridiculous episode, and though that could be a sign of the show ramping up in nonsense, it could also just be a one-off thing. And hey, this certainly wouldn’t be the first time the American government’s accepted crazy collateral damage to chase terrorists. Plus the show’s still gorgeous, which always helps!