“Slightly new format?” You’re probably asking, hypothetical reader. “But aren’t episodic reviews pretty cut and dry? A summary with some humorous/important screen caps, with an area at the end for postulating the course of the series, giving impressions, and providing any criticism that wasn’t gleaned in the summary?” For the two or three of you (I’m horrible at guessing) who asked that, I have a retort as simple as it is scathing and witty. No.
I’ve been focusing on the goings on in the episode more than the actual response to the content in the past, and I’m looking to even things out a bit. This is just me trying a new style to see if it works better than my old one. Quite frankly, I found my old episodic writing style rather dry. So instead of providing a comprehensive overview of the episode, as I’ve been wont to do in the past, I’m going to give a bare bones overview with important points and the required 13 pieces of flair before getting right to the meat of the review: The response. Enough of my blathering though, here’s [C] Episode 6 in written form.
Alright, so our episode opens with Yoga winning a fight against a freaky guy and his teddy bear frog asset, a last minute victory where he takes the man’s money in a way that makes him moan with pleasure. Best not to think too hard about that.
After returning to the Financial District with instant ramen for Mashyu shortly after, Yoga meets up with his next scheduled opponent, a well known philanthropist named Kou, who’s only lost one fight… really, guess who it was against. They try to make it a decent twist, but it fails to surprise that Mikuni was who defeated him.
Anyway, the opponent, who’s just a little reminiscent of Kaworu from Eva (Not the first allusion that’s seen), gives Yoga the option to surrender half of his net worth to avoid the deal. Yoga chews on the idea for a little while and returns to the real world shortly after.
Shortly after, our mysterious agent Jennifer joins the cast again, apparently looking to recruit Yoga in a bid to bring down Souichirou’s guild for her organization. This involves a rather uncomfortable move on her part where she jumps on Yoga to have him join, as well as metaphors explained through the consumption of fast food. Understandably, he’s just a bit flustered by this.
One awkward CG car chase later, Yoga’s back in the Financial District and told to think over Jennifer’s offer. He goes back to the real world shortly after to set things straight with the entente, who shows him the results of his various acts of charity that he was able to do with his winnings from the Financial District. He also intends to bring down the Starling Guild, with an entirely different idea of how to deal with the future of the Financial District, aware that no matter how much the damage is minimized, the future won’t go unaffected by the goings on. Yoga declines his previous offer to skip out on the deal, and the two finally duke it out.
In one of the most egregious examples of cost cutting, the nonsensical fight with the second Eva allusion is cut out to Yoga talking with the defeated philanthropist, and thus the end of the episode.
So yeah… my thoughts. Aside from continued use of mixed-quality CGI, the episode was pretty good. The progression of the story was welcome, balancing the exposition of the previous episodes with a decent pace. However, the difference in pacing can be viewed as a bit whiplash inducing, as Scamp was so keen to point out.
It was pretty interesting to see the differing viewpoints on the Financial District: A necessary evil that will always be evil, and thus can only be allowed to be commanded by a champion of the people, who would use the money for a good cause; a wretched hive of scum and villainy that must be brought down at all cost to maintain world order; a hellish realm that must be cooperated with for any progress to be made towards mitigating the potential effects on the future. It’s all these different viewpoints that will drive the conflict forward, as well as Yoga’s part in it all.
There were clearly some cost cutting measures in this episode, even more than in previous ones… the fight at the end being the key example, as well as the aftermath reminiscent of School Days (See the first screen before the cut) showing the limits of the animation budget.
So it’s the halfway point, and what do I think of [C] as a whole by now? It’s an ambitious, fairly successful project marred by its technological limitations. The plot itself is fascinating, even in the less tense episodes, and the differing opinions on such a source of money are interesting to think about. I’ll welcome the return of our Faustian Willy Wonka in the episodes to come.
If you haven’t watched [C] yet, why you’d be reading this entry I have no idea, it’s a good way to spend the time.
Addendum: Considering the hectic state of this time of year, and a parent hellbent on pestering me until I get out and do stuff for graduation, I’ll be going through a possible state of inactivity. I’ll still be posting as much as I can, but my schedule will be booked for the next few weeks with stuff that I’d rather shoot my foot off than do, so more than a few days’ lull will be expected. For my next post though, I’m going to write a review of a series that my esteemed readers have been clamoring for. That’s right; expect my Lemon Angel Project review up by the end of the weekend.