指向法 (ブルーローズ) – Blue Rose
By No Game No Life standards, this was a filler episode.
Why? We had spent the last two episodes building up to Imanity’s much-anticipated faceoff with the Warbeasts. With only three episodes left, one can only ask: why waste a precious episode on a filler? Whhyyy? Okay, so it was a good filler and by the usual standards this probably would have been a normal, plot-contributing episode. But No Game No Life has set itself so far apart from the normal, mundane anime series that this was definitely, by its standards, just a filler.
Okay, so I was upset with that this was a filler. But that doesn’t mean that it was not a good episode. Because it was. This series still manages to hit the nail precisely on the head every single time with its humour (Sora’s timely 自己紹介 ji-ko-shou-kai – INTRODUCTIONS had me giggling uncontrollably). And we got to see more of Fi (Noto Mamiko, I miss your wispy voice. You’re such a delight to listen to!). Her interaction with Jibril was classic. I love the snide remarks that every other race throws at the Flügel. Makes me want to watch just how badass they must have been before the pledges came into force. And speaking of, Jibril is just as entertaining. As each episode passes, I am loving her more and more.
Is Imanity doomed? Yes, I think that is the pertinent question. Sora once again showed his every amazing intellect and foresight, by explaining that he got all of Imanity so riled up simply so that they would be part of the audience and also indirectly his watchdogs. There isn’t a more trusted observer than one who suspects you – wise words from Sora. Indeed, all eyes are on 空白 as all of Imanity look on to ensure that they do not lose deliberately. With so many pairs of eyes on 空白’s side, it will most definitely be more difficult for the Warbeasts to use any cheats. Sound like an excellent plan? Why, certainly. That is, until the gaming group arrive at a simulated version of Tokyo.. from then on it was pretty much downhill for our lovely hikkikomori siblings. Any commendable thoughts for Sora’s impressive and well thought out plan were instantly wiped out the moment he and Shiro went into zombie-shock-mode.
Well Sora, you might have been thorough, but you were clearly forgetting one very important thing – Tokyo, specifically Akihabara (at least, it looked like to me) is like, gaming central! Got to love how the writers mind-troll viewers at the very last moment though. Hahaha I cannot wait to see how the siblings are going to overcome this little pickle, if that’s even possible.