Re 10: For Whom to Duel
This episode got into the groove of things from the very beginning. A very rare, but much appreciated, occurrence.
Art took a back seat to Saikyou’s insanity in this episode. However, that doesn’t mean that he has ‘retired’ from being this season’s antagonist, quite the contrary actually. While Saikyou might have appeared to be pulling the strings, Art proved to be the real puppet master because it turns out that she was merely helping him injure Hamatora and gang, so that Art could execute his master plan without their interference. Exactly what is in his grand scheme of things, we will just have to wait and see.
So back to Saikyou. In a few words, she is simply a lady who has got far too much money (the woman earns 3 billion yen an hour) and time on her hands. We saw in this episode the extent to which she would go to just for the sake of having some fun – getting Ratio and Nice to duel to the death in order to save either Birthday or Hajime. Toying with people’s lives for her own entertainment and indulging in all sorts of crazed up things are just some of the ways she manages to pass her time. Other than being bored, she has not shown a shred of reason for antagonising. And that makes her a very boring ‘villain’ in my opinion.
We had pretty good pacing this episode, and as earlier mentioned I am very glad for it. However, by this point this series has pretty much convinced me that it has lost all semblance of direction. The focus has just.. gone to Nowhere Café. With this second season, there was the promise of answers. And as much as it pains me to admit, Re:␣Hamatora has definitely not delivered on this front. In fact, it has given us even more reason to question. There are so many things that have not been addressed (the Forbidden Minimum, Art’s brother come to mind). This is probably just me thinking too much into things, but the mere fact that Hamatora had brought up such issues and is not addressing / has not yet addressed them just makes me rather uncomfortable. Hamatora has left me wanting and there is this nagging need for closure, but I have a sinking feeling that we will not really get it (or anything close to satisfactory) given the current progression. By this point, I am just waiting for things to come to pass.
Even the seiyuus are not making much of an impression this season. HiroC has considerably less lines despite being promoted to main antagonist and even Junjun’s character is dying *sighs* Anyway on a separate note, having just devoted the entire weekend to catching up with Fairy Tail (the grand magic games arc is plenty exciting! And yes, that is clearly why kiseki is very behind on reviews), I am currently all ears for Nakamura Yuuichi, whose stoic voice is as stoic as ever in this series. And my subconscious clearly agrees – note the many Ratio screencaps. Yes, random comment. But that’s the way I do things sometimes *shrugs*
I just hope Birthday gets better.