Did he at least try Ctrl+Alt+Del?
The last bubble show of Summer still has me squarely on the fence, with each episode offering just enough upward movement to keep me invested. It isn’t so much the execution here that’s the appeal, but the unusually restrained and realistic style and the promise of amorphous but intriguing possibilities to come.
- A decoy? OK, that makes sense with the flare thing then, I suppose – though it was still a bizarre plan to begin with.
- Makes sense that the brass wouldn’t be too thrilled to see Samonji survive their set-up, because he obviously knows what happened and it can’t be assumed he’ll keep his mouth shut about it. But there seems to be a deeper animus towards him among the higher-ups that hasn’t been fully explained.
- I was sure Kitazawa was a goner (he survived that blast how?), but so far everyone in Battalion 8 stubbornly refuses to die.
- Either Argevollen was intentionally designed this way, or it has one of the dumbest designs in mecha history. On top of all the other oddities it shuts down in battle, and can’t be re-booted by the pilot despite being undamaged? I mean, really? This is either a function of the fact that it’s a prototype that was never supposed to see live action, or the entire plot has been a conspiracy by the Arandas leaders and Kivernas to get us to this point.
- On that score, the Koyama Rikiya character – who’s apparently named Toshikzau Cayenne – is obviously going to spice up the conspiracy plotline some. He’s either a Kivernas honcho or a civilian government one, but he’s certainly in on whatever secrets those parties are hiding and if he weren’t important, Koyama wouldn’t be playing him.
- Jamie annoyed me with her constant dithering in the woods – especially given how little she eventually ended up having to do to reboot Argevollen. But she and Tokimune do have a sort of believability as hapless greenhorns thrust into a situation they’re clearly unprepared for. As far as romantic chemistry I really don’t feel it, but I don’t think that’s going to be an element that commands a lot of screen time.