Spring 2013 – Week 6 Anime Review

to_aru_kagaku_no_railgun_s-05-misaka_imouto_9982-clone-comedy-blank_stare-headgear-food_on_faceThis week: thoughts on the lack of an education system in Suisei no Gargantia and how it impacts its society, making the best character in Railgun even better, the surprisingly intelligent and effective humor in Shingeki no Kyojin, and my fascination with the audiences in Chihayafuru 2.

Best episode of the week: Chihayafuru 2

Anime trending up this week: To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S

Anime trending down this week: Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai 2

 

Chihayafuru 2 (Episode 18)

chihayafuru_2-18-sumire-kanade-taeko-mizusawa_high_school-karuta-audience-bench-surprised-happyPerhaps the most amazing aspect of Chihayafuru, more amazing than even the karuta players themselves, is the audience members that observe and commentate over the matches.  For the finals match occurring in these recent episodes, this role has largely been reserved to Kanade, among others, who is sitting out with an injured, swollen finger.  What I find absolutely astonishing about these audience members is that they are able to watch all five concurrent matches simultaneously and provide commentary for each.  What’s more, their commentary is always accurate, appropriate and insightful.  And whenever something significant or special happens to one of the players, such as after their internal monologue about how they need to correct themselves, they are right there to back up that moment with some worthwhile claim or commentary.  So while all these characters are subjected to sitting in the back of the playing hall, these characters are all eagle-eyed spectators who create roles for themselves in the anime despite being coaches, benchwarmers or other fans of the game.  What these characters are able to do, to watch, understand and commentate on 5 individual matches occurring at the same time, is nothing short of remarkable in Chihayafuru.

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Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge (Episode 6)

dansai_bunri_no_crime_edge-06-iwai-hair_queen-beautiful_black_hair-crying-tears-worriedGiven the frequent reminder that Iwai’s hair is virtually indestructible, appearing to be susceptible to only a select variety of the Killing Goods, you’d figure that Iwai would learn to use her hair to her advantage.  That is, you’d hope that Iwai would learn to use her hair as an insurmountable shield or barrier during all these attempted murders.  Then again, from what we’ve seen in the story, it only appears to work against blades that try to cut, trim or shear the hair, but you figure that it would expand to other forms of attack given its role and purpose in the story.  Now, I’m not saying that the characters should test this theory out and try to fire bullets at her hair or burn it with fire or acid, but you figure that Iwai’s hair would defend against even those forms of assault.  So given the nature and indestructability of Iwai’s hair, you would think that someone would devise a plan to train Iwai in how to use her hair to ward off attacks and attackers to increase her survival.  And if any of the characters were intelligent enough to implement such a crazy and cunning strategy, who knows, maybe one day Iwai will be able to repay Kiri back for everything when she uses her hair to block a bullet or blade to save his life.  Then again, you figure Kiri would want something else from Iwai given his infatuation with her, but I’m sure saving his life is fine with him, too.

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Hataraku Maou-sama! (Episode 6)

hataraku_maou_sama!-06-chiho-mgronalds-fast_food-hat-happy-cheerful-blushingGiven the duration of their extended stay and their acquired knowledge of urban Japan’s elaborate and perplexing society and structure, you can’t help but wonder why Sadao and Emi haven’t landed better jobs yet.  There are a number of factors present that would suggest the two could and would find better work, too.  From what we’ve seen in their decorative pasts, both characters are intelligent, charismatic and dynamic, skills that they could put to much better use than managing a fast-food restaurant and dealing with angry/stupid people on the phone all day.  Not only that but the two characters have both shown a desire to move up in this world, though Sadao is narrow-minded in his approach and could reconsider for something more along his goal of world domination.  And while it’s true that neither has any education, training or work experience, you could consider a host of jobs that Sadao and Emi would potentially qualify for if they just sought employment in those fields.  For example, Sadao would definitely earn more money working in the construction or manufacturing industries provided he demonstrated his competence, diligence and industriousness, not to mention that either would be better suited for his theme of world domination.  As for Emi, a career in modeling doesn’t seem outrageous given her appearance and charisma, though advertising herself like that would make her an easier target for assassins or something.  If not, Emi would also be aptly suited for construction or manufacturing too, among other occupations, considering her history as the Hero of an entire world.  But enough about trying to pigeonhole jobs to these characters based on the limited information we’ve been given, the point of this review was to highlight the fact that they’ve been living in Japan for several months now and have yet to find better employment than what they originally secured.  After learning, adapting and assimilating to Japanese culture, you’d think that Sadao, Emi and all the other characters from Ente Isla would be readjusting their position and moving up in the world.  Oh, and they have magic too, so why not use that a couple of times and fabricate a degree or some cash cards or something?

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Kakumeiki Valvrave (Episode 5)

kakumeiki_valvrave-05-a_drei-h_neun-q_vier-x_eins-drossia-soldiers-spies-salute-military_uniforms-eye_patchEvery time you see A-Drei, you see H-Neun.  And every time you see H-Neun, you see Q-Vier.  Oh, and you also see X-Eins, too.  Like, any time you see one of these characters, you see the other three, too.  All four of those characters are always together… always together, whether they’re waltzing around a school during a mission, saluting their supreme leader or sitting around the longue watching highschoolers sing about how much better their lives are than their friends and families who are living under an oppressive military occupation.  It’s as if they’re all joint at the hip with each other, creating some awkward circumstances of a quartet of dudes walking in a square facing outward (and don’t even ask how they’d go to the bathroom, let alone sit in a chair).  But whenever you see those four characters, you only really see one: A-Drei.  Pretty much what I’m getting at is that these 4 characters are pretty much one personality at this point, which is dominated by A-Drei who has a personal vendetta against L-Elf.  The other three characters, though proficient soldiers and spies, have done little to establish their character in this series and are effectively just another piece of A-Drei’s character.  Sure, every time you see A-Drei, you see three other characters but, at the same time, you only see A-Drei since he’s the only one of the four that matters.  It’s kinda awkward at this point but all that needs to happen for these other characters to establish themselves is to break away from the group and have the anime spend some time on them individually.  But until then, I’m going to think of this quartet as some chimeric beast with four heads where only one matters, almost like a Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy boss.

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Episode 6)

shingeki_no_kyojin-06-mikasa-scarf-sight_gag-comedy-childhood-memories-familyDespite Attack on Titan constantly dealing with fear, torment and death, the series has some surprisingly good, intelligent humor embedded throughout.  Furthermore, the comedy is spread nicely throughout, even incorporating it into more serious or dramatic scenes.  And the types of comedy presented in Attack on Titan are incredibly diverse too, ranging from the wacky, nonconformist characters, to the visual sight gags (I am positive some of those Titan designs are done on purpose for this season), to the clever one-liners.  What’s more, is that the constant feeling of dread and danger throughout has a further enhancement of the comedy since it feels less predictable than when comparing it to straight-up comedy or slice-of-life anime.  For example, if this were a comedy, you might expect to see a silly Titan run down a narrow thoroughfare and not be as surprised.  In Attack on Titan, however, when you see the little girl point back and ask her mommy what’s going on, you figure it’s going to be some heinous, bloodthirsty monster ready to pounce on the crowd and devour the girl or her mother.  Nope, instead it’s some silly Titan speeding down the road without a care in the world.  It is moments like these where the humor in Attack on Titan is most effective and further enhances the entertainment aspect of this anime.

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Suisei no Gargantia (Episode 6)

suisei_no_gargantia-06-amy-decorative_costume-dancing-festival-party-smiling-fanservice-ecchi-skimpy-revealingEven though Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is debatably the best school anime of this season, with Ledo being the mysterious transfer student who can’t quite fit in at his new high school which is the sandbox that Gargantia represents, there is a surprising lack of generalized and specialized knowledge among the seafarers of this floating flotilla.  But then again, given the structure and functionality of this ocean-crawling society, is an education system really necessary?

The issue was originally highlighted when Ledo questioned Chamber on why all the children were running around and playing on the deck when they should be diligently studying in a military academy.  The fact that there is no education or training system in place on Gargantia (except for maybe a system of apprenticeship) means that this human society is largely uneducated and unskilled.  For example, there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of industry or manufacturing on Gargantia.  Instead, virtually everything obtained and used in this anime, from the skimpy bikinis the girls wear to the giant, underwater robots to the metal used to repair the ships, comes from whatever source the people are able to successfully salvage.  Ah, but this brings up a good counterargument to which one would address that an education system would be unnecessary on Gargantia.  Why would the people need to study and train when virtually every occupation on this ship is selling goods, providing services, and the trio of fishing, farming, and salvage.  There really isn’t any capacity for people to work in any industry on Gargantia given its unique situation nor is there a need for people to study and research the world given what’s going on.  Suppose that if the people were somehow educated enough to develop an electrical system to harness the energy of tiny, electric ocean bugs, these people wouldn’t have the resources or equipment to create such devices.

The fact of the matter is that an education system is largely unnecessary in Gargantia and that society is surviving and functional as it currently is.  The problem, however, is that this lifestyle is unsustainable and that they’ll eventually run into issues of scarcity, especially if there are issues with salvaging goods and materials.  But again, at that point, would an education system really be appropriate to addressing the problem that stems from a lack of resources?  Really, the topic is entirely debatable, but my stance on the issue is, even though it is somewhat surprising to see an advanced society exist without any form of an education or training system in place, it makes sense given the unique setting that is Gargantia.  Of course, it is worth noting that this argument is based off my own observations of this anime and that there is no industry/manufacturing on Gargantia, unless we want to believe that there are factories onboard creating nylon and spandex for revealing swimwear and others creating microchips for the variety of aquatic robots among other products.

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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S (Episode 5)

to_aru_kagaku_no_railgun_s-05-misaka_imouto_9982-clone-looking_up-arms_extended-catch-headgearMisaka Imouto has always been the best character in the Index/Railgun franchise and now they’ve made her better.  Not only was Misaka Imouto 9982 clever, amusing and enjoyable as a character but her story, from conception to extinction, was very expressive and endearing, something that I greatly appreciate in an anime.  Watching her go from an indistinguishable and featureless clone, incubating in a status tube in some research facility, to whatever range of emotions she left before being crushed to death, was a character story that came across as disturbing, depressing but also entirely satisfying.  You can’t help but feel some compassion and empathy for the young girl, who makes a genuine friend with her original, before fulfilling her purpose and dying in a dubious experiment.  The whole story felt complete and appropriate, forcing Misaka to change and act in regards to the experiment, and with the added bonus of comedy that helped make Misaka Imouto 9982 both hilarious and engaging.  It is a shame to see such an enjoyable character meet such a premature demise, but hopefully we’ll see some other clones appear to help fulfill her void and continue to expand on the curious role that is Misaka Imouto.

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  1. #1 by Joojoobees on May 19, 2013 - 2:27 PM

    Chihayafuru: I’m fascinated by the way Shinobu was absent from this episode, even though she was an important part of the previous one. In other words, they have not yet shown Shinobu’s reaction to the way the match turned out, even though the last we saw she was intently watching. There is another shoe about to drop …

    • #2 by avvesione on May 19, 2013 - 6:59 PM

      Yeah, I’m always interested in how Chihayafuru shows and uses its audience. Even if the characters aren’t playing in a match, they don’t totally disappear and continue to have a role in the series, as you mention with Shinobu. Just the way they use these characters is nothing short of interesting.

      As for what you’re talking about, I haven’t watched the most recent episode since I’m a full week behind on /everything/ at this point… which is why this post is a full week later than it should be.

      • #3 by Joojoobees on May 19, 2013 - 7:58 PM

        Oh, sorry, I forgot you were a week behind, since your comments were appropriate for this week’s as well. Well suffice to say there is enough going on in this match that Shinobu recedes into the background, but we still get some great commentary from the sidelines.

        • #4 by avvesione on May 19, 2013 - 8:26 PM

          Glad to hear it. I’ll be watching the episode tonight and hopefully starting on the post soon thereafter. I’m really curious what Chihayafuru will do following this tournament since there aren’t too many episodes left.

  2. #5 by Mwnanamai on May 20, 2013 - 10:32 AM

    I just caught up with Rail Gun, it is really interesting and intriguing story, but the story about the clones is completely disturbing. But in the end you did feel she was human and I was hoping for a miracle for her to be saved even after the amputation, altought it was clear by then that it was a death sentence between a one legged character would be difficult to fit in the show.

    • #6 by avvesione on May 22, 2013 - 9:56 PM

      Yeah, I thought the story of the Misaka Imouto was really done well, especially with it transitioning from humorous to distressing in the matter of minutes. And given what we saw in the first half of Index 1, you could already tell that this Misaka Imouto was destined to die since the first one to be saved was 10032 compared to this one being 9982. Still, even if you knew she was going to die, it was still a depressing story.

      • #7 by Mwnanamai on May 23, 2013 - 11:14 PM

        I actually watched Index only this week, and it does reinforce Accelerator as a major douchebag, even in the second season episodes when they want us to feel sympathetic.

        I really didn’t enjoy Index, the only redeeming factors was to see more of the Mikasa Imouto and because Touma punching villain with his right hand in order to save Damsels in distress is always fun to watch, but overall I like Railgun more than I like Index.

        The Imouto being used this way is sick, I hope they save them ASAP.

        • #8 by avvesione on May 24, 2013 - 2:10 AM

          Well, we already know the story of how the Sisters are saved since that story happened in the first season of Index. I’m just kinda curious how far Misaka is able to go on her own before the story transitions over to what we saw in the first season of Index where Touma eventually punches out Accelerator.

          But yeah, Accelerator has always been kinda antagonistic as a character, so it’s no surprise to see him act this way. It is kinda funny to see how he is now and to know how much time he spends with Last Order thereafter, especially since she is one of the clones Misaka Imoutos herself.

        • #9 by Mwnanamai on May 24, 2013 - 2:39 AM

          It is slightly unfortunate that Rail Gun is a spinoff of Index, because it feels like a superior story to me and now one massive arc of it is basically spoiled, but I guess you can’t escape these kind of cross universe problems unless they do this as a parallel universe.

          The whole Accelerator + Last Order pairing feels awkward, I know they want the dude to redeem himself but He is such a douchebag I can hardly stomach it.

        • #10 by avvesione on May 27, 2013 - 7:11 PM

          I wouldn’t necessarily say that the arc is spoiled, just that we know how it ends. For the story that is Railgun, we really don’t know what happens in the middle, we just know that points A and B intersect with Index at some point. In fact, already knowing some of the stuff that has already happened in Index makes Railgun a bit more exciting for me since it’s related to it but something else entirely different. I like that we’re getting the chance to go back and expand on probably the best part of Index with more backstory and a change in perspective from Misaka’s character. I actually like that the two are connected like this, at least for the purposes of this story.

  3. #11 by Zammael on May 20, 2013 - 12:46 PM

    Gargantia redeemed itself with episode 7. As a matter of fact, they could’ve merged 5 and 6 without problems, since they both were similar, and the transition back to the main story would have been much smoother.

    That means Urobuchi’s involvement is conventionally “series composition” where he pens a few and just supervise the main story. Since Urobuchi has gone on record saying that Gargantia is a different sort of series (aimed at teenagers and YA) then it explains why the show is not thematically consistent.

    Episode 6 expressed the alienation of YA in Japanese culture. The current generation does not feel connected to the world of their parents, making their struggles and prejudices seem strange, and worse yet, the old guarantee of economic security is gone. Hence the generation clash between the old and the young, tradition and change – hence the alienation. Ledo’s struggles to fit in Gargantia’s society reflect that – the alienation, the loneliness are trademark Gen Urobuchi themes.

    Now that the main story is back, expect a return to Urobuchi brutalism and existential nihilism as he poses moral and ethical dilemmas.

    • #12 by avvesione on May 22, 2013 - 10:02 PM

      You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gen Urobuchi wanted to do something different with Gargantia than with his previous projects, enabling him to eliminate that style that would otherwise pigeonhole him into one set of theatrical/dramatic stories like Madoka or Psycho-Pass. Not only that but the other writers and directors and producers all play a part in crafting and structuring the story too, so it does make sense that it does have some more inconsistencies compared to other projects where he had more control and wanted to go in a darker/more serious direction.

      As for the alienation/loneliness themes you noted in episode 6, I understand where you’re coming from with your statement but I thought it was much more pronounced and clearer earlier on in the series whereas this episode, the one with Bellows and Pinion fighting over him, effectively showed the transition from loneliness to usefulness. But then again, that’s just me and what I got from the episode, so it isn’t surprising to see some divergence there between us.

  4. #13 by Tzaphqiel on May 20, 2013 - 7:42 PM

    Episode 5 of Valvrave seemed rather slow, but I will say that what L-Elf found at the end will be important in the next episode (if you haven’t already seen it). Of course, there will also be a little bit of “development” of the other three main Dorssian characters apart from A-Drei (though, admittedly, most of it focuses on Q-Vier, and most of that is just adding on to his utter sociopathy/psychopathy that we first saw in episode 1 when he found the scientist that was not quite dead), but treating them all as a single entity is probably not a bad way to go about it (even if H-Neun looks, and seems to act, differently enough to make me want him to actually develop into a separate character (maybe it’s because he seems to fit the “cool, sporty guy” cliche). I also wouldn’t mind seeing some more development for Marie, because she seems like an interesting deadpan character (especially considering that her idea of staying cool was to eat ice cream and wear a swimsuit while working). However, it was nice to see some additional developments in some of the other characters (especially the “bully” and the military otaku, whose names I, unfortunately, have forgotten), even if the idea of Saki being an idol singer seems to have come from out of left field (though this is probably to be expected of Valvrave, what with all of the other crazy stuff that has happened so far).

    I guess I wasn’t focused much on the comedy in Attack on Titan, if only because that “silly titan” seemed less silly and more of a “heinous, bloodthirsty monster ready to pounce on the crowd and devour the girl or her mother” to me. Though the fact that the selfish merchant had the audacity to claim that the lives of the people wasn’t worth as much as his own cargo probably angered me enough to feel that way (although it did provide another excellent opportunity for Mikasa to be absolutely awesome).

    As for Gargantia, both of the dances seemed utterly forced to me, and not as easy to ignore as the swimsuits in the previous episode.
    The lack of a formal education systems does seem rather likely, although this does make me wonder who will take on the role of doctor when the current one dies (which, given his apparent age, is not a mild concern). Additionally, it makes me wonder what Bevel could do when he grows up. But I also have to wonder about the production of equipment, because some of the ships definitely seem like they could be large enough to work as production lines (even if their output ends up being relatively low by preventing them from specializing in one specific type of component or equipment), and the yunboros are definitely not the only relatively well-developed technologies that they have, considering all of the tools that the mechanics use along with those flying crafts they used in the previous episode.
    I’m also curious as to whether or not there are some areas on Earth where the currents are continuously low enough to allow for a relatively stationary “city”, like some of the small floating shanty-towns in Waterworld (A comparison that was only going to become more likely as the series went on, especially with there apparently being enough useful soil on the Gargantia fleet to form a farm capable of sustaining much of the population).
    And, last, the fact that Ledo seemed to prefer ordering Seaweed Bread over pretty much anything else makes me wonder how Spartan the life of military humans are in outer-space, because it doesn’t seem like seaweed bread would be all too different from some military rations (then again, I was never in the military, so I wouldn’t know how it would compare to K-rations or MREs, although I would like to think that seaweed bread would be better than hard tack).

    • #14 by avvesione on May 22, 2013 - 10:21 PM

      Yeah, the character development in Valvrave has been rather shallow thus far but that’s also due to the extensive cast that we’ve seen thus far and its focus on the battles rather than the characters living in their independent colony together. I figure we’ll get some adequate character development for the remainder of the cast soon, including the 4 other Dorssian soldiers and all the other minor school kids, but for now they kinda seem like one messy mass traveling and working together right now.

      Actually, the comedy I was referencing in Titan wasn’t directed solely at the silly Titan (though I did laugh the first time I saw it) but more at some of the other scenes, like when Mikasa asks “what jokes do corpses tell?” or when Eren wrapped his scarf around her head, covering her face during that heartwarming scene when they welcomed her into their family. Not only that but there were plenty of other jokes in the 3rd and 4th episodes too that really highlighted the comedy in this series, especially with Sasha’s character.

      And yeah, the fanservicey danced seemed forced, but you kinda expect some level of fanservice in an anime who’s hired character designer draws hentai for a living (although I admit, her work is very nice).

      As for the education system, I figure some sort of apprenticeship system is in place. So for example, about the doctor you mentioned, I’m sure he has someone working with him as an understudy to learn how to practice medicine and who is studying up on disease pathology, diagnosis, treatment and disease management in the meantime. I’m sure the same goes for all other occupations on Gargantia too, especially those that require professional skills.

      As for the production on Gargantia, I assume everything is salvaged from other ships or buildings underwater, especially since they lack the natural resources like wood or metal to produce anything on these ships.

      And in regards to the shallow lands, supposedly the mountain tops that’d be near the water’s surface, I’d expect there to be some settlements there provided that they’d want to live there. Given how Gargantia requires constant circumnavigation around the globe to find its source of electricity and power, I’d assume that people wouldn’t want to live in a stationary settlement like what you suggested, unless they lived off solar power or wind energy or something. That being said, I have hoped to see land somewhere in the anime sometime.

      • #15 by Tzaphqiel on May 24, 2013 - 4:55 PM

        I won’t give too much away in case you haven’t seen episodes 6 and 7 yet, but there is definitely some character development (not all of which is positive) and some serious drama coming up. And, even if it’s minor, we do get to see a bit of development from A-Drei’s “three other heads”.

        I guess I’m terrible at picking up subtle humor, then, because those other cases in episode 6 of Attack on Titan didn’t really seem all that amusing, either. Most of the humor that I’ve seen tended to come from Conny and Sasha (especially that scene where Mikasa covered for Eren and Jean by saying that Sasha farted, because hearing Reiner and Conny snickering after that comment just made that scene even better than in the manga), with the scene where Eren and Reiner were learning from Annie (particularly Eren’s insistence that Reiner did the training with Annie and the speed with which Reiner went from saying that this was another case where couldn’t back down to being floored by Annie) being a good exception. Although there might have been some bits of humor outside of episodes 3 and 4 (such as Mikasa scaring off the three guys picking on Armin), I seem to have not picked up on them, unfortunately.

        Production in Gargantia wouldn’t necessarily require mining metals, but could turn salvaged items that are otherwise useless into useable items (maybe nothing substantial, but I could see the use of salvaged junk being reclaimed for use in small-scale foundries, mints for coins, and similar production), and although it would necessarily be scarce because of the priority of food for farmland, it is possible that they might grow the odd tree or two somewhere on the ship for use in some wood (or they might use a faster-growing and easier to mass produce alternative, especially considering the substantial amount of paper that seems to be in use).

        And, lastly, although I don’t want to spoil too much about episode 7, there is a map shown early in the episode that seems to show that there is dry land where large mountains are now (at least, I’m sure it would be were current mountains are, because there were some people who compared the map to an altitude map of the Earth and the remaining dry land matches up quite well with the mountains). The only thing left to be seen is if the rock on the surface of that land has been worn down enough (and mixed well enough with organic matter of various sources) to become useable soil and what types of settlements are there (possibly with electronic equipment largely used to trade with fleets, with the actual power sources provided by salvagers in the form of recovered batteries, or solar/wind as you predicted, and all other aspects of life not dependent on power).

        • #16 by avvesione on May 27, 2013 - 7:19 PM

          Humor is always subjective and open to whoever’s watching it. I, myself, don’t find a lot of comedy in anime to be that funny, even though it might be one of the most popular shows running. It all depends on the person’s tastes but, for me, I find there to be an intelligent and subtle humor to Attack on Titan.

          As for production in Gargantia, I assume that there are some smelting and refineries sections somewhere on the ship but nothing to the extent that it is a major contributor to the whole economy of the ship. In fact, you see some of it when Ledo gets the steak sauce during the beach episode. You figure that some things will need to be manufactured and reused over time on Gargantia and that the materials are all derived from salvaging, but I don’t assume that something like that would be a bit part of the community. And again, it’s mainly based on the equipment that they’d have (I assume they’d only have the basics to melt, meld, mold and separate metals but nothing complex mechanistically or anything) and the lack of knowledge or expertise, unless they have some system of education and training that we never see.

          And yeah, I immediately noticed the map with the land on it in Gargantia 7. I’m guessing that there might be some stuff there depending on how much time has passed and how the rocks surface has altered, but I think it’s interesting to see land somewhere in this anime.

  5. #17 by elior1 on May 20, 2013 - 11:14 PM

    @awesione if there will be a episode which is half pointless filler and then the outher half will diffrent staff like sad things or bad things in the plot happen in railgun how will you feel about it?

    • #18 by avvesione on May 22, 2013 - 10:08 PM

      I assume you’re talking about Railgun S episode 5? Because given the structure of the episode, I’d argue that the first half wasn’t pointless filler but rather an effective and charming display of character introduction and development that was otherwise essential for Misaka’s character and the story of Railgun. I don’t see how the first part could be filler when it proved vital for the second half of the story and how it affected Misaka in a way to get her involved with the Sisters Experiment which is what is now driving the story in Railgun. Without that first half, the second half wouldn’t make any sense nor would the audience care about the character besides it being another dead clone. The first half of the episode did an excellent job of humanizing Misaka Imouto 9982 and allowing the audience to create a connection with her that made the second half of the episode, Accelerator and Misaka’s involvement appropriate and meaningful. So in that regard, I feel that Railgun S did an excellent job with episode 5.

      And to go back and answer your original question, let’s say if the first half was with Saten or Uiharu or someone else who’s not relevant to the plot, then I’d be a distraught and unhappy with the episode. But no, it did an excellent job of incorporating both sides together to make easily the best episode of Railgun S thus far.

      • #19 by elior1 on May 22, 2013 - 10:32 PM

        i mean for the upcoming episode 7 which i wont spoil you which will be half filler half plot of misaka.but i wont spoil to you what is this so i wont ruin to you what is the plot in the second half.

        • #20 by avvesione on May 22, 2013 - 11:05 PM

          Episode 7? I thought 6 was the most recent one out with 7 coming out later this week.

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