Yes, this is late. I still haven’t found a set schedule yet and Soul Calibur 6 releasing unexpectedly on Friday blissfully ruined my weekend. However, I did get to watch it tonight after finalizing my new room set up so here are my thoughts!
The plot thickens! Episode two picked up right where one left off with our band of students discovering that everyone in the school doesn’t remember the giant throwdown that took place in the last episode. Technically… last night for them. They also find out that five girls from their class missing with nobody remembering who they were.
I love how Rikka is the person who responds to these discoveries the logical way. The Gridman Alliance name that Utsumi coined was pretty cringy and the fact that she was going to have to entertain them at her home with her friends teasing her almost bummed me out. All she wanted to do was hang out and reclaim some sort of normalcy in her life and her slowly releasing that might be slipping away was told no through words but through her expressions. Can I say that I really like Rikka’s friends Namiko and Hass?
Akane was actually a bit of a surprise for me. I had a strong feeling where she was going to fall in the grand scheme of things but shoutout to Trigger for using a clever misdirect in the first episode. I am actually enjoying that her motivations are kept on the simple side. It makes her more dangerous and unpredictable in my opinion and I can’t wait to see how she develops over the course of the season.
The standout of the episode, however, is the creepy stalker guy to craved doughnuts turned ally Samurai Calibur! The intro was pure gold to me. The way he fails the first attempt knowing he won’t fit and pivots to slide through the doorways made me want to mimic this at work just to see the reactions.
Once again, Rikka’s response to her classmates virtually being etch-a-sketched out of their lives is humbling to me and her ability to questions the others makes like her more than all the other characters so far. I love Utsumi’s response that it hadn’t really sat in yet. It felt genuine and I do hope they address it more in the coming episodes, especially if those being etch-a-sketched starts happening close to home.
Akane is a savage. That is all.
So… you know how I said I wasn’t a fan of the 3D animation of action scenes. Yeah, you seemed very adamant about the subject. If you had to choose…- Okay! I like it. More than like, I actually really enjoyed it. I don’t know if the first episode was just the buffer but it was something about Gridman taking that pose for the beam that pumped me up. The animation seemed a bit smoother as well. I don’t know! I was fully engaged in the fight and the climax lived up to Trigger’s reputation.
So it looks like we have a villain of the week series that reminds me more of Power Rangers than anything else. As I said before, I wasn’t a fan of the original series as a kid and I don’t have a lot of knowledge on the series but I am completely on board for this. I have been wrapped into another Trigger anime.
Oh! I can’t leave without mentioning the ending theme that I adore! The song is called youthful beautiful by Maaya Uchida. It is way too soon for me to claim it has the best ending of the season but it is the best I have seen thus far. And you know I had to find the complete song. I am probably going to rock out to this tomorrow on my ride to work.
So… what did you think of the second episode? How did you feel about Samurai Calibur? Is Rikka already crowned as Waifu of the season? Rikka’s eyes are something else. They are captivating… Indeed they are! Did you notice the nod to Akko from Little Witch Academia? Comment below and let me know!
Until the next review, See ya and thanks for reading!