Scrambling to catch up: Galilei and Biyori 2, Coppelion 3

Just another gizmo from the basement.
Just another gizmo from the basement.

Galilei Donna 2 has to do some explaining and get the plot moving, so it’s as fun as episode one. We also here the phrase “Galileo Inheritance” used way too much. Last week it was the pirates who wanted to know. This episode, Cassini the cop wants to know, that evil guy who looks like Phoenix Wright wants to know, Sylvia’s boss wants to know, and Anna Hendricks, who pulls Hozuki aside before she can get arrested. At least the latter gives us an explanation, some nonsense about codes embedded in seven Galileo drawings of the moon, the seventh one being our show’s MacGuffin. Why the hell everyone is so interested in this drawing now, rather than two years or even two centuries ago, is unexplained. So is what they did to the Goldfish, er Galileo, after Hozuki got out of it. Never mind the fact that it was built in the basement without the father knowing, no wait, that was last week’s conundrum. Well, then how about that powered suit that he suddenly knows how to operate, or the bazooka the inexplicably shows up in the evil guy’s hands when all the police can muster are handguns. I can suspend my disbelief as well as anyone, and a whimsical adventure show like this (whimsical so far; Sylvia’s lying there in a pool of blood was a disturbing way to end the episode) more so, but I have my limits.

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Non Non Biyori 2 (I’m behind!) settles down as much as it can when everything is so settled in the first place to sort of give us a two-parter. We get more glimpses of the characters and, more important, see how they relate to each other, which is completely. Renge and Miyacchi the teacher are siblings, and so are Natsumi, Komari and Suguru (who is introduced and promptly ignored for the rest of the episode, just like the first one). Now that we know this the show can have some fun. Komari, though older than Hotoru and Natsumi, is treated as a little sister because of her lack of height and surfeit of cuteness. Once they get all THOSE gags out of the way we get a less-successful part two involving Hotoru and Komari going out to the candy store, though Hotoru’s dressing up makes Komari think she’s a stranger. This wasn’t very funny, though the irony of Hotoru impressing Komari with her maturity when she’s actually three grades ahead sort of worked. Hit or miss episode, but I’m not watching this entirely for the gags.

Coppelion gets better with episode 3. There’s no bathos accompanied by ridiculous, senseless plotting; instead we get what looks to be the actual story.

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The only part that was ridiculous, well, apart from the last bit, was that wolf finding a key to a car and leading the team to where they assume the SOS signals were coming from, but instead it’s the “suppliers.” At this point I wondered what the point of the mission actually was, because Mishima was more than interested in who was supplying people with actual safe food and water. Well, so am I, but his interest seems to be more sinister than mine. Turns out it’s the scientist who accidentally blew up Tokyo 35 years ago. Why do authorities want him now, I wonder, when there’s an old lady to rescue? To put him on trial? To get answers to things? Whatever the reason, the girls now have to keep an eye on him AND rescue a granny.

You know, that aircraft is probably miles away by now ...
You know, that aircraft is probably miles away by now …

This was looking like another morality play of the week for a while, and a dull one, since the scientist, Denjirou, is sorry for all this and has stayed behind to help make up for it. But then a stealth aircraft starts flying overhead and no one on either side knows what it’s doing there. They prove they’re bad guys by landing and trying to abduct the granny for seeing them, so now Denjirou and the Coppelion girls (and the team behind them) are united in preventing this bomber from escaping, though it has already taken off and should be miles away by the time everyone hops into that jeep. Yeah, I’m not buying that, either. There’s also some talk about the pride a scientist should feel, spoken by Ibara, created as she was by scientists. Not a little ironic considering their ruined, radioactive surroundings. Oh yeah, more bad pockets of radiation keep popping up, and that shouldn’t happen, so we got plenty of tantalizing discoveries to look forward to. The show is still too ridiculous, but it’s finally showing some of the potential of the premise.

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