Selector Infected WIXOSS is turning into an interesting series.
I’m still wondering why so-and-so is getting another attack when it should be whozit’s turn, and so forth, but overall they’re doing a good job of explaining the game rules on the fly so we can get into the flow of battle without infodumps. And so we get to concentrate on the characters rather than the strategy. So we watch as Akira basically goads Yuzuki into losing her cool, and thus the game, rather than seeing the little figures duke it out. We don’t even need to see the last bit of that battle to know how it would turn out. We also see the flaws in Yuzuki’s “straightforward” approach (compared with Hitoe’s preparation and analysis without practical experience), and lament that sad wish of hers, which will cause much pain in later episodes.
Even better is the Hitoe/Ruuko battle, between two girls who want to like each other, because it leads to a difficult question that the game rules don’t explain. If Hitoe doesn’t get her wish, will she never be able to make a friend? That’s a cruel penalty! What does that say about Ruuko, who wants to be her friend anyway? Would that break some universal game law? While we (and Ruuko) are pondering that we also have Hitoe’s belief that losing for her sake would cheapen the wish. Well, it’s an honest but dumb wish to begin with … so’s Yuzuki’s come to think of it. We also see Ruuko’s card “evolve” after that one match, while Akira gets upset because all her wins aren’t getting her avatar anywhere at all. No wonder Piruruku looks at her like that … Does this mean evolving to get wishes depends on being good and decent to people, as the show is implying so far? Too soon to tell. But when you add Akira’s rage and that other girl Iona’s rivalry with her, we have a show that’s developing very nicely. An interesting story with decent characters and concepts.
Nisekoi 14 … Oboy, Raku`s got another girl now.
If you count Tsugumi that`s four now. Chitoge is only pretending to like him but is growing to like him anyway. Tsumugi flat out claims not to like him but is coming around. Onodera liked him from the start but is too shy to go after him. And now Marika/Marie comes in and practically takes him without a fight. Well, so far. And while I don’t like the way Marika steamrolls everyone else to get her way, I will admit it made for a fun episode, at least the first half. You knew the moment she hugged Raku that not only the main characters but everyone in the school would have a reaction, especially the boys. Then the ante is upped when Marika calls in her strike force, yeah, good scene. The second half wasn’t as good because it followed the “everyone follows the couple on their date” rules, but it did get some information about this whole situation out in open, though not all of it. Still, there were times when I wanted to bring them all together with their keys, and see which one actually fits. But then we wouldn’t have a story, would we?
Back to the new shows. Captain Earth feels more routine that last week, but the story is still decent and has enough mysteries that I’m intrigued. The first part is the usual “boy pilots a mecha for the first time and is getting his butt kicked” situation, when Peter Westvillage (not bad for a generic European name) calls on a weird girl to help guide him, and soon the tables are turned. Well, it’s interesting because he actually did the hit, thanks to his power-up, and the girl just pushed the right buttons to make his attack work. Daichi didn’t seem to mind, but he doesn’t mind a hell of a lot in this series so far.
Back on Earth it gets more interesting when we see Teppei and that girl, named Hana, in the clutches of some asshole with glasses who forces them to wear pain-headsets and gets creepy around Hana. Daichi seems them too, but doesn’t make the connection when he is about to run off with them for some fun and they’re suddenly clutching their heads. Hard to tell what’s in Daichi’s head. In contrast, we see the evil guys and their earth connection, Kube, I believe, debate whether THEIR young superpowered kids have too much freedom. I’ll leave it to them to decide, but I hope the show isn’t going to be a big metaphor about how to raise your children. Well, Daichi gets a clue and pulls off a ridiculous superpower move at the end and now Teppei and Hana are free, at least for now. But I’m not thrilled about how the show got him to that point. He gets it put on (why?) and then zap, he dumps it. Weird kid, or he wanted to experience it for himself, maybe.
Still not sure about Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, which I’ll call Mahouka from here on out. We start with the aftermath of the fight in the schoolyard with Mayumi and Mari intervening, duels delayed for now, fine and dandy, but after that it turns into a magicbabble dump as they walk home from school. The next day the siblings are called in by the Student Council and we get a studentcouncildump. For all the magic everyone’s got and potentials for violence, this is not the most exciting scenes I’ve ever seen. It gets better when Miyuki is asked to join the SC and she says she wants Tatsuya in as well, because we’re finally watching characters at work and not babbling. A loophole is found letting Tatsuya join the discipline committee, which sounds like a pain in the ass but we’ll get more fights that way, but one of the resident snobbish jerks objects, and there’s a duel. If this show is going to be about Tatsuya navigating the waters of high school castes, I’m going to drop it.