Episode 6 – The Legendary Hero is Dead!
Final time, I stated I did not purchase the present’s makes an attempt at promoting Touka and Yuna’s relationship, and I stand by it. Touka’s spent your complete present treating someone who’s presupposed to be his buddy like a chunk of spank financial institution materials, somewhat than a dwelling and respiratory human. He is by no means proven any curiosity or concern for her exterior of how he can sexually objectify and violate her. Any situation the place she began genuinely crushing on him that did not contain a foundational shift of their dynamic would really feel so contrived it could be actively insulting to my and your intelligence as a viewer.
So, credit score the place it is due, I am glad that Touka begins this episode genuinely involved for Yuna, and even performing exterior of his standard smarmy persona for her sake. He is so involved for her wellbeing that he tries to cover her zombification, and darn close to begins a battle with the entire city to maintain her secure. It is genuinely putting to see him take the trail of most resistance with out a lot as a single line about how he is doing this to maintain her thighs secure or no matter. It feels a bit like damning with faint reward, however on the very least it is a second the place Touka reveals some admirable traits, and I believe it is solely truthful to acknowledge that.
Granted, that goodwill is undercut as soon as he connives his means into possessing Yuna’s physique and tries to get an eyeful of it with out permission. But even that drained concept manages to be just a little humorous since Anri and Marguerite are there to run interference and…properly cock block is not the precise phrase since he does not actually have one in the meanwhile. He is attempting to placed on stockings, so possibly sock block? Regardless, that no less than has some comedic worth because it’s actively irritating his makes an attempt to be a pervert. I might nonetheless favor a model of Touka the place he is only a artful layabout who hits up the brothel throughout adventures as a substitute of continually harassing his companions, however there’s no less than some enjoyable available at stopping him from getting what he desires with out being drained punching gags.
Heck, whereas I am out right here giving delicate compliments, I am going to even say that this entire zombie mansion story is form of entertaining. It helps so much to have a bigger ensemble forged for the characters to work together with, letting some humor develop solely by dialogue and personalities clashing. The bumbling mayor is a well-known trope, however he makes for an honest sandbag for Touka’s harsher comebacks. Belarco is a fairly one-note joke, however fast gags like him soaking his sprained ankle whereas nonetheless attempting to pose stoically received a giggle out of me. The motion animation leaves so much to be desired, however since that is primarily a comedy, I do not wish to maintain that towards it an excessive amount of when the jokes are literally touchdown with an honest hit price.
So hey, whattaya know, this turned out to be a fairly strong episode by the tip of issues. Whereas it’s miles from my favourite fashion of comedy, it no less than demonstrates a shift right into a writing fashion that feels extra sustainable than earlier than. I doubt I am ever going to like Legendary Hero, but when it may well discover a stability with its forged and new methods to craft punchlines, I will not be complaining. With the after-credits introduction of a distinct adventuring occasion, there’s even potential for a very new forged dynamic on the horizon.
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