Episode 7 – Magical Destroyers
“Final Sport” does Magical Destroyers a little bit of a disservice with that title, since there’s merely no approach that such a roughshod and inconsistent manufacturing as this might be producing the “Final” something, no less than not anytime quickly. That mentioned, it is nonetheless a decently enjoyable time, due to the present regaining a few of the madcap Proto-Set off/Gainax-However-When-It-Was-Good power that has been missing from current episodes. It is a good time, simply not a nice time.
The largest supply of my disappointment, I believe, is that Magical Destroyers looks as if it merely can’t be bothered to benefit from the game-culture-skewering potential of the combat towards Adam and Eve that Otaku Hero and His Gang of Bizarre-Ass Magical Ladies discover themselves wrapped up in, this week. The VR setting provides the present the chance to lampoon actually any tropes and cliches that it might consider, and but the entire combat takes place in a nondescript mishmash of generic metropolis skyscrapers, and the episode does nearly nothing with the video-game theme outdoors of a few nods to 8-bit RPG battle programs. As an alternative, the entire thing actually finally ends up being extra of a spoof on Gundam (and mecha anime basically), which is a wonderfully tremendous concept, although I do not actually get what it is doing right here.
Nonetheless, regardless of the low-effort writing and largely wonky manufacturing values, “Final Sport” nonetheless finally ends up being an honest half-hour of tv, totally on account of the episode’s concerted effort to simply hold throwing shit on the display screen and ensures that its viewers by no means has an excessive amount of time to assume too deeply about something occurring on display screen or, worse but, change into bored. On prime of all of the combating, which is choreographed decently sufficient to nearly excuse how sloppy the animation is, we get loads of graphic Kyotaro deaths to snicker at, which I am all the time in favor of.
Thematically and narratively, the episode is no less than trying to do one thing attention-grabbing…I believe(?) It is actually laborious to say, given what number of features of the setting and total plan of the SSC are nonetheless being performed so near the vest, however the entire arc of Adam the Hardcore Gamer CHUD goes again to the notions of “Possibly Some Points of Otaku Tradition Are Dangerous, Really” that I swear the present retains revisiting on objective. There’s nothing about Adam’s hyper-aggressive, poisonous mentality from the pre-SSC days that might be seen as optimistic, actually, and the truth that he’s so fast to activate his fellow otaku speaks to the ways in which some assholes on the market do not do it for the love of the nerd-shit a lot because the love of themselves, a mindset which can all the time find yourself poisoning the properly of fan communities eventually.
Is Magical Destroyers really making an attempt to say…properly, something, at this level? I actually do not know. We’re solely midway by way of the season, and the present no less than has some extra methods up its sleeve as far as its plot is anxious. I am dissatisfied that the sequence hasn’t been capable of stay as much as the wild power and ambition of that first episode, to date, however this is to hoping that it might stay a solidly entertaining brain-cell killer within the meantime.
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