Through hunting, the prey and the hunter communicate! We predict each other’s moves, constantly reading one step beyond the next. We fight desperately, trying to outwith the other!
– Pleguzes Jiart
Despite being an action-paced episode, this series’ investment in character development is slowly bearing fruit.
While a part of me is skeptical with how Izuru was suddenly able to level up his game like that, Jiart’s monologue reminded me of how I’d usually react when I play League of Legends; The constant awareness on the battlefield, the fight for survival, the manifestation of one’s instincts, this is what this series has been emphasizing all along.
Being reminded that people change when in dire straits, it somehow justifies how admirable our characters are despite their massive flaws. Izuru aside, Asagi finally shows his worth. He may suck working alone but if put in the pressure called “responsibility”, he suddenly upped his game. And to be honest, I was surprised with how he reacted.
There’s something authentic with Asagi’s sudden change. The realization of how the lives of others hang upon his own judgment, the responsibility and capability for the task; When those concerns dawned on Asagi, it transformed him. Not into something totally far-fetched (i.e. a person having their limiters released or something like a SeeD mode) but into someone fit for the job.
And to emphasize that idea, they showed that this is still the same Asagi who suck at gattai. There are still some things that he recognizes that he can’t do but with the responsibility given to him, he has no choice but to do it. And I guess this applies to most of us. There are times where we are forced to step up our game, where we have to mature, whether we like it or not.
I have to admit, I’ve been enjoying this series a whole lot more than Valvrave. It has the usual flamboyant battles common in most mecha anime but the investment on character development is something that appeals strongly to my preferences.