I’m a little disappointed with the execution of both episodes six and seven, but I’ve come to expect movement through most episodes of a series. The return to the this traditional style of anime storytelling is a little tough for…
This episode is a ton of fun. All the sexiness and frustration converge in the most satisfying use of the Strelizia to date. I still feel lukewarm on Hiro, himself, but I’ve grown to really like the characters around him, and this episode only solidifies what a great team these kids can be- with the help of the super-powered Strelizia, of course.
There’s isn’t a ton of forward movement with this episode and the card encounter is little lackluster, but my most closely held belief about the direction of the series is shot down.
It’s episode three, and though it’s know it’s unfounded- I’m very impatient to see Zero Two and Hiro pilot together. My dream doesn’t come true this round, but we do see get to see the effects of a typical first pilot with Zero Two as one of Hiro’s squamates decides he can take the hit. This episode focuses more on the relationship building between the parasites and Zero Two, and the annoying self-loathing of Hiro and his puppy-dog-self as he follows Zero Two around begging to pair with her.
Episode two delves more into the specifics of piloting and sets up Hiro’s need for Zero Two as he remains unable to pilot without her.
Clear Card is moving from light hints at the robed person’s identity to some full-on clues, though we lack a real resolution at this time. The frequency of card catching is accelerated in this episode, but the quiet, relaxing background at Sakura’s school remains relatively unaffected by the cards. We are still on the upward climb for the season, and it feels like another ball is about to drop.
In this episode, a few threads are being sewn with Syaoran’s return to Japan, and we get to see our dear boyfriends, Toya and Yuki together again. There isn’t a ton of action this round, and instead we are given more of a look at the calm life the kids are living during this clear card crisis. Our pacing has certainly been quickened, and episode two is offering just a little more information about the clear cards if you pay attention closely.