As impressed as I am by the supreme creativity displayed by the various “flation” attacks, I’m not quite seeing the upside to participating in this arena. Yoga isn’t exactly reaping too many benefits for all the devastating losses he could suffer after getting defeated in one of these matches. Such a high-risk activity would never survive the most basic kind of cost-benefit analysis in micro-economics! It’d make sense for the world to be running amuck if these entres were living the wanton high life but…. I guess you have to be at it for a long time?
Yoga’s mentor seems to be the only entre with the right idea about how to how handle all of this. It seems like he’s trying to stage a hostile takeover/corporate buyout from within the system - - that would be like the behavior of the perfectly forward-thinking entrepreneur at least. Others just accept the cost of the game; he finds a way to work its rules to change his world.
And man, the professor is dealt one rough hand. First the kids, now your wife? It was some very perceptive writing to have Yoga inflicted with such incremental reprisals here. He does bad on one test he actually studied for? Fine. But more importantly, his crush is getting a job that will take her somewhere else rather than her being actually harmed. It may be many degrees down on the scale, but the game’s getting at him through the same angle it got at the professor.
Never thought I’d I say I’m more interested in this guy’s social life over the bravura displays of power, but I am nevertheless interested to see more time put on that. Yoga's "endangered" crush seems to have lost some of her spunk from the first episode. I wonder if he’s going to get assertive/selfish enough to tell her how he feels, now? Then again, that kind of thing is almost banned in anime.
Also, the first ramen feeding scene was serious ewwwww. It seemed like some freaky set-up from a hentai. Or a Cronenberg movie.
Watch this episode “Cultivation" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.