“So I don’t see you for a while… and you have to go and turn into a real boring bitch!”
Damn, girl! Now, that’s an entrance line! Yoko’s back with a .50 cal bullet! Woo! And so have I similarly returned to LA after playing my part in Whiskey’s event-to-end-all-events, the Big Big Live Show - - I’ve returned to the gonzo mecha future of GURREN LAGANN!
OK… before I get to anything else, I have to say that somebody at Gainax has to big fan of Biblical stories, because the allusions keep coming up in their work. EVA was just teaming with Gnostic symbolism and while FLCL didn’t have obvious parallels, I’m sure somebody with more a comparative text bent could make a case for it being a seriously cracked, pop rock riff on the Book of Job. Or some such. So now we’ve got Rossiu’s plan to build an outer space Noah’s ark (and they’ve been in Arc Gurren the whole time! Aaaaaaaaahh! It’s been in front of my face all along!) and I’m seriously wondering if their next plan’s going to be building a Babal-esque tower to the Moon’s heavenly surfaces.
On a lighter night, I was pleasantly amused to see Simon assaulted in the prison showers by a feather-less Foghorn Leghorn. That’s what I love about anime - - they’re always willing to take it there. Though, I suppose his manliness is less at a threat from a giant chicken than it would be from a giant bear (if you’re hip to the innuendo.) Although, honestly, this portion was a lot more fun than the rest. Some good old fashioned bathroom brawling instead of all the boring-yet-compelling political intrigue and concerns about these characters starting families.
I think I’ve hit on Rossiu’s problem. He’s actually got a generally-rational point-of-view on handling this disaster, but the problem is… the suit makes the man. You might share a name with one of the greatest philosophes in history (as Zaldar pointed out) but if you’ve got a ridiculous haircut, nobody’s going to listen to what you have to say. It’s the same as your boss coming into work with a bad tie. Rossiu might be the most fit to lead, but nobody’s going to take him seriously when he’s got Dan Hibiki’s hair cut.
Watch this episode below, "Oh God, To How Far Will You Test Us?" decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.
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