That’s just the thing about symbiotes, ain’t it? Sooner or later, they’re going to consume their wearer and turn ‘em into a bestial monstrosity who has to be talked back to their senses by a loved one. (See any number of stories starring “Black Spider-Man” and Venom for reference). I do like how the series continues to fit Ryuko’s hot blood into the plot like it’s literally some precious substance. This menstruation metaphor is proving to be surprisingly versatile, huh?
While we’re on the subject of blood, maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention before, but I don’t remember there being any prior suggestion that Mako’s father is an unscrupulous back-alley quack? Maybe it was one of those quick-change background gags. Either way, her anxiety about Ryuko’s losing blood as being a spendthrift waste akin to leaving a lightbulb on was one of this episode's better gags.
I continue to find this new villainess, Nui, to be just delightfully sinister. Sure, on paper, we feel obligated to say we prefer a morally gray villain - - but there’s just something far more entertaining about a heel whose evil is so over-the-top, you love to hate her. Maybe I’ll need to take a few steps back and tally all these shows I've been watching. Why does her villainy feel so rare that all her manic cruelties are just a breath of fresh air? (Perhaps fresh air that will slowly over-stimulate your sensory nerves until they start dying off, but fresh air nonetheless)
Now that we know Ryuko’s old man designed the scissor sword with the express purpose of nullifying the powers of the Goku suits, I suspect these subsequent episodes will see a new weapon being developed. If the Student Council is going to puts into effect all the data they just went through such trouble gathering, there's got to be some reciprocal escalation, too, right?
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