Huh. Well, that was quicker passage through the Valley of the Shadow of Death than I was really expecting…
Slavish, rote devotion to Joe Campbell’s monomyth has never sat right with me but - - all the same - - if you’re going to play the card of your Heroine with1,000 Faces ‘dying,’ then you ought to play it for all it’s worth. Ryuko gets stripped of her signature super-suit, and you'd figure her downtime would last longer than (basically) a scene, right? It honestly smells like Trigger just got bored with paying those structural paces their due diligence and wanted to jump straight back into the sexy super moves.
(Incidentally, the way that Ryuko’s heroic theme plays every time she enters, and fades out when she leaves as if she’s playing it on a big ol’ jam box, was one of the best gags in the whole series).
I don’t where the hell this show is going and, thinking about developments like this, I again get the feeling that Trigger doesn’t really doesn’t know where it’s going, either. There isn’t any wrong with that, per se: it just means that this is maybe proving to be a longer-form free association romp like DEAD LEAVES; as opposed to a more organized heroic thesis like GURREN LAGANN. The concept of our Four Horsemen wearing tracksuits, now, as they go out and challenge other school’s councils is a rad one but, like I said last time, the timing still feels a bit off. It took too long to get to this twist.
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