So Evil Strawberry Shortcake has the Loony Toons healing factor, too? I think that’s got less to do with the show establishing some hierarchy of superpowers so much as it’s Trigger’s way of winking at us and saying, “Don’t worry. We’re well aware that none of these fights have had any consequences. Here’s a funny reason why!” Which doesn’t quite remedy anything here, but…
See, I’ll harp again on how one of this show’s major problems is structure. It’s hard for me to even play along at being invested in Ryuko riding off for what’s supposed to be her final showdown with the bad guys when she basically did the exact same thing last episode. And I think she did it once prior to that, too. Maybe. It all starts to blend together.
You might say that all sets Raygo up to be this nightmarish, Freddy Krueger-like adversary who just won’t die no matter how times you kill her. That’d be well and good if the show actually structured some breaks in between the confrontations to build anticipation and tension up and make it seem like the stakes were raising. Outside of maybe that over-long portion where Ryuko fought the Four Horsemen (which was kind of repetitive in itself), I don’t think the series has actually had any sub-arcs -- and it could really use some.
Since this episode did have some sick metal cuts, I’ll use a music analogy and describe this whole show as a concept album’s garage demo. There are a lot of elements to like, but they all kind of drown each other out. You need a producer to come in and polish things - - to turn down the drums when the bass needs to be heard, and shorten the overlong guitar solo, etc.
Anyway, as always there’s a ton of creativity flying at you here. Loved the suit-swap between Ryuko and Satsuki. Loved the Nimrod forms that the drones take on. Loved the teenage battleship demolition. Love the demonic jack-in-the-box shapes that the bad guys assume. It just needs to be… threaded together better, you know?
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