Well, that was a missed opportunity if I ever saw one.
When the nefarious Kendo Club captain (right…?) starts gearing up for his duel with Ryoko, wouldn’t it have made all sorts of sense for him to don an outfit that was just as revealing as hers? The show’s already been making the T&A a bit more… inclusive with the teacher’s constant habit of tossing his hair and unbuttoning his shirt, but it could’ve honestly quashed a few more… concerns if it went this route, too. Hell, the satirical quotient would’ve shot up by however many degrees, too.
But… whatever. This episode demonstrates that it’s always a dicey game, trying to interpret the larger intentions of a serial while it’s still unfolding.
Actually, the show makes a fun piece of (unintentional?) self-commentary when it spells out the heavy's defeat as being the result of him furiously overextending himself. This is a show that get so frenzied and colorful that my Hulu player’s buffering falls behind as it desperately tries to keep up (the quick-cut shinai beat-down being the most sludgy example of that). It’s got that manic Gainax energy, like PANTY & STOCKING playing with weightier drama and headier ideas. And it isn’t always coherent (it feels like a lot of key steps in the build-up to Ryoko’s duel were simply skipped over).
On the other hand, while I can appreciate the simplistic directness of having the heroine comprehensively vanquish every School Council member over every episode, the formula is already losing its charm. Frankly, the Kendo Master got more development than Ryoko during this bout, and I would’ve preferred a more unique break from the one-on-battling formula… like, say, the beat -the-bell race from a couple episodes back.
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