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Watch & Learn: REQUIEM FOR THE PHANTOM #3

Lies are like rats! That's a good lesson!

 A tender embrace? Or merely a set-up for a nasty Peruvian neck tie?
 A tender embrace? Or merely a set-up for a nasty Peruvian neck tie?

Whoa… applicable lessons from a TV show? Ein’s whole analogy about how assessing somebody’s honesty is like spotting rats (if you notice one, there are just bound to be others) - - that was actually some real, acute insight. What somebody does on the small level, more often not, is indicative of what they’ll do on a bigger level. And there’s the implicit lesson that somebody trying to deceive you is rarely going to go about in some kind of obviously-nefarious way. They’re going go about like this Navy Seal Wallace does. Appear friendly and harmless and spin some personable story to tug at your common ground (“Hey! You look like my kid brother!”) while inching their fingers to the gun.

You know, complaints about pacing are usually the kneejerk criticism. In lieu of saying anything constructive, you can always just say, “Make the story move faster.” It’s more-or-less an equivalent of weather talk. However, I’m appreciating the more deliberate speed of this series, how they’re actually taking time to show how Zwei would realistically get trained. First, they get him so conditioned to handling firearms that it’s second nature. Then, they put him into a slightly-rigged combat scenario to harden his heart against even a sympathetic target.

Heh... I just can see Inferno having some planning meeting before this, spitballing concepts for this particular “exercise.” I’ll bet this was the British guy’s big clever idea of the week.

Barring what I just said though, I do have to point a teeny flaw in Zwei’s training. A full-nelson is not a submission hold. It’s banned in wrestling, sure, but at best, it’s just a control. If I were in Zwei’s position, I would’ve put Ein in tight chokehold there - - but then, I suppose the cute little button wouldn’t been able to get last word in, would she?

Watch this episode “Practice,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.  

  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

sotyfan16on Feb. 5, 2011 at 5:59 a.m.

Don't get too used to the pacing here, Tom. It speeds up eventually and there is even a time skip. This episode gave a little insight as to how Inferno operates and what better way to show it than letting a newbie kill the guy? This just shows how intense the training regiment was (sort of). After this episode I have to go back to subs as the dub just doesn't do the job. 

One thing I noticed off the bat is the desensitization process. Such is shown by Ein's lack of modesty and the eyes. Ein and Zwei's eyes make me think of a bakemono (monster) and they are not full of life. They have that glazed-over look.

BattleHeizon Feb. 6, 2011 at 8:25 a.m.
 Thanks i was searching for that anime like forever XD
No_name_here staff on Feb. 6, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.
@sotyfan16 said:

Don't get too used to the pacing here, Tom. It speeds up eventually and there is even a time skip. 

A time skip? Oh no...!

One thing I noticed off the bat is the desensitization process. Such is shown by Ein's lack of modesty and the eyes. Ein and Zwei's eyes make me think of a bakemono (monster) and they are not full of life. They have that glazed-over look.

Heh... I suppose her nude scene is actually plot-appropriate, then. They definitely do have the hundred yard stare.
No_name_here staff on Feb. 6, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.
@battleheiz said:
"  Thanks i was searching for that anime like forever XD "
Heh! I wasn't that hard to find...!
vergiliuson Feb. 8, 2011 at 8:58 a.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @sotyfan16 said:

One thing I noticed off the bat is the desensitization process. Such is shown by Ein's lack of modesty and the eyes. Ein and Zwei's eyes make me think of a bakemono (monster) and they are not full of life. They have that glazed-over look.

Heh... I suppose her nude scene is actually plot-appropriate, then. They definitely do have the hundred yard stare. "
Yeah, it was creepy to see the thousand yard stare progressively creeping into Zwei's eyes.  I also thought the ritual "euthenasia" of Zwei's old self was powerful...it seemed odd and cliched at first but the more I think about it the more I like it...Ein was saying, "you need to leave your old identity behind here and now."  "Shooting" him made for a clean break.
 
The other thing I have been wondering while watching this is why Ein and Zwei haven't gotten it on yet...Ein's nude scene sheds some light on that as well...she seems aware of her sexuality, but only as an outside observer might be.  It's a detached awareness...and on Zwei's side, I think he's still too afraid of her  for anything to happen.
 
It will be interesting to see whether their relationship becomes more overtly sexual as the series progresses...Bee Train's other assassin shows have tended to develop some sexual tension between the leads, and it wouldn't surprise me if we see that here.

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