Oh, that Rando. What a dumbass. Foiled by fungus!
This episode was the most evocative of DBZ so far. You had the power-ups, the mid-air soliloquies and even the outrageous mega-hair. I found the last ingredient to be the most amusing, actually, just for the fact that this mane erupts out of nowhere when Rando’s guise was such a pitiful Q-ball. It’s tantamount to Krillan sprouting a Super-Saiyan ‘do, and doubly amusing for the fact that this demon’s presumably-more-monstrous form looks something like the love-child of Jem and Adam Ant. Cultural idioms aside, I was still expecting something a little more… demonic.
Man, and if you want to talk about points of sympathy and/or identification for your lead, I’ve got to say I was feeling about as pissed as Yusuke did about the bait ‘n switch Botan uses to get him to train with Genkai. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the whole “call to destiny” segment of Dr. Campbell’s revered mono-myth ever rolled in terms that are so far from the heroic and so close to the Laz-E-Boy. She essentially bribes him into training with this sage by promising him Super Bowl tickets. Actually, I’m not even sure if the game’s that big. That’d be hilarious if only just the Japanese equivalent of March Madness or something.
This episode was titled "Yusuke vs. Rando: 99 Attacks." Look it up and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.
Watch an anime, learn something about the world. I have actually wondered if there’s a different naming scheme for the fingers in Japan, and here’s an episode to educate me.
Anybody else feel like Renton and Anome’s young minder look like twins, too? Maybe there’s only so much differentiation in facial structure that can be achieved when you’ve got sparse rendering, but it was impossible not to think this while these two buddy’s face were set side-by-side. Oh, wouldn’t it be so cute if Eureka and Anome had matching boyfriends?
Whether or not Renton’s a literal or metaphoric for double for this junior office, it was nice to see him finally show some nerve and/or initiative. I’ll raise my wrench to the kid for his various switcheroos with the engine parts. It’s been a while since Renton was back with his gramps - - was he actually working at a garage? The kid did make his own sky board. Has he been displaying his skills all the time, but it’s one of those details you only notice after a second, close watch?
One of you lunatics brought up the notion that the show’s held back on defining the “evil empire” so as to convey a sense of “bad company, good employees.” These guys’ little outing ending with what’s basically a “Hey man, let’s hang out soon, seriously” exchange does go down a lot easier since we don’t exactly how awful these bad guys are. Some of you have also warned me that this’ll get progressively more touchy-feely. Should I expect it to just come down to them all just becoming friends?