“Souls Come Together”
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Sogo rushes to to the enemy’s mobile base to rescue Felia, whose desperation leads to drastic changes to both herself and Moura.
Zigg’s still on vacation, so it’s my job to cover Comet Lucifer again this week. This is probably the first legitimately action-packed episode of Comet Lucifer, with plenty of tension and robot fights. The show’s regular animation has never been particularly impressive, but its CG mecha are reminiscent of 2013’s Majestic Prince, which is most definitely a compliment. Moura’s chunky first form moves in a very lumbering, brute-force manner, while Stewart and Pack’s mecha skate and jump around with impressive speed. I’m not too keen on our rock-snake-buddy’s sleeker form, but I also appreciate that his new abilities meant a complete shift in fighting style. Also, although logical and seemingly obvious, I really appreciate that Moura’s giant form was missing an arm until he could reclaim the extra gem left with Felia; consistent details like that count for a lot.
Now that the good is out of the way, on to the not-so-good. Any sequence involving Alfried is deeply uncomfortable (though I suppose it’s meant to be), and in the context of him skeeving on Felia, getting angry about his shaven head comes across as utterly deranged instead of comedic. As for Felia herself, well… We all grumbled about her “innocent shouting child” shtick, so I guess we technically got what we asked for. Her spontaneous age-up definitely feels like a monkey’s paw situation, drawing “oh, of course” reactions across the entire spectrum (and they aren’t helping their case by revealing it with a shot focused on her chest). I’m not looking forward to the inevitable love triangle antics that will result from this, but on the other hand it will provide more opportunities for Felia to be an actual character other than that child everyone has to keep safe. Only time will tell.
- Stewart’s robot (red, as per Gundam tradition) looks like it walked right out of Xenoblade Chronicles X, which makes sense since Takayuki Yanase is behind the designs of both.
- Pack’s beatdown on Sogo felt appropriately painful, mostly thanks to the camera not cutting away during it.
- Speaking of Pack, his casual brutality is working surprisingly well as a character trait.
- I’m not okay with the camera focusing directly on Felia’s newfound bosom, but the wide shot where Sogo stares at her chest and blushes before looking back at her face was a decent gag.
- A typhoon is caused by hot, humid conditions, and is therefore most definitely not going to spontaneously morph into lightly falling snow, lending more credence to the “Felia affects the weather” thing (or, the production staff doesn’t care). Plus, her transformation made it sunny.