So it finally seems like the series is back on track with the plotline they started out with. They took quite the detour… I’m not sure if I’m just done with this series but I just was not feeling this episode. And while I can understand that this episode was the cool down from last week’s episode, it felt like not much really happened.
Shinra and Arthur are tasked into going undercover to check out whether the 1st is involved with shady business. Especially since after joining forces with Hibana, she revealed to them that she learned through her experiments that some infernals were being created by someone. Though it seems like not all infernals are created, however it seems like the 8th is on the right track of eventually figuring out what causes combustion. And I admit that I like Hibana as a supportive character rather than an antagonist. It actually makes more sense for her character to want revenge against the people who are forcing people to turn into infernals rather than just being evil. I wasn’t really convinced of her initial drive, so it was nice to see her actually put her research to better use. Not to mention that high five with Obi was nice since it basically confirmed their united stance on looking into the other forces. I love it when characters high five no matter how cliche it may be.
It’s also pretty hilarious how doting Hibana is towards Shinra now. Freaking feeding him while they rest under an umbrella. Also justice continues to be served to bubblegum guy as it should.
Anyways, I’m not sure if I suspected the 1st could possibly be in on the creation of infernals at first. However, the more the series goes on, they are starting to feel a bit fishy. Especially since it was that guy in the eyepatch was with Shinra after the incident and refuses to admit he remembers it. Even though it’s pretty obvious that he does know a lot more than he lets on. Shinra also seems to have his suspicions, especially after all the 5th revealed.
Three more high ranked characters were introduced, all of them looking pretty formidable. Ain’t gonna lie, I’m digging their outfits. ANYWAYS, they all seem to be pretty interesting if not shady in one way or another. Though out of the three of them, Karim was the most interesting to me. With his really strange habit of repeating things where he’s literally just calling something what it is while making it sound like an insult. Not to mention his ability or technology is able to take fire and somehow turn it into sound and cold, which I still can’t understand but I feel like I don’t really need to. I wonder if it’s because of the blue hair that I’m kinda interested in him as I am somehow always drawn to blue haired characters. But I also appreciated how supportive he was towards Arthur and Shinra at the end after their spar with Commander Burns. Any character to tell others to “hang in there” is good in my book.
Speaking of which, probably the biggest thing that happened this episode was how Commander Burns basically tanked all of Arthur and Shinra’s attacks and blasted Shinra into next Tuesday without moving. It’s still unclear exactly what power this guy has, however, just the way he carries himself screams “final boss.” It’s definitely mysterious as to what this guy’s power is. However, I think it’s safe to say that this guy is OP as heck. The way that he beats Shinra by just stepping down reminded me a lot of Father from Fullmetal Alchemist. However, he does strike up some decent points when he asks Arthur if his plasma sword is all that he can do and that Shinra needs more growing up to do. While he may be a tad shady, he does have valid points and seems encouraging on the outside. But I guess we’ll see just how valid this guy actually is. Especially since he’s raised a few suspicious flags throughout this episode and in the episode where he made his first physical appearance.
Overall, this episode was… okay. I didn’t dislike or particularly like this episode. It was just okay. It still had the weird continuity problems in transition frames but the overall action was fine. It gave me another character to be interested in I suppose and I’m hoping that he isn’t bad. However, I do appreciate the cooperation of the 5th to help the 8th, despite how abrupt it was. We’ll see if this series can stick to the plot thread it’s chosen and follow through with it.