Ah finally, the show starts stepping in to the right direction. With Yajima’s death, Hayase finally starts to realize the meaning of having power and finding a reason to use it properly. It’s that underlying theme that makes up the real story of Linebarrels from here onwards, so let’s hope Gonzo doesn’t thrash that for now.
I’m surprised at how faithful to the manga the show is now, perhaps with a bit more “spice” added to it, given the comedic changes Gonzo has put in. At least they’re tackling the Emi x Hayase dynamic pretty well, considering how they changed it thoroughly plus it’s good to see Emi not being the hapless “princess” that Kouich has to protect for now. Ah, thank god too that he doesn’t need to “interface” with Emi anymore to summon Linebarrel, that would be bloody irritating to watch if they kept that up. At least that cuts out another Gonzo original factor in the series.
The twins are also introduced, though their appearance carried a lot less impact in the manga. They were first introduced at this point of the story in the manga but we’ve already seen both of them earlier in the anime quite prominently. The impact mainly comes from the fact that Shizuna’s first action in the manga was her putting a cute face then giving Kouichi the “nutcracker”. You would really remember that as a first impression, wouldn’t you? Oh his poor balls… hm, I guess that explains his superiority complex in a way too?
The preview for next week shows the cast in comedic situations so I guess it’s time for a breather after all the major developments. I’m just hoping the Gonzo scriptwriters can at least write out an enjoyable “filler” episode, yet not too detracting too far from the feel of the series. It’s annoying when they write crap filler episodes that go out of character.