(NOTE: this entry is full of spoilers…but really, what’s there to spoil?)
Finally, some interesting things are starting to happen in this show. But, for the action fan in me, I’m still not quite satisfied, even after 13 eps of what is clearly established as a vastly different show then the previous installments of “girls with guns”. I guess girls with guns don’t have to slaughter 50 men to be girls with guns, eh?
In this eps, we see more firefights when Nadi and Elis enters an abandoned town, to which Nadi makes a snide comment about the idea of an empty town because inhabitants died of a epidemic disease is rather cheesy – it’s a decent effort of poking fun at stereotypes in a show that has just about enough of them but makes little twists of them all and manages to make it interesting enough for me to continue watching (or it’s because I’m already half way through the show, what the hell)!
A little bit of nostalgia came when I saw Mireille on screen…I mean the mysterious blond female sniper. Her hair style is different, but a commenter (allexiel) for my review for the previous eps of Cazador said that the director of the show is going to bring Noir character(s) into play, or at least there will be some connections.
I think the sniper’s hair is far less stylish than Mireille’s. She needs a new perm.
In any case, the other seiyuu who was in Noir – Hisakawa Aya – her character – Jody Heyward, is now the official narrator in the story – what the hell, why do we need a narrator all of the sudden? Especially when it’s obvious that Nadi and Elis both finds out about something respectively and neither is talking about it. Elis, along with the rest of us, finds out about the origin of her powers, and Nadi destroys the last remaining evidence of Elis’ origin. What remains unclear (at least to me, hey I’m stupid when it comes to deciphering plots) is what exactly is the role of Jody in this. My guess is that along with the secret organization – the Witches’ Council (I guessed that’s its name), she’s trying to stop what Rosenberg’s planning to do…OK, I guess it’s that obvious to other folks watching this show.
It looks to me that the reason that Nadi destroys the slides is because she’s following the orders from Jody. Why does Jody wants the records destroyed? Or, maybe Nadi did it not because of Jody’s orders. If she did it because of Jody’s orders, and Jody is part of the Witches’ Council, then I guess the council wants to destroy evidence that suggests the existence of witches (after all, they’re a secret organization – gee, I guess the obvious here is that all secret organizations want to remain secret), but if not…
Nadi is her usual stupid self, to the point of almost completely being unfunny. During one fire fight, she suggests to herself that maybe she should play dead – it’s really difficult to tell if an anime character is actually joking about a decision or not, and again, because it is Nadi, I wondered if she is actually serious??? We see that she has some skills but she isn’t a crackshot. Any thunder she has in taking out a couple of these guys is stolen when the “Lone wolf and cub” team (obviously the wolf, but the cub helps) easily takes out most of these guys. These two were so good that Mireille…I mean the blond sniper doesn’t have to do a thing. I think the blond woman is the council leader – I guess that because the council leader is voiced by Kotono-san, and she voiced Mireille, and Mirelle is blond, and the blond sniper is blond, so…
Well, that would be a fanboy thing. To the rest of the audience who hasn’t seen Noir before, I wonder if that would mean anything at all, assuming the blond woman really is the council leader, but at this point, we don’t know.
The disgusting bishonen turns out to be Elis’ clone brother…so technically they’re siblings…so he has a rapist and stalker obsession about her…one word, yewwwww (some of you may be saying, yessssss)! I confess I enjoyed “Koi Kaze” and I felt sad at the end of that show, but this is really something else and all together disgusting. However, as a character, I think the bishonen is really successful and the seiyuu does a great job or portraying an almost utterly desperate obsession and undying creepy fascination of a young man with something like his sister. Wow, now we even get hick twisted hick stereotypes – is what I wanted to say, but because he dresses so aristocracy, I guess it’s from the opposite end of the human class spectrum – interbreeding among nobles, which doesn’t make it less disgusting, but hey, this is anime; this is entertainment, some may like it hot, and some may like it hot and steamy and young and tender and…OK, OK, seriously, I think once again, no characters were glorified in anyway. But again, I wish the dialog were better. I didn’t hear anything that particularly stood out as good dialog. I did like the music, however. The only thing that I wished was there would be a piece of music similar to “Salva Nos” from Noir, or “Nowhere” from Madlax, and while the music plays, there would be an awesome action sequence like what they had in Noir, and 50 guys would be gunned down by one or two women…speaking of which, the action sequences in Cazador doesn’t look anything spectecular compare with Bee train’s usual action efforts (.hack sign is NOT an action show…I hope no one thinks it is…ugh), in fact, the action sequences look down right plain to me. They are well done by normal action show standards but nothing fancy. Nadi is really a plain bounty hunter (if that can be used as a description) . I guess I’m indeed a picky bastard and I wished to see some superhuman efforts by her. But she is really normal when push comes to shove – she was a waitress in a bar after all before she decided to become a bounty hunter.
I don’t know anything about guns, but for some reason, the bullets from the gun of the “lone wolf” is able to penetrate bullet-proof vests. Now, I know powerful handguns can still knock a person off his or her feet even if he or she is wearing a bullet proof vest, but he takes out these guys for good. Does he have some “cop killer” bullets(Lethal Weapon 2 reference)? Anyway, he is awesome. That makes Nadi look even more stupid. I guess Nadi is part of the comic relief team that stars another somewhat amusing but often yawn-worthy Elis (I got bored with her “yessar”s 10 eps ago, OK, 8 eps ago) They’re like a Kansai comic duo that lacks talent. This is a relative obscure reference, but the seiyuu of Elis, Shimitsu Ai, voiced another character on a decidedly unfunny comedy team (they were typecast that way) on “Zeitai Sei VS Geidou Otometai” and its previous incarnation, “Zeitai Sei”. Her character’s name is Ami and she’s a lunatic wearing a power suit and pilots a giant robot with her partner, Kaoruko. OK, so I’m so showing off my anime-related (read:ubergeeky related) knowledge. But the point here is that SHE IS (that is, Elis is) NOT FUNNY! And Nadi is NOT FUNNY! Cut the crap and start the slaughtage already! HEEEEHAHAHAHA…Ha…ha…ha…ah ha.
Goodness, almost slipped into Friday Monday form (putting away the half mask with a great effort), oh dear me. (Uh-hum) Anyway, at least the plot is going and is getting interesting. But I suspect nothing surprising will come out and grab me by throat at the end. It’s almost like the director and the creator got criticized too much for not having good enough plots in their previous efforts and now they’re showing one off, or they’re learning to have an actually decent plot going, whichever. In any case, let’s see what happens next.
74% recommended for your average daily anime diet.
PS.: there are some things that I didn’t talk about, in case you didn’t realize that this entry has a lot of spoilers…not that I think the plots are anything surprising.
(Images noir01.jpg and noir18.jpg are taken from http://apike.ca/noir_epsguide/noir18.html)