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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond Episode 9 Review: Desperate Fight in Macro Zone, Part II

This week’s episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond features the thrilling conclusion to a two-part story epic… Last week’s episode was all plot, so this week we finally get to see some action!!

Japanese Original Episode Title:  マクロの決死圏 後編

Plot

Part two of last week’s episode… The mild-mannered Riel has become a Godzilla-sized behemoth and is terrorizing the city, so it’s up to Libra to set things right. Only, most of the team is preoccupied, so it’s up to Leo, tiny traveler, Li Gado, and Sonic to save the day!

Episode Highlights

Gojiraaaahhhhhh!!!: After the events of last week’s episode, Riel is a giant hulking beast wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting inhabitants of Hellsalem’s Lot. Hordes of the city’s residents flee his path of destruction as news helicopters whiz by overhead.

Ladies’ Night: Libra’s resident badass werewolf, Chain, is out on a night-on-the-town with her girls, so she’s utterly unaware of the all-out chaos that’s going on (you can literally see people fleeing in terror just outside the window). But, for what it’s worth, she’s done more than enough these past few episodes, so a night out is A-OK in my book!

Quality Entertainment: While some folks are fleeing for their lives in the wake of Riel’s attack, some of the city’s residents are making an event of it. There are literally rooftop watch parties, with vendors selling drinks and other refreshments to crowds of cheering spectators. And I’m sorry… IS THAT A GRILL?!  There are even some folks holding up signs and banners, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say they were just watching a rather heated sporting event and not, oh, THE DESTRUCTION OF THEIR CITY!

Godzilla vs. Mothra: Yeah, it’s just like what I said… The largest resident of Hellsalem’s Lot, Gigagigafutmassif, comes to the aid of the city in an attempt to take down Riel. It’s all epic music and cool camera angles. This is sure to be an awesome showdown… but, this is Kekkai Sensen, ain’t no way they are gonna play this straight.

Full circle: Leo uses the same technique he used to save his landlady’s cat in Part I to take down Riel… and it actually works!?

Themes & Trivia

It’s lonely at the top: LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY! Riel is dissatisfied with his new large appearance because it isolates him from the city and people he loves.

Some people just like to watch the world burn: Li Gado, the entity that granted Riel his new form, refuses to turn the poor guy back to normal, not because he can’t, but because he wants to see the results of his actions unfold before his very eyes… He just wants to tear the city a new one; his words, not mine.

I’ll be your strength: Did I mention how much I love Leo? He is the weakest member of the team in just about every respect, but that doesn’t stop him from standing up for his friends when they need him. Sure, he’s probably going to get his ass handed to him, but he never backs down from a fight!

A new outlook on life: After the events of the episode, everyone is seeing things a little differently, some quite literally.

Pot Calling the Kettle Black: Zapp spends a good bit of time berating Chain for being absent during their fight against Riel since her phasing abilities were integral to their initial plan. He rips the poor woman a new one, and Chain, is visibly upset over letting everyone down, and rather than arguing with him, she takes the verbal beating in silence… that is until Leo reminds everyone that Zapp was also on the sidelines during the battle due to an earlier beating he received… A fact he does his best to hide.

Comments

I am still not sold on Riel, since the series didn’t do a good enough job of establishing his character before making him the focus of this two-part story arc. They tried, but flashbacks without context are useless without the appropriate amount of character development.

Like I said last week, if I knew who Riel was before this episode, I might have been a bit more sympathetic to his plight, but they didn’t and I’m not (I mean, I am but it’s more of a casual, ‘aww that sucks’ kind of thing). Now, if this had been Nev, who has already appeared in two episodes, the first of which detailed his relationship with Leo, then maybe I’d have been more satisfied with the way things turned out, but alas, they wasted what could have been an emotional, heart wrenching story on a character I don’t give two fucks about.

A New Point of View!

Well, this was a fitting end to the two-parter, and despite my qualms about Riel,  I did enjoy the arc as a whole. The pacing was good and there was a nice balance of lighthearted moments and action. Even the conclusion (which went as I expected it would) managed to convey a nice message and end the arc on a high note. But, I was just not emotionally invested in Riel and Leo’s friendship and it’ll take more than a few brief flashbacks to sway me on that! Though, I suppose if he shows up in the future, I’ll be a bit more forgiving since I know who he is now…

What did you guys think of the episode? Got a burning question? Drop a line in the comments section!

I’ll see you guys next week with Episode 10 of Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, but if you can’t wait, check out our other Fall 2017 anime reviews and offerings!!

NEXT TIME: Bratatat Mom

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