12 Days of Anime Day 12: Giant Fucking Flamethrower Spiders and Character Development do not mix‏ well

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My stance on Coppelion’s been a strange one compared to most other bad titles I’ve seen. I’ve essentially gone from intrigue-to-outrage-to boredom-to laughter, an it wasn’t until the Ozu sisters showed that I made it into the last stage. Could’ve written a post about the B2 Bomber (or is it Shooter?) scene, but I think enough’s been said about that already.

That said I came into this week’s episode wholly looking forward to whatever silly antiques this show had to offer. The result was pretty meh, a giant f***ing mechanical CGI spider that came from out of nowhere (maybe from out straight outta Wild Wild West) and the show does nothing really memorable with it, yep, leave it to this show to underwhelm at being bad when I wanted it most. Let’s start with the spider, the completely unexplained contraption that had me wondering why it took Division 1 this long to unleash it. I’ll give, Coppelion this, even though it made little sense it still managed to entertain on a pretty basic level, sure having a super power chicks duking it out whille a huge robo-spider wrecks shit is a pretty cheap way to make me forget my problems with a show. The real problem here wasn’t the fact that Coppelion stoops so low, it’s the fact that after all this time it still thinks it can pull of a story with any sort of depth.

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It’s almost as if this show gave up on being silly action series only to try it’s hand at (and fail miserably) at character drama. Sure this wasn’t the first time this happened in Coppelion, but the contrast in this episode was definitely the worst. Following up the scrap-fest of the first half of the episode was Haruto’s to help the repair team. Here’s something Coppelion doesn’t really get, judging by this episode: Characters development, and just rewriting characters with clichés. Kunikida (the zombie looking dude from Division 1) arrives, shoots Haruto a couple times, goes on about why he hates humanity and gets shot himself a couple times by Oyakata. Haruto tells Oyakata to not finish him off (apparently Haruto’s a saint now). A few minutes later in the episode, Kunikida actually helps Haruto  in return by lifting a huge fallen lamp off of the railroad track that the repair team needed to get pat (how did he get there? Did he outrun a train? I guess). The rationale? Haruto reminded him of what It was like to be human! Yep, sure ain’t cliché in here. Here we had essentially went from one character rewrite (Haruto being infected by Ibara’s silly “no kill” philosophy suddenly) to another.
Yeah, get back to the random silly action Coppelion, It’s the only reason why your worth sticking around for after all.
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PS: Was gonna mention Aoi’s new superpowers and whatnot, but remembered this isn’t a supposed to be an episode review really. Ah well, don’t really see how she could gain enough mastery over them for me to be of any use in the long-run with only 2 episodes being left and all.
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