Brave Witches Episode 8: Grape Juice in Your Eyes
Great minds think alike.
I wanted to see more of Sanya and Eila! Even hearing their names made me miss them again. I also initially wanted to watch and write this up on Wednesday, but I ended up drinking a bit too much at a Christmas dinner and was overcome by the urge to fall asleep almost immediately after getting home, and then the rest of the week caught up to me. Sort of like what happened to Krupinski in the sauna. You know, I was struck by how similar she is to me. We both think that cute girls are the best (we had identical reactions when the photo of the cute Britannian Witch came up) and I, too, would have picked Kanno, Nipa and Hikari to accompany me on a mission. The only difference is that I’m not a girl, and also I’m not having night battles with Rossmann-sensei on a regular basis. I can’t believe that was actually the eye-catch, I did a double take at first. Are they really… in that sort of relationship? I’m so jealous. I mean, it would be a surprisingly solid explanation for why Sensei gets so angry every time Krupinski hits on other girls…
I thought this week’s Neuroi battle was great. It was relatively orthodox compared to some of the other ones we’ve had so far in Brave Witches (even in comparison to the opening scene where we saw some small, spider-like Neuroi make it all the way into the city) and was a little shaky at times from a technical perspective given how ambitious it was animation-wise, but I really liked the idea behind it. Hikari unsuspectingly saving the day with her good luck charm was the best, most relieving feeling ever. I love it when unassuming plot points like that end up playing an important role down the line. I genuinely thought something bad had happened to Krupinski for a moment, and beyond the fact that I don’t want to see any of the Witches hurt, it would be very tactically damaging if someone as capable as she revealed herself to be ended up being taken out.
What I thought was really important was that there weren’t even supposed to be any Neuroi in the vicinity of the transport fleet’s route. Of course, it’s not surprising at all given the formula of each episode that one actually appeared, but given their intelligence this season I’m starting to think that they definitely know (or have means of finding out about) more than they should. Is there a spy or something in the base? Are their communications being intercepted somehow? If either one of those really is the case, how is it that the Neuroi can even understand them? Will the final battle of the season be against something as dangerous as what the 501st faced in Gallia, and will whatever’s being transported to Murmansk be enough for the 502nd to deal with it? The 502nd are also now aware that there exist human-shaped Neuroi from the top-secret info passed on by Eilanya. I don’t know whether Rall will let the others in on this, but I can see someone like Sasha putting two and two together if she notices Krupinski’s missing Striker Unit and thinks of possibilities other than it just sinking into the sea. I’m actually hoping for a continuation of what still feels like an unfinished plot thread which first started with Yoshika and the human-shaped Neuroi who tried to communicate with her, only to have Mio disrupt any possible further contact and for the Warlock to occupy the rest of the season’s troubles. Whether that means we’ll get a Neuroi Witch I’m not sure, but if we do I’m hoping it’ll be a cute girl.