AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon” Episode 8: Two Alchemists
Silver Link are such fucking faggots.
I am starting to seriously lose hope in this adaptation. Next week’s episode is titled ‘Crazy Summer Time’. In other words, it isn’t the start to Volume 5. It is a filler episode. What the fuck? What the actual fuck? And it’s from a side-story novel released just this week in Japan? Are you for real, Silver Link? How autistic do you have to be to make this decision? I thought you were rushing like no tomorrow through every single other arc for the sole purpose of getting to Volume 5! And you fucking rushed to put in an episode of fucking filler?! You had one fucking job! Why not adapt one of the other arcs properly instead of rushing? This filler episode could have been dedicated to animating more of Usagi’s arc, or Ikaruga’s arc. You half-assed the world-building, the character development and the plot, and you decided to replace that with filler? Are you for real?! Did you guys get dropped on the head as a child?
Silver Link are actually absolute faggots, holy shit. I cannot stress how absolutely fucking ridiculous this decision was. Is filler supposed to help this show sell?! This is already selling like shit. It’s near the very bottom of the seasonal rankings for BD pre-orders. No-one is even watching this show any more except for the light novel readers and harem fans! FILLER?! This isn’t Naruto! This is a one-cour show with no money left! After the Sword Eater fight in Rakudai I can see why they ran out of money here! If anything was going to save this, it would be Volume 5 – all of the sacrifices this adaptation has suffered through is supposed to be redirected into adapting Volume 5 well! Why the fuck would you spend money animating more boobs?! That means we get less time for the best arc the anime will get to – who the fuck thought that was a good idea? And where the fuck is Kyouya, I’ve been waiting for him for weeks! Why are they doing something meant to fill up spare time? They just rushed through four arcs and skipped a ton of detail? What’s wrong with filling up spare time with plot? Are Silver Link actually retarded? THEY NEVER ONCE HAD ANY TIME TO SPARE, EVER.
Argh, this is so stupid. It reminds me of the Prisma Illya fiasco this summer, too – if you didn’t watch that, it was yet another example of Silver Link getting trigger happy with filler episodes and making a series of very bad decisions that took almost all the impact out of what should have been a great adaptation. They weren’t bad filler episodes, but they shouldn’t have been there. At least that had lolis, too. What will AntiMagic have, given that they seem to be pretending that Lapis doesn’t exist? Mari fanservice? I do love Mari, but nowhere near enough to want to compromise Volume 5 over her. Sorry, Mari.
…I wonder if someone’s getting fired over this major fuck up? At least, it’s likely that the ‘literally who’ newbie director won’t be getting many more directing roles after this. And up until the final scene I was quite happy with the episode, too. I wanted to fanboy over Lapis and talk about how much of a glorious bastard Sougetsu is. That scene with an embarrassed Lapis is one example of the many cute Lapis scenes on offer in the light novels by the way, all of which were lost in the perilous journey to becoming an anime. Wasn’t it just too cute? Were you not entertained? There should actually be a lot of banter like this between Takeru and Lapis, and it’s adorable when Lapis shows her childish jealousy. Takeru can’t check out any other Magical Heritage, for example – because that would be cheating on her. No idea why he would even dream of it though, just look at her, Isn’t she wonderful?
As for Sougetsu, I thought his entire scene was totally him. Innocentius is a perfect Relic Eater for him, because it describes him perfectly – he sits casually in his office, playing everyone both inside and outside his school like pawns on a chessboard while he sits back, relaxes and watches in amusement. He said a lot of stuff about being on the front lines and all that, but it’s only because he happens to find destruction fun – he could have asked Hayato and Kanata to help him attack or do it for him, and they could have done it easily, but to him it’s much more fun making the enemies dispose of each other in their magic-induced confusion.
I’d actually forgotten that Isuka gets killed by Haunted, so I was surprised to see him appear out of nowhere and kill her at the height of her despair – which is classic Haunted, really. Isuka was subject to ‘re-education’ by Alchemist upon them discovering that Ikaruga has escaped, which basically involved tampering with her emotions and causing her intense pain whenever she does feel strong emotions – she was clutching her head last episode, and this is the reason why. It was merely implied in the anime, but she read the same book that Ikaruga did, and developed the same interest in the outside world – but now that Alchemist have remodelled her, the only way she can get out is via Valhalla. Haunted is still supposed to be covered in bandages and recovering from his fight with Takeru at this point (remember, they removed all the blood and cut out all the real damage dealt in that fight) which is why he doesn’t stick around to fight Ikaruga directly. Instead, he uses a giant mecha dragon to try to hold them off, and I was honestly disappointed that Takeru didn’t end the battle by splitting the dragon in half, just like in Metal Gear Revengeance. It was a decent fight on the whole though, and even though it was CG I liked the dragon’s design.
If I was asked to sum up the episode, I would very truthfully say that it involved nanomachines, dark elves, antimatter explosions, and giant mecha dragons. But because it was rushed, the impact of every single one of those was reduced. I hope the beach episode or whatever we’ll be getting remotely attempts to make up for that. Is it too early to say the burial rites for Volume 5? The high amounts of suffering in this series seem to have been transferred to its fans through the adaptation. So in a way, we’re living the true AntiMagic experience – we can suffer alongside them as we lament over everything this anime could have been.