Thanasis is a writer, professional geek, and assistant editor at MANGA.TOKYO. He started watching anime with the mecha shows of the 70s and hasn't stopped since. He loves JRPGs.
I had high hopes for this episode. I sincerely thought that this was the chance for the creators to redeem themselves in my amateur eyes by giving me something to care about. I really felt like the alien attack was a signal that this joke of war wasn’t a game anymore. Shit got real. The pink guys are here because I don’t know why but they are certainly going to kill us all because I don’t know why.
Instead they gave me more reasons to facepalm and to wonder what in the anime God went wrong with Qualidea Code.
The pink bad guys are appearing from a pink-red sky out of sudden and attack Tokyo. They start killing student by dropping space capsules on them. The space capsules are probably personnel transport because at the end of the episode we finally see the aliens look like: it’s actually like the smaller ships grew a pair of legs and hands. They probably don’t talk as well, because according to Asanagi, they don’t understand the concept of truce.
Suzaku snaps out of his self-pity and in a few seconds he decides that if Canaria can’t be saved, he will destroy everything. Even if I close my eyes to this abrupt change that was neither justified nor felt, I’m sorry to say that his destructive wrath brought me some yawns I couldn’t control. His overwhelming power was boring as hell. Nobody cared that Canaria died, dude. Get over it. I mean nobody from the viewers, I guess. In the series they tried really hard to show that the characters cared. Tried but failed.
Since they tried (but failed. Thank god because her song was annoying as hell) they decided that the most interesting character they could focus on was Tenkawa. Maybe they could make the viewers care by giving us some background information + flashback drama through her.
Tenkawa gives another rally speech and starts fighting the overwhelming swarm of aliens with the new two characters whose names I don’t remember and to be frank I don’t really care to learn. They came out of nowhere with no plot to justify their existence. After a few bangs and booms, Airi-san comes out of building shouting Maihime’s name and running like a mother whose child forgot its obento. Really, that’s exactly how it felt. Airi-san, one of the heads of this whole war-farce, went outside in immediate danger without any concern. The same Airi-san that probably knows more about what’s going on in this series than any of the children. But it was necessary, because TAN TAN TAN TAN (drums please), Maihime has to send her to safety after she tells her she has to survive because she is the boss and a mother figure to all. No wonder she behaved like one. The irony.
Maihime gives Airi an unknown but very important clock. How do I know it’s important? Cliché moments: when there is a scene where a protagonist gives something to another character under the background effect of sad music, it’s always something important.
The rest of the episode, minus some scenes including Hotaru and Aoi which were boring as hell and not important, was about Maihime’s sacrifice as a leader and her tragic past, along with some background information, a few we knew and a few we didn’t.
Here are the facts:
Now, we need to learn why the students have those sim cards on the back of their necks, why they use crystals to funnel their powers, how on earth they got those powers, and why does it seem like the aliens are playing a game with the humans. And a million other questions, but yeah, let’s start with these.
I feel that the reason behind Qualidea Code’s undeniable flaws is a lack of focus. I haven’t read the light novels and the anime is all I have to judge. I am sure that the novels might answer all my questions, but we mustn’t forget that you don’t create a series just for the fans (unless you make a new story that is tied to the previous medium); you create if for everyone. I am one of those ‘everyone’ and I must say that I was disappointed. Tenkawa’s backstory gave us some new information, but not enough to fill the huge meteor-like plot holes that the previous episodes created. The characters are not given enough time to build some characters, but that’s not an excuse because with the right lines you can make every second count; see Berserk. I’m not even bothering with the themes because they are so generic I feel like I’ve seen them a million times. That’s not a bad thing on its own, you can always use a tested theme in an interesting way, but that’s not the case with Qualidea Code. There is no depth in this series. No excitement. No doki doki~.
There aren’t a lot of episodes left and the series are trying to wrap up what seems like a plot-hole ridden story and a bunch of characters I couldn’t care less if they win or lose. Actually, I route for the pink guys. They seem more interesting. I wonder what their story is.