In this week’s episode we finally see Seigi get some action. It begins with Tom above ground on top of the buried ruins. Seigi uses his void maker to bury into the ground and reach the ruins. There he stumbles onto Cal. Naturally, the two begin to fight. Seigi discovers that once again, the noise canceller is preventing him from using his seal. Cal informs him that it’s impossible to destroy the ruins anyways so he may as well give up. Seigi counters this with the claim that since his tattoo came from these exact ruins and he can reach the ruins, then he has the ability to interfere.
Above ground, Tamaki is battling the needle-wielding Brahmin using super-accelerated distortions in space (a double-edged charge that ignores any damage to his own body). Using this, he absolutely lays into his opponent. While Tamaki is busy with one Brahmin, Izzy is facing Lakah and Lisa (under the possession of Iltutmish) by herself. She really gets it handed to her until she is saved by the interference of U.S. troops, Tony and Lawrence. Alas, Lawrence is quickly diced into pieces. While Lakah is distracted, Izzy lands a punch on Lisa so hard that it throws Iltutmish out of her body. Before Lakah can obliterate Tony as well, Izzy uses her seal’s air condensed bombs to blow Tony aside and shoot Lakah with a specially designed bullet for seals that leaks out snake venom. Izzy then kicks Lakah over the cliff and into the crossfire between Tamaki and the needle-bearing Brahmin. Both Brahmin are killed, and Tamaki rejoins Izzy to locate Seigi.
Refocusing on the fight between Seigi and Cal, we see that the match is perfectly even. Seigi does not struggle as much as Blood did, because Seigi uses his power very moderately aside from constant regeneration tactics to cope with Cal’s samurai sword-wielding. While the two are fighting, Cal informs Seigi that once the Princess unifies the ruins, she and her clones will homogenize into one entity, thus erasing Princess Aryabhata’s identity. Once all the sisters unite, they will become an entity that surpasses human confines and become an all-powerful God. Cal readies to hit Seigi with her final attack, but Seigi is able to thwart her by literally stopping her heart with a well placed punch.
Once Cal is defeated, Princess Aryabhata appears to interfere and re-take the keys embedded within Seigi. She unleashes ridiculous amounts of power onto Seigi. The hole in which Seigi dropped in from begins to reseal, preventing Tom, Izzy, and Tamaki from coming in to aid him immediately. As Seigi is holding his own underground, the U.S. air forces are battling the flying bug Brahmin who unloads his final attack onto the American forces. He forms into a enormous crystallized ball that engulfs its surroundings and then shatters, leaving a massive hole in the ground. Izzy, Tom, and Tamaki use this hole to enter the ruins. Upon entering they stumble across Colonel Sanders, who somehow got underground. Izzy runs up to the Colonel and hugs him saying “Dad!” I do not recall Izzy mentioning Sanders is her father in previous episodes, so this is an interesting twist. We discover that Sanders has the trigger for a nuke somewhere in case things go wrong with Seigi, so that he can save his country. The episode ends with Izzy charging into the ruins, swearing to herself that she will not let Seigi die.
Sexuality- Seigi teases Cal not to fall in love with him if he defeats her, just as Cal has done in the past. The two are merged together now so it seems that some of BB’s personality is now part of Seigi’s make-up. Lakah is as crude as ever, constantly referring to Freudian phallic snakes and basically the rape of Izzy.
Revenge- Seigi loses his cool fighting Cal and the Princess. He swears he will avenge Touko at all costs.
At this point, I am really lost with the anime. It has a ton of plot holes as I have mentioned in previous reviews and a lot of unnecessary comedic breaks that I believe ruin the anime’s ambiance. I find it hard to connect with any of the characters and most of them are random people that are only placed in the episode to die. Tamaki for example, just now made an appearance as of last week’s episode, but apparently plays some key role and has known Izzy for a long time. I am betting he will die soon. I am beginning to find the overall randomness of the anime to be too overwhelming to keep up with. The action scenes on the other hand, are extremely good. The action of the series is its most redeeming feature. If you pay attention to anything about this series, do so on the death scenes. Those are the most striking thing Taboo Tattoo has to offer.
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