Episode 18 – “When the Sakura Blooms”
The Klaxxosaur Princess, Master of Decapitation, returns with a vengeance and–oh, okay, not yet. DarliFra, unable to resist, keeps viewers on the hook for one last reality show jaunt. Dearly beloved, we gather here today to celebrate the pretend union of what’s-her-face and Hiro’s ex-lover. Gee, I hope nothing terrible happens to them!
The 13s crank the adorable dial up to eleven, making make-believe nuptial-plans and choosing to ignore the fact that their dystopian overlords would rather get eaten by a Klaxxo-Dragon than allow their child-slaves even a suggestion of happiness.
Gluttons-for-punishment ‘til the bitter end, our dumb-dumbs continue to pitch tragedy-creampuffs to Papa and the Nines. Mitsuru and Kokoro’s memory wipe surprises no one. The APErs will never stop watching and screwing with their subjects–after all their setbacks, even our sexually confused and naïve adolescents should understand this.
Of course, Ikuno’s sexy hair-let-down move and steamy half-straddle leaves Ichigo (and the viewers) thoroughly intrigued. Surprisingly, Ichigo does not protest, but rather responds with empathy and warmth (even erupting from the house holding her gal-pal’s hand). This bending of gender norms sets off no alarms at APE HQ, but the fake hetero-wedding does? Guess Blondie got some dirt on Pops.
The plot lurches forwards twice thanks to a clipped flashback and a few esoteric sentences from Cap’n APE. First: Hachi and Nana once engaged in lovey-dovey liaisons with each other and it ended with blood and tears (surprise.) Second: APE’s master plan? Live forever in some Gnostic, body-free paradise (makin’ a ton of progress).
The AniMessenger scratches his head as the script-writers continue to support sexual fluidity yet send in the dogs whenever a pair of normies want to play house. Papa chafes whenever straight kids get handsy, but his experiments, permissions, and restrictions often manifest as smokescreens and/or plot devices. Nevertheless, the narrative progresses, tiptoeing away from Mistilteinn and into a murky, horny future.
And, please remember:
~ Don’t Shoot the Messenger
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