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Episode 14 –Lying Thief: Idiot-Type
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Before we start Sono is going to give credit where it is due:
Episode 14: Lying Thief: Idiot-Type
Episode Writer: Arakawa Naruhisa
Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki
Nothing to add here.
Zyuohger 14’s Monster of the Week: Youthief who is vying to become a Team Leader in Jag’d’s place
Animal Instincts – Overall Thoughts about the episode & it’s message
Man, Arakawa worked his magic on this one. Gag villain character episode and it still had emotions running high. There’s a lesson in there about not cutting corners, and doing what’s right over personal gain. Also just don’t blackmail and manipulate people who are in desperate situations because that’s AWFUL.
I really feel for Fuwa and Marin though. I hope late in the series We get to see them again and Marin’s had her surgery and they come to see Amu off back to Zyuland.
I have mixed feelings about this episode. I loved seeing the righteous anger over Youthief using Fuwa. I liked Amu making the moral argument for Fuwa to not use ill-gotten gains. I think Amu came off really well and had a lot of good focus here, but it also felt incomplete. Was there something missing from her backstory that they had wanted to include? I also don’t think the moral of being honest was well enforced here. Youthief gets as far as he does by lying; it is very helpful to him. Fuwa leaves the Zyuohgers kind of bitter as he goes to return the money. It felt off.
All I can think is that Arakawa is big on the idea that socialized medicine is a good idea and/or that Breaking Bad (or similar shows) are pretty good. ‘Cuz with some kind of guarantee of care, this situation wouldn’t have come up.
Also, hey, a thing about how abusing the power of lies is bad and how being a liar basically means you’re a jerk, even if–in the words of every kid I’ve ever known including myself–”I’m not lying, I’m tricking” sounds good, but, no, it’s still a thing a jerk does.
Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks
I’d really hoped we’d learn a little about Amu’s life the way we have about Sela, Leo, and Tusk, but there was nothing concrete. She makes a comment about Fuwa and Marin getting along really well, which might hint at her having an older brother she doesn’t get along with, but nothing was actually stated.
- I was expecting to learn something about Amu’s family because she seemed so touched by siblings who showed great care for each other, but it wasn’t there.
- I wish Amu had vowed to help out Fuwa a bit. I don’t know if that’s unreasonable, but it would have been nice. She doesn’t really have bills to pay. She can get a job.
- The ending felt a little unfinished. Was there more they had wanted to do or say?
- Yeeeeeeeah. That ending was bleak. “Hey, best of luck getting the money you need to make it so your sister doesn’t die horribly of an incurable disease”. Glad the animal at the end of the episode were penguins because I definitely needed something adorable after that. We’d best see Fuwa and his sister again later on, s’all I’m saying ‘cuz I’m gonna be worried about ‘em.
- Mostly I’m mad at the idea that Amu, who always struck me as the most sorta devil-may-care about other peoples’ money and comfort wouldn’t bust out with something like “It’ll bum your sister out if she finds out you got the money this way… so we won’t tell her. You do what you gotta do, dude.” He can still have the face turn, and I know that would give the “it’s cool to steal if you really need it” message which is probably not what you might call exactly pro-social, but… I mean, come on. His sister’s DYING and there’s a cure and it’s a lack of money keeping her from it. If that’s not an indictment of the whole system, I don’t know what is.
- And, yeah, I would have liked a bit more about Amu. She’s ostensibly at the center of the episode but the Dethgalien and Fuwa seem to step in and try to steal the spotlight, sorta making Our Heroes almost incidental to the story except for how they solve the problems and act as this poor kid’s conscience.
Tide Turners – Stuff you enjoyed.
- Naria was kind of a badass this episode. I guess this thief guy was too much even for her infinite patience. It did subtly sort of show that Naria’s just as strong and cunning as everyone else in the room. I hope she gets to make better use of it soon.
- Thankfully this episode was much better to Amu than the last one was to Leo. (And that now everyone knows not to let Leo near any women ever.) Amu was really sweet and I’d love to see her get more episodes where she gets to show off her good side instead of just spending a lot of Yamato’s money and bothering everyone.
- Amu snapping was fantastic. I’m glad to see that kind of fire in Amu, who’s been pretty passive about everything up to now. I know she’s got fight in her, but to really see her feel deeply about something and getting angry because people she cared about were being exploited was really nice.
- Amu is so upset that she can’t have cake. Her inner monologue reaction was nigh hilarious.
- I felt like Amu called me out for being pedantic
- Remembering Leo is a lech was good, especially how it was framed.
- The relationship between Fuwa and Marin is destroying me and I love every bit of it.
- Amu was taking point in this episode so much that she was even at the front of the lineup when they transformed. Has that happened before in this show? That was really cool.
- The song when they destroyed little Youthief was cool.
- Naria had so much attitude this episode. That was great.
- It really was super-nice to see Naria getting to do a thing. She had a personality and it was lovely! She’d best put that stuff to use in her own plots with the quickness.
- The bad guy was just this side of fun.
- Amu getting to do stuff was great! I really want to see this stuff pay off later on for her.
- Clever use of everyone’s powers, even if it wasn’t exactly groundbreaking
Evolutions – What do you think this show has in store for the future?
Hopefully some more exposition on Amu. I’m really curious about her home life. We know a little about everyone except her.
Naria will continue to get more lines and little bits with the up and coming Dethgalien.
I hope Naria just straight-up punches Genis in the face because, look, if HE’S getting bored with this stuff and he’s the one making the game go, maybe she should take over? She seems to have some stuff to say and could probably have some fun herself.
Quick Reflexes – Questions in reaction to this bit of Zyuohger.
- Was it condescending or considerate of Amu to let Marin and Fuwa have the cake?
- Was Arakawa mocking the Golgom Plot with Youthief’s original half-baked plan?
- What does Genis’ Meritocracy say about him and the Dethgalien?
NEXT WEEK — EPISODE 15: The Terrifying Sniper
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