I'm happy to report my beloved SeiraxShin Woo pairing took first place in last weeks Valentines Day Pairing poll! And a big thanks to everyone who participated.
Now onto the review!
Sure he may be insanely strong but he couldn't peel a banana if his life depended on it.
This week continues the RK-3 versus the Rasta Douche battle, with the Douche having just been hit full force by M-21 and buried in rubble. M-21 quickly jumps to the building where Sangeen is, who is gawking at him amazed by his power, then the Douche jumps out of the rubble and over to them almost as quickly. Unfortunately for them, he seems unhurt and even to be enjoying himself.
Seeing this M-21 tells Sangeen to run. Sangeen, understanding that he would only get in the way here, reluctantly obeys. The Douche tries to pursue but is stopped by a M-21 and a hail of sniper-fire from Takeo.
Tao uses Takeo sniping to attempt to deaden the Douche's nerves and hinder his movement while M-21 fights him up close. They know they can't do much damage but they can land a lot of hits, and take him down through accumulated damage.
As they pursue this strategy, M-21 assess the Douches' skills. He admits that without Takeo sniper fire he would surely lose but when fighting him like this he finds his opponent quite manageable. Mainly because his speed is "not so amazing" making him "nothing compared to Rael". M-21 also flashes back to a conversation Frankenstein had with him about his own body and how he has been undergoing treatment to not only stabilize his body but also amplify his own power.
Then he lands another heavy hit on the Douche gets fed up and uses his transformation; an exoskeleton armor with maces for hands. At almost the same moment the Blonde Troll appears behind Tao. Which is going to be trouble..
The scene cuts to Yontsu, Yuri, and the other Cerberus people who just received word that the 12th elder on his way personally. And while Yontsu is still processing that she receives a call notifying her of a battle in the city. The Red-head and Scarface pretty much instantly work out that this is related to Ked and Lutai looking for trouble, and finding some; and that if the opponents can put up enough of a fight to be noticed they might be related to Crombell. So they head out to resolve it before the 12 elder arrives. Which is going to be more trouble...
Look, I know this mask may confuse the issue but I'm not into guys.(At least not ones with noses like that.)
We learned a great deal this week, despite it being a battle chapter.
We learned a ton about these Cerberus peoples combat abilities. They can transform. I don't think that's unexpected but it does confirm that they are even more dangerous than they appear. M-21 also gave us a good sense of how formidable the Rasta-douche is in his untransformed state. He's less dangerous than Rael, which probably puts him slightly above Regis and well below Seira. We have to take into account however that he is probably the weakest of the Cerberus people so it's hard to say what that means for the others.
We also learned the Blonde Troll and Rasta-douche's names. Ked and Lutai. No knowing which is which yet though. My guess is Ked for ol' hammerhands and Lutai for the troll. I have no reasoning on that, it's just a guess.
Another thing we learned is how screwed the RK-3 are. Not only has this has turned into a 3 on 2 fight, which is bad obviously, but the Red-head and Scarface are on the way; which is worse. I hope Tao has a great escape plan, because it looks like they are going to need one to avoid getting captured.
Then there is the whole 12th elder coming to pay a personal visit thing, I'm not even sure what to make of that yet.
I loved the way this chapter looked artistically. While it had some of the same problems with the background work as last week, making it hard to figure out in terms of who's fighting where and how far away various things are from one another, the actual combat drawing was great. The Takeo's bullet impacts especially, which really helped to make the whole fight better.
The pacing I'm not sure about, to be honest. The fight and the bit with Yontsu and the rest was fine but I don't really understand the reasoning behind M-21's flashback. It's not that I'm not happy to get information about M-21's powers, I am, but nothing we were told in that flashback really seemed to link into anything else that was going on. I really don't understand why that was placed there.
A surprisingly substantive and mostly well drawn combat chapter, which introduced even more dramatic elements. As the enemies start closing in around RK-3 as they cover Sangeen's escape
I give it a 4 out of 5
- At least one of the RK-3 will get captured by Cerberus
My Previous Predictions(Current Record 8-9)
M-21's confrontation with Yontsu will lead to the KSA discovering his background
False, they might learn it eventually but obviously Yontsu's confrontation with M-21 is no longer a factor.
The Blonde-Troll will get involved before the Rasta-douche gets killed.
True, he hasn't actually thrown a punch yet but he has gotten involved.
Thread Question of the Week
What do you imagine the ramifications will be from the 12th elder's visit?