Lenny and Titan take Takt, Destiny, and Anna to a farm outside Las Vegas which is now the main source of income for the residents. There’s something sinister going on though and Destiny is keen to get to the bottom of things!
Takt Op. Destiny (Episode 4) – Let the Performance Begin -Showtime-
Lenny and Titan continue to teach Takt and Destiny how to fight the D2s as they travel down towards Las Vegas, or at least where Las Vegas used to be. All that’s left now is farmland after the D2s attacked. Lenny meets an old friend on the road who invites them to come to see the farm and visit with his girlfriend. Well, how can Lenny and Titan resist the invitation?
Once they arrive at the farm, the owner, Mr Lang stops by to invite them over for dinner, however, Lenny has already accepted his friend’s invitation. After dinner, Lenny and Titan slip out to visit with Mr Lang where they say that they want to play… and drop a pile of money onto the table.
Mr Lang shows them to his underground casino which has been funded by the hard-working farmers and government grants that have been siphoned off. It would appear that another member of the Symphonica is a regular visitor too, but he’s not there now.
Destiny, Takt, and Anna sneak into the casino as Destiny is following a vibration. She believes it to be the D2s but isn’t sure. Of course, the D2s emerge in the middle of the casino, destroying everything. Mr Lang tries to run with his money. Lenny and Titan give Takt and Destiny another lesson in which they perform admirably. After they’ve won, Titan tracks down Mr Lang and takes care of him.
What did you think?
It’s a worrying trend right now. I feel like each episode has been slightly worse than the last one. Again, this one was fine, but I don’t seem to be engaged with the story or the characters now. Titan’s lean in moments were probably the highlight of the episode which is sadly nothing to get excited about. It all felt kind of boring.
I understand that D2s would be attracted to music and the casino was definitely playing music, but it seems all a bit coincidental that they appear just when Lenny and Titan are checking the place out. They are obviously on some sort of mission to ensure that government funds aren’t being misused… I’m really struggling to get behind this series, especially as the animation, which was a big selling point in the first two episodes has decreased in quality.
What have you learnt?
I’ve reviewed several series that were made off the back of mobile/video games and they are generally hit or miss. The ones that work have a story that pulls you in without having to have seen/played the original version. This series doesn’t feel like it has that much of a story and as such is drawing things out. Presumably, it’s taken us three episodes to get back to where things left off at the end of episode one and I don’t think it’s done anything to develop the story or the characters.
This is one of the dangers of reviewing seasonal anime as it airs. If I wasn’t reviewing this series, I think this episode would have been the moment where I would drift away. When I’m loving a series, I generally try to watch each episode as soon as it’s released. I’m not going to be in a hurry to watch the next episode. My only hopes are that something happens to turn it around and make the remainder of the series interesting. I want to enjoy it, why wouldn’t I, but so far it’s just not hitting the notes I would have hoped for based on the first episode.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Conduct -Creed-
- Episode 2 – Music -Reincarnation-
- Episode 3 – Awakening -Journey-
- Episode 4 – Let the Performance Begin -Showtime-
- Episode 5 – Equitation -Valkyrie-
- Episode 6 – Sunrise -Rooster-
- Episode 7 – Truth -Noise-
- Episode 8 – Destiny -Cosette-
- Episode 9 – Family -Eroica-
- Episode 10 – Master and Pupil -Lenny-
- Episode 11 – Preparing for Battle -Orpheus-
- Episode 12 – Takt -Hope-