They’re back on the road again and headed to New Orleans, but then Destiny destroys a D2 and stops a Symphonica train carrying dangerous cargo. The Commander is curious about Takt and Destiny and offers them a ride!
Takt Op. Destiny (Episode 5) – Equitation -Valkyrie-
On the way to New Orleans, they get a flat tire and apparently Anna is the only one that can change it. Takt reluctantly goes to help and only makes things worse. Cossette senses a D2 and rushes to engage. She chases it across the rocky desert and eventually kills it on a train track, forcing the oncoming train to grind to a halt.
Another Musicart approaches Destiny and demands to know what she’s doing. That’s when Anna and Takt catch up and try to explain things, although there is a Commander for the Symphonica on board and he offers to give them a lift, curious about this strange Musicart and unregistered Conductor.
The train is carrying several large black meteorites that the D2 arrived on. This of course attracts the D2s who attack en masse. Destiny leaps through the side of the train to engage them and Takt follows. One of the other Musicarts on board comes to help. They fight them off, however, Destiny may have made a hole in the track ahead and they have to wait for it to be repaired.
Even more D2s arrive forcing Destiny and Valkyrie to attempt to stop them. After some interesting tactics from Takt, they manage to defeat them, but one giant D2 appears. Hell, the Commanders Musicart finally engages and kills it in seconds. Once they arrive in Houston, the Commander offers Takt a position under him, but Takt refuses and they continue on their way to New Orleans.
What did you think?
I apologise ahead of time to anyone that is enjoying this series as I sadly am not. The most entertaining part was when Anna was trying to jack up her car while Takt sat on the hood. He’s a bit of a clueless jerk when it comes to most things. After that, it just went off the rails. Firstly, how did Anna get the tire back on the car so quickly? Destiny had been gone for seconds and she somehow managed to lift the car off the ground, put the wheel on and drive across the desert to catch up.
Now, I wonder if the Commander and his Musicart, Hell are going to be the villains? It seems to be ridiculously cliched, but it’s hard to see it any other way. He didn’t want to report Takt and Destiny to Sagan. Then, he took the black meteorites off on a mysterious mission. Then, there’s Hell who is a complete maniac. I hope I’m wrong because that would mean that the characters aren’t the most basic archetypes imaginable. At least this show has revealed its true purpose – Musicarts, gotta catch em’ all!
What have you learnt?
Despite several fairly entertaining fights, this episode failed to raise any sort of tension. Each time, there was more and more D2s but not once did it feel like things were out of control or that there was actually any danger. This has been a fairly consistent approach to action and it’s boring. I love the more monsters and bigger monsters concept, but it needs to feel like they might lose at some point otherwise it might as well have been one monster.
Ironically for a show with musical magical girls, it has no rise and fall. It just plods along at a constant beat. There’s no danger so there’s no excitement when they win. This series is flat and it’s getting incredibly boring. Sure, it has some nice backgrounds and colourful characters (and by that, I mean literally colourful and not their personalities) but that doesn’t make up for the way this story is told. Next week, I’m sure we’ll meet another couple of Musicarts and by the end of the episode, Takt, Destiny, and Anna will be back on the road again as if nothing happened. Episode one remains the peak of this series so far.
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-