Monday, June 4, 2007

Review: Rocket Girls episode 6

Okay, like I said, I enjoy this show. It's clean, simple, mindless fun.

Yet before this episode that fun was firmly rooted in a inane version of reality. The reason they used high-school girls for the astronauts was to save on weight. I can see that, it's a very real problem afflicting space programs.

But the whole point of this episode was that the girls' father was cursing the rockets as they went up.

And those curses were working.

Yeah. That was a bit out of sync with the rest of the show. I mean, they could easily have shown the cursing, and made Matsuri believe in the curses, but have the folks in the command center actually know what caused the problem.

Regardless of the mind-shattering idiocy involved, this episode did have a decent amount of character development for our two heroines. Matsuri shows that she's not just a dumb islander girl (though - again, this sudden burst of intelligence happens effectively overnight) and Yukari shows that she really does like her half-sister.

Ultimately it was a typically fun episode, but the introduction of the spirits as the root cause of the problems afflicting the space program is... well, silly.

Additionally, I didn't fear for Yukari's safety. For whatever reason (maybe because it is a FUN show, or maybe because the opening shows her with the third girl who's not been introduced yet) I had no doubt as to how the episode would end. I'm uncertain if that is good or bad, but it is how it is.

Ultimately, it's not the best episode they've produced, but it's not so fundamentally flawed that it detracts from the show.

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