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KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by takenoko » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:32 am

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Last week's poll rating: 3.96 / 5 (25 votes)

Kind of feel like the writing's been kind of sliding the last few episodes ever since Chronos was introduced. Here's yet another episode where they remind you every few seconds that Hiiro is motivated because he wants to save Saki. It's like, shut the fuck up already. The viewer gets it.

Not to say there wasn't good drama bits. Like Hiiro breaking down and admitting that it was his fault that Saki died was a good moment. But oh man is it hard to feel any sort of connection to KR Ex Machina, since his relationship with the other characters is completely underdeveloped. And the one person who'd have a connection, his son, spends the whole episode in his room.

It's not a terrible episode to watch. It's still pretty good. But it doesn't feel like it's on par with the heights that we were on a month ago.

The Parado and Graphite mini quest felt kind of just there. Like those guys invading the CR should have been an important violation of the hero's safe space. Instead, they just grabbed a bunch of info that they probably already knew and peaced out. ??? Oh, and then they went into a game and just grabbed a piece of Gamdeus. ???

I don't know why I'm bitching about this stuff. Maybe it's because I wanted Hiiro's stuff like 30 episodes ago, and for it to appear now, in the fillers of the 30s, makes it feel not quite as good as it could have been.

The fight between Hiiro and Emu, should have been an amazing clash of ideologies and motivations. But it just didn't feel as epic as it could have been. It doesn't help that Emu is just straight up level 99 and Hiiro is 50. The problem with these hard numbers is that unless Hiiro catches Emu off guard, there's no way for him to beat Emu if he decides to get serious.

Should have been an amazing episode, but just feels above average. 4/5 stars

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by TypicalStandUser » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:22 am

Like son, like father when it comes to contingencies. Zod I like both Kuroto and Masamune.

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by Kurokage X » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:03 am

I guess being handsome, crazy, have crazy as hell contingency plans run in the Dan family

And Lazer is back so meh, when I first heard the news I was sorta disappointed with the decision, if it was made because of fan outcry then I would be pissed but since Graphite and Kuroto being back, though those two I get Lazer I don't get but whatever.

And ok Ex-aid we get it Hiro wants Saki back but oh wait he only got the body with her last words to him on repeat what joy it is to feel like you betrayed humanity for your own interests, sounds like Meteor's plot from Fourze
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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by Catastrophe » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:20 am

I like the fact that Parado and Graphite aren't doing fuck all and still kind of relevant to what's going on.

End of the episode is more hype to be honest. Can Dad Dan brainwash people? Because I can't think of any other reason why Lazer would work for him.

Also, they should have retooled Lazers helmet. That Zaku look is shitty.

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by Ashki » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:59 pm

I'm kind of glad they did a big twist for Lazer and made him a bad guy after stongly suggesting he'd stop Hiiro in last week's previews. Also, I think the hammering in about Hiiro and Saki may be their wy of making up for a huge mistake they made earlier.

The Director is broken At times we get a brilliant man, but at other times, we see a cartoonish buffoon that's disconnected from reality. It eems he really loved Saki like a daughter and it broke him. In this episode, we see more of the same, but this time in regards to Hiiro. Could it be they might actually fix the character before the end? It remind me a lot of Drive where the leader was an idiot until halfway through he reveals it was all an act... only we can tell it isn't.
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I honestly think this would be an awesome idea. It's the Hopper Brothers all over again, and would explain why they've held back on giving Hiiro a personality and killed off the most developed character early on.

Catastrophe wrote:End of the episode is more hype to be honest. Can Dad Dan brainwash people? Because I can't think of any other reason why Lazer would work for him.

Also, they should have retooled Lazers helmet. That Zaku look is shitty.
The helmet design is actually relevant. Similar variations have been used on transforming bikes in several franchises, so it pulls a nostalgic reaction from many viewers that help endear them to the character. although it does somewhat resemble a classic Zaku as well.

As for your question, I don't thik it's a matter of brainwashing. If Masamune can control the amount of data going to a Bugster, then why should he fully revive Kiriya, who's a potential threat? Just downlod the body and enough AI/pesonality to function. Let psychology do the rest. Note how Lazer had only simple, almost robotic or childlike movements and never spoke. Masamune's favourite game is manipulation, so why shoul this be any different than how he's using a partially-complete Saki to manipulate Hiiro?
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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by ViRGE » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:51 pm

I knew we'd get a big Ex-Aid + Brave battle in this episode, and while it wasn't decisive, I'm admittedly not expecting Emu to do anything to seriously harm Hiiro. It's simply not in his character as the all-loving hero. Though now that Hiiro has doubled-down on his evil by protecting the Bugsters, perhaps there's a chance this will actually change? Hiiro has gone too far; a heel-face turnback won't be satisfactory at this point. But perhaps it's a task for Taiga, as he's always seemed like the "enforcer" type.

Meanwhile Masamune seems to consistently be one step ahead of everyone else. I'm not convinced he knew about the reprogramming attack the Riders planned last episode, but he definitely knew something was coming and prepared for it. Similarly, he was perfectly prepared for the Bugsters to try something with Gamedeus, having his own countermeasure prepared. His whole schtick is definitely having the power to pause time, but even without that ability he seems to have everything well in hand. Which makes me wonder just what else he has planned, and just how far this plan of his goes?

Speaking of the Bugsters, I like the position they're in. They're no longer the big bads; their spotlight and their lives have been taken by a maniac. They are still incredibly powerful - both being level 99 and conceivably able to defeat all of the riders - and yet they've been relegated to a third party. Masamune seems to tolerate them as KR Chronicle content, and the Riders have bigger problems to contend with. So while they can't end the world at the moment, they are free to otherwise raise whatever hell they see fit. Though I do agree with Takenoko that their materializing into the CR seems like it should have had a bit more punch since it's never happened before. Parado has been there inside of Emu, but never have they come alone in this fashion.

The character moments were all good, BTW. Masamune isn't lying, but he's clearly having some fun screwing with Hiiro. Hiiro is about to BSOD from everything Saki related. The director is still clearly in shock that his son would betray everyone (even though he's a silly character, I like how they''re portraying it). Emu is realizing he may be forced to actually stop Hiiro due to what Hiiro has done. And Dan is having a crisis of his own now that his masterpiece has backfired so spectacularly.

And dammit Toei, stop screwing with us! Poor Lazer. Poor, poor Lazer.:(

PS I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but man am I glad to be done with the level 1 forms. Those were stupid gimmicks, so I'm very happy everything is now a full humanoid L2 form now

Edit: I almost forgot, it looks like there's a typo at 2:21: "So he's manipulating Kagami-sensei with reward?" I'm assuming a word or two there have gone missing

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by xiiliea » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:18 am

ViRGE wrote:Edit: I almost forgot, it looks like there's a typo at 2:21: "So he's manipulating Kagami-sensei with reward?" I'm assuming a word or two there have gone missing
Huh, I don't think so? It was originally "remuneration" but people complained it was too repetitive so it was switched to "reward".

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by ViRGE » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:59 am

xiiliea wrote:
ViRGE wrote:Edit: I almost forgot, it looks like there's a typo at 2:21: "So he's manipulating Kagami-sensei with reward?" I'm assuming a word or two there have gone missing
Huh, I don't think so? It was originally "remuneration" but people complained it was too repetitive so it was switched to "reward".
Either way, "with reward" sounds wrong. "With a reward" or "with rewards" would make a lot more sense (at least to me).

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by VerusMaya II » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:09 am

キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!!

There's my boy!

Too bad his suit actor doesn't quite fill out the suit very well, and the helmet is way too large in comparison. Kitbashes never look great, and I do sympathize with Mr. Toei's wallet, but geez.

Agreeing that the brief Gamedeus' data appearance deserved more build-up and fanfare. I feel like perhaps Gamedeus should've been part of the Bugster mythology that they knew of from the beginning of their existence, and now must come to terms with him being real, the only thing that can beat Chronos, and is technically the reward for a player and not acquirable by a Bugster.
Oh well, not like this show (and franchise) isn't riddled with missed opportunities and lost potential.
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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by Zerato » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:53 pm

The scene where Hiiro is "reunited" with Saki really got to me for some reason. It might just be the whole uncanny valley aspect of her repeating her last words, but that scene alone pushed this episode from a 4 to a 5 for me.

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by nanamarfo » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:37 pm

Zerato wrote:The scene where Hiiro is "reunited" with Saki really got to me for some reason.
Yeah, that was near heart-wrenching for me.

Also, Kirira and Emu = Sonic and Tails.
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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by ViRGE » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:49 pm

nanamarfo wrote:
Zerato wrote:The scene where Hiiro is "reunited" with Saki really got to me for some reason.
Yeah, that was near heart-wrenching for me.

Also, Kirira and Emu = Sonic and Tails.
Wait, why is Emu Tails?

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by Catastrophe » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:45 pm

Kiriya is a better character maybe?

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by Draccy » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:57 pm

Yea, the Gemdeus bit was pretty throw away. Basically "Oh, hey, Lazer is back and also Level 0, so now the bad guys have bugster power neutralization".
Hiiro's moments were great, and the Saki encounter does tug the heart a bit. Makes me think of Father Cornello and Rose.
I still enjoy how Masamune addresses everyone. Really lets them feel how insignificant they are to him.

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Re: KR Ex-Aid 34 released

Post by ViRGE » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:02 pm

Draccy wrote: I still enjoy how Masamune addresses everyone. Really lets them feel how insignificant they are to him.
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