Last week's rating: 4.08 / 5 (13 votes)
Alt Title: A passionate clash of ideals, this sort of is?
From the notes:
Okay, the entire premise of this episode only works if Keiichirou is a raging asshole that would rather let buildings get destroyed while he fights in a pointless duel. No, it doesn't count if he lets Noel win, because he still wasted everyone's time over his foolish pride.What the fuck is Keiichirou talking about?
/me waits to see why Keiichirou is better than green and pink
Nope. Fuck it all, it makes no sense.
Huh, seeing Noel's comment about LupinRed and PatRan Ichigou being a good combi makes me wonder if this episode would have been stronger if LupinRed and Ichigou settled things themselves. Noel acting as a proxy duel feels like an unnatural third party and a weird fucking thing to be doing when a monster is going around destroying monsters.
Given a different context, the idea of the duel is really great. Just let PatRan let out all his frustration while also gaining insight from the person he fights. Few things:
1) Don't do it in a high stake situation. It goes against Keiichirou's character, since from episode 1 he's been characterized as understanding "Prioritize the Ganglar first". I don't even understand how Kei's trying to justify his stubbornness in this episode, and it sucks because it's such a major part of both his character and this series's main conflict.
2) Like I said above, this really should have been Kei VS Kairi, since they've built up the strongest rapport. Noel doesn't work because we still don't know his motivations or his backstory. I know Noel says he's trying to save someone too, but I'm not even sure if I believe him.
3) Really why can't they go to Tsukasa or Kazuya for help?
The way so many things are hand waved away in this episode just comes off as extremely lazy writing just to because they wanted to cram a duel in there.
We're 3/5 of the way through the series. The Lupin/Pat conflict can still exist, but it has to evolve. It can't back peddle in a way such that Keiichirou makes less sense now than he did at the start of the series. Either double down on the conflict by having an episode where Kei's right, the Lupins do something and people are hurt, and Kei harps on this sticking point as evidence for why he gets to be stubborn about this.
Orrrr... move past this shit already and realize you're all on the same side. I guess it's good that Kei is realizing there's some stakes behind the phantom thieves, but is it enough to evolve their relationship?
Stuff still not addressed:
-Where the fuck is Zamigo? You introduce this character that's key to the Lupin's main story, and he's been in like two episodes.
-Why don't we know more about Noel? He's been with us for a while, shouldn't we know something that fleshes him out as a character? Remember when Tsukasa was like "Hmmm, I wonder why he doesn't summon vehicles"? I want to know that too!
Action was fine, but the story took a real back seat. I feel like they don't know what to do with the PatRangers. The Pats are there mainly to act as minor antagonists for the Lupins, occasional allies, and maybe they'll get some half assed solo episodes. But overall, it feels like they liked the idea of setting up this threeway conflict, but didn't really want to put the thought into how any of it should play out. It's still really just the LupinRanger's story.