Meeting Date: 4/24/2021
Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Herald Anime Club. I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony this week to talk up more Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART!
Anthony Simpson: Evening.
Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’ll be talking up episode 3: “Now with fewer butts!”
Anthony Simpson: And with fewer creeps.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeeeeah. It really felt like a lot of the creepy stuff finally got out of the team’s system this week.
Which is awesome.
Anthony Simpson: Well, the one showed up at the end.
Samantha Ferreira: True.
Anthony Simpson: Speaking of that, Jeff survived his Back to the Future DeLorean blowing up.
Samantha Ferreira: That was definitely unexpected. I do wonder what that means for the plot going forward – the villains failed to kill their tail, so now we have a motivated inspector who will probably be at that school 24/7.
Anthony Simpson: I have a feeling Jeff is going to be around for a while. And the student that the creeps talked about I believe is all part of this.
Samantha Ferreira: Same. (That said: Kanata, you need to stop creeping on your sister)
Anyway, what are your thoughts on the digital ghost that keeps popping up?
Anthony Simpson: That has something to do with that alien that Kanata met all those years ago.
Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. I’m mostly wondering more if it’s like… a Princess Leia thing or something else at this point.
Anthony Simpson: It wouldn’t surprise me.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeah. That said, I kind of like it as an undercurrent – it provides a nice counterpoint to the character building… and the cast is remarkably strong, overall.
Anthony Simpson: It does.
Speaking of building, I really enjoyed the training montage we got in this episode and how we got to learn more about why the cast wants to win the Cosmo Beauty.
Samantha Ferreira: Same. I really loved watching them just cut loose and have fun through it all – you know, after Kanata got punched in the gut by a pissy kangaroo.
But generally, it was very light and breezy and incredibly charming.
Anthony Simpson: It was.
Samantha Ferreira: That dark turn was a great twist, too, where we got a firsthand look at the lunar civil war.
Anthony Simpson: I think it was just a good idea to show the war not just mention about it.
Samantha Ferreira: Agreed.
Anthony Simpson: Also, I liked how the daughter of the arms dealer family wants to stop sending weapons to the moon.
Samantha Ferreira: Same. It was a great shift for Lydia’s character.
Anthony Simpson: It was a nice development for Lydia.
Samantha Ferreira: It really was. I can’t wait to see how they grow together.
Anthony Simpson: Lydia is starting to grow on me now.
Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. Shelley’s still great, too.
Anthony Simpson: Shelley is still great as well.
Speaking of dark, the doctor wanting better medical facilities on her colony. Jesus, that was sad.
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. Paglia’s story was just a gut-punch.
Like… I’m amazed it went there.
Anthony Simpson: I mean they showed people dying in a war zone so someone dying on the table isn’t too crossing the line for this show.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeaaah. I respect it, though. They did well with the delivery.
Anthony Simpson: I mean, creeps aside, last episode I do like how we are getting shown these things the cast is talking about.
Samantha Ferreira: Agreed. I appreciate how they just keep going there – they’re not afraid to cross that line and show that the world’s kind of a shitty place
Anthony Simpson: Same.
Samantha Ferreira: There’s a lot here – and I wonder if they’ll be able to build it up well with just nine episodes left.
Anthony Simpson: It is hard to say. I certainly hope they do since there is a lot of threads to cover.
Samantha Ferreira: Agreed. On a related note, I’m kind of interested in how many characters are descended from the original Battle Athletes cast.
· Shelly Wong is descended from (or related to) Ling-Pha Wong
· Lydia Gurtland descends from(or related to) Jessie Gurtland
· Yana Christopher descended from(or related to) Kris Christopher
And so on.
Anthony Simpson: Not being all up on the original Battle Athletes I didn’t notice that.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… I wonder if it’ll play in later, or if it’s just another easter egg
Any final thoughts this week?
Anthony Simpson: Just curious to see where things go from here
Samantha Ferreira: Same.
I guess that’ll wrap it for this week. ’til next time, remember: When in doubt, bring that kangaroo along. Have a great night!
Anthony Simpson: Goodnight