Meeting Date: 5/1/2021

Disclaimer:  The Herald Anime Club discusses shows in a generally unmoderated format. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Samantha Ferreira: Hi there, and Happy Saturday. It’s time to return to the Herald Anime Club. I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony this week.

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to the University Satellite once again for Battle Athletes ReSTART! Episode 4: “Well, THAT escalated quickly.”

Anthony Simpson: Those poor BTTF Deloreans are getting blown up again. Also why was there a ripoff of the Beverly Hills Cop theme song in the bar scene?

I was almost expecting Eddie Murphy to bust the scene at any moment.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! - An African-American man in a green suit smiles and waves casually at the camera. Text: "Hi There."

Samantha Ferreira: I kind of loved that, because it came out of nowhere. Like… “Wait, did they actually… oh my god they did.”

I mean, I love that they’re embracing the camp now, at the very least.

Anthony Simpson: Yeah, I like that given the nature of what we have seen so far.

But yea things are getting serious now. Especially now with an assassination plot.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. Plus. Yana’s friend just being straight-up “burn everything down”

Anthony Simpson: So, I can’t say it was completely unexpected that it be someone from the moon being the bombings.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… they were leaning heavily into that from the get-go. I do like the swerve they’re taking, though – the misdirection for Eva was well-done, overall.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! - a white-haired woman in a cloak stands, arm outstretched, in front of a destroyed truck.

Anthony Simpson: I liked the misdirection as well.

Samantha Ferreira: Seriously, though, there’s a lot that can be said for the new character, too – Yana is straight-up nuts and I’m here for it.

Anthony Simpson: She even threw in a SHAFT style head tilt for good measure.

Samantha Ferreira: Right? She was just extra the whole way.

And it was amazing – like, that was the face of a person with nothing to lose.

Anthony Simpson: Given what we seen of the war on Luna I would say its like a lot of people have nothing to lose there.

Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. Like we saw with Paglia, I really appreciate that they aren’t pulling punches about this stuff.

Anthony Simpson: Same.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! - A purple-haired woman grins maniacally at the camera.

Samantha Ferreira: You know, I’m kind of surprised, to be honest.

If we were judging this on the first two episodes, I’d have said it was a missed opportunity. However, it’s had a fantastic turnaround.

Anthony Simpson: Agreed. I mean we had the scummy bad guys again and well the Dr. was a being a creep again this episode.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeeeah. But it seems like the writers reined them in just enough this week to make it tolerable. Like, they didn’t linger and leer anywhere near as much.

Anthony Simpson: True.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! - A woman with purple glasses and lavender hair smiles at the camera. Caption: "I'll do some looking into her."

Samantha Ferreira: They didn’t, like, go that extra mile like have them kicking a puppy or something like that.

Anthony Simpson: I mean the guy with the banana was a bit over the top.

Samantha Ferreira: True. He’s… very extra. That said, I’m really curious to see how things develop now – it seems like all the elements are in play, finally.

Anthony Simpson: Same.

Samantha Ferreira: Especially now that we have Yana apparently being pressured to murder her roommate… which we both know probably won’t happen.

Anthony Simpson: I don’t see that happening either. I mean if it does I will give the show credit for going there with it.

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. I mean, that’d be super gutsy.

Also, before I forget, props to the kangaroo, who is always delightful.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! - An exaggerated shot of a black-haired lifeguard yelling at a brown-haired swimmer. Text: "no way..."

Anthony Simpson: I love the kangaroo.

Samantha Ferreira: He’s been just delightful.

Any final thoughts this week?

Anthony Simpson: Nope just curious to see what next week brings.

Samantha Ferreira: Same. So, I guess this is a good time to end things! ‘til next time, remember: trucks don’t belong inside.

Have a great night!

Anthony Simpson: Goodnight