Meeting Date: 5/8/2021
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 everyone, and welcome 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 track for another round of Battle Athletes. This week, we’ll be talking about episode 5: “The one with Shelley and Kanata.”
So, right off the bat, I’m genuinely amazed at the total 180 this series has done since that first week.
Anthony Simpson: Same.
Also, Truck-kun strikes yet again.
Samantha Ferreira: Yep… the Isekai Express is getting lazy, though. Used to be that he’d finish the job.
Anthony Simpson: True. Or maybe it’s a testament to the medical field in the series.
Samantha Ferreira: Truth. Either way, I’m glad she survived that. I mean, if not, she wouldn’t have met her girlfriend!
Seriously, I was screaming when they actually went there.
Anthony Simpson: Well, this show hasn’t pulled any punches in that regard.
Samantha Ferreira: Truth. Even in this episode, we got the scene with Yana having a personal crisis regarding the pressure she’s facing from her former(?) friend to murder her roommate.
Anthony Simpson: We had just a little bit of everything in this episode. Yana’s crisis. Shelley’s figurative and literal white whale. Eva showing emotions.
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. And that little wrinkle at the end.
Anthony Simpson: I wasn’t expecting that either.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeah. My guess is Jeff saw the ghost gun, since Yana’s friend even said “it’s illegal to own these off the Moon.”
Anthony Simpson: That is possible. Or as an out there idea Yana’s friend tipped off Jeff about it or about the bombings.
Samantha Ferreira: I could see that too. She’s an unpredictable one at this point, and really adds a new wrinkle.
Anthony Simpson: She does.
Samantha Ferreira: As does Paglia cluing in on Eva; “she’s not breathing” was an interesting detail.
Anthony Simpson: That was. Also, the glowing part was an interesting tidbit to me.
Samantha Ferreira: Same. I honestly do not remember that being a thing in the old series, but I could be wrong?
That said, I like how they handled it – and the fact they started glowing on the run down to the competition.
Anthony Simpson: Well, the show does make some references to the 80’s. It could be a reference to The Last Dragon, but that might be a stretch.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… I’m not 100% sure – I’ll have to defer to the Discord’s resident expert on that one when I talk to her.
But yeah… generally, this was such a solid episode – I’m loving how much of a turnaround this series has become. From “the show with the ass-height camera” to this delightfully wholesome sports show with a strong ’90s vibe.
Anthony Simpson: So far, I would say that this probably the best episode so far in the series.
Samantha Ferreira: Same. And it keeps getting better.
Any final thoughts this week?
Anthony Simpson: Hoping the show keeps improving.
Samantha Ferreira: Same… there’s half a season left, so this could turn into a real dark horse favorite. Anyway, we’ll leave that discussion for next time. ’til then, remember: stay hydrated and be sure to call a doctor if you start glowing with divine radiance.
Have a great night!
Anthony Simpson: Good night