Image from Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART that features a brown-haired woman in a leotard running on a track. A kangaroo holding a glowing paper fan stands in the background.

Herald Anime Club

The Herald Anime Club Meeting 170: Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Episode 6

Meeting Date: 5/15/2020

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 back to the Herald Anime Club. I’m Samantha, and this week I’m here with L.B. and Anthony.

L.B. Bryant: Hello.

Anthony Simpson: Evening.

Samantha Ferreira: This week, we’re rocketing to the University Satellite for the next chapter of Battle Athletes Victory: ReSTART!, Episode 6: “That is totally a legally distinct verison of Eye of the Tiger.”

Anthony Simpson: Also the return of the totally legally distinct Beverly Hills Cop theme.

L.B. Bryant: Hm, I hadn’t even noticed the music. I’ve been hyper focused on the story and characters.

Samantha Ferreira: The story’s gotten remarkably engaging over the past few episodes.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! - A violet-haired woman stands face-to-face, confronting a blue-haired woman.

L.B. Bryant: I’ve been thinking about this over the last couple of weeks; wondering if I prefer this darker story over the light hearted nature of the original and I’m honestly not sure what my answer is yet.

Anthony Simpson: I have to agree with Sam about the story getting more engaging as the series as progressed.

Samantha Ferreira: Honestly, I like both about equally. The original was fun for what it was, but this feels more like a natural progression of what the Cosmo Beauty competition would become.

L.B. Bryant: I think I need to wait and see how this one ends before I decide. I think the issue is that I came into this one kind of expecting more of the original (only with fewer problematic elements).

Samantha Ferreira: I can see that. Honestly, I went in with the same but found my expectations pleasantly subverted after the third episode.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! - A surprised blonde woman stares at the camera. Text: "Shut up!"

Anthony Simpson: And as someone who has no experience with the franchise outside of AMV clips, I really didn’t know what to expect.

L.B. Bryant: I will say that I’m still confused about why so many characters have similar designs from the first series. No one has even mentioned it so far.

Samantha Ferreira: The names hint that they’re all descendants

L.B. Bryant: Yeah but I’d like them to actually say it, lol.

Anthony Simpson: They might end up saying down the road.

L.B. Bryant:  Yeah, I’m waiting for them to tie it all together.

Samantha Ferreira: Oh, same. I’m expecting Kanata to be Akari’s granddaughter or something

L.B. Bryant: Anyways… this episode was pretty stellar in terms of little reveals.

Samantha Ferreira: Right?

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! -A lavender-haired woman with purple glasses holds a test tube filled with a glowing liquid. Text: "It might make my wish come true."

Anthony Simpson: I have to agree with both of you here. It was like the peeling of a onion.

Samantha Ferreira: I did not expect to see Paglia try to blackmail the doctor like that.

Anthony Simpson: Nor that the Dr. was aligned with a slave colony.

Samantha Ferreira: Oh god yeah. Also, that said, rookie mistake for Paglia. You do not threaten a dangerous dude without expecting backup.

L.B. Bryant: Yeah, that was rather silly of her.

Samantha Ferreira: Granted, I also didn’t expect to see Yusil going nuclear, like she did with that rockslide.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! -A dutch-angle shot of a purpled-haired woman in a grey cloak and white stockings. she's glowering down at an offscreen subject below her.

Anthony Simpson: Neither did I.

L.B. Bryant: I think that story is possibly the most interesting one of the series.

I’m loving the “Will she or won’t she” vibe.

Samantha Ferreira: Same.

Anthony Simpson: Same here. Its easily the best story line going so far.

Samantha Ferreira: Like, Yana’s been just a fascinating character this whole time – bringing in Yusil as pretty much her Joker was a brilliant move – to show what the flip side of her situation would be, if she hadn’t gone to the satellite. Meanwhile, Yusil lost everything – and she’s willing to burn everything down to get what she wants… even if it means using the one person she counted on as a friend more than anything.

Anthony Simpson: True.

Samantha Ferreira: On a lighter note, one detail I really liked was when Jeff was going through the files for the girls. Shelley’s had an explicit “does not like men” tag – like… they’re really not subtle about her and Kanata being an item and I’m here for it.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! -Profile screen for Shelley Wong listing her biographical information.

L.B. Bryant: Haha, that is pretty awesome.

Samantha Ferreira: Right? They’ve done everything short of holding up a sign that says “Harold, they’re lesbians.”

Anthony Simpson: I didn’t notice that myself. I guess I wasn’t paying attention too much

Samantha Ferreira: It’s something that caught my eye because I’m a nerd and basically read through all of them, lol. Any final thoughts this week?

L.B. Bryant: If there’s one thing that I wish had been included as a throwback to the original, it would be an Akari house.

Samantha Ferreira: I would’ve loved to see an Akari House.

Still from Battle Athletes Victory (Original) - A young woman hides under a box with a crudely painted house and the words "Akari House" scrawled on it.
This is an Akari House. It is where Akari goes when she has a sad… which is surprisingly often.

Anthony Simpson: Just hoping to see what comes next week.

L.B. Bryant: Even if it only happened once, that would make me laugh and satisfy me :)

Anyways, that’s it for me, lol.

Samantha Ferreira: … I’m going to have to find a pic of that now aren’t I?

L.B. Bryant: lol, probably

Samantha Ferreira: Haha. “This is an Akari House. It is where Akari goes when she has a sad. Which is surprisingly often.”

Aniwho, I really can’t wait to see what happens next. This week left us on a pretty big cliffhanger, so next week is sure to be crazy.

That’ll have to wait til next time, though. Til then, remember: If you’re going to threaten someone allied to an evil cartel, be sure to have a posse with you, first.

Have a great night!

Anthony Simpson: Goodnight

L.B. Bryant: Night!

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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