The helicopter opens firing on the citizens, but Jail is able to create a protective wall in time. Licht orders the soldiers to pull back and evacuate the people just as the helicopters comes back around and fires a missile at them!
Demon of the Abyss
Jail takes issue with Licht giving the soldiers commands, but one Licht shows off his stars, revealing that he is a colonel. That shuts Jail up pretty quickly and the soldiers start to attempt to evacuate the people. However,everyone appears to be pretty much dumbfounded as they stare helplessly at the attack helicopter. Licht leaps into the air to attack, but the hands from the abyss, known as Althing also appears to be going after the helicopter. They don’t like Licht getting in their way and continuously swat him away.
Hina gets mad that no one will help Licht, but Jail reveals that attacking Althing is punishable by death… like just about everything else in this world. Then, Jail comes up with an “ingenious” plan where he takes off his glasses which means he can’t see if he’s attacking Althing or not… Lynn and the rest of the soldiers join in, all pretending they can’t see either. It might have been a nice moment had it not been so stupid.
Licht finally gets to the helicopter and freezes when he sees what’s inside. Before he can react, however, the helicopter is shot down from above. It turns out to be another of the legendary aces and she seems to be a little unhinged. First, she shoots Jail and then opens fire on the people, killing indiscriminately. Finally, her special soldiers pin down everyone and place a child in from of Licht with a gun to his head.
Sonohara, the other legendary ace goads Licht into killing her soldiers to save the child. When he refuses, she flies off, but stops when the gunshot rings out. When she looks back, the child is fine, but the soldiers around him are all dead. Licht goes on a rampage, killing all of her soldiers and then reveals that he is the Plunderer and has come to steal everything this world has to offer.
Oh look, something vaguely interesting happened and it only took 9 episodes to get here. The big problem here, however, is that the preceding 8 episodes have been such a garbled waste of time that I can’t seem to bring myself to enjoy this. This twist, which isn’t very well done, comes at you out of nowhere. There’s been almost no foreshadowing or build up despite this happening in episode 9. We should at least have some sort of connection with the characters by this point then, but again that’s been done so poorly that I wouldn’t have been at all bothered had everyone died in this scene.
This twist could have happened at the end of episode 1 and had the same impact. It probably would have been far better given that we wouldn’t be bitter and frustrated at that point. It just feels like there are some nice ideas here, but the delivery is terrible and the way they’ve been connected together is even worse. It’s also worth noting that we still don’t actually know what this story is about. 15 episodes to go…
Attacking the Invader!
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Legendary Ace
- Episode 2 – I Hate You!
- Episode 3 – Uniforms are Uniforms
- Episode 4 – Ballot Holder
- Episode 5 – Don’t Apologize, Apologize
- Episode 6 – Hunch
- Episode 7 – It was Delicious
- Episode 8 – Demon of the Abyss
- Episode 9 – Plunderer
- Episode 10 – Serious
- Episode 11 – Up My Sleeve
- Episode 12 – Entrance Ceremony
- Episode 13 – Full Stomach
- Episode 14 – 7 Minutes 12 Seconds
- Episode 15 – An Army That Does Not Kill
- Episode 16 – The War of Waste Disposal
- Episode 17 – Ace of Flashing Strikes
- Episode 18 – Birth of Alcia
- Episode 19 – Cheating
- Episode 20 – Rain
- Episode 21 – Father
- Episode 22 – Promise
- Episode 23 – Unforgivable
- Episode 24 – My Ace
- Waifu of the Week