I'm tired, but while it's still fresh in my mind, let's briefly check in with Cardfight Vanguard.
It's the conclusion to the anticipated battle between Kai and Ren (though, we all knew who was going to win before it even started). In episode 57, we saw a lot of flashbacks and repeated scenes that drew the episode out as far as it would go.
This week's episode did the same. I swear, if I saw ONE MORE flashback or repeated footage (I believe there was one flashback that was repeated three times in this episode), I was going to knock down the rating to one star.
The long awaited conclusion to the Kai vs Ren battle, and it was drawn into two episodes where half of each episode was filled with flashbacks. It was annoying in episode 57 (though some of it necessary to build the tension), and even more so in this episode.
As it was, I skipped ahead in the episode to get around all of the flashbacks. By the time I actually got to the start of the fight and where the last episode left off, past the intro song and flashbacks, I was about 6 minutes into the episode. More flashbacks...and before I knew it, the midway catch-screen was playing.
Even MORE flashbacks...really, this fight could have finished in one episode. Yes, I get that they were trying to show that Kai still wanted to be friends with Ren, and treasure what they had back then, while Ren felt otherwise...but it wasn't necessary to build up the drama to the point where they overdid it.
Because they really, truly, overdid the buildup. Tetsu's little narration at the beginning was annoying and pointless. Yes, yes...you're an observer to two friends battling it out. It wasn't necessary to point out why they're fighting once again.
I believe it was also obvious which path Aichi chose, just like how the outcome of Kai vs Ren was obvious before they even started.
So, I'm not impressed with this week's episode. We did get to see Kai display a little more emotion, and his character has been developing a lot since he saved Aichi from the clutches of psyqualia, but that's probably the only plus to what occurred.
This anime tends to stall and drag things out longer than necessary, and as someone that sat through DBZ, I have an EXTREME dislike of "tumbleweeds" (stalling). Either do it, or don't...quit drawing it out with needless narration or boring and repeated flashbacks.
It is nice to see other characters getting the spotlight (in Yu-Gi-OH, and especially in GX, side characters barely got any playtime). Here, Kamui, Misaki, and especially Kai get a lot of screen time.
That's the biggest positive that probably is the reason I'm still watching (since my favorite characters are Aichi and Kai).
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