Posted on 29 May 2006 with categories: The Third



Yes, The Third is great. Most likely one of the best series of the season. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Honoka is an amazing character. The anime really delves in her mind. It shows exactly what kind of person she is, all of her different sides, how she reacts at the things thrown at her and how these affect her. I have yet to see an anime who featured a character at whom the creators spent so much time and details. It’s just brilliant.

The episode begins with another example of the strictness of The Third. If you live a good life, you’re fine. Though when you break the law, they sometimes send their ultimate weapon to take care of them, which mostly means that you won’t be able to live much longer. It’s never mentioned, but I’m quite certain that this “ultimate weapon” is the Blue Breaker, who was mentioned at the previous episode.

Honoka’s right hand, meanwhile, still hasn’t fully healed. She really notices this when she practices swordfighting a bit. She and Ikus are in the desert again, heading for Oyaji in order to collect the PSP she ordered. We also see a little flasback of the one who taught her her fighting-skills. At least, the silhouette of the one who taught her her fighting skills. It appears to be a tall, long-haired person. It would’t surprise me if this guy is with The Third now. Then Ikus arrives, and the two of them talk a bit about each other’s special powers. Ikus holds a little speech, about things Honoka never really thought about. She begins to feel a bit lonely at that time (thanks to the narrator, again).

The next day, they arrive at Oyaji, and we get to meet another one of Honoka’s personalities: her immensely enthusiastic one. At the sight of her PSP, which seems to be an armoured suit, she immediately gets all giddly, wanting to check it out. However, she’s not exactly happy with the suit she has to wear in order to be able to use this PSP, though it appears that she needs to wear it anyway. She spends the rest of the day trying out all of the different functions, and playing a bit with Millie.

That evening, Bogie and Oyaji talk a bit about Joey, and his maintenance-work. It seems that he needs a lot of work, though he has potential. Millie and Honoka also talk a bit, and Honoka reveals that Oyaji’s the one responsible for fixing her Sand Tank, after she bought it, and she really owes him for all the work he’s done for her.

I like Bogie. Even though he’s just artificial intelligence with a voice, I just love his sarcastical comments. This personality seems to fit him perfectly. It’s so much better than just the same recorded tape which gets played over and over again. Anyway, during the night, the two parties break up again. After a couple of minutes have passed, Honoka suddenly realizes that the Blue Breaker’s heading towards Oyaji’s vehicle, in invisible-mode. She speeds up in order to be able to save them, but she arrives too late, and Oyaji’s vehicle catches fire. She then attempts to use the PSP, and thank goodness, she can’t operate it to its full extend yet. That only adds up to the awesomeness of these scenes. Eventually, she manages to hit the Blue Breaker, and manages to send it crashing to some place about a mile away.

It then seems that Millie managed to survive the attack, though Oyaji’s nowhere to be found. And to think that the best of the episode had yet to be shown. Honoka dashes out of her PSP, in order to meet up with Millie, who seems to bewildered to notice what actually happened. Then, it seems that Blue Breaker managed to survive the crash, and attempts to attack them again. Still invisible. During these attempts, Honoka’s headband falls off, and reveals some kind of third eye on her forehead. With this, she disables Blue Breaker’s invisibility mode, who flees afterwards, only laughing at her. On a side-note: Honoka looked really beautiful at these moments. This really was an amazing fight.

The goodness only continues when Millie sees the thing on Honoka’s forehead. For some reason, she gets incredibly paranoid, and faints. Ikus manages to catch up to them, and the episode ends. I’m really curious about what will happen in the rest of the series. It’s getting so amazing now.

2 Responses

  1. becky says:

    Wow! I just got the first dvd of this show and it’s great! I’m really surprised by the effectiveness of the narrator. I haven’t read the other posts on this series that you’ve done — I don’t want to spoil it for myself. I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of this show.

  2. Oroboros says:

    Indeed! I’m just getting started with this show now. At first I had my reservations with the voice-over, but it seemed to avoid the Scylla & Charybdis of every voice-over in existence: either being superfluous or redundant. A tricky balance!

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:34 AM)
    thousands of millions is essentially billions of years, which is longer time than we humans have actually existed. Considering that most of our scientific advancement has been in the last 2000-3000 years and also the fact that the advent of computers to what er have now has only been 50-60 years, I think you are grossly underestimating the exponential growth of science.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:33 AM)
    For Christ’s sake, we don’t feel anything even when we’re dreaming. Much less somehow converting data to electric synapses and putting it in our heads. I say “impossible” because that is literally thousands of years away.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:32 AM)
    You enforce a reality upon them with designed parameters that would simulate the desired environment. To the human mind all reality is virtual; this will be no different.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:31 AM)
    *fundamental and atomic
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:31 AM)
    Also, trying to account for every nerve and synapse is something possible only on a quantum, fundamental level. That’s thousands to millions of years away.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:29 AM)
    Nope, you have to understand the state in which a person would be in a “full dive” system. They’d essentially be asleep; lucid dreaming. What’s there to stop our cognitive functions from doing whatever it wants? It’s asleep afterall.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:26 AM)
    yeah but just like the real world there will be an external solid state which will keep track of all change and modifies the reality accordingly. Again difficult is not the same thing as impossible.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:25 AM)
    Think of it as trying to push a box that doesn’t know where it is. We could perceive the box to be in any location, as SAO puts us into a state similar to a lucid dream.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:22 AM)
    “The box is being moved.” Our mind does not count for the specific location of the box, so the machine would not be able to determine it’s location in the first place, as we don’t think about where we are at any given time. In otherwords, the surroundings is our ultimate doom, as SAO is a world where multiple cognitive memories unite in one giant server.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:18 AM)
    @Bam Example: moving a box IRL. When you move a box, yes, you could eventually retrieve the information from your nervous system. The problem therein, is in the box itself. When we push the box, the most we think about at the subconscious level might be something like this:

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