Posted on 21 September 2006 with categories: The Third


Heh, I loved this episode. Even though it’s just the introduction of the next arc, The Third somehow makes these kinds of episodes always very interesting to watch, and this one’s no difference. I like how each arc selects a different number of main characters to focus on. The Gravestone arc featured Honoka, Paife and Ikus, the Desert Fairy Arc featured Honoka, Millie and Ikus, while the current arc will feature Honoka, Paife and Joganki. It’s very interesting, though I think that with this, I found a slight disadvantage of The Third. I’d just love to see some of the minor characters in more detail. For some reason, every single character in The Third is awesome, but some of them nearly don’t get the airtime they deserve. ^^;

Anyway, the case this time focuses at a crisis in The Third. Some thing took over Wormhole Driver, fired it at the surface, took over lots of other weaponry of The Third managed to kidnap Joganki when he came to investigate. The woman, who apparently is named Filla Marique, then chooses to resort to desperate measures: ask help from Honoka. It’s interesting. When the series started, I really saw her as a bad guy, but this show that she’s also just trying to keep the world going. Sometimes, it works in favour of Honoka, other times, it works against her.

In any case, it seems that we have two bad girls this time. Both are kept rather mysterious, so I haven’t been able to determine whether one of them is the woman on the ED. Based on the few flashes we saw of them, I think they’re other people, and if I had to take a guess, then I’d say that the creators are reserving that woman for the final arc. In any case, one of these women (Rona Fauna) keeps Joganki company and hacked into Wormhole Drive, while the other tried to kill Honoka with the automatic soldiers. The strange thing is, though, that Joganki seems to be on their side. Of course, he disagrees with some of the extreme measures Rona took, but judging by most of his reactions, it seems that he actually talked to them as if he had the same goals they have. Still, that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been tied up.

In any case, the different characters and their interactions this episode were awesome. Especially Honoka, Paife and Kevin worked perfectly with each other. Especially the scene in which Honoka mistakes Filla Marique for Joganki (Joganki + drag = ouch!) was very funny. But then again, The Third has always excelled in its rich and versatile characters.

3 Responses

  1. Wererat42 says:

    Wow… Honoka picking up Filla before jumping out the window = win. Looks like another addition for Hono-chan’s harem. All kidding aside, great episode. Time for Honoka to go save the menfolk once again ^_^

  2. Dream Diver says:

    With the re-appearance of the wormhole driver, which also seem to have a “personality” its highly likely for GRAVESTONE to reappear.
    I can only hope that – maybe he ends up stopping the Wormhole Driver, or maybe they communicate with each other, and the Driver stops listening to Rona Fauna.

    Whatever, lets hope Gravestone comes back.

  3. psgels says:

    I don’t think Gravestone will be able to actually stop Wormhole Driver, otherwise he would have just done it when they were aiming it at him. Still, something indeed tells me that he still has some kind of role in this anime. Perhaps people want to use his powers?

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    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @K-off: I think the awkward thing when meeting any new person is building up the trust with them and having to feel like you have to explain things all over again that you did with your previous partner and wondering “Is this something they should know about me, do I want to let them in that much”
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:03 AM)
    @K-Off: I had this dream a long time before SAO.
    I don’t like being scared though, so escaping from such a situation makes sense. A good dream though, that I see no reason to end early.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:03 AM)
    Going back to the possibility of NerveGear for a second, I oppose that, since it’d lead to the creation of a real-life Thought Police. Having the ability to turn brain signals into code and even thought sentences is dangerous shit.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:02 AM)
    @K-off: In my case its a lack of sex drive, being a low energy person, not being emotional enough, too tired, don’t feel mature, committed or secure enough about it and I’d have to know for sure that this person would be the right choice.
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    As for waking myself up from dreams, I don’t like waking up ahead of time.
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    @Raggers That sounds like SAO, lol. The murderer guild episode in the first season.
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    I believe I accidentally cut myself before going to bed one night, wrote something about isis and then fell asleep. At the time I was also playing a visual novel called kara no shoujo which featured dismemberment so I guess all of these factors joined up before bed.
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    @Emma I do frequently meet and talk with other women IRL, but I think it’s just a matter of finding someone that’d pique my interest at this point. I’m simply not very interested nowadays, especially since I’m planning to enter the professional work force very soon.
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