Well, if you talked to me at all prior to this blog post about StrikerS, you’ll know that I’ve been complaining about the drop in quality of the art, primarily centred around the faces of the characters. DamagedGoodz‘s encoding came out really nicely in my opinion, so part of it might have just been a bad case of raws. I downloaded two of the four raws that I could find, and both was bearable for viewing purposes, but was pretty bad otherwise. Of course, since I’m an impatient person, I’ll keep downloading the first raws that come out even if it’s in the flv format.
So, we got a bit of action again this episode, although it’s really got nothing on the first episode. I didn’t think I would’ve thought too highly of Erio and Caro, but they seem to be aright. So really, the only person that sucks right now is Subaru, and given how she has been portrayed in the episodes so far, maybe this was what the writers intended from the start. ;p
Since this series is going to be twenty-six episodes and the next episode is called “First Alert”, it leaves you wondering whether it (or this potential “mini-arc”) will really has anything to do with the actual plot. With the past two seasons, there was really no time for filler episodes (though they still threw a few in in the first season), so the ball got rolling pretty quickly (or instantaneously, in the case of A’s). No one likes filler episodes, but if done correctly (like most things in life), they can add some more bang for your buck. When it comes down to it, as long as I get plenty of Hayate and Reinforce II, I think I can forgive them. Crappy endings, however, are generally unforgivable, but let’s not go there because I always get pretty riled up when talking about endings.