Godzilla: Singular Point Episode 11 Review
Warning: This review contains spoilers for Godzilla: Singular Point episode 11. Click here if you want to watch the episode first.
In the midst of investigating Misakioka Radio Observatory, Yun and Haberu find themselves captured by military from the Shiva Consortium lead by Kai. He extracts information from Yun before setting them free to continue their investigation. With Professor Li having been killed by a Rodan, Tilda forces Mei to take Li's position and continue her research. "BB", on the other hand, has other plans for Mei and the orthogonal diagonalizer with the help of Martin Stevens and Kai to finish the super calculator.
This episode has its moments, but episode 11 is not as memorable like other episodes and not as centered around the monsters as much. We see a short scuffle between Godzilla and Manda and ends minutes later with Manda getting his head blown off. The next time we see Godzilla is more than half way into the episode just trudging along with flocks of Rodan flying around him.
I have one question. Does Toho just not like monster battles anymore? I don't know why, but I get this feeling that Toho has thing to not want to show monster battles. The first time I noticed, "Aquatilis" was hunting down Manda. The second time, it was when Godzilla "Terrestris" shot down the giant Rodan with a smoke ring. Now, it has happened again for the third time where Godzilla quickly kills off Manda. It seems like the only time Toho will allow a drawn out fight is if Jet Jaguar is the one fighting the monster instead of another monster. Don’t get me wrong. I love watching Jet Jaguar fight in this show. They’re usually the best parts of the anime. It is just that any fights with Godzilla fall really short. This was also an issue with the Polygon trilogy when Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita mentioned Toho did not want to show any monsters fighting in those movies. If that is the truth that Bones and Orange were told not to have monster fights, then I would be disappointed in Toho. You have a new version of Godzilla and all they did was take out part of the charm of what makes the Godzilla franchise so great. Watching Godzilla fight another monster has always been part of the franchise's charm. So far, Godzilla expresses no emotion. He is completely static. I don't want another Godzilla that trudges around Tokyo ever so slowly and one shot every monster to avoid monster battles. Toho, please reassure me that there is more for Godzilla than this. Please don't give him the short end of the stick like you did with the Polygon trilogy.
Story of this episode was alright. Still clueless on whether or not there is a villain in this show or not. Kai came off looking like a villain at the beginning of the episode, but then he is seen later with Mei, BB, and Martin Stevens helping them defect from the Shiva Consortium. Then, there is Tilda, who comes off as sort of a bitch, but it only seems that way because she knows the only person that can succeed Professor Li and continue her research was Mei. And it wasn’t like Tilda threatened Mei’s life either. She simply told her, “You were the only one that was close to Li and closest to understanding Ashihara’s research than anybody else. You will continue where Li left off whether you want to or not.” Then, it turns into BB stealing one of the devices and guiding Mei out of the consortium and BB explaining that he and a few other people want to help Mei activate this super calculator because that is what Li ordered. So who are the real villains here?
Then, there is Yun and Haberu. We see them get captured by Kai’s men and then let go after Yun exchanged a coded answer to Kai about making a wish to the genie in the lamp (obviously they’r talking about the super calculator). We see them later with Goro now hunting Godzilla with Jet Jaguar. Jet Jaguar compiles the text messages between Yun and Mei and this results with Jet Jaguar‘s A.I. getting an upgrade. During its upgrade, it can attack any threat by instinct and seeing how it attacked a Rodan was pretty cool, even if it was short lived. Who would have ever thought of seeing Jet Jaguar riding on a Rodan? I sure as hell didn't see that coming.
Overall, episode 11 has a couple of cool moments, but it shows the anime is really lacking in the same major areas that I also think the Polygon trilogy suffered from. I am starting to believe now that the anime was made to be like both Shin Godzilla and the anime trilogy movies and both really suffered in giving an interesting plot and instead gave us a set of characters that don't seem to know what role they're suppose to be in.
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