Saturday, 29 November 2008

Real Drive - Episode 25

After last episode seemed to leave us with a big, fat "end of the world" cliffhanger, I was rather expecting a full-on episode of death and destruction in this penultimate instalment of Real Drive.

Perhaps I should have known better however, for a large portion of episode twenty-five made it hard to fathom that there was any danger to the planet at all. Sure it rained a lot (even in the Sahara desert), but apart from that everything seemed to be business as usual, from Minamo and Nyamo fooling around (not like that, get your mind out of the gutter!) in a swimming pool through to yet another appearance of the now-infamous beef stroganoff. I cooked beef stroganoff myself yesterday, yet oddly so far nobody has approached me to make an anime series about the experience.

Anyway, if you can tear yourself away from all the food-related threads running through this episode, there is important stuff going on, with Minamo and Haru both making a decision on their future plans, while we also get to find out (or rather confirm, as it was at least somewhat obvious what was going on) what Kushima's final plan to tackle the potential problem of the weather nanomachines is. Strangely enough, it involves diving... Who'd have thought?

Anyway, if you can get past the lion's share of this long and languid episode, you'll find yourself with an awesome ending to this instalment, particularly in pure visual terms as the sea begins to burn just as Kushima predicted. Will Haru be able to save the planet before it all horribly goes wrong? Will he be distracted by a conversation about food, allowing his plan to fail? Who knows, but with only one episode to go we're guaranteed to find out pretty soon, in a finale that will have to be fast-paced to close the big outstanding issues in this series off successfully.

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