Monday, 17 January 2011

Dragon Crisis! - Episode 2

With a helicopter hovering outside Ryuji's apartment and some kind of mad scientist appearing keen on snatching Rose, we were looking all set for a rip-roaring start to the second episode of Dragon Crisis...

...well, so much for that idea then, as by the time this instalment begins Ryuuji, Rose and Eriko are happily (well, semi-happily) sat on said helicopter on the way to have Rose poked and prodded at in the name of science, rare find that she is - a prospect that takes us to some kind of research establishment while also letting us know that Ryuuji is apparently a "level ten Breaker" - whatever the Hell that means.  It's good to know that he's useful for something though I suppose.

With all of this examination of Rose coupled with information about what is known regarding dragons to date, we finally come to a conclusion (albeit an entirely expected one) about just why Rose is so attached to Ryuuji, while the shadow of the latter's parents casts a shadow over our protagonists emotional state.  Still, all of this pales into insignificance as it comes to light that there are other, far more powerful parties with an interest in Rose - namely, one black dragon named Onyx who storms the heavily secured complex by force in order to claim his prize.  Is Ryuuji really going to let him get away with that?  Probably, judging by what we've seen of him so far.

There's no way I can really gloss over this, so I'm going to have to put it straight - this episode was dull.  It's almost a pain to try and recall what happened during the course of the episode, so uninteresting did it prove to be.  Yes, it looks pretty from time to time (with most of the animation budget seemingly blown on Rose alone) but that really isn't enough to help on an utterly generic story that holds nothing of interest that I can see whatsoever, leaving it almost bereft of any genuine emotion or drive.  I'll give it another episode to see if it turns things around, but I fear this one is headed for the scrapheap that is my "dropped" anime list.

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