But that’s only a glimpse. Before that plot can begin, the rest of the characters need to meet her. It’s road trip time!
|Oh Yomi. Trains are perfectly safe. Remember Star Fox?|
|They're like Hardcore Max!|
|I like customizing outfits, in case you couldn't tell. Mirai is supposed to be Mercedes from Odin Sphere.|
|Nan Yaegashi specializes in cutesiness, but he can also draw great villain shots like this.|
Being the righteous justice seekers they are, Ikaruga and Katsuragi spring in to help these people in need and the girl identifies herself as Naraku, the protector of something called the reincarnation sphere. Kiriya tells the students they aren’t allowed to engage youma without the OK from the higher ups, but seeing as someone is under attack, he agrees it’s an understandable emergency.
|Not as intimidating.|
There's an interesting translation story regarding the youma general's weapons. In Japanese, their names are actually single kanji for something dark or evil. Single kanji doesn't translate well into English, so they instead got creative with naming them. Very special thanks to XSEED's Ryan Graff for giving me the untranslated names of the weapons.
Most of Haruka’s alternate weapons have silly objects in place of her robot’s boxing gloves, but Death’s is straight-up lethal spiked bludgeons and is named after one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. In its hidden ninpo the tenth seat rides its weapon as it spins around like a tornado.
|I just had to use that heart halo somewhere.|
|Not much different from the other knives, to be honest.|
Like Death, ice skates are sharp and much more lethal than the battering greaves Katsuragi usually wears. I remember their sharpness being a big part of the movie Blades of Glory.
|She's got balls of steeeeel.|
|She never stopped.|
|Nice tag attack.|
Actually that may not be so weird when you consider grown adults try to taste fucking Switch cartridges specifically because of a design to prevent that.
The whole situation gets more curious with each scene. Just like the opening scroll, this and Naraku’s dialogue referring to things yet to be revealed sets up a whole lot of mysteries.
|Ever see the rabbit in Monty Python? Well that's Ninto.|
|I sure used those brush hair pieces for Haruka.|
|It still bugs me that Kiriya is never onscreen for any of this!|