Originally Posted by lmd_84
Rather than thinking things through and understanding why using Soul Resonance could help, (Maka) goes ahead on the basis that she's sure it will work.
...However weak Medusa currently is, the block at the end does appear to put Maka and Soul on a par with Stein and Spirit in a very short time.
For the first- it's sort of boring to watch a person sit around and think. I think we've seen Maka do quite enough of that already :heh: They have shown Maka to have a somewhat impulsive personality with ungounded optimism. Since they're finally showing her doing
something, it wouldn't work to have her go, "Hmm.. now what?" too much.
But in your post you are touching on what I personally think if one of BONES' largest flaws as a studio: they play it cheap with character development and exposition. They luuuve the drama but hate to be responsible with it.
But get this out of the way: Maka blocking Medusa... er.. why should being able to do that then rank Maka with Stein? Medusa's strike was
a death blow, but against a terribly vunerable Crona. Medusa hasn't been a tough opponent because of her physical strength. Her fighting strength lies in other areas, so I find it hard to accept that Maka shouldn't be able to give a surprise block to a blow dished out by a girl even smaller than she is. :twitch:
The test of how powerful Maka has become will be the next ep; based on how they play it, there might be good reason to complain but Maka didn't do anything here that shows anything other than basic fight ability :D
I don't disagree with your comments about B*S, this goes to above. BONES has been pretty crappy (just IMO!!) in developing the characters, or heck, even showing the development apparent in the manga back when they were still animating it. (example Soul- in the manga he's a very nuanced character, in the anime, he's a Maka accessory :uhoh:
When BONES got into their own material, they jumped all the way back to the beginning, repeating earlier incidents (ie, Kid needing to be saved cuz of symmetry, Maka's thoughts paralyzing her and needing a kick from Soul).
It's sort of as if there are too many BONES fingers in the pie and they all only ever look at the initial character profiles to determine where to take the story next. There's not a strong single viewpoint watching over the characters as they progress. I think Crona's gotten the most development only because the storyline required a shift from Medusa-loyalty to Maka-loyalty (which is even debatable as far as development goes).
Anyway, I don't mean to rant on the SE anime, cuz BONES was the same way with FMA. It just makes me sad cuz I want to love BONES and they pick awesome manga series that have depth; then they take cheap shortcuts that are insulting to the audience. Like the whole "Maka simply running off to wherever Crona is" thing, as if we're not gonna notice that's just silly. (to BONES: Don't use a gag to advance teh storyline, kthx guyz!!)