What’s the show? Release The Spyce, Episode 7.
So how’s this episode? Not too dissimilar to other episodes–that is to say a ‘sometimes works/sometimes doesn’t’ blend of light espionage action and cute girls doing cute things.
Does that mean you’re not going to have a lot to say about it? Who knows! Let’s see where this review takes us.
Uh-huh, so what happens in the episode? Moryo’s leader ‘Sparrow Woman’ disguised as a businessman releases a mind-altering gas in a crowded public area which causes some of the citizens to riot, meanwhile Hatsume is having lunch with Theresia–Moryo’s undercover agent tasked with uncovering the member identities and headquarters location of Tsukikiage. And credit to the show for not dragging out this plot-line, Hatsume straight up tells Theresia that she’s in Moryo which allows them to be more honest with each other. But the unfolding riots and word that Goe, Hatsume’s apprentice, has been affected by the mind-altering gas cuts short their “meeting” as Hatsume hurries to Momo and Yuki who have been fighting (and losing) against the frenzied and over-powered Goe.
‘Terrorist attacks’, ‘reveals of identities’ and ‘an ally gone berserk’ sounds pretty high-stakes?! On paper it is–the execution however leads a little to be desired. Obviously this show probably doesn’t want to go full-dark on the content, so the riots are a casualty-free disturbance. What did impress however was Goe’s rampage through a gang hideout–affected by the gas she is a one-woman wrecking ball carving her way through dozens of armed enemies while a kick-ass tune plays in the background. It’s probably one of my favourite scenes this show has done so far and kind of makes me wish the show focused on this aspect as opposed to the relationships.
But you’re usually all about the relationships in these shows? Don’t get me wrong, I liked that Hatsume was willing to calm Goe down and bring her back to her senses through just talking about their ~relationship~ it’s just I don’t think it jells tonally with the espionage stuff. At first I thought the show might be able to pull off the balance, and sometimes it does–but most of the time it just feels out of place.
Fair enough? Anything else you wanted to add? I wonder why these girls aren’t being paid to be spies–like they mention again about the need for a part-time job “for the money”, but shouldn’t literally risking their lives to fight the bad guys earn them at least a bit of coin? Or is this just considered volunteer work for these girls? Small thing to mention I know, but it just seemed odd.
Overall thoughts on the episode? With the exception of Goe’s rampage being incredibly cool there wasn’t much different to previous episodes. And I guess that’s a complaint? I don’t know, obviously my expectations of this show in general have been out of pace with what the show actually intends to deliver which is as much as fault with me as it is the show. I still enjoy the weekly espionage escapades and I like these characters–I just feel like they could be doing a lot more with the show. Oh and while I remember, Momo tried on a bikini this episode and next episode is set in Okinawa… you know what that means? Beach episode!
Previous Release The Spyce Reviews:
The Spies Who Kawaii’d Me – Episode 1 Review
License To Kawaii – Episode 2 Review
Kawaii Another Day – Episode 3 Review
Live And Let Kawaii – Episode 4 Review
For Your Kawaii’s Only – Episode 5 Review
Kawaii Friends Are Forever – Episode 6 Review
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