Quick Summary of Listeners Episode 11
In Listeners episode 11, “I Am the Resurrection,” Denka took command of humanity’s last defense after the fall of both Ace and Tommy Walker. He was joined by an unlikely character, given their bad blood: Roz. It’s a testament to just how badly things were going. As Denka flew all over the country drumming up support, two more people joined him: Bilin Valentine and Kevin Valentine. But even with all their gathered firepower, augmented by others like the Neubauten sisters Ein, Zende, and Stür, Denka realized they still didn’t have the strength to defeat µ. There was only one chance: Kevin had an idea that could give them the edge they need. Will his idea work? Will Denka approve it? And where in the world is Echo?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best in Show Moment for Listeners Ep 11
No bravado. No stirring words. Only a determination to deliver his message to µ. Nothing else seemed to matter to Echo in this moment. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Denka Builds His Dream Team
Denka (based, of course, on the talented Prince) had several good scenes in this episode. For example, he was sitting in a bathtub strategizing with his team like it was normal. He took a powerful slap from Roz and told Wendy and Lisa not to retaliate because he figured he deserved it. Most importantly, though, he tried to gather the Players together so they could face µ with a united front.
All through the episode, though, there was something missing. Everyone seemed to be trying their best. Everyone seemed to be working together. But a key Player was missing, though at the time, no one knew that the missing person was in fact a Player.
Denka assembled as many Players as he could. His strategy was probably the best that could be formulated at this time. But there was one Player missing. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Delivery: Echo is the Missing Piece
Looking back over my Best in Show reviews, I see a trend: rarely do I name the climatic moment in an episode as the Best in Show. That seems strange now that I think about it. Shouldn’t the climax be the best moment? Even if it doesn’t need to be, shouldn’t it come up as a best moment more often?
This episode is the exception that proves the rule. My favorite moment is the last seconds of the episode. The Players’ attack failed utterly. Far from defeating King Listener (µ), their attack allowed her to power up into what I hope is her final form. And I’ll give the animators props: it looked terrifying.
I could just imagine even the combat mechs from Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse taking one look at Listener’s final form, uttering one “Nope!”, and turning tail to run.
The Players’ attack was, shall we say, slightly less than successful. Capture from the Funimation stream.
In the chaos of the failed assault, a relatively small piece of Equipment stood up. Its Player was none other than Echo. His arrival was perfectly fitted to this character. There was no fanfare. There was no huge explosions or other commotion. Echo just stood up, his arms behind his back, looked up at the monstrosity that was the King of the Earless, and said a single word.
There was something about his calm resolve. It wasn’t confidence, exactly, but it was uniquely Echo. It was the perfect entrance for the young man who has a message to deliver to µ. I’m really looking forward to seeing how she receives it.
What did you think of the Players’ last ditch efforts? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts about This Series
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Listeners – Episode 11 discussion
- AngryAnimeBitches: LISTENERS – Episode 11
- Random Curiosity: Listeners – 11
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- Review: Listeners Episode 1: Live Forever
- Review: Listeners Episode 2: Half Man
- Review: Listeners Episode 3: You Made Me Realise
- Review: Listeners Episode 4: Teen Spirit
- Review: Listeners Episode 5: In the Embrace of the Beat / When Doves Cry
- Review: Listeners Episode 6: Special Edition: Pink Floyd References
- Review: Listeners Episode 6: Goodbye Blue Sky
- Review: Listeners Episode 7: Day of Rage/Problems
- Review: Listeners Episode 8: Real Me
- Review: Listeners Episode 9: Freedom
- Review: Listeners Episode 10: Cross Road Blues
- Review: Listeners Episode 11: I am the Resurrection
- Review: Listeners Episode 12: Hello/Goodbye