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takt op.Destiny Episode 1 Review – Best In Show

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takt op.Destiny Episode 1 Review – Quick Summary

In takt op.Destiny Episode 1, “Conduct -Creed-,” Takt Asahina was delighted to find an upright piano in nearly perfect condition. It had even been tuned! His spontaneous audience of market people were as delighted to listen as he was to have found the piano. That is, until a D2, one of the creatures who abhor human sounds and human music in particular, attacked. Fortunately, Takt’s Musicart, Cosette, was there to put the monster down. Unfortunately, the effort exhausted Takt so badly he collapsed. With their goal being New York, and them being somewhere in the area of Texas, how will they manage to get through the intervening D2, if defeating only one can almost exhaust them?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from takt op.Destiny Episode 1

Cosette has her priorities. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Apparently, fighting takes a lot of energy. That energy has to come from somewhere, and it appears Cosette has to eat her body weight in high calorie, high carbohydrate snacks. Now, that might not sound like much, because she’s petite. Still, if you think about it, that’s a lot of junk food, particularly donuts !

As they left the roadside diner, having apparently purchased their entire stock of donuts, Cosette lauded the fried deliciousness. But her praise contained a lament.

“My only regret is this hole,” she said (21:48), carefully examining the spot in the donut where there was a terrible lack of tasty fried dough. “How could such a flaw be permitted?”

It seems that Cosette has an eye for some of the world’s deeper mysteries.

Best in Show Moment for takt op.Destiny Episode 1

Seriously. Who does that? That’s just cool! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Details Matter

User SolubilityRules, in a post on Reddit, succinctly summed up my reaction to the fight scenes. “Wait, so… Madhouse + MAPPA = Ufotable?” I’ve been binging fight scenes from the Fate series (like the ones in this YouTube AMA), and one of the reasons is that those fight scenes inflame my imagination. I got the same vibe from this episode. I could not be happier.

Well, I could, but not realistically.

How do you make a story unique? Some folks say there are only six or seven basic plots. I’ve seen the number as high as 36. Considering that about 107 billion people have lived since the dawn of humanity, and since a non-zero number of them were writers and storytellers, you gotta believe that there have been a lot of stories told. How do you make something stand out?

There’s some coolness here. But so far, the fight lacked a certain something. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It’s a question I dwell on a lot, especially lately as I’ve been trying to write a series of novels. Based solely on my own perspective, it seems like even the most creative people struggle with that question. The motif we usually invoke is the Muse. Sometimes the Muse speaks lovingly in your ear. Other times, she’s silent and mocking. 

This episode did something that made its whole combat system feel unique and fresh. It was a little thing; two little things, actually. But for me, it made me look at the series in a new light. It gave me hope that if they put that kind of effort into something small, maybe it’ll come out in larger ways.

Delivery: Breaking the Black Bullet Mold

Consider a show like Black Bullet. I liked it, but I can’t say it broke new ground. Rentaro Satomi and his sidekick Enju Aihara fought their series’ equivalent of a D2. Both of them had some cool properties. That especially applied to Enju. Yet, when they fought, Enju used standard hand to hand methods and Rentaro fired a gun. That’s cool enough. But it doesn’t stand out.

So how did this show distinguish itself?

Takt played the piano and the audience loved it. Until the D2 exploded out of the ground and came gunning for Takt, that is. Cosette intercepted it before it could decapitate Takt. Then he reached out his right arm. For an instant, it glowed. Then it disappeared in a burst of red rose petals.

His arm just blew off! And he seems really calm about it! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

What the hell did I just see?

Suddenly, Cosette’s plain white dress transformed into a red stage costume. She hung in mid air until a burst of the same pedals brought her a ruby-rose handled directing baton. Cosette grasped it and hurled it towards Takt (04:50). He caught it in his remaining hand.

And that’s how they fought. He, the conductor; she, the Musicart. I can honestly say I’ve never see a pair where one of them has to blow off their arm to fight; and the other has to bring something like that wand into existence and pass it to her partner. They’re linked in an intimate and very cool way. Just like that, the show hooked me. 

It didn’t hurt at all that the animation was fantastic! 

What did you think of their fight against the Big Bad at the end? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “takt op.Destiny Episode 1 Review – Best In Show

  1. The animation definitely made this one stand out for me! I’ve got it on the watch list for later on once its done so I’m hoping it really goes strong all the way through

    1. Of course, I won’t know for sure until it’s over, but this looks like it would be a lot of fun to binge! The first episode just zoomed by!

      1. Yes, I love binging! Honestly it’s always one of the toughest dilemmas for me because on one hand I like being caught up for the discourse and chatting but on the other hand it’s just so satisfying to just run through a whole show real quick and then I just check out the reactions afterwards.

    1. The fight scene animations are great, and I really like their energy.

      I also kind of hope we get Cosette’s after action reports more often. The animation style made me laugh!

    1. Fingers crossed!

      I really need to get off my lazy butt and watch the entire Fate series. I’ve been thinking about reviewing them, but talk about a huge investment!

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