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takt op.Destiny Episode 3 Review – Best In Show

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takt op.Destiny Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary

In takt op.Destiny Episode 3, “Awakening -Journey-,” Destiny and Takt attack the D2s who had taken Cosette’s life. Destiny had an instinctive ability to attack, but both she and Takt learned an important lesson a few minutes into the battle: Destiny has little stamina. And what she does have seems to come from Takt. As the D2s closed in all around them, Takt wondered if this was the end of his journey. The first two episodes proved it’s not. But what happened to save him? Or, who happened to save him?

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

Favorite Quote from takt op.Destiny Episode 3

Takt might not even realize it himself. But Cosette meant a lot to him. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Last week’s episode surprised me by making Cosette so likeable. Not only that, but she had such great chemistry with Takt that by the end of the episode, she had started to draw him out of his reserve. This episode also surprised me with a fantastically subtle depiction of Takt as someone who’s not in touch with himself, especially his emotions. 

He reminds me of someone I know…

That aside, I think to someone who didn’t know Takt, it probably looked like he had no idea of Cosette’s affection for him. The idea that he might have feelings for her might seem fantastic. But that’s what makes this my favorite quote of the episode. 

Takt knew Cosette was gone. Lenny explained to Takt that Destiny was in trouble. She had come into being in a highly irregular way. If she didn’t get help in New York City, she might die.

“Then we’ll have to go,” Takt said (13:01). “I don’t want to sit here and do nothing. I won’t let them take anything else from me.”

He might be talking about his piano. I can’t deny that’s a possibility. But I choose to interpret this as him realizing that in Cosette, he had someone important who he had not wanted to lose.

Best in Show Moment for takt op.Destiny Episode 3

This moment felt so familiar it was scary. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Takt Cares More Than He Lets On

I know I just made this point in my favorite quote from this episode, but it bears repeating. Takt cared deeply for Cosette. Partly through a shared love of and talent for music, and partly based on sheer force of her will, she had entered his emotional life amid the debris of what the D2 had done to his father. And just as he and Cosette made their debut playing the grand piano, the D2 attacked.

How do I know he cared for her? As he and Destiny rained destruction upon the D2, he saw her power annihilate several in a single strike.

“Damn it,” he growled, his right sleeve blowing uselessly in the wind (01:34). “How dare they disappear without screaming.”

Takt was seriously pissed off. The D2s had killed Cosette, and he wanted them to pay. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Takt isn’t skilled in expressing his emotions. In that moment, though, he was all rage. The D2 murdered his father. Now they murdered Cosette, before he could fully embrace what they had. So he did the only thing he could think of: He helped Destiny destroy the D2 until both of them collapsed from exhaustion.

I recognize Takt’s personality type. I live it pretty much every day. Like Takt, I have no idea how to express emotions. Most folks seem to have emotion wired simultaneously into their will and intellect. Emotions have direct access to expression that way. For me, I have no connection between my will and my emotions. All emotional expression is through an intellectual emulation layer. That’s what made my favorite moment in this episode so personally interesting.

Delivery: An Unhealthy Focus?

Art Imitates Reality — At A Distance!

I used to head a development team. In fact, I had been second in command, an AVP, right under the CTO. We did a lot of good work. It’s probably the part of my career I’m most proud of. But I remember a time when there was a disagreement within the management team. To me, it was no big deal. But to the management team as a whole, it seemed catastrophic.

A manager had countermanded an instruction I’d given. In a management meeting, I suggested that she was now in charge of that function, since she had asserted her authority over mine. She tried to argue that it was still my responsibility, but she still had concerns. In other words, she was trying to do the human thing and keep things warm and fuzzy.

Lenny tried to find a way to answer Takt’s questions without inflicting more pain on Anna. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

To me, though, it was a matter of principle. The particulars aren’t important. She was probably even right. But I don’t see things in terms of turf battles or struggles for dominance. I had a responsibility that the CTO had given me. She had redirected it, so for the sake of clarity, I thought it important that the entire team understand she had taken responsibility for that role, and it would be hers until she let it go. I wanted to make a point; she wanted everyone to keep working together, and she viewed the exchange as strife. There were even tears involved. 

But I was in mission mode. I could not understand, as focused as I was, why this was such a big deal. I gave an instruction; someone blocked it; that must mean that someone had now assumed that authority. 

Now you see why I prefer working alone.

Takt’s Portrayal: More Than It Seems

What Takt did in this episode brought back that memory. Lenny had just explained how Destiny was not Cosette. As gently as he could, given that Anna clearly loved her sister, Lenny had tried to tell Anna that he thought Cosette was dead.

Despite Anna’s obvious distress, Takt asked Lenny to continue describing the implications of what had happened. Takt tried to sum everything up, including a very blunt and clear statement that Cosette was, in fact, dead.

“Takt, please stop,” Anna said (10:20), burying her face in her hands.

“We have to find out the truth,” he said calmly. 

Destiny said that nothing of Cosette remained. Yet, Anna’s tears drew her attention. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

He was right. Takt had focused on finding out everything he could about what happened. He wanted to find a way forward. It looked as if he could not understand why anyone would think differently. It’s not that he wanted to hurt Anna. If asked, I’m confident he would confirm that he didn’t. But his words had to cut her deeply.

It was an act so innocent, so focused, and so in character, that I wanted to acknowledge it as my favorite moment. It also reminded me of my past. Specifically, it reminded me that I do not in fact live in isolation, and that I have to be careful with these powerful implements we call words. It might not always be possible to find the truth gently, but we owe it to the feeling people around us to try. That hard to remember, sometimes.

What did you think of Titan’s marksmanship? What were your favorite moments in the episode? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “takt op.Destiny Episode 3 Review – Best In Show

  1. Personally, I’m not convinced that Cosette is completely gone. Destiny’s interest in Cosette’s favourite dessert seems to suggest an underlying desire for it, which might indicate that some part of Cosette still lives on. It could be possible given the irregular transformation Cosette went under that differed from the standard process. As such, I think this show could try to squeeze in a happy ending for Takt and Cosette.

    Lenny seems to suspect that foul play was involved in the death of Takt’s father, Kenji, given the timing of the D2’s return to aggression, which suggests that he might believe that Sagan is in league with the D2s, so it’s no wonder that the D2s haven’t been annihilated if the Grand Maestro of the Symphonica is in league with the D2s. Maybe Kenji found out about that, and Sagan had him assassinated to make sure he couldn’t build up a force against him.

    1. I like the idea of Destiny’s irregular transformation being the plot point that allows a happy ending for them. Plausibility is important!

      I really hope Lenny and Titan aren’t members of whatever conspiracy’s going on. I like both of those characters too much.

      And I wonder. Is Sagan behind it? Or is Schindler? There was a brief shot in episode 2 where Sagan sat in the back seat of his limo and just smiled at Takt and Cosette’s playing. It looked like he was innocently enjoying it! So maybe there’s some kind of conflict within Symphonica?

      One thing’s for sure: If any human saw a chance to gain more power using the black stones, they’d take it. Humans are like that.

      But your theory about Kenji finding out makes perfect sense to me. My only question is who’s behind the killing — Sagan or Schindler? Or maybe some other party?

      I think it’s a good sign the show’s generating this kind of conjecture.

      1. Personally, I find Ousama Ranking to be the most interesting show of the fall season. I’ve found it to have a nice underdog story after the first 2 episodes, and although it doesn’t meet your qualifications for reviewing a show, I think you could enjoy it. The second episode built upon the first episode quite well. Enjoyment-wise, it’s probably my Kageki Shoujo!! of the season.

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