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takt op.Destiny Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

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takt op.Destiny Episode 9 Review – Quick Summary

In takt op.Destiny Episode 9, “Family -Eroica-,” Anna, Takt, and Destiny finally arrive in New York City, New York. They’re exhausted but elated because the city is everything they had hoped it would be: bustling, eccentric, and best of all, free of D2s. They meet Charlotte Schneider, Anna’s sister, who is a top scientist for the Symphonica. Will she be able to tune Destiny? Will she be able to save Takt from the scars that have claimed nearly his entire arm and have started up his neck? Or was the whole trip for nothing?

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

Favorite Quote from takt op.Destiny Episode 9

takt op.Destiny Episode 9: Destiny knows her sweets!

Talk about a Subject Matter Expert! Destiny practically has a Ph.D. in Confections! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Anna and Charlotte conspired to give Takt and Destiny some time alone. It was a very kind thing to do, and I had to wonder how much of it involved pity. I mean, they had just heard that there was no way to tune Destiny so she wouldn’t stop slowly killing Takt as they fought. That cast a wonderfully melancholy tone across this whole sequence. For me anyway, it made the experience of watching it richer.

Destiny seemed almost completely unaffected by the tone. She was still Destiny, and she convinced Takt to take her to the cookie stand she’d had her eyes on. As she munched happily on a cookie, Takt wondered out loud how she could keep eating the same thing over and over. Hadn’t she just had some sweets?

“Earlier, we consumed pancakes with maple syrup,” she said (13:26). “This is a chocolate chip cookie. They are completely different.”

Takt should listen to her. She’s an expert on such things, after all!

Best in Show Moment for takt op.Destiny Episode 9

takt op.Destiny Episode 9: Takt and Destiny are determined to face whatever comes together.

All I could think of in this shot is how small the two of them looked against the immensity of New York. And against someone’s plans for the D2. Yet, they seemed determined to face it, together. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Expectations, or Fate vs Romance

Do you remember my review of episode 5, where I talked about what happened to my expectations going into this show? When I started watching in episode 1, I saw something that reminded me of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. I you imagine a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being emotionally-focused and 10 being action-focused, I expected the show to be a 10. 

That’s not what we got. Am I angry? No. I adjusted my expectations, and now I’m enjoying watching the relationship develop between Takt and Destiny. So instead of a 10, we’re getting a 1 or a 2 with a 10-level scene thrown in here and there. 

takt op.Destiny Episode 9: Destiny had particular ideas about Takt coming with her, Anna, and Charlotte

If I can’t see Artoria Pendragon take down Gilles de Rais like she did in Fate/Zero, at least I can see Destiny glower at Takt. No, it’s not the same. But it’s enjoyable, albeit on a different level. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I’m good with that. But I can understand if you’re not. Expectations can be a bear to manage! I really hate it when they spoil my enjoyment of a series that I might otherwise enjoy. So, now I’m looking for the emotional moments and consider great action scenes to be a bonus. If I’m going to get romance and it’s not Toradora or Golden Time, then there’d better be explosions. 

Just in terms of emotional moments, this episode gave me several to choose from. And I think I’ll chose one that’s familiar to me.

Delivery: The Little Things Matter

After consuming many sweets, Takt and Destiny sat down in Central Park under the twilight sky. Takt talked about the stories he’d heard about “New York’s orchestra” putting on a free concert every summer. It had been so popular that people would scout for places to sit all through the day. Destiny seemed interested in the “colored gunpowder” that they’d shoot up after the concert. Apparently, Destiny had never even heard of fireworks.

As they looked up into the sky, imagining what the fireworks might look like, Takt said that he had seen an orchestra perform just once. “Ten years ago, in Boston. They really were amazing.”

Sounds like it was about the time he lost his dad.

Destiny considered him for a moment, then said that she would like to experience an orchestra’s performance. But then she did something interesting. She turned the topic to what they should do about their situation. She asked, specifically, what he would like to do. That struck me as such a “couple” thing to say! 

takt op.Destiny Episode 9: Takt and Destiny really do make a good couple

You know, they really do make a good couple. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

This next statement is what really hit me. Destiny said that he could continue to write his songs if they decided to retire and live their remaining days in New York City. Then she added (17:24), “I honestly cannot comprehend a life without fighting.”

She wasn’t blaming him. She didn’t expect him to fix the problem or do anything in particular. Destiny just shared her perspective with him, expecting him to accept it. It was such a quiet little moment that if I had expected a Fate 10, I would have missed it. So I’m really glad I altered my expectations, because I have grown quite fond of Destiny, and I don’t want to miss moments like this.

What did you think of Destiny hearing that damned tuning fork at the end. What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “takt op.Destiny Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

  1. Similar to you, neither I thought we’d get this emotional further into the series, nor Destiny to become /this/ central to the story, but it’s these bits are what really connected me to takt op.destiny in the end. The trio dealing with Destiny/Cosette’s identity and “who she really is” and finding ways on how to navigate in this new relationship was something I didn’t expect, but it sure is wonderful to watch!

    1. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they wrap this up! I’ve seen some people saying it’s 12 episodes, but MAL still lists it as unknown. I’d actually like to explore this world for a lot longer.

    1. At first, when I saw Sagan smiling at Takt’s performance all the way back in episode 2, made me think he wasn’t a villain. But now? With Lenny’s comment that Heaven intervened with Shindler because he disobeyed and not because he endangered people? I’m thinking you’re right.

      Heaven’t glare in this episode was a clue, too, I think.

      Heaven’s Glare sounds like a sequel to Heaven’s Feel. Or not.

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