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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 10 Review – Quick Summary
In Unbreakable Machine Doll episode 10, “Facing Elf Speeder II,” Yaya was frantic with worry. It seemed like Charlotte Belew and Sigmund had launched a devastating attack to murder the headmaster, Edward Rutherford, and Raishin Akabane had been collateral damage! Will yaya ever see her puppeteer again? And if he’s still alive but with Henriette Belew, will she let him live to regret it?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 10
Kimberly seems to be aware of the concept of plot armor, at least! Capture from the Blu Ray.
I wonder if this show is more self-aware than I give it credit for? At the beginning of the episode, Yaya saw an explosion that to me looked like a small, tactical nuclear blast. Knowing it came from the location that Raishin had been heading towards, she panicked and hurried to the scene.
There, she saw that the blast had opened an enormous vertical shaft and stretched down as far as she could see. Now even more panicked, she tried to launch herself down the shaft, but Kimberly restrained her. Telling Yaya that she had to be careful because she was under surveillance, and any undue independent activity would get her branded as a banned doll, Kimberly told her to wait.
When Yaya still protested, Kimberly smiled and, shaking her head, said (02:14), “You know his unholy luck better than anyone.”
She might as well come out and said “plot armor,” because I’m pretty sure no human, even with Raishin’s magical abilities, would have survived that blast!
Best in Show Moment for Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 10
Henri could not see a way out of the cycle. Fortunately, Raishin and Yaya could! Capture from the Blu Ray.
Setup: Henri Gets Kidnapped
This episode spent most of its runtime setting up the confrontation between Raishin/Yaya and Shin. So I’m going to choose a moment that culminated all of that preparation in a way I thought was neat and tidy.
Though it begs the question of why Raishin didn’t give Henriette time to get dressed. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
A mysterious character we don’t know yet (and I’m not going to reveal because it’s a spoiler that comes in a future episode, if I remember correctly) is pulling the strings behind the scenes. This character has placed magical video cameras outside of Henri’s dorm to make sure he maintains control of her. Well, he saw Raishin and Yaya kidnapping her, so he sent Shin, his butler enforcer, to kill Raishin and Yaya, as well as retrieve Henri.
Shin seemed to relish his new assignment. By the way, I think we have a glut with monocle-wearing, tea-drinking villains. Why don’t any of them wear normal glasses? Or drink fruit juice? Capture from the Blu Ray.
During the getaway, Henri protests her kidnapping. Which is exactly what you would expect someone to do, if they find themselves kidnapped. I mean, it’s not something that’s terribly pleasant. Or legal. So Raishin puts her down in the grass.
She’s still clad in her bed clothes, which made me wonder a) why didn’t Raishin give her time to change and b) why didn’t he clue her in before he kidnapped her? I mean, he seems cool telling her now.
Delivery: Raishin Needs to Hone His Rescue Skills
Well, that aside, he tells her that he understands why she had been trying to do harm to herself in spite of her obviously wanting to be alive. It’s because she was being used to blackmail her sister, Charlotte, into trying to kill the headmaster, for reasons Kimberly and Raishin had guessed in the previous episode. Raishin explained to her that’s why he had kidnapped her — to thwart the blackmailer’s hold over her.
Henri’s a smart young woman, and she’s more resourceful than we’ve seen. She tried to explain with strained patience that she had tried escaping before, and that Shin had always retrieved her. Her attempts had made things worse. She said that trying to hide her was a dangerous waste of time.
“I don’t plan to try,” he said (20:40). “They’re bad guys. If I steal their hostage, naturally, they’ll take the bait.”
Raishin and Yaya were ready to take on Shin. I wonder if Yaya was asking herself why Raishin didn’t give Henri a chance to get dressed before the kidnapping. Capture from the Blu Ray.
Charlotte would have expected Riashin to say something like that. They have a history of this kind of thing, after all! But Henri did not. Seeing Raishin put her at ease was my favorite moment in the episode.
Yes, it’s cliche. Yeah, it’s a damsel rescue, and they don’t come much more damsel-y than Henri. But sometimes, I just want to see someone who’s in despair given a chance to escape that despair.
What did you think of Raishin’s latest meeting with Magnus? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 10: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog: Unbreakable Machine-Doll Episode 10: Facing “Elf Speeder” II
- Brave New Moe: Unbreakable Machine-Doll ep 9-10 impressions
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 1: Facing Cannibal Candy I
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 2: Facing Cannibal Candy II
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3: Facing Cannibal Candy III
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4: Facing Cannibal Candy IV
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 5: Facing Sword Angel I
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 6: Facing Sword Angel II
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 7: Facing Sword Angel III
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 8: Facing Sword Angel IV
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 9: Facing Elf Speeder I
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 10: Facing Elf Speeder II
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 11: Facing Elf Speeder III
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12: Facing Elf Speeder IV