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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12 Review – Best In Show

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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12 Review – Quick Summary

In Unbreakable Machine Doll episode 12, “Facing Elf Speeder IV,” Raishin Akabane and Yaya are still in the fight, but just barely. Even with help from Charlotte Belew and Sigmund, they simply cannot gain any advantage over Shin. It might be because he just disclosed that he is a machine doll – an independent version of an automaton that does not need a puppeteer! With Charlotte almost out of magic and Raishin out of ideas, what chance do they stand against such a powerful foe?

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

Favorite Quote from Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12: I think Henriette and Charlotte are projecting onto Raishin

I think Raishin has been unjustly accused. Capture from the Blu Ray.

Not since Black Bullet’s lead Rentarou Satomi have I seen a main character subjected to so many unfounded accusations of impropriety. Every episode, it seems like Yaya, or Frey, or Charlotte, or even Henriette accuse Raishin of being a pervert, or a peeping tom, or a womanizer. Or worse.

As a viewer, I can vouch for Raishin’s conduct. He has been polite and supportive of pretty much everyone in the cast. Heck, the dude’s even risked his life for most of them at one time or another! So I gotta say I’m bummed about how harshly he’s been treated.

But I want to acknowledge his attempt to set the record straight. That’s why I chose this as my favorite quote of the episode. 

In the hospital, he was trying yet again to heal from multiple injuries. Charlotte, Henriette, and even Frey heaped an unusual amount of verbal abuse on him. In exasperation at Frey’s attack, he asked (19:00), “Moron! Do you people’s misunderstandings know no bounds?”

Judging from what they were saying, I’m pretty sure the answer is yes, they know no bounds.

Best in Show Moment for Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12: Yaya packs quite a punch -- punches, I should say!

Once again, Yaya reminds us not to judge her by her petite cuteness! Capture from the Blu Ray.

I enjoy a protagonist who pays attention and thinks carefully about what they have seen. Raishin has shown that he pays attention. He’s also shown that he knows how to act on that information. My favorite scene in this episode showed how good a tactician he is.

Starting at the end of the previous episode, Shin showed that his speed was beyond anything our heroes could match. Charlotte and Sigmund specialized in high-power, large-scale attacks. That said, their attacks could not be considered slow, but they couldn’t even get close to Shin. Even Yaya, with her speed and agility, could not land a blow. 

Raishin saw that. Of course, he knew it was a problem. But he thought about what it meant, beyond the short term implications. Thinking he had figured it out, he and Yaya set a trap. They positioned themselves out in the open, where they knew Shin could see them. Yaya stood in front of Raishin, and there was nothing behind him to guard his back. He poured his power into Yaya, who readied herself for Shin’s attack.

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12: Shin's fast, but so is Yaya!

Shin had apparently forgotten – Yaya’s fast, too, especially when she know where he’s going to appear! Capture from the Blu Ray.

Which didn’t come. Shin used his speed to reappear behind Raishin. Which was exactly what Raishin had planned. Yaya not only blocked Shin’s attack. She grabbed his arms and then drove his body into a tower, where she pummeled him at high speed. After several strikes, she actually drew blood.

“Why would someone who can take any punch dodge Yaya’s attacks?” Raishin wondered (07:50). Smart question. “Obviously getting hit causes him problems somehow.”The scene was particularly cool to watch because the OP played in the background. I enjoyed seeing Raishin figure out how to set the trap, then how to take advantage of what he learned once the trap had been sprung.

What did you think of Kimberly figuring out Magnus’ identity? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12 Review – Best In Show

  1. Well I figured I’ll give another one of your top picks a shot. So this time I found a good price on a DVD BluRay combo set with a damaged jewel case. Looking at the discs they’re split exactly as you expect from a legit release. All 12 episodes aren’t jammed onto a single disc. So it is most likely an authentic release and that’s nice. Getting a decent price for a damaged jewel case is pretty good. Anyway looking forward to reviewing the series you call Best In Show. Ok bye.

    1. I’m looking forward to reading your review!

      And just for the sake of clarify, “Best in Show” is more about my favorite moment in a give episode.

      I list by all time favorite series in the Caw of Fame:

      I’m still trying to think of how to title stuff. For me at least, it’s always a work in progress. I mean, I could just call them reviews, but I want folks to have a better idea of what they’re getting into. “My Favorite Moment” sounds kind of dull, but “Best in Show” is rather less than clear.

      So I’m working on it!

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