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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 7 Review – Best In Show

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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 7 Review – Quick Summary

In Unbreakable Machine Doll episode 7, “Facing Sword Angel III”, Yaya was beside herself with worry. Cherubim had been about to strike her on the battlefield, but Raishin, overcome by memories of his past, shielded her and took the blow. Now, he lay unconscious, barely alive. Will Raishin ever regain consciousness? Why didn’t Cherubim’s strike obliterate Raishin entirely? And what does Charlotte think about all of this?

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

Favorite Quote from Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 7

Charlotte seemed excited she had something to tell Raishin. And have you noticed how much of this show takes place at night? It’s hard to get clear screen shots! Capture from the Funimation stream.

I haven’t selected one of Charlotte’s quotes as one of my favorite quotes yet, so I guess it’s about time! In this episode, she seemed honestly upset at how close Raishin was to dying. Yeah, she’s a tsundere, but I still like her approach. Just as Raishin has declared vengeance against Magnus but sucks at the whole revenge thing, Charlotte insists on not liking Raishin. And she sucks at it.

It’s a theme for this show. Remember how pathetic Frey’s assassination skills were?

Anyway, while Charlotte was worried sick, it fell to Sigmund to bring up something important. He pointed out that by all rights, Cherubim’s attack should have sliced Raishin into two pieces. Maybe more, but at least two. That meant that Loki managed to exert an amazingly precise level of control – a piece of information that would be critical for when Raishin recovered. 

Excited, Charlotte said (04:35), “Let’s tell the idiot when he wakes up, shall we?”

She really does suck at not liking Raishin.

Best in Show Moment for Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 7

Shouko’s experience helped her see possibilities that Raishin could not. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Raishin’s Naïveté Blinded Him

Shouko Karyuusai showed some real subtlety in this episode, and it’s the kind of subtlety I sometimes see in real life but don’t often get to practice. It works particularly well in military hierarchies or in strict corporate structures. It also drives people with highly-developed or strict morals absolutely nuts.

Do you remember in Facing Sword Angel II when Shouko explained Raishin’s mission from the military to extract a portion of Rabbi’s heart? It was around 18:30. Shouko told him his instructions were extract the magic circuit during the festival “without rousing any suspicion.” 

You can guess how Raishin reacted. He flipped out. Shouko had just asked him to kill Rabbi, and there was no way someone as principled as Raishin would accept that. 

The thing is, though, he is a soldier. He is under the army’s authority. He has to obey orders. Okay, he could disobey orders, but it’s likely he could do that just once. Then the army would do what it does with soldiers it can’t trust. Raishin felt like he was caught between two contradictory goals. That’s where his youth and inexperience worked against him.

Shouko outranked everyone there, at least in terms of reputation, but she remained perfectly courteous. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Shouko, on the other hand, is one of the most skilled, the most cunning, and most experienced people in the story. She did not come out and tell Raishin he had to kill Rabbi. She told him he had to follow orders. In this episode, she showed him how to follow orders and not compromise his principles.

Frey and Loki faced each other in the festival, and for awhile, Cherubim seemed to completely overpower Rabbi. Then Frey poured more power into Rabbi. A lot more power. Too much power, as it turned out, because Rabbi began to literally bleed her dry. The end result was Frey and Rabbi both in the hospital, with Rabbi being the worst off.

Delivery: Shouko Knew What Was What

Shouko offered her assistance, and I have to say, I loved how she asked (13:15), “All right if I intrude?” She wasn’t only experienced. She was also courteous. I wish we would have gotten to see more of this character!

She operated on Rabbi and apparently saved his life. Later that night, Raishin and Yaya visited Shouko and Irori as they sat beside a fountain glowing in the moonlight. It was a very pretty, peaceful scene.

Shouko showed Raishin a clear container. Inside, he could see a tiny fragment. She told him it was part of Rabbi’s magic circuit, which she was able to remove, without killing him, during the operation. 

Shouko’s experience put her in position to take action. Capture from the Funimation stream.

“The army will receive the specimen they requested,” she told him (14:18). “They should have no reason to complain that I left the poor dog alive.”

I’ve seen people interpret their orders like that before. It doesn’t always end well, but I respect the attempt. That’s especially true in this case, since Shouko acted to save a life. And she still managed to fulfill their orders! Maybe next time, Raishin will remember this approach and try it!

What did you think of Frey’s attempt to fight Loki? What were your favorite moments? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 7 Review – Best In Show

  1. Darn WordPress! It’s coming to the point I can’t even post a comment without having to leave WordPress, type it up on my notepad, come back and paste it in. Sigh.

    QUESTION!!… Sigh. And this really isnt much of a question so why did WordPress make it so hard for me to ask this. But… Why is everything you review subtitled Best In Show? I like a lot of the things I review too, but is everything really best in show? I… Ok I’m not that confused. But I asked.

    Might As well justify all the effort taken to post this question.

    1. WordPress makes it difficult at times — that’s for sure!

      “Best in Show” is the name I gave to my type of review that picks the best moment in the show. “Best in Show Moment” means by favorite moment of the show.

      I started that type of review 2 years ago. At the time, I was trying to give distinctive names to the types of review I did. Kind of a branding exercise. Looking back over two years, I’m not sure it conveys the idea the way I wanted it to.

      I might rename it at some point. Maybe something like Favorite Quote & Moment From ( Series Title ), but that’s kind of long. Not that “Best in Show” is short! But it’s unclear. My wife (who’s an expert in all things social media) told me that clear is always better than clever.

      It’s like a new format I just started experimenting with this season. It’s called “3 Favorite Moments From”, and the first series I’m testing is Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2. That’s why you see two review of it from me each week.

      I hope that’s not more than you wanted to know! But thanks for asking!

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