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Episode 13: The New Flame Attack Sword

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 12, 2006

 

Summary

 

The alien beastman Wildy flies through Sankai on a dragon and slices buildings apart with a sword. DagFire arrives at the scene and attacks Wildy with Fire Blaster and Star Burn. Kai, Shin and Yoku arrive, but DagFire says he alone is enough to take out Wildy. He transforms into Fire Dagwon, and Lian arrives and transforms into Lio Sword for Fire Dagwon. Fire Dagwon attacks with the Fire Lio Sword, but he isn't able to score any hits and gets knocked down to the ground. The others move closer to help him, but the dragon keeps them back. Wildy moves in for the killing blow, but Ryu attacks from above in his jet. Wildy then jumps on his dragon and flies off. Later, En sits at a bench next to Shin and Yoku. They tell En he can't win all the time, but En insists he hasn't lost yet. Kai arrives and says the result will be the same next time. He says that the power of Dagwon is infinite, but it depends how someone uses that potential. He flatly tells En that he hasn't mastered how to use the Lio Sword, so En tries to punch him. Kai whacks En on the hand with his shinai and knocks him to the ground. Kai asks En if he's opened his eyes, but En angrily runs off. Yoku calls out to En, but Kai says that En has to figure things out on his own. En vows that he will become stronger and trains by punching and kicking trees. Ryu throws a bokken at En and attacks him. En isn't able to keep up with Ryu's attacks and clumsily tries to attack with the bokken. Ryu jumps up on a tree and tells En that he has to become one with the sword to be able to use it. If he does that, nothing can stand against him. Ryu leaves, and En says he doesn't need his advice. Yoku and Shin comment that En is cutting class and is probably still practicing. En trains by attacking a log tied to a rope, but every time he attacks the log, it swings back and smacks him on the face. Later, Kai, Shin and Yoku read reports about Wildy's destructive rampage across the world. Shin wants to mobilize, but Kai says that Wildy will come to them. He wonders why Wildy didn't kill Fire Dagwon when he had the chance, and he concludes that Wildy is toying with them. In the forest, En continues to practice.

 

En continues to practice and manages to knock away the log without getting hit on the rebound. He then cuts falling leaves, but one of them lands on his forehead. He hears a noise and finds Asahiya cutting wood outside a log cabin. Asahiya tells En that the log cabin is his secret refuge when he wants to get away from school. En offers to help cut the wood, but Asahiya tells him it's tough. En attempts to cut the wood, but each time he does, he misses and the log flies off. He makes several attempts, until the last one hits him in the head. He asks Asahiya how it is he can do it, and Asahiya shows him. He tells En that he has to gather his strength so that it isn't wasted and find a target to hit. En makes another attempt and is able to easily cut the log. He realizes something and tells Asahiya he has to leave. He returns to the forest and uses the bokken to successfully cut a bunch of falling leaves. Shin calls En and tells him that Wildy has returned. DagTurbo attacks Wildy with Break Wheel, but it has no effect. He combines with the others to form Liner Dagwon. Liner Dagwon attacks with Liner Blizzard, but Wildy dodges and jumps off the dragon. The dragon then swoops around and attacks Liner Dagwon from behind. DagShadow attacks the dragon with Shadow Shuriken and slices it to pieces with his sword. Liner Dagwon attacks Wildy with Armor Buster and moves in to close range. Wildy uses his hypnotic cyclops eye to confuse Liner Dagwon. He attempts a killing blow, but Lian blocks the attack. En then arrives and transforms into Fire Dagwon. He attacks Wildy with the Lio Sword and knocks the sword out of his hands. He then blasts Wildy with Fire Hold to freeze him in place and uses Fire Lio Sword to slice him in half. Afterwards, En returns to the log cabin, where Asahiya is using an oil barrel as a hot tub. He thanks Asahiya for helping him earlier and thinks to himself that Asahiya is a man to admire. He adds more logs under the barrel to warm the water, but he accidentally adds too many and burns Asahiya.

 

Commentary

 

With this episode, we see Lian as a fully-integrated member of the team. Unfortunately, he doesn't get to do much here aside from show up and transform into Lio Sword for En. En, being the hotheaded loudmouth he is, believes he's invincible. Here, he learns that isn't the case and has to train hard and learn to fight efficiently. The advice of his teammates doesn't help, but Asahiya's does. En masters the art of slicing leaves in half, which reminds me of a similar exercise in the Sega Dreamcast game Shenmue II. En's training proves invaluable when he faces off again against Wildy. I sometimes wonder where the staff got its inspiration for these bizarre alien. Wildy looks like a sword-wielding, dragon-riding of the Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil, but more evil. Makes you wonder what bizarre creature will show up next.

 

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