SSBS – Megaman NT Warrior Episode 4 – Count to Three!

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Plot: Yai and the others are held hostage at school by a crazed rare BattleChip collector named Mr. Higsby intent on obtaining Yai’s rare and expensive BattleChips.

Breakdown: Today’s episode introduces us to the rare BattleChip-crazy Mr. Higsby, who is surprisingly not part of WWW, and his NetNavi, Numberman, who actually has a pretty cool design.

Mr. Higsby is a guest lecturer at Lan’s school, talking about fighting viruses and utilizing BattleChips.

Later, Yai brings the group to her log cabin in a tree. She had her daddy build her a secret base in her yard. The secret is the treehouse/log cabin shifts into a high-tech building designed for 3D NetBattling.

The group instantly jack in their NetNavis to try it out. It’s here where I have the honor of pointing out that when Maylu jacks Roll in, she does it while twirling in front of a pink background covered in hearts and sparkles. Come on, guys, be a little more realistic. At least add in a unicorn and a few rainbows.

The whole 3D NetBattling thing is meant to be impressive, but the way they went about it makes it so that….it’s kinda not. From what we see of the 3D stage in a far shot, it just looks like they superimposed the typical shots of what we usually see in the net onto a big platform in front of them. And then when they start battling, they just switch back and forth from the characters to the scene in the net, which is how it typically goes anyway.

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In conclusion, nothing changed and I just wasted your time.

Dex and Gutsman battle Yai and Glide who win because she’s rich and has access to all sorts of rare BattleChips that make Glide overpowered, despite not being a NetNavi designed for battle. Nice to see Megaman laying the groundwork for pay-to-win games. Good job.

Anyway, since I just mentioned Yai’s rare expensive BattleChips, obviously Mr. Higsby is in her super secure server, waiting in the wings with Numberman, spying on them.

The next day, Mr. Higsby sets up to attack Yai while the entire group is helping their teacher, Miss Mari, edit the school newspaper. Why does she need all of these kids to help edit the paper? I have no idea.

Lan is slightly late to the meeting, so when Mr. Higsby locks the school down to trap Yai, he gets locked out of the computer room. Numberman/Mr. Higsby threatens to destroy the school’s computer system if she doesn’t battle him for her rare BattleChips…..I’m not sure why he doesn’t just steal the chips. I guess he’s an honorable asshole?

Yai initially doesn’t care because she says she’ll just have her daddy buy the school a new system, but Maylu and Dex point out that he can’t replace the data. I’d think any school with valuable data on their system would regularly back it up somewhere offsite, but this is a public school system so maybe I’m giving them too much credit.

With Miss Mari’s permission, and somewhat insistence, Yai begrudgingly agrees to battle Numberman. I’m not exactly sure why she’d agree to battle him just hand over the chips. She’s always talking about her daddy’s endless supply of money – surely he can buy her new ones. She needlessly risking her NetNavi’s life…. She jacks in Glide, but even with his fancy BattleChips, he quickly gets laid out by Numberman.

Megaman gets jacked into the system.

Dex: “Megaman!”

Maylu: “That must mean that Lan’s right outside the classroom!” First of all, how did you not hear him banging on the door for the past several minutes? Second of all, just because Megaman is in the net space doesn’t mean Lan is right outside the classroom. He could be anywhere in the school.

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Numberman has a really weird manner of attacking. He rolls a big die and whatever number it lands on is the number of explosions that will occur right next to the die, which means anyone who catches onto this will be able to combat it quite easily….just…ya know…stay away from him when he rolls the die….Also, having your attack strength completely reliant on the roll of a die seems very inefficient.

The school’s security system blocks Megaman from interfering in Glide and Numberman’s fight any further, for some reason, and Lan and the others deduce that Numberman must be controlled by Mr. Higsby.

They decide the only way to end this is by teaming up against Numberman, but they need to disable the school’s security system to lower the walls blocking them from Numberman. Roll offers to interface with the walls to see if there’s anything in the code that would lead them to the password…which…makes sense, but also makes it seem like this super high-tech security system is extremely flawed.

Within less than a minute, Roll finds the word ‘Dove’ and Miss Mari states that the password is the number of doves at the school, which she can’t remember so Lan goes out to count them.

Mr. Higsby: “Unbelievable. The competition will be over by the time he gets back here.”

Miss Mari: “You’re the one who’s unbelievable, Mr. Higsby!”

Mr. Higsby: “Pardon me? ….*Elvis voice* Thank you. Thank you very much.”

…………………………………………..Hello completely random Elvis impression that I doubt any child watching this would understand or find funny.

Lan counts 34 doves, which is the correct answer.

Within less than three seconds, Roll already has the second hint – tennis: the number of tennis rackets the tennis team uses…..Ya know, these numbers seem awful arbitrary. What if you get more doves? What if a dove dies? What if you buy more tennis rackets? What if the kids lose some of them?

My point is made even more apparent in the next scene. Lan accidentally enters the girls locker room and they throw tennis rackets at him. He goes into the storage room and counts the rackets there, which is the correct answer. Why don’t those other rackets count?

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Anyway, the number is 63?! 63 tennis rackets?! I’m almost certain no school would buy that many rackets, especially when typically only one or two is in use at any given moment.

Another issue with this password thing is, if Mr. Higsby knows the system inside and out and is currently manipulating it….can’t he just change the password to something only he knows?

The final hint word is flowers, which indicates the number of potted flowers in the schoolyard. Again, that number can change at any given moment. The flowers could die, the landscapers might plant more without notifying anyone, some could get destroyed by the children. You guys really need a better password system.

Lan loses track counting the hundreds of potted flowers, but a mysterious green-haired woman who seems to be the landscaper and someone who knows what’s going on but for some reason isn’t interfering, tells him the exact number.

Numberman throws three dice this time…..why he wasn’t throwing that many to begin with, again, I have no idea, but with the walls down and Megaman able to access the fighting area, they’re able to save him. Numberman surrenders and relinquishes control of the school’s security system.

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They confront Mr. Higsby who begs on his hands and knees for forgiveness, claiming he couldn’t control himself and that he loves BattleChips while most people don’t appreciate their value….I don’t think that’s true because most people seem to drool over rare BattleChips.

For a second, it seems like Miss Mari might actually punish Mr. Higsby….but instead she just asks him to remember back when he was a child and got his first rare BattleChip (?! How long have PETs and stuff been around?) He probably didn’t appreciate its value either, but the flashback and narration indicate it was the best day of his life……You’re really not making any sense, show.

Miss Mari gives him a second chance, even though he does not deserve it in the slightest. He hacked into a school’s security system. He held several people hostage/kidnapped them. He sprayed Dex with the school’s sprinkler system for trying to interfere. He threatened to destroy the system if he didn’t get what he wanted. He threatened a young girl into battle so he could take her rare BattleChips (If BattleChips are physical items, how does he take them without showing his face?) He nearly destroyed a young girl’s NetNavi, and we’re just supposed to forgive him because he wants to strong-arm rare BattleChips from people since they don’t appreciate them….when they do? And he was misguided all along when he didn’t appreciate rare BattleChips when he was a kid….when he did?

Anyway, to the epilogue, Mr. Higsby quit his job educating children on rare BattleChips and security systems thanks to Miss Mari’s kindness in forgiving him. He wants to do good for people now, because apparently valuable education doesn’t do that….So he’s…selling rare BattleChips.

Hey, writers, when you wanna make sense, please contact me. Your logic is about as airtight as a butterfly net.

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So that was that episode, and it was actually pretty okay. The things I talked about in regards to the security system’s password being too easy to figure out is probably forgivable given this is a kid’s show, but I can’t give as much leeway to the fact that the numbers would probably change all the time and some of them make no sense.

At least Mr. Higsby is a little better of a bad guy considering he’s not out to just cause chaos like the WWW members, he actually has a goal, but I definitely don’t agree with him getting no comeuppance for his actions.

Numberman has a cool design, but for a guy who obsesses over rare BattleChips, he really doesn’t use any. He just uses that same lame dice rolling trick. I also find it really strange that Megaman was able to intimidate him so easily. A guy with a huge collection of rare BattleChips should be able to put up a better fight, especially if he makes a habit out of bullying people out of their chips.

The tension involved with running around trying to figure out the password was much more intense and interesting than last episode where we sit on the edge of our seats hoping a little girl gets to the potty in time.

I didn’t really quite get the significance of introducing the 3D NetBattling system since it, honestly, looks no different to the viewer than it ever did before. It really just established that Glide could be a good fighter with rare BattleChips despite being a NetNavi not designed for battle. Not that matters because he couldn’t do anything against Numberman, even with the chips. He may have lasted a little longer than he would have otherwise, but that’s about it.

Next time, WWW targets a robotic fish aquarium. I’m not sure if a robotic fish aquarium is a really good idea or a really stupid one. Thoughts?


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SSBS – Megaman NT Warrior Episode 3: Traffic Signal Chaos!

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Plot: Lan, Maylu and Dex are introduced to their new classmate, Yai Ayano. Her father is the president of the massive game company, Ayanotech, and she’s super rich, cultured, talented and obnoxious. As Dr. Wily’s newest lackey, Maddy, unleashes her NetNavi, Wackoman on the city’s traffic control system, causing massive traffic backups, Yai gets caught in the mess on her way home. What’s worse, Yai needs to go pee! She needs Lan and Megaman to beat Wackoman and bring her to a potty or else she’ll be making a mess of her own.

Breakdown: Our episode starts with an introduction to Yai, an annoying spoiled little rich girl who is full of herself. Wonderful.

She introduces herself to the class with an hour-long DVD chronicling her as a person. *sigh* It’s going to be one of those episodes, isn’t it?

This entire introduction is littered with animation shortcuts and cardboard-cutout animation, by the way.

Class goes on and Yai amazes everyone with how brilliant she is. I wasn’t aware they did advanced algebra in fifth grade, but okay.

The other NetNavis are also introduced to Yai’s NetNavi, Glide, who is basically a virtual butler. He starts hitting on Roll because of course he does.

Kid who is not animated #1: “Staring contest!”

Kid who is not animated #2: “You’re on!” Meta humor or trying to explain away lack of animation? Hm.

Yai can’t eat the disgusting commoner food they have for lunch (That they seemingly eat in their classroom?) so she decides to call her personal chef into the room to deliver a proper rich person meal.

Lan and Dex stop by Yai’s house to check it out, and of course it’s massive. They want to get a closer look, so they decide to sneak in through a massive hole in the steel bar fence that is there and not immediately repaired because reasons.

Yai decides to be a bitch and sics her—OH MY GOD, IT’S THE SENTIENT LAWNMOWER FROM PIKACHU’S PEEKABOO! RUN! LURE IT INTO A SHED! THAT’S ITS WEAKNESS FOR SOME REASON!!

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They run into the tennis courts, but are soon pelted with tennis balls. They then run to a bunch of Athena statues, which, for some reason, harbor a bunch of high powered water jets?

They run from those and get caught in a giant cage. Lan decides to jack in Megaman to the security system to see if he can free them. Megaman asks Glide if he can do anything, so he pushes Megaman down a hole, which also simultaneously sends Dex and Lan through a tube that exits out into the sidewalk.

The next day, Dr. Wily’s new lacky, Maddy, sends her NetNavi, Wackoman, to cause a huge traffic jam.

Wackoman: “Red light! Green light! Wackoman says ‘No light!’” Uh, yes light. The lights are red, that’s how you’re causing the traffic jam.

Also, yes, malfunctioning traffic lights are a hazard, but they don’t cause pileups and backups for miles a second after they happen. If they did, whenever we had blackouts there’d be god knows how much carnage.

Maddy, by the way, set out to cause chaos. Because, yes, mildly inconveniencing the general populace is so chaotic. I mean, yeah, there are accidents happening and that’s risky, but really, if even ovens have their own networks, certainly hacking into the cars themselves and purposely causing wrecks would make more sense.

Also, for the record, Wackoman looks like this.

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As if having the name “Wackoman” wasn’t non-intimidating enough as it was….

Yai has to go pee, but when Maylu tells her the restroom is free, she refuses to use a bathroom without gold faucets. Okay…

Yai heads home, but the traffic is still horrible. And the police aren’t manually directing traffic….because?? What, would that make too much sense and hinder the plot?

Because she didn’t pee at school, she’s all fidgety in the car. She jacks Glide into the cybermatrix to find whatever’s causing the traffic jam and stop it so she can get home and go to the bathroom.

Boy, today’s plot sure is a nailbiter.

Megaman: “Actually, all of the traffic lights are red. That’s why no one’s moving!” So, what, they believe they can never move ever? They’ll rot in their cars and die of dehydration and starvation?

Glide has fallen to Wackoman. Though, personally, I think he’s staying down out of shame of being defeated by something called Wackoman. Megaman is jacked in when Lan becomes curious as to what’s causing the jam. He confronts Wackoman who fights with a giant bouncy ball, because why not add even less of a reason to take him seriously.

Unable to hold her pee anymore, Yai climbs out of the window of her limo. I thought she was going to cross the street and go to a public building to use the restroom, but I guess that would make too much sense, so she just…climbs on the roof of the car and stands there for some reason.

Lan shows up and she hops on the roofs of all of the cars and tells him she needs to go to the bathroom. Again, why is that deemed safer or more logical than just walking on the road? Also, you have to piss, so yeah hop around on the roofs of cars and get your adrenaline running – that’s never a bad idea.

Lan rushes her on his rollerblades through the city….

Lan: “We need help, Megaman!” Why the fuck are you asking your NetNavi for help getting a little girl to the bathroom? And why are you traveling so far to do so? You’re passing so many buildings that certainly have public restrooms.

Glide: “Megaman, please tell Ms. Yai that the nearest lavatory is in the traffic control center.” I think you meant to say, “Megaman, here’s a very poorly written excuse to bring Lan to the traffic control center.”

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Anyway, just because I know you’re on the edge of your seat, I’ll mention that Lan makes it to the control center in time and Yai makes a piddle.

Lan jacks into the traffic control center’s network and upgrades Megaman with a Cyber Sword battle chip. He’s about to defeat Wackoman but Maddy tells him to log out before he’s able to land the hit.

The traffic lights are fine now, yay, and just to top off the true emotionally impacting, soul-enriching plotline of Yai, she arrives in a pink limousine that has its own potty. Oh. Happy days are here again.

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This episode was so mind-meltingly dumb I’m actually kinda impressed it even exists. It’s like Nina Needs to Go meets a traffic PSA. Who thought this was a good idea? How did this leave any brainstorming session?

Why do we keep decreasing the threat levels with these episodes? First it was malfunctioning ovens all over the city causing house fires, which could destroy homes, cause thousands of dollars in property damage, cause irreparable damage to precious family heirlooms and easily kill people. Then we had an out of control subway train, which could easily kill a large group of people.

And now…we have perpetual red lights, traffic jams, a few fender benders and a little girl needing to make tinkle.

Yai’s an annoying little pissant (lolpuns) her NetNavi isn’t much better, the plot with the traffic lights was stupid, lazy and made no sense, the plot with Yai’s need to go pee-pee was—I can’t even believe I wrote that out, it’s so dumb, Maddy’s uninteresting, Wackoman’s non-threatening and irritating just in his appearance and mannerisms – this whole episode is an assault on the senses, my intelligence and my patience. There’s nothing worthwhile here. Moving on.

Rating: 0/10

Next time, Yai is held hostage by a rare battle chip collector, threatening to delete Glide if she doesn’t give him some chips.

….Previous Episode

SSBS – Megaman NT Warrior Episode 2: Subway Scramble!

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Plot: Lan and Maylu try to stop a runaway subway train when Count Zap and his NetNavi, Elecman, wreak havoc in electrical devices all over the city.

Breakdown: Today’s episode starts with Dex fixing up Gutsman in order to prepare him for a rematch with Lan and Megaman when he’s suddenly attacked by a robot cat who has gone crazy.

For some reason, despite being in a hospital, the doctors and nurses just leave the cat with its jaws locked on Dex’s leg. All they do to treat it is elevate it. Also, this isn’t some random pet robot cat – it’s meant to catch mice. I don’t know how bad of a mouse problem you’d have to have to buy a robot cat, but okay.

At some flower shop where a new character, Sal, works, Maylu and Lan sit down for some tea. We get confusing dialogue that implies Maylu is just now learning that Dex was hurt even though in the scene preceding this, she was with Lan when he visited him. *shrug*

They discuss World 3, which are the big baddies being led by Dr. Wily. Their mission is to cause chaos within the cyber matrix, and they were obviously responsible for the fires in the first episode.

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Maylu and Lan follow their teacher, Ms. Mari, into an antique shop where she’s getting her fortune told. Because kids just do that. As she’s about to ask about something that seems to be embarrassing her, Lan and Maylu decide to see what the fortune telling fuss is about.

Meanwhile, Dr. Wily enlists the assistance of Count Zap, who uses his NetNavi, Elecman, to cause chaos in every electrical device in the city, including a robot dog who attacks Dex in the street, on the same leg that the cat did no less. So….the people at the hospital just let him go without getting that cat off of his leg? Waiting long enough and with enough pressure, you could cause serious damage to his leg that way.

The dog steals Ms. Mari’s handbag, because robot dogs are nothing without their accessories, and it runs away. Lan and Maylu give chase, following it into the subway where it suddenly becomes docile again. The virus jumps, I guess, to the train and starts speeding out of control.

This woman is fully prepared to be surprised and confused when the train comes by.

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All glory to the hypnotoad.

The train is so messed up that neither the engineer nor those back at the control center are able to do anything about it, and it’s speeding up so much that it’s already caught up with the train in front of it. If something isn’t done soon, they’ll crash.

Lan busts through the cab of the train with a fire extinguisher and even though the train is chockful of adults, they seem perfectly content to just let two ten year olds into the cab to see if they can stop it. It’s just like every anime ever says, ‘When shit hits the fan, call on a bunch of children. They’ll know what to do.’

They’re about to hit the other train, but the guys down at HQ are able to send each train down a different set of tracks, leaving them safe for the time being.

Lan jacks Megaman into the train to see what’s happening, and finds the train control programs being disabled by viruses. Megaman takes them out, but the damage has been done to the control programs, so stopping the train is up to Megaman and Lan. Megaman tells Lan and Maylu to move all of the passengers into the second car so that they can detach the second car from the first, allowing the second car to stop naturally. As they implement the plan, Megaman suddenly gets ambushed by Elecman.

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Lan detaches the second car, but jumps to the first car….for some reason. I get that it’s probably to help Megaman, but he doesn’t know Megaman’s been attacked by another NetNavi. If it was to retrieve Megaman from the train’s computer….are you telling me he has to physically access the computer to ever get him back? That seems inconvenient. If these viruses can jump from one piece of technology to another wirelessly, why can’t Megaman just go to someplace that Lan can remotely access him instead of him risking his life to plug his PET back in?

The little robot dog helps him, too. It’s cute, but I still don’t get how he was instantly cured of the virus when he came on board. Viruses typically don’t fully leave one host when they’re spread to another. Put it another way, if you gave the flu to someone else, it wouldn’t cure your flu.

Lan protects Megaman from Elecman’s assaults with a Barrier Battle Chip, then sends him on the offensive with a Blaster and his CyberSword. Elecman counters with his ElecSword to make that familiar ‘they both slash, stand still and wait to see who falls’ scene. Elecman falls, Count Zap is defeated and the viruses are all gone. However, Lan’s still trapped in a speeding out of control train that is nearing a dead end. He’s able to activate the emergency brake since they’re now back in control of the train.

He activates them too late, so he crashes and dies.

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You may be wondering what the fortune teller side plot thing was about….Me too.

All it amounted to was Lan’s fortune of seeing a great wave of water coming true (the firefighters doused the train’s cab with water even though 1) the train cab and control panel weren’t on fire. It was definitely overheating and smoking, but no fire 2) small amounts of smoke should not warrant such a massive response 3) even a minor fire would be the least of the train company’s concerns right now, 4) You’re not supposed to put out electrical fires with water and 5) they give zero shits that they’re shooting all this water at a small boy.) and that doesn’t matter at all.

You may also be wondering what the point was of Dex spending this whole episode with a robot cat latched to his leg…..pretty much also nothing outside of not allowing Dex to help in the final battle.

This episode was…okay. It was pretty much the exact same plot from the last episode barring the stuff with Megaman’s introduction. There was a lot of stuff that didn’t need to be in this episode, and Elecman’s not all that memorable here. Count Zap’s even less notable. He’s just eccentric and likes to play guitar.

Other than that, there’s not much to say. I like the cute robot dog, and I’ve already expressed my confusion on the logic behind it. Was it really just a plot device to get Lan and Maylu onto that train? Surely they could’ve been doing something else like going home or heading to school.

Rating: 5/10

…..Previous Episode

SSBS – Megaman NT Warrior Episode 1: Jack In! Megaman!

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Plot: In the year 200X, everything is connected via a virtual network. In this virtual network, people use PETs which are used to communicate to their NetNavis – their own personal virtual assistants, friends and battling companions. These NetNavis are used to combat an evil organization known as World Three who frequently attack the network with viruses.

In particular, a boy named Lan Hikari and his NetNavi, Megaman, as well as his friends and their NetNavis, aim to rid the cyber matrix of all viruses and crime.

Breakdown: Megaman NT Warrior is a show I was very much aware of when watching shows like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh back on Saturday morning anime blocks like Kids WB, Fox Box and 4Kids TV. I was aware of it, and I watched it on occasion, but I never really got into it. I don’t know why. I was and still am a Megaman fan, and I don’t remember really disliking it at all, but I never hopped on the NT train.

This first episode gives us the main background of the world they live in as well as fairly good introduction to Lan, Megaman and his friends.

Lan starts out with a clearly lame basic NetNavi that is somewhat modeled like Megaman. In battle with one of his friends, Dex, and his Gutsman, he tries over and over with battle chip (power ups) after battle chip to defeat him and they do nothing. Gutsman easily wins and Lan’s NetNavi is forced to logout. Dex is solidified as a cocky brute while Lan is the underdog who has to deal with a basic, non-customized NetNavi that can’t stand up against a customized one like Gutsman.

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Lan’s NetNavi is damaged and his PET suggests not using him in net battles anymore, further frustrating Lan. A fish salesman named Mesa acts as our audience surrogate as Lan explains to him about PETs or Personal Terminals as well as NetNavis and net battles – Which really didn’t need to be explained to us because of the prologue, but I’d rather be given too much information than not enough.

As fire trucks whiz by, we learn that there’s been a rash of ovens spontaneously catching fire all over town. Lan worries about his mother’s oven, but she claims she had it checked out by a technician earlier and it’s fine, which means it’s not fine.

Lan gets a letter from his father in Borneo that contains a customized NetNavi disk. It’s never established why he doesn’t have his own customized NetNavi. I can only assume that is costs quite a bit to do so?

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The customized NetNavi is, of course, Megaman. But Lan is disappointed that he doesn’t look like a super cool huge NetNavi warrior and even wishes for his old shitty broken NetNavi back.

Wow….Screw you, kid. You whine and bitch and moan over not having a custom NetNavi, you finally get one that looks perfectly fine and could be a great warrior, especially with battle chips, and like a spoiled child you whine that it’s not good enough and basically want to send it back, not even considering that, at the very least, it’s a more presentable and functional NetNavi than your old one. You should uninstall and send it back, you unappreciative brat.

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Megaman alerts Lan to a kitchen fire and Lan’s mother can’t put it out. Apparently she’s too stupid to grab the fire extinguisher that is literally a foot away. However, even Lan’s use of the fire extinguisher cannot quell the flames, so Megaman tells Lan to jack him into the oven’s computer so he can check for problems.

Megaman finds that the oven’s cyber matrix is being attacked by a swarm of computer viruses, causing the intense flames……Why does an oven need a cyber matrix?…..Why does it need to be connected to any network? I will admit, humanity somehow made it logical for a fridge to have Internet access, but an oven? He blasts the viruses away, causing the fire to go out, but sees a weird NetNavi in the flames of the matrix before it disappears.

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Excited about the powers of his new NetNavi, Lan challenges Dex and Gutsman again to a netbattle at school where I guess they just learn about computer stuff.

Dex is that kind of annoying character who’s always an ass and cocky as hell, but obviously has a huge crush on the only girl of the group, Maylu, and constantly hits on her. Even Gutsman has a crush on Maylu’s NetNavi, Roll.

A stereotypical Scottish man (borderline offensively stereotypical as he prattles on about kilts and bagpipes…) who is behind the fire-setting NetNavi gets orders to destroy Megaman from, you guessed it, Dr. Wily. And if you haven’t caught on, Lan and his family, most clearly his father, are allegories for Dr. Light. (Hikari → Light) Lan’s first name is also a reference, though not to the games. It’s in reference to a LAN or local area network – a short range network between a handful of computers.

Dex and Lan have their rematch, and Dex is far from impressed at Lan’s new NetNavi. However, Megaman proves that his small stature does not reflect his own strength as he easily bats away Gutsman’s fists.

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The oven bursts into flames at Maylu’s place in the middle of their rematch, and Roll rushes over to beg Megaman to help….because I guess she can’t do a damn thing…or even try. *sigh*

Are we seriously doing a damsel in distress story? First Lan’s mom handles a kitchen fire by calling her 11 year old kid down to handle it while she whimpers behind a counter and fails to use a fire extinguisher, now the only other female character’s NetNavi is only good for getting help for her when she’s in trouble – and not even the fire department kind.

In addition to the fact that Maylu’s only role in the episode so far is to be drooled over by Dex while Roll’s role has been basically being a secretary for Maylu and being hit on by Gutsman. Sure, Roll smacked Gutsman after, but still.

Lan and Dex rush to Maylu’s house to save her while Megaman and Gutsman go through the Internet to her oven’s cyber matrix to help take down the viruses. There, they meet FAITH AND BEGORAHAGGISREDHAIRANDSCOTTISHTHINGSACH guy and his Torchman after taking down the little viruses that were setting the fire.

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Lan manages to get Maylu to safety, but realizes that Torchman is too much for Megaman and Gutsman to handle. He goes back in the house to plug into the oven directly so he can upload the blaster battle chip to Megaman. Once he does so and with additional help from a cyber sword, he manages to force Torchman and Kilt Boy into retreating. With his victory, he gets a hug from Roll, who wasn’t even participating in any of the fight, not even with the damn little viruses. *huff*

Maylu is safe and Lan expresses his gratitude towards his new NetNavi, the end.

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As a first episode, in regards to understanding the world and the characters, it’s fine. They explain everything well enough, the world seems to function with sufficient logic, barring some suspension of disbelief, and it does what it sets out to do.

In regards to characters, absolutely no one is breaking any kind of new ground here. Everyone is very generic and textbook. Lan is obviously the ‘normal yet optimistic and excitable’ main character. Barring one instance of complete spoiled attitude, he’s as by-the-book as you get. Megaman is portrayed as a cool and powerful partner, which, while not being as cliché, is still not really interesting.

Dex is the pseudo-antagonist friend who is cocky, fat, and none too bright, but chases after the girl of the group like a steak. Gutsman is a brutish idiot who speaks in third-person.

Maylu is nice enough….plays piano and doesn’t respond to Dex’s advances. That’s about it for her in this episode. Roll is also nice enough, but doesn’t do anything in this episode but remind Maylu of her piano practice and be a stagnant life-alert button. Both are obviously being set up as love interests for the main characters, and looking at Roll’s abilities on her Wiki page seems to relegate her mostly to healing and support instead of fighting….

The bad guys are bad guys. And Scottish.

In terms of the story, it’s also been done several times in gaming anime. Main character loves a game but has a crappy version of the thing needed to play the game. He gets something that gives him a better game thing and suddenly becomes awesome.

You know, when you think about it, aren’t gaming anime subtly implying to children that they should pressure their parents to buy them more cards and cooler toys related to the game when they see these tropes? “Eh, I have a sucky character that sucks, so I suck, but now I got a super cool rare character and now I’m awesome! It’s a good thing you can get this same character at Wal-Mart for $24.95!” The oven thing is new, but it’s a damsel in distress story just with the battle taking place in the virtual world.

The only thing it really has going for it as a shounen gaming anime is the world itself and the premise as it really doesn’t match many other…..anime…..out……oh hell. It’s Digimon Tamers. Yup, replace the PETs with Digivices, the NetNavis with Digimon and the battle chips with Digi-modify cards and it is pretty much just exactly Digimon Tamers with a new wrapping….only not as interesting.

I did like this episode barring its flaws…..I can’t really tell you why outside of me liking Digimon a lot, and this world as well as net battles seem like fun. It didn’t get off to a great start, but I am actually looking forward to more of this show.

Rating: 6/10

Next Episode, Elecman emerges and wreaks havoc on the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh wait, it’s also Angelic Layer with talking dolls. Shit.