This was another episode where Kouta didn't get the biggest focus like episode eight, but this episode still give him some good moments. First is how he was thinking again. In the first fight, he starts to use Ichigo Arms when he is in trouble and with the enemy being able to fly he can easily use the ranged attacks. Sadly though, all of his attacks miss even the finisher misses as the Inves flies away. The most Kouta got though was comedy though as he got unlucky in this episode. He thought that being transformed the whole time would be more helpful so he can get into the action right away, but what ends up happening that he starts to scare a poor old lady. This continues on with when the trap is set for the Inves as Kouta ends up striking when another old lady was passing by. Things then got worse for him as Kouta had to deal with kids messing around with the fruit and even crows got in the way. For the problems with the old lady it was funny because it was built up to be an actual monster like hearing the old lady screaming out that there was a monster, but it was just Kouta transformed asking her questions about a monster. Then in the end of the comedy, Kouta was on the ground with disappointment with a nice little effect of coloring the area black around him. It was nice and simple humor that was delivered well and I will say most of Kouta's comedy does work for the most part. So there are moments where I am laughing with the series.
Takatora ended up having a bigger moment in the end of the episode as he has a talk with the scientist who is working on some sort of project. Takatora tells him about how fast the rifts are appearing and affecting their world as it seems the forest is awakening. Also Takatora wants to know about how the new product is turning up. It seems that the process needs to be sped up and a person to experiment them with is needed. Takatora puts himself up for the test even with risks being much higher than the original. What I will guess is that there is a new belt being made since in a previous episode I can tell the scientist was the creator of the belts as I bet he is making some new ones or I should say upgraded ones. Well for Takatora he is taking things seriously which can easily be seen in the previous episode where he fought Kouta. We even get his reason for being as serious with the situation as he says the company will help the world's fate as he will make sure humanity's future is well in place. A nice little writing nod I have to give is that in the beginning of the episode Takatora and Miccy talk about how people worry about the future. For Micchy he is worried about not having any control and while Takatora is worried about what could happen with the future as he will try to be in charge to make a better future. Again there is some really nice writing in the series and the whole scene with Takatora and the scientist is another example as there is exposition, but we don't know what exactly they are talking about and yet we can still put a grip about it though. Like with them talking about the forest awakening we can tell they are worried about it awakening as they are burning down any interaction with it and their world. Episode seven even had some nice writing like this so the series will easily continue with it; well at least I hope so.
For the action the first two moments of it weren't really that fully packed, but they had their moments. In the first fight we got to see a nice little trick while switching forms as when Kouta is changing to Ichigo Arms the giant orange flies off and attacks the Inves. Along with that fight was Kouta using that form more effectively as he knew a ranged weapon would be helpful against a flying enemy. The second fight shown more of how Micchy made sure his plan was going to work. There were times that the Inves could have flown away, but Micchy kept sure he was grounded for more time. The third fight was the bigger moment as the two riders had enough with this monster and since they were in an enclosed area the monster couldn't get away this time. I did like the little moments of out of suit combat as the two boys had to react quickly as the monster got the surprise attack on them this time. I will have to say they were well prepared to fight the monster for previous times so I was confused on why they weren't transformed going into the factory. For the flying monster they actually used some wire works with him for bigger jumps and I love the pure aggressive style the monster had while fighting. It easily kept in track with how mad the monster is. The monster even had an interesting power with its voice and being able to make sound waves with it. Also I can tell Ryugen is getting used to more close ranged combat as he was blocking most of the time and then placing his gun onto the enemy when he was blocking. Then for the cherry on top, the finisher was pretty good with Ryugen shooting down the Inves as Kouta gives the final slash, but I was hoping there would have been more of a color mixture with the effects though.
Episode nine shares the same factor about how simplistic the actual plot is, but what make it special are the character moments. Both of the episodes knew what to focus on while having a more episodic like factor. Episode eight had saving someone and nine had monster hunting, and this time Micchy got the bigger focus like how Kaito did in the previous episode. There really aren't many flaws to the actual episode as the main part of hunting the monster was well done and the great writing easily helped to make it more enjoyable. I will say Gaim has really picked up well as I was already enjoying the series, but it is really becoming much stronger. No big reveals at all and yet this episode is on par with eight. Maybe the only flaw is some of the effects that were used as I do feel some more editing could have helped as the black coloring around Kouta did help with the comedy, but I can see where it could have been fixed as there are too many empty areas around him. So in a technical point the episode could have slightly improved on that, but with that with this episode gets an A.
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