The time has come for all the Yami-chan fanboys (and fangirls if any) to rejoice as Golden Darkness finally gets some screen time. Out of all the character introduction episodes we’ve had so far, I think this one had to be one of the best ones as they stayed very true to Yami’s character.
Although the producers have seen fit to push aside the manga’s version of the story and use their own lately, for some reason they chose to go back to the manga material for this episode (with a few adjustments). I’m not particularly mad nor happy about the decision but to me it just seems weird for them to just randomly choose when they want to use the source material than come up with some bullshit on their own.
The episode starts out with Yami descending upon Earth. No word of what she’s there for yet, but for the fans, you should already know what Yami’s about. As Rito is out shopping, Mikan remembers that she needed him to buy something for her. Zastin and Lala volunteer to go after a weird sort of game they played to decide who would go tell Rito.
Rito bumps into Haruna at the store and offered to help her shopping. After Haruna buys a mug from the shop they go on their separate ways (I think it may be the same mug that Rito gave Haruna in the manga?). Rito stops by a taiyaki shop and buys a bag full right before he finds Yami. Rito decides to offer her some taiyaki since he thought she was staring at the bag. Yami eats the taiyaki and shortly starts to attack Rito after confirming his identity. She explains that someone has asked her to assassinate him.
Zastin and Lala come to Rito’s aid and challenge Yami in order to protect Rito. Zastin and Yami fight against each other at first, but Zastin’s usual clumsiness comes back to hurt him as he falls into a sewer. Lala continues the fight in Zastin’s place using various gadgets instead of actually fighting. After a bit of running around, Yami asks Lala why she’s helping Rito. Apparently, Yami was told that Rito was a fiendish man who was taking advantage of Deviluke. Lala tells Yami that it’s not true and Yami starts to believe it a little. However, since it was her mission, Yami could not just quit on killing her target.
Lacospo, an alien who hired Yami to kill Rito, arrives and appears to be one of Lala’s suitors. Yami asks if the information he gave her was true or not and that she would not continue her mission if the information was false. Lacospo panics and denies the fact that he was lying. Yami realizes that Lacospo wasn’t telling the truth and quickly turns on him. Lacospo then summons his giant frog, Gama-tan which can melt away clothing with its acid like spit. He begins to attack Yami for disobeying his orders.
Yami soon finds her weapons ineffective against the giant frog and is quickly at a disadvantage from the acid. Lala jumps in front of Yami to protect her from an oncoming attack and has her clothes melted away. Before Lacospo could get another attack in, Rito jumps in and gets his clothes melted too. Rito is able to get a punch in on Lacospo, but is overpowered by Gama-tan. Lala recovers her clothing through Peke and sends Lacospo and Gama-tan flying off into space.
Yami askes Lala why she helped her and Lala replies that it was because it was Lacospo at fault and not Yami. Rito asks Yami if she could cancel the assassination and return to space, but Yami simply replies that she will stay on Earth until she settles things with him.
Not too shabby for a TLR episode. Much better than most episodes we’ve seen so far anyways. I think they did a decent/good job with Yami’s character since it’s pretty close to what the original was like. They didn’t rush her development like they did with Yui nor did they make it a manly fest with Ren/Run. Overall it was pretty decent with a bit of decent action as well.
I don’t remember exactly how the voice acting was for the “Black Cat” version of Yami(Eve), but I think the voice acting was pretty spot on for TLR. You can’t really go wrong since it’s a pretty easy role to fill, but nevertheless it was a good job.
Animation quality was okay as well. I’ve felt that the quality had been going down since the last few episodes, but I’m glad that they decided to step it up for Yami. I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t stay still if they did a terrible job on Yami.
Next episode seems to be a sports festival for the school and involves most of the cast. I guess we’re finally out of introduction episodes and perhaps maybe seeing more of the entire cast more often.