Fucking MADLAX Episode 5

Today I’ll get into Madlax’s vocal cast. Most of the voices in Madlax aren’t bad, but are bland and unmemorable due to the horribly shitty writing—it starts to feel sad when you realize that most of the cast are actually pretty great seiyuu.

Madlax herself is played by Kobayashi Sanae, who’s played a lot of odd but very good roles. I first took note of her as the random one-off character Rei in Gintama, and noted her awesomely deep voice with a loli avatar in .hack//QUANTUM (the .hack show that’s amazing and notably not by Bee Train). I have a seiyuu card for her on my other blog, which shows my favorites of her roles.

Carrossea Don, the mysterious pretty boy that shows up in each episode to do fuck all, is played by the awesome Morikawa Toshiyuki, which leads me to believe that Carrossea’s hair is supposed to be silver. Morikawa has a shitload of roles, but I know him best for his silver-haired badasses: Griffith in Berserk, Dio in Casshern Sins, Dante in Devil May Cry (which sucks, but Dante is still Dante), Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII, etc.

Ebara Masashi plays the ridiculously flamboyant main villain who gets introduced in this episode and is named Friday Monday. I know him best as Bolt Crank in Eat-Man—another Mashimo Kouichi show. Mashimo is known to use the same seiyuu in multiple shows, and did so for the others listed here in shows that I haven’t seen. Ebara is also Andy in Cowboy Bebop and Alastor in Shakugan no Shana.

Last but not least, the sniper who Madlax just can’t bring herself to kill, named Limelda, is played by Hisakawa Aya, for whom I also have a seiyuu card, and whom I know best as Kerberos from Cardcaptor Sakura. Other great roles by her include Kamio Haruka in Air, Ray Beams in Eureka Seven, Miki in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Lindy Harlaown in Nanoha.

Episode five starts with some gangster stuff that makes no sense happening at some docks, then cuts to a news broadcast where the leader of the Galza insurgence has apparently stated that Galza had nothing to do with the death of Guen McNichol from episode three. Along with the report is the above image, about which my (drunken) viewing buddy said, “why the fuck is the terrorist leader posing for pictures?!”

The plot of this episode revolves around a young man who was smuggled into the country from Nafrece (a supposedly nice country where Madlax’s fake identity comes from), and who’s being hunted down by Enfant, the cyber crime network. The curious thing about this is that throughout the episode, Enfant is represented as a bunch of suit-wearing gangsters with guns rather than the team of mind-fucking super hackers as they were in the last episode. Moreover, they’re portrayed as a bunch of incompetent mooks. However threatening they seemed before, it’s been completely swept away.

Then why did they only send two guys to the docs to intercept the kid, and why were those two guys unable to find him? If this is important, then the super-crime organization should be fucking on it.

What Madlax finds out, through inquiring if “anyone in the illegal transport business has gone missing lately” (the answer: “that would be Brian”), is that a “lone wolf type of broker” named Brian had a “big job” the day that he went missing. Why did such a big job wind up in Brian’s hands? If it’s such a big job, why did Enfant so easily show up, kill Brian, and have the opportunity to kill the target? (And again, if Enfant is badass enough to get that far, why were they too fail to follow through?)

As a general rule, when a young guy points a gun at someone and politely asks to steal their bike while wearing a completely serious expression, that character is absolutely doomed. Naivete + pulp = dead.

His mother’s last words were that his father is in Gazth-Sonika. I think every single one of us knows that there’s no fucking way his father is alive.

Actually, I just thought of a theory. The kid’s dad, whom he knows is supposedly in Galza, is probably the leader guy who had the portrait shot on the news. This kid being his son is why they thought the kid could affect a change in Galza.

Nevertheless, I stand by the theory that his dad is probably dead, or he’ll die before meeting his dad, or he’ll meet his dad and it won’t matter anyway (and no, we don’t learn anything like this by the end of the episode or I wouldn’t have to theorize).

The kid (Chris) explains how he was helped into the country by the politician who was killed in episode four (confirming, I guess, that Margaret lives in Nafrece), and that in exchange for the smuggling, he must find out about the civil war:

I can’t help but wonder, why the hell is this information not known? The civil war has been going on for twelve years, and no one knows how it started? And he expects this kid to be able to figure out something that, assuming it was ever investigated before, no one else has been able to figure out? This is ridiculous. It’s like a naiveté parade of dead guys.

Is there any guy who Madlax meets who isn’t stupid?

All of them confirm it, too.

Which, as it happens, is the easiest way into Madlax’s pants.

For some reason, Madlax lets Chris go off on his own to find his father, even though she should have more than enough genre savviness to know that he’s way unprepared and bound to be caught by Enfant in less than three minutes.

But she’s too busy having flashbacks to her time as a loli, which, going along with my previous theories, reflects the backstories of both Margaret and the mysterious loli, furthering the idea that they’re all somehow the same person

WHAT DID I JUST SAY?

At least Madlax puts two and to together in time to fly in and kill all the bad guys while riding a motorcycle. Which, of course, looked nowhere near as cool as it should have.

Okay, maybe they *did* confirm that his dad is Galza’s top guy in this episode. FWIW, I was completely wasted when I watched it the first time.

This was, by far, the best scene in the entire show, and I’m not being ironic. Corrossea totally fucked the sniper chick. One thing I really love about Mashimo Kouichi is his willingness to make characters fuck in his shows, and I can’t overstate how much I love seeing it, even in a show like this.

And these aren’t random characters, either: the show’s biggest villainous presence is shacking with Madlax’s rival. Good stuff.

Meanwhile in retard-land, this kid has already forgotten how a minute ago he was surrounded by armed mafia and was only saved because Madlax is fucking indestructible, but oh—he can’t get her involved. This idiot’s doom shall be celebrated.

Madlax gets the drop on the sniper by jumping some twenty feet through the air off of a cliff and firing in midair (not a complaint, just saying), but…

SHE SHOOTS THE FUCKING GUN.

Both Corrossea and Limelda (the sniper) are COMPLETELY AT HER MERCY. THE TWO MOST DANGEROUS CHARACTERS IN THE SHOW. What motive has Madlax to spare them? She only knows these two as enemies. About three minutes ago, when Chris was surrounded by Enfant dudes, she slaughtered all of them without batting an eye. WHY THE FUCK IS SHE SPARING THEM?! The plot armor these two are wearing is absolutely fucking ridiculous!!!

So what happens here, Madlax tells Chris to go on without her, while she watches these two dangerous people. She could, oh, shoot them and keep going with Chris, who’s completely useless when she’s not around, but no, this plan should work fine.

Chris promises that in three days, he’ll return to the room where he and Madlax had lunch together. FAMOUS LAST WORDS.

Madlax’s excuse for sparing them is that if they contact headquarters and tell them that reinforcements won’t be needed, she’ll spare them. Even here, the sensible thing would be to get them to contact headquarters, and then kill them right afterwards. Madlax is not above these kind of tricks, except when the plot calls for her to be.

Naturally, Chris arrives at the supposed Galza headquarters, only to find out that he’s walked into a trap and is actually talking to the ridiculously flamboyant Friday Monday, whom we know is the leader of Enfant. Big fucking surprise!

Friday gives Chris the same spiel about having no more identity that he gave the detective in the last episode, and then Chris is literally swallowed by darkness.

And aww, poor Madlax, her extraordinary naiveté has cost her another boyfriend. Maybe this is what will eventually turn her to lesbianism.

That does it for episode five. Next week is another Margaret episode, and apparently the robot maid will turn out to also be a battle maid. Stay tuned!

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