Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge really doesn’t want me to keep liking it for too longer. Otherwise, this episode would have been more refined with less pandering – at least the first half.
Whenever the issue of fan service comes up, I find myself a little conflicted with Crime Edge. On the one hand, the fan service in the series isn’t exactly traditional with all the fetishes floating around. It’s actually quite difficult to separate the fan service from the rest of it – my money is on some people having conflicting feelings about some of the things they may have seen – but when it comes to Iwai, that distinction becomes much easier. So easy that it makes watching the first half of this episode a little irksome.
All those screenshots of the loli heroine and the new but even more loli Author (Emily Redhands) left a bad taste in my mouth. I appreciate that it was all for the sake of making the first half more light-hearted and friendly, before hitting us with the serious and creepy – Crime Edge‘s bread and butter – but I couldn’t help but roll my eyes on the whole thing. Not to mention, Emily’s intro didn’t have the same elegance to it that the previous Author’s did.
Maybe because a small child wielding deadly weapons is a bit of a cliché or that her possibly being related to Iwai is another one. Nevertheless, she does bring some excitement to the remaining episodes and her team-up with the Witch. Ignoring her mundane introduction and participation in the first half of the episode, the ending did also make her personable and strangely likeable. Something that’s important for both protagonists and antagonists of any series. Especially those with a bigger presence in the last stretch.
Proving my hunch right, Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge is headed towards a more battle-centric final arc. With an improvement in the action I’m more optimistic about this move, though I hope there is still room for improvement. I just wish no more excessive loli fan service is to come.