Bites The Dust, Part 2
Just in case everyone forgot what it could do, the episode opens with two reminders of the power of Deadly Queen’s ability, “Bites The Dust.” First it shows the character who died previously dying all over again in an effort to show the events which have already taken place in the time loop cannot be changed. From their, the opening sequence is shown through a rewind feature, much like how in the previous arc they had the titles freeze as Dio activated his “The World” ability. It’s a nice continuation of events and something to look forward to in later arcs as the final bosses are revealed with stronger powers and the season moves towards its ending.
The aspect of being stuck in a time loop can be a dangerous plot device to mess around with. Fans of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are well aware of this fact as a time loop was used in the season for eight episodes with few details being changed. Here though as audience watches there is a great sense of drama and urgency as the viewers are on the edge of their seats. Hayato tries in vain to find a way to break the loop and save everyone from the effect of Deadly Queen but just seems to come up short. It’s one of the best episodes of the entire arc if not the whole series.
The details of the time loop are carefully mapped out thanks to the commercial break for the episode. With the declaration by Kira of things being unchangeable thanks to his ability, it simply adds to the intensity of watching the episode. The assumptions made in the previous episode have come to pass. More of the cast is dying and if Hayato isn’t able to find a way to break the spell, the final three episodes may filled with nothing but watching our favorite characters die repeatedly.
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