Two episodes of fighting and to be perfectly frank I still don’t know what any of the character’s actually hoped to achieve and I’m glad I didn’t bother trying to remember any of the new character’s names and attributes because they were introduced only to become cannon fodder. Oh, and the very cheap let’s kill the childhood friend did not cause shock or tears or any emotional response other than a momentary face palm because clearly that was where they were going. She had no purpose in the entire scenario. There was no reason for the military to take her with them. No reason for her to be wandering around on the battle field. And as soon as she decided to run away from the guy who was supposed to be evacuating her any doubt that she was about to become the ‘innocent’ victim that would somehow make this battle have some sort of meaning was kind of gone.
Just in case you didn’t pick up on this, I really, really wish I had dropped this anime way back when. I’m committed to the end now but I get the feeling I’m just going to be throwing rocks at it rather than being objective because it has really managed to annoy me at this point. Being overly generic in episodes 1 and 2 was tolerable. Increasingly becoming incomprehensible and having characters refuse to explain things because you just feel like being ambiguous is something else. Killing off characters nobody cares about is lazy and if you wanted the childhood friend to die tragically at least make it a real tragedy and not an act of blind stupidity.
One positive: Izzy’s wound doesn’t magically disappear. She is actually scarred (and without her left arm ) after the battle. Too bad Seigi is protected from injuries after being impaled because of plot.
Taboo Tattoo is available on Crunchyroll.