Saturday, December 17, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #24

Episode 24: Save the Goshawk!

In his off time, Daiki spends time with members of a local birdwatching society. By chance, he encounters a young misfit in whom he hopes he can help instill the values of life. But poachers are afoot, attempting to catch and smuggle an endangered goshawk. Can Daiki stop them before the poaching endangers human lives as well as bird lives?

Notes: Susumu Takaku once again writes another environmental episode about giant birds, only this time without hilarious puppets. You surely remember the giant bird episode of Winspector, and the one with the giant bat monster and witch that somehow hypnotized Bikel in Winspector. Now we have a more realistic but no less absurd episode of Solbrain. When Daiki has time off he's trying to pick up some girl from the birdwatching society. He has time to counsel some asshole kid about the meaning of life and then that kid runs into some poachers who are after an endangered goshawk. Things happen and then DAIKI THREATENS HUMAN BEINGS WITH THE GIGASTREAMER. That seems like an incredible escalation of force. Also, why is Solbrain even investigating bird poaching? Isn't that a job for the prefectural police, or the equivalent of Fish & Wildlife?

That's what I want to know.

On the other hand, the things Keiko says about the Tama River pollution is true, and it is also true that in the 1990s, it rebounded and now much of the damage has been reversed thanks to conservation laws.

I am afraid I do not like this episode because I don't see how Solbrain should be investigating poaching. But I guess that's why they are heroic. Even the smallest crimes matter to them. And on TV, there's no such thing as "jurisdiction".

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