Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan – 04

Local Chinese cat-girl Xiao Mei enlists the help of Rick and Neris in the salvage of a large underwater treasure trove. Neris’ attempt to hook the huge crate to a rope almost gets her drowned, and they require one of Hank’s machines to haul the crate out of the sea, destroying their rented ship and losing the machine in the process. Hank finds something related to the mechanical doll in his workshop, but before they can take stock of what they’ve salvaged, palace troops arrive and carry it all off.

Um, yeah, this series has some serious problems. The pacing is pretty slow, and the motivations of the characters is a bit wishy-washy, and the events of this particular episode make no physical sense. We’re made to believe a wimpy pulley on a small wooden boat and a thin hemp rope are enough to haul a crate that weighs at least a few tons out of the water. When the pulley inevitably breaks, the rope eats through the decking, but doesn’t break, even though pulling it by hand did. Neris can hold her breath way too long, there’s no explanation for how Hank gets a huge machine down the mountain and onto the ship, or how they get the crate onto land.

Beyond all the ignorance of the laws of physics, nobody considers the fact “the palace” will simply show up and snatch whatever they’ve found, in accordance with the island’s traditions, which forbid taking anything out of the sea that’s “not for eating” so as not to create conflicts amongst the villagers. But what the hell is up with this palace? Who put them in charge? Why didn’t Hank just “eat” the thing he wanted for his android? And why the heck is the mysterious girl still not recovered? There’s just way too much stuff that doesn’t make sense here. It’s a friggin’ mess.

Rating: 3 (Bad)