Cop Craft Episode 12: Recap and Review

Season 1, Episode 12: Two Worlds, Two Justices

Zelada kidnaps Kei and Tilarna, putting them to sleep. Tilarna awakens and shes not pleased. Kei is being questioned by FBI agent Chan. Zelada plans on using Chan to start the war between the humans and Semanian community. Zelada and Chan talk about the conspiracy they created with Marla Mozeleemay. The assassin was named Ethan Dole and he was a marine that disappeared while in the Semani world. He returned with knowledge of magic and swordsmanship. Tilarna realizes that Leeze was probably responsible for training Ethan. Zelada tells her that he “fears for the future of Leto Semani,” the world for Semanian. He believes that the Semanians and Earthlings much “hate each other.” He wants to protect Semani from humanity. From the weapons, tools, porn and even the music. Basically the “danger” isn’t just violence, but cultural. He reminds Tilarna of Sir Elbaji, that became corrupted by humans.

Zelada believes that despite his killing innocent people, he at least hasn’t “given in to decadence.” Zelada is basically being elites here. He thinks that Semani culture is superior to humans and is being tainted. Meanwhile, Chan interrogates Kei for the picture of Marla and Ethan. He offers Kei $50,000. Kei escapes and confirms that Randall is dead. Elsewhere, Tilarna tries to convince Zelada that he needs to accept change. Zelada is disappointed. Tilarna challenges him. She tells him to go ahead and kill her but he failed to convince her that he’s right, so how can he convince the masses. In theory she right, but if he can make the two races fear eat other he won’t need to convince them of anything. Zelada tries to kill Tilarna. However the two work together and even switch weapons, tricking Zelada and killing him. The partnership between Tilarna and Kei, acts as a form of symbolism. Showing that the Semanian and Human can work together for a greater good. It’s a little on the nose but effective regardless.

Finally, whether to turn Marla in. The decision from Tilarna was never going to be to keep it a secret so her answer was surprising. It’s the right one too, but a small part of me wanted her to make the wrong decision. It would have been more interesting. Tilarna decides to “trust the people”. She remains the partner of Kei and Roth is sworn in as mayor. The racist cop apologies to Tilarna suggesting that her decision to trust the people was the right one. I can’t say that Cop Craft was a well made anime due to it’s dreadful animation. However, the series did manage to get me to overlook that weakness (something I rarely do), with it’s enthralling story. I think that it could have been better if they made the racism more apparent at the beginning of the series. I also think that they should have tease the conspiracy throughout the entire season, instead of leaving it completely in the middle, then picking it back up. It would have been more effective that way. Overall, I’m glad I ignored my animation sensibilities for this anime. I probably won’t make a habit of it, but it was worth it.

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Cop Craft Episode 11: Recap and Review

Season 1, Episode 11: Transitional Crises

Riots spark in town after the assassination of Cole Mozeleemay. After the assassination of Khan as well, Domingo Tourte is the last mayoral candidate standing. According to Kei, he’s a “typical right-winger.” His rhetoric gets him bashed in the media a lot. He has managed to gain a following regardless. Kei suggests that it’s because he’s “easy to understand.” Tourte engages in typical racism, suggesting that Semanian, “don’t understand Earth law.” This apparently causes them to be lawless and poor. Tourte complains that the Semanian are “stealing jobs and money from hardworking Earthlings.” Tourte view is one that is common when politicians are anti-immigration.

They (the Semanian) are living on Earth, “reaping the benefits of Earth’s advance civilization.” After the confrontation between Tilarna and Tourte, Kei asks him an interesting question. Would Tourte consider himself an Earthling or a politician? Tourte answers, politician. It’s an odd answer to an odd question. When Tilarna asks why he asked the question, he reveals that the question was derived from a conversation he had with Roth. During that conversation Roth said that he was “more an Earthling than he was a police officer.” Kei believes that this is why he was willing to abandoned his job as a police officer, because he was “concerned about Earth’s future.” As I predicted in my previous review, Marla Mozeleemay, wife of Cole, enters the race.

She acts as a moderate, proposing increased wages for Semanians, expanding job training programs and new free clinics. Tilarna suspects correctly that Marla is responsible for the assassination of Zoey. However, this would likely result in Tourte winning election with his anti-semanian views. Suddenly, Kei gets a suspicious call from a reporter. He goes to meet him in the park. He gives Kei a photo of Marla with the assassin. Randall begins to panic as he’s now a target. They’re surrounded by FBI, one of which is dead. Special agent Ronald Chan arrests the two of them. Tilarna realizes that all the agents except Chan are dead. As they’re thrown into the van, they see the wizard Zelada in the driver’s seat.

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Cop Craft Episode 10: Recap and Review

Season 1, Episode 10: Cock Robin, John Doe

It’s been 2 weeks since the last episode of Cop Craft, (episode 9.5 was a recap episode) and when we left off, the third mayoral candidate was assassinated. The impact of the assassination could significant because the victim was human while the perpetrator was Semanian. Cop Craft has been circling around the possibility of a race war from the beginning. It feels like the series is going to take racism seriously now. The result of the assassination is so far an increase of anti-Semanian resentment. The two candidates are impacted differently from this sentiment. Mozeleemay, the Semanian candidate, is questioned by Kei and Tilarna. Kei suggests that he might be involved since he could get over 200,000 votes as a result of Khan’s death.

Mozeleemay’s wife counters with polling that suggests that Tourte (the other candidate) will get over 300,000 votes after Khan’s death. At this point we know that Mozeleemay’s wife is the one doing the killing or at least she’s hiring the assassins. She’s clearly in charge of him. However, Mozeleemay is assassinated when he was giving a speech. Kei is able to systemically locate the assassin, he and Tilarna chase the suspect. As he lies dying, he thanks them. It turns out that the assassin wasn’t an animated corpse like the rest, but the assassin is human. According to Tilarna, he can use Mildey, a form of magic used by Semanian. This complicates the narrative so far. It may be the case that there’s a third party involved in this conspiracy.

The presence of Vaifaht Steel, a rare substance that is considered “holy” and is generally used to create weapons or armor. Vaifaht can change it’s form in response to latena. Made form trees, it’s then turned in cloth and weaved into clothing. She demonstrates this for her co-workers. The gun made of Vaifaht steel, couldn’t have been made solely with the steel. Tilarna believes that a combination of Semanian and human technology is responsible. This is another good episode. I love the political conspiracy in this series. I wonder if they’re going to mention the Marla Mozeleemay who was responsible for Zoey’s murder. Would she kill Zoey, Khan and her husband? That doesn’t make since does it? Maybe she’ll use the tragic event to run, regardless of her involvement.

Leeze has been an important part of this episode, but the series went out of the way to prevent Tilarna from saying who or what Leeze is. Hopefully, this pays off. Finally, the animation of the series is now terrible. I ignore it because the story is so interesting.

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Cop Craft Episode 8 & 9: Recap and Review

Smells Like Toon Spirits

I gotta say I was disappointed that this episode didn’t continue the previous one. Episode 8 basically acts like the previous events didn’t happen. Tilarna and Kei conduct a sting at an airport. Impatient, Tilarna uses her weapon to cause the plane to crash into the sea. The suspect escapes, leaving behind his cargo. Tilarna is accidentally shot by a small bow and switches bodies with the cat, Kuroi. The next morning Kei of course doesn’t realize the switch. Even worst the bow fell into the trash can, which Kei takes with him when he leaves for work in the morning.

Tilarna manages to text Cecil for help. Kei receives a call from the CBP informing him that one of the 28 Semanian items is missing. The detective Hellmandes threatens to have Kei arrested for “embezzlement,” if he doesn’t return the bow. Cecil arrives to help Tilarna through text messaging they communicate. However, Kuroi in Tilarna’s body knocks Cecil out. Meanwhile, Kei goes to find O’Neill. He finds the remains of a wild party, but O’Neill is trapped under an overweight prostitute. When Cecil awakens the garbage truck takes the trash. Leaving the blinds open, Tilarna asks Cecil to close them. While she does the garbage truck drives off, when Cecil gets back into the car she drives off in the opposite direction.

A King Maker

Picking up where the last episode left off, Cecil and Tilarna search for the garbage truck. Cecil calls the New Compton waste disposal to inform them that she lost something important in the trash. She’s told that “when your garbage is picked up you lose all rights to it.” She then claims that it’s “important evidence.” At the waste disposal plant, Cecil and Tilarna begin to search for the bow. Cecil calls Kei informing him of the situation. Tilarna is able to use her sense to locate the bow in the massive trash heap.

The bow gets destroyed returning Tilarna and Kuroi to their bodies. As she returns to her body she being beaten by detective Hellmandes. She then beats him up and before she kills him Kei stops her. The next day, Kei and Tilarna attend a barbecue at Captain Zimmer’s house. On the television, Kei sees a news report regarding the mayor’s race. Mozeleemay, from episode 7 is still running as well. As Kei is watching, news breaks stating that the other candidate for mayor, Khan was shot. The shooter is a male Semanian named John Ennaji. The Captain thinks that Zelada may have been responsible by controlling John.

Turns out John Ennaji was already dead and his corpse was manipulated. A police officer calls Tilarna a “damn alien,” and when Kei confronts him he admits that due to being conservative and the killing of Khans he hates Semanian’s. Kei questions his logic, but Tilarna tells him to let it go. Captain Zimmer is disappointed that Zelada maybe involve as it may result in “ethnic strife.” Tilarna suggests they start with the basics, who gains from Khan death. I was originally, disappointed that the series ignored the events of episode 7, but now that they are going back to the mayor storyline I’m pleased.

Kei and Tilarna had to keep working on other cases right. Episode 8 was funny, even though the switched body concept was clique. I was annoyed at the decision by Tilarna to not tell Kei. Had she told him and Cecil earlier they wouldn’t have had so much trouble. Furthermore, at this point in the series they do value each other, so it doesn’t make sense to me that she would want his help. In a way, these last two episodes makes the world feel larger. Going to social events like the barbecue makes the world feel lived in. Regardless, the “racism” in this series is starting to feel more real. As Zelada’s plot unfolds, it will likely get much worst. As this arc continues I’m looking forward to the potential twists.

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Cop Craft Episode 7: Recap and Review

Cole Mozeleemay

Girls On Ice

Tilarna is undercover as a prostitute. She is sent to see a client and he is arrested by Kei and the other police. Tilarna is pissed that Kei was “late,” and her hair was “touched.” The man that was arrested is Cole Mozeleemay, a mayor candidate. Cole is asked many questions from the press, he claims that allegations are unfounded. Apparently, his wife (Marla) believes that he’s innocent. She says that “some evil person that didn’t want him to be mayor must have set him up.” When he tries to hold her hand, she slaps it and tells him not to touch her. Tilarna is angry at Cole’s lies, while Kei tells her that ” all powerful people are like that.” While outside the restaurant, Tilarna meets Zoey, a prostitute. She doesn’t know that Tilarna was undercover. She asks Tilarna to help her move.

Tilarna and Zoey fishing

Zoey is a photographer, its more of a hobby. She tells Tilarna that she will take a photo for her. Meanwhile, the Chief, Kei and Assistant Prosecutor Gardner discuss the case. They have video of Mozeleemay but it’s probably not enough. They plan on bluffing, hoping that he will give up some of his connections. Kei tells Tilarna that she shouldn’t meet with Zoey anymore. If Zoey (a potential witness) finds out that Tilarna is actually a cop she would feel betrayed. Kei thinks that Zoey will get mad and refuse to testify. Kei tells her not to “get involved with people you’re investigating.” Tilarna is naive. She doesn’t believe that Kei is right. Tilarna continues to be friends with Zoey.

Zoey getting shot

Meanwhile, a list with fake and some real names is “leaked.” Making it less likely that Cole Mozeleemay will get prosecuted. At night, Cole and Zoey meet. They exchange money and Cole gropes Zoey and she reveals that she recording the conversation. The following morning, Tilarna starts to suspect that Zoey is the leak. She confronts her the next day. While their talking, Zoey is killed by a gunshot. Kei goes after the assassin. He kills the assassin before he can reveal who hired him. Meanwhile, Zoey is in critical condition. It appears that Cole wasn’t involved but his wife may have been. Tilarna vows not to let him(Cole) get away with this. Zoey dies, leaving Tilarna a beautiful photo.

The photo Zoey left behind

This is hands down the best episode of this series. The political conspiracy isn’t particular original, but it was well done. Tilarna’s lack of experience in the human world make her the perfect avatar to critique the human concept of justice. While her feeling that it would be unfair for Cole to get away with it makes sense, the episode makes it clear that Cole isn’t making the decisions. The due process or gathering of the evidence is necessary to be sure that someone is guilty. Tilarna doesn’t get this yet. I think she may take the laws into her own hands, but Kei may help her learn the value of the human concept of justice. I look forward to seeing how this arc concludes.

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