Next Global Crisis has just released the 16th episode in its Training Room series. This episode is another flashback that features a battle between Nina Hellfire and Suki Deluxe. Actually, at this time she was simply known as Suki Tanaka. I’m not sure at what point she got promoted to deluxe status.
Since many of you are big costume fanatics, I think it’s important to mention that you won’t be seeing the classic purple outfit on Suki that you’re accustomed to. She’s in an outfit that is similar to—if not exactly the same as—the grey outfit Angel wears in most of her appearances. Fear not; it’s still Suki, so she of course looks great.
As far as the fight itself, outside of some stomach punches and a test of strength that features each character using her powers, there isn’t much peril or fetish material to speak of. The momentum of the fight flows back and forth as the two combatants exchange punches in the center of the training room. The fight is hard-hitting, but not quite as hard as in Training Room 15. There is one moment in particular that I thought was rather well done. One of the characters uses her powers in an inventive way to swing the momentum of the fight in her favor. It was a small moment, but another well thought out piece of storytelling by the NGC producers.
I think I can definitively say of all the characters that made their debut in the Training Room series, Suki has garnered the most fan acclaim, and with good reason. She has been off-screen for a while, and it’s nice to have her back. However, I think it’s time to give the actress who plays Nina Hellfire her due. She looks great, she can pull off a good fight scene, and in my opinion she is far and away the best actress in the genre. It would be easy for her to be over-the-top with her performance, but she somehow balances the anger/ferocity/borderline insanity that makes Nina Hellfire such a great character.
This is another solid, if unspectacular, Training Room episode. It fills in a tiny bit of back story but doesn’t do much of anything to push the current storyline forward. As mentioned above, both actresses are great and the fight choreography is up to its usual high standard.