By now, if you’ve seen any of the previous eight Training Room episodes from Next Global Crisis, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect—a short (and appropriately priced at under $12) fighting bout between two opponents, with really high production values. However, I have to point out that in my opinion, the fight choreography and editing in this particular episode is the best I’ve seen from Next Global Crisis, and some of the best in the genre (perhaps outside of Japan).
The opponents here are Sebastian Luner (from Training Room 1 and Training Room 3) and Bluebird (from Training Room 2, Training Room 4 and Training Room 7) (everybody got that?), who both of whom are quite adept at pulling off various fighting maneuvers as well as delivering convincing performances.
Sebastian Luner, who still looks truly deranged to me, wears his familiar shock collar while Bluebird gets a chance to show off her “enhanced speed and stamina” (although she still receives a real beating). The two characters exchange a few witty barbs every once in a while, when they’re not delivering punches and kicks that would crush the bones of normal, human opponents.
Overall, the fighting seems pretty evenly matched, although the action seems a little more intense this time, and on a technical level, I thought this was an excellent production. The performances are convincing, the costumes are good and the fighting is intense, so this is another good production for fans of Next Global Crisis.-