Posted by psgels on 7 March 2007 with categories: Red Garden

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Short Synopsis: This episode develops lots of relationships: the one between Kate and Paula, Rose and her father, Claire and her brother and Rachel and Luke.
Good: Kate.
Bad: No bad points this time.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8.5/10

Whoa! The next paragraph will be a major spoiler for the next episode, so if you haven’t seen it yet, close this window NOW, if you don’t want to be spoiled. I accidentally noticed Impz talking about it in IRC, and I just have to confirm whether it’s true or not.

I was lurking a bit in #animeblogger, and then I noticed Impz mentioning that the creators of Red Garden aren’t afraid to kill off a major character for the progression of the story. Afterwards, I tried to forget it, but OMG, are the creators really planning to kill of Kate!? Seriously, she could have been considered the main character of this show. Of all the four girls, she got involved with the main storyline the fastest, and it was her that Hervé started dating. And now she’s just going to die like that? Okay, I don’t know if it’s really true, but the ending of the episode sent some really big hints. O_o

Regarding deaths, Neil also died! To make things even sadder, this makes his only reason in this anime to be killing off Kate. To make things even more complicated, the head-officer died so that Neil could die, so that Kate could die. It’s like a domino-effect! Are the creators going to keep this up until they kill off every single character of the cast? It would be disturbing, but seeing that there are still 7 episodes left, I’m feeling that lots of characters are going to die in the next couple of episodes. O_o

Also, regarding the main part of the episode, that one was meant to develop the different girls even more than they already were. And guess what, the predictions I made in the first half of the series for both Rachel and Kate were way off. Luke comes back, and even after dating Amanda he still loves Rachel. It’s not Luke who dumps Rachel, it’s Rachel who dumps Luke. Paula also was never in trouble because of Rachel’s bad attendance. She was in trouble because she kept worrying about Kate. She knew everything, and she even loved her (at least I had that part correct). The scene between Paula and Kate was too sad, by the way.

Claire was just adorable. She’s become rather spaced-out, after the previous episode. On top of that, she finds out that her father has actually been helping her brother. Rose, meanwhile, develops a cold during the episode. Fairly predictable, but right now, she’s getting even closer to her father.

9 Responses

  1. Kite says:

    I’m hoping Herve is going to be able to save Kate. It doesn’t look like Lise is done for though so I dunno but I think Kate will live for now. Kate might become one of Herve’s kind though so I dunno. Maybe there will be a conflict of Kate having to join Herve’s side if she becomes one of them. I don’t think she’d betray her friends though to save herself but I’m just wondering how this is gonna all work out. I do think though that Kate and Herve will be the ones to make it through the whole anime without dying though. I just have a feeling…

  2. asdf says:

    nah kate doesn’t die, at least not from what i’ve seen up to ep 21, but JC and the two detectives have already died, and yes a couple people die in the upcoming episodes, and like you said there’s still more to come

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, okay. In that case, I misunderstood things a bit.

    And about Lise, I don’t know if that’s really Lise in her body. Right now, she’s just a shell who moves a bit, and who has some of Lise’s memories. It’s like Herve said, she’s not herself at the moment. The question now remains: can this be fixed?

  4. Karura says:

    iirc, Red Garden is 24 episodes, so there’s only five episodes left, not seven.

  5. Chris says:

    I think Impz was reffering to the 2 police officer’s death. Kate’s only captured from what I realize. If any character was going to be killed I would think it’d be Rose, she just feels like she’d be the one that the creators would kill off because it probably wouldn’t be disappointing ( not that I don’t like if Kate died) but still very emotional at the same time due to her childlike and innocent qualities. Anyway Red Garden deserves much more attention but for some reason it doesn’t look like the anime community really liked the series, but then again it’s not very anime-ish and is much more American-Tv-Drama styled.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Karura: ack, you’re right. My mistake

    Chris: I definitely agree with you about how Red Garden deserves much more attention than it’s getting at the moment.

  7. TokiDoki says:

    This animation style buts me off, but then again One Piece’s animation put me off and when I tried it I really enjoyed it…but I guess this is a different story.

  8. asdf says:

    holy crap! it’s actually 22 episodes i think. and there’s gonna be an OVA out on 2007/08/08. can’t believe it’s already over, i was expecting a couple more episodes

  9. psgels psgels says:

    Yes, I heard that. The last two episodes are supposed to arrive in dvd-format. Dammit, I don’t think I’ll be able to wait that long.

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    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 04:03 PM)
    @Raggers, it might have difficulty with a two cour run but a single cour I don’t really think so. Hell Mushi-shi has kept itself going with the same formula for two seasons. Hell girl for three seasons.
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    The problem with Death Parade is that its potential is (at least, appears to be) skin deep. At least I’m having trouble seeing it escalate beyond what we see on the surface, and I doubt new cases will be interesting enough to watch week in, week out.
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    Watched Death Parade’s third episode. Easily the best so far. Significantly better execution, felt a lot less forced. The weight of their situation actually added something to their story, giving the Queen Decim gimmick more purpose. That said, the game itself was still heavily underutilized beyond tangential connection to their living selves. And the setting still needs attention if we’re meant to care about it in and of itself.
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