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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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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