Posted by psgels on 28 July 2007 with categories: Dennou Coil


This episode was wrong on so many levels, but I think everyone can see that by looking at the screenshots. It’s not what it looks like, honestly. ^^; Basically, those hairs are tiny illegals who have settled on the faces of people. It looks quite hilarious and wrong if you don’t know what’s going on.

Oh, and Kyoko kissed Daichi and later Denpa. Don’t ask. I do love, though, how she keeps hanging out with Daichi. They do fit each other perfectly, they’re both obnoxious brats who got sent away by the people they look up to. And somehow, I like both of them, Even though the past two episodes have done rather nothing to develop Isako, they did a great job in fleshing out the characters, and introducing new kinds of illegals that just sparkle with imagination. To be honest, Dennou Coil is turning into one of my favourite series at the moment, as it’s currently doing just about everything right, there are no obvious flaws, and it perfectly combines comedy and drama. Especially this episode was hilarious. (Notice the blush on Mega-Baa’s face when she sees Daichi’s new look? She also looks hilarious with her beard on; ^^;)

The interesting thing also is: these illegals were perfectly sentient, and they all had a mind of their own. Yasako had some great conversations with them, and we see them actually develop, change and learn in this episode. Especially the final part of the episode was really thought-provoking, when they started to have war with each other. I also love the solution for the problem: transfer all of illegals to the old guy’s head, and the background music that was chosen for it only made it better.

So basically, I’m ashamed to say it, but I absolutely loved this episode. ^^;

8 Responses

  1. leongsh says:

    Nothing to be ashamed about in loving this episode. This episode is the best episode so far in this show which has been excellent in nearly all its episodes. However, your brief blog on it does the episode a disservice as it failed to grasp the significance of what is being played out.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Hmm, you’re right about that one. Thanks for pointing this out, I’ve been having a tendency to make some entries a bit too short, especially those for the really good episodes.

  3. ap says:

    When I first saw the screenshots, I thought to myself “Am I growing insane?”

  4. tg says:

    This episode is full of win. I was practically laughing so much from everyone having hair. :D And Kyoko kissing Daichi! That was so unexpected. I thought it was interesting how the illegals made small little communities on people’s faces. That ultmitely changes my view on illegals. ^___^ Wonder if we can meet a very human illegal one day?

  5. leongsh says:

    While we laugh very hard (which I know I did) over the infection which causes nearly everyone to sprout cyberbeards, take note of what these cyberbeards represent – the sentient illegals that develop their civilisation, the disputes that crop up, and their use of ballistic missiles in their warfare. Funny to watch but fascinating and inventive in execution.

  6. Ravage says:

    >>So basically, I’m ashamed to say it, but I absolutely loved this episode. ^^;

    As leongsh said, no need to be ashamed, Dennou Coil is already a fantastic anime, and I felt this episode was the best one so far(there honestly is not 1 weak episode among them).
    I laughed out loud at many points this episodes, the story was very imaginative as well. And you’re right about the short blog post, psgels. An episode like this needs some more explanation about what exactly is going on in the entry.

    In final, I applaud Anonymous for picking up this series as well, and assuring me of fast releases of Dennou Coil. :D

  7. totoum says:

    what i find amazing about this episode,is that i’ve seen this concept done before ( notably the simpsons and south park) but this was so much better than those since i feel it used the potential of this concept way better than the other shows,and in a much more imaginative manner.

  8. Itromia says:

    I was rolling over laughing for 2 reasons.
    1. It was funny just watching the illegals bomb each other.
    2. A few hours before I was doing research on micronations.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @bam, Muv Luv has the problem that most of its brillence lies in the third title. But in order for the third title to have the same effect you need to read the first two. Successful or not, I doubt theres animation studio willing to go all in and adapt the full trilogy. There’s also the issue of the first title being a really mediocre harem.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 12:48 PM)
    just a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg of reasons why y’all need a PS4 for the upcoming year:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Hz8eXWHNY
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 08:09 AM)
    Why they didn’t adapt the original Muv Luv novel or Alternative is a mystery to me. Wasn’t the VN really successful? Whats with these offshoot shows instead of doing the real deal? They are avoiding it for some reason.

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