Posted by psgels on 2 February 2008 with categories: Shigofumi ~ Stories of the Last Letter

Yep, this episode yet again showed that this series has the same scriptwriter as Code-Geass. This episode had quite a few small unexplained coincidences that plagued Code Geass, up to the extreme. Thankfully, Shigofumi promises to be ten times better than the former somehow. I think it’s because that this is the only flaw that this series really has, whereas Code Geass was plagued by emo-fests and the horrible nationalistic messages that it tried to shove down the viewer’s throats, among others.

This episode was really mentioned to flesh out Fumiko, and the person receiving the Shigofumi (a cat) took a step back. It worked out really well, in my opinion. We also learn a bit more about Fumiko, before she became the deliverer of the Shigofumi. It seems that she, after killing her father, went into a coma. And now, she’s stuck, delivering the Shigofumi while her real body remains unconscious for years. Her old classmate that we saw in episode three turns out to have confessed to her, though Fumika declined.

It was also quite amusing to see that she hated cats. In that way, she does form a pretty good combination with Chiaki, as it’s clear that both of them try to annoy each other as much as possible. I really liked how this episode gave a new dimension to Fumiko, and how she’s not just that cold girl who delivers letters.

Regarding the case of this episode, it was pretty cute for a old man and woman to try and give their last message to a cat in the form of a key to their old apartment. I like the creativity, and it shows how the original writers were really trying to explore the borders around the Shigofumi. That’s what I like about these case-based series so much. :)

8 Responses

  1. Camario says:

    I guess Ichiro Okouchi will forever be “the Code Geass scriptwriter” in your eyes…but even if that wasn’t the case, “small (or moderate or large) unexplained coincidences” abound in many other anime series as well, old and new. I think mentioning too many examples would be quite unnecessary at this point.

    So, personally, I think Geass and Shigofumi (which I’m starting to watch but still on ep 3, for the record, though I don’t care too much about spoilers) are too different for the comparison to make much sense, beyond the presence of the scriptwriter himself. But alas…

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Camario: Yeah, I know that many other series have trouble with these small coincidence, but it still haunts me. I won’t reveal too much about Code Geass if you’re only at episode three, but these coincidences get really taken to the extreme in its second half, and I’m really afraid that the same is going to happen with Shigofumi at times.

  3. totoum says:

    though how close to the original manga is shigofumi? I know the art seems different,but what about the plot?

    if the coincidences were also in the original material,you can’t really blame the scriptwriter of the anime.

  4. Windspirit says:

    The anime has absolutely nothing to do with the manga.

  5. Windspirit says:

    The anime has nothing to do with the original novels case-wise. So I heard, at least.

  6. totoum says:

    thanks for the info windspirit

  7. Tania says:

    What do you mean? You don’t like “Code Geass”? But, it’s REALLY AWESOME!!!!! One of my favorite series! The plot and the chatacters and the story are really well – developped and I am looking foward the next season , I can’t wait to see it! I don’t agree with you on this, I can’t understand why you haven’t enjoyed it. Well, I just found the Opening wasn’t perfect, they could have found better for an anime of this high quality it was somehow out of place. I haven’t liked it. But I liked the music inside the episodes. I particularly loved the one we hear when Euphie is dying and Suzaku is beside her hospital bed.

  8. yoshi927 says:

    There were two big coincidences here, but it wasn’t really as annoying as in the second episode. I liked this one quite a bit. It seems funny that stealing is out but mugging is fine. :D

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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