Posted by psgels on 23 May 2008 with categories: Kaiba


This episode was absolutely incredible. There’s probably no better way to say it. It’s one of those very rare episodes that just blew me away due to its sheer awesomeness. Everything Kaiba has been building up to has come together perfectly. Seriously, Kaiba right now has actually a chance of surpassing Haibane Renmei as my favourite 13-episode series, if it continues on at this pace.

Seriously, in seven mere episodes, Kaiba did what other series usually takes other series 20. When I first learned that Masaaki Yuasa would direct this series, I had my doubts, seeing as Kemonozume, Mind Game and Cat Soup were all good, but seemed to lack something, though Kaiba really shows that he’s evolving as a storyteller, and Kaiba is the work of a genius.

Vanilla, sacrificing himself for Kuroniko indeed had it coming, and I haven’t forgotten the horrible things he did in the first and second episode, and yet his end was so incredibly sweet. The guy knew full well that Kuroniko didn’t like him, and he only got this confirmed with her disgusted look after he kissed her, after which he planned to send her away, back to the planet where it all began in the first episode.

And then Neiro’s past. Her memory is a bloody mess, and it’s especially interesting to see Hyo-hyo being so shocked about it. We now know that it’s got something to do with Neiro, but it wasn’t aware of what exactly was done to her. There are also more Hyo-hyos than just Hyo-hyo, so I guess that it was just assigned to do a simple task: keep an eye on Warp, and I have reason to believe that that ostrich was also part of the complot.

I suspect that, assuming that everything Kaiba saw inside of Neiro’s memory came in chronological order, Warp once got attacked by Kaiba, and got his memory copied of some sort. That’s how Kaiba was born, and Kaiba was the one who got close to Neiro and fell in love with her, at the displeasure of Warp, so he tried to shoot her, like we saw in this episode. I have no idea how Neiro managed to survive, but if I had to guess, then Popo came to their rescue. He then messed with the memory of both of them, in order to manipulate them. I’m not sure what kind of purpose Kaiba has in his plans, though.

Oh, and I HATE TENNIS. Two freaking weeks without Kaiba!? $#!!$#$!@!@!!!

11 Responses

  1. TranceKuja says:

    My GOD, episode 05 hasn’t even been subbed yet. Ghah >_

  2. Autonomous Monster says:

    Do you think if we kidnapped Ureshii we could open underground fansubbing mines on Mars?

  3. Dr. Pest says:

    I really have to get better at understanding japanese.
    I am addicted to Kaiba; but the subs are very lame since there aren’t that much people watching this show (the last sub was released two weeks ago).

    I haven’t expected such a great show like this. Episode 3 had one of the best drama scenes I ever saw. If you ask me, this show is a masterpiece.

  4. Kim says:

    Hmm well maybe this will give the fansubbers a chance to catch up. :)

  5. Denizen says:

    The Tennis will give subs an oppurtunity to catch up, which is nice.

    But goddamn, I hate sport anyway, they don’t have to ram it in out faces by hijacking our favourite shows.
    I mean, the sheer concept that watching two people hit a green ball backwards and forwards just to get imaginary numbers is exciting – that’s retarded.
    The fact that this somehow overwrites plot and artistic values is a fallacy of the human race.

  6. Archer says:

    thanks to this all 7 ep. were subbed

    how can people not like any kind of sport i understand that they don’t like some but not even one or at least practice some sports in real life,just watch some of the last games of this tennis open and u will see that it is not as bad as some say and what the players do is neither easy so at least people should respect the sport they play

  7. kuro says:

    SPOILER? or just a guess?

    Something nagged me. As you said, Popo indeed messed up Neiro’s memory in the first episode with that black paint. But i have read again the review of that first episode in Cinnamon ass blog, then have just seen it again: Neiro’s memory must have been copied in Hyo Hyo in secret. Hyo hyo excitation makes a lot of sense now, seeing how much she wants to remove that black paint on her “original” messed memory :o…

  8. ez says:

    Aww man, Just when the story was starting to pick up

  9. Xllo says:

    Hey Popo’s silhouette covered Warp/Kaiba’s face in all of the good pictures.That’s curious eh?

  10. Chris says:

    Loved the episode, heartbreaking and warming at the same time, not to mention the large amount of revelations made it so cool. I wouldn’t mind Kaiba being on hiatus for a real sport or the cool High School Baseball Championship, but Tennis…really?

  11. BlueYoshi says:

    A sad end for Vanilla, who was probably my fav character. I always considered what he did in Ep 1 humorous and helpful rather than horrible (he did prevent that other guy from getting on the ship), but you can’t excuse the stuff he did on Ep 2. I turned out to really like the guy, since he was quite the interesting character.

    Although, I’m starting to get confused between Warp and Kaiba, and which one fell in love with Niero, and which one shot her. Sure, I read your prediction, but I can’t be quite sure.

    At least I don’t have to wait two weeks for the next two episodes.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Mar 7. 2015 02:00 AM)
    @Vxien, Not sure who that recommend is for but whoever it is has seen death note. It’s like recommending Cowboy bebop. Anyone calling themselves an anime fan has likely already seen it and anyone that hasn’t…should watch it immediately.
  • Vxien
    (Saturday, Mar 7. 2015 12:41 AM)
    Might I recommend Death Note if you haven’t already.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.

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