Posted by psgels on 9 September 2008 with categories: Blade of the Immortal



Short Synopsis: Next up: the swordsman who walks around with Rin’s parents’ sword.
Highlights: This series quite possibly has the fastest-paced start of any Bee-Train series so far.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8,5/10
Ah, screw the manga that this series ruined. I might end up reading it as soon as the series is over, but for now I’m really enjoying this series, manga or no manga. You can really see that Bee-Train is trying out something new, and it working out really well so far. It’s amazing to think how much has already happened in this series, especially since in your average Bee-Train series, the first ten episodes are spent fleshing out the characters instead. The past five episodes, though, have kept pushing the storyline forward.

What I really liked about this episode is that everything just happens with minimal exposition and yet it works. This series knows what it is, and is built around its action-sequences. And okay, so the action-sequences themselves are rather dull, everything around them rocks.

The guy from this episode, Magatsu, is one who thinks he’s special because a samurai killed his sister in the past, up to the point where it almost sounds like he’s proud of it. He never really learned to let go of the horrible experience, to the result that it continues to haunt him even though it happened decades ago.

As it turns out, a major theme in this series is acting out of impulses. Rin was already guilty of this, but in this episode Manji also shows that he can be quite the impulsive bastard, and go running off without notifying anyone. This episode also shows that the Ittou-Ryuu have more enemies than just Asano Rin. This could become interesting.

And I’ve also been wondering: why do the eye-catch and the ED show the characters in a modern setting? Could the creators be planning to set the second half of this series in modern times? Did this happen in the manga as well?

5 Responses

  1. Vernieda says:

    No, nothing like that happened in the manga. I hope they don’t do anything like that in the anime because there’s absolutely no reason to. There’s so much material to work with already, it’s not necessary.

    What I do think the ED & eyecatch reference is the fact that manga is very anachronistic. The character designs and more particularly in the way different characters talk — some speak ultra-formal; others talk like they walked off a street corner from a very bad part of town. For what is essentially a chanbara series, it has a very modern sensibility to it.

  2. L.A says:

    “it almost sounds like he?™s proud of it.”

    …really? I don’t think that’s a right interpretation. He hates Samurais because his sister was killed by them. And therfore he doesn’t call himself a samurai and leaves Ittou-Ryuu.

    I don’t think he was ever proud of it…

  3. psgels psgels says:

    LA: I’m not sure. It rather striked me like the guy was bragging about his dead sister when he talked about it. In the way of “oh, I’m special because my sister’s dead”. This indeed isn’t really pride, though.

  4. Vernieda says:

    Why would Magatsu call himself a samurai in the first place? He comes from the peasant class. It’s not just that a samurai killed his sister. It’s the fact that any samurai could kill any peasant’s little sister and get away with it without any repercussions at all. It’s left him very, very bitter and resentful towards the samurai caste. (Actually, this is a major theme in the manga. Not just with Magatsu but with other characters as well.)

    Granted, I don’t know how the anime presented it because I’m still waiting for subs.

  5. Gargamuza says:

    >You can really see that Bee-Train is trying out something new, and it working out really well so far

    Hahaha, no, it’s not working well so far. It’s really terrible and embarrasing to watch this. Not only because they destroyed one of the finest manga ever, but also because it’s a crappy generic piece of garbage by itself, just like the studio that’s making it.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:07 AM)
    @Realist: And theres things I’ve watched a few times and could never get into such as school rumble, full metal panic, darker than black.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:02 AM)
    @Emma Rewatching is the real acid test for anime. Shows that I loved the first time around seemed terrible on the second and third viewings. On the other hand, there are some shows I didn’t appreciate fully until I watched them multiple times.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:59 AM)
    I think I am in a re-reading/re-watch phase perhaps now, which is good because all that old stuff will feel new again in my head when I go back, can live it all over again.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:56 AM)
    @Realist: Ai-ren mixes in a romance plot with one about a newer race and terrorism, almost pre-apocaylptic. Good use of functional nudity/fanservice, bleak at that, a bit shakey on explanation a details in some parts though.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:55 AM)
    @Emma My beef with Bitter Virgin is that I don’t like the message. It really is a devastating manga though. I enjoyed it a lot.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:51 AM)
    @realist: Onani’s art and text walls kind of put me off but the leads development really makes it. Bitter virgin left me emotionally destroyed but I read it when I was a fair bit younger so I don’t know if it would have the same effect.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:49 AM)
    *American vampire
    **delete second lead
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:48 AM)
    @Bam: Been getting back into America vampire lately, good to read something that takes them seriously too, few issues are written by Stephen king, I’m enjoying the lore of it and how it spans so many historical eras, likeable anti hero also and artstyle, really appreciating that its an American comic with a female as the main lead lead.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:45 AM)
    And thanks.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:45 AM)
    @Emma Bitter Virgin and Onani Master Kurosawa I thought both were solid and good reads although neither was incredible. Bitter Virgin had a great premise but wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. Onani Master Kurosawa sort of had the opposite problem for me.

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