Posted 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 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
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 11:07 PM)
    Yeah, remakes and pointless sequels are the bane of a film fan. I still consider myself a Bond fan. I saw that one Bourne film, I thought it ran on too long but it was a mostly excitingly paced/edited film. Casablanca I respect more than I like, the central love triangle and characters clicked with me but the film is a bit dated.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 10:59 PM)
    @Pablo, there’s money in nostalgia. Plain and simple.
    Hell anyone who mentions a remake of beloved classic game on Kickstarter gets money thrown at them.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 10:57 PM)
    The Leftovers EP.9: While I was wary of a flashback episode, I have to say that this one happen to work out quite nicely. We finally got some reveals, that despite not being related to the Great Departure, did answer some questions regarding the characters relationships and motives which added layer of complexity to the show. I just wished that this episode was placed before episode 8 so we could go into the finale with some steam. Overall a pretty good episode.
  • PabloExpresso
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 09:11 PM)
    What’s next, Casablanca 2?
  • PabloExpresso
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 09:07 PM)
    Do you guys even watch films??
  • PabloExpresso
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 09:05 PM)
    Bourne Ultimatum had potential, but they buried that one alive and dug it up. Now they’re doing some Ed Gein shit and wearing the skin of the original film around town
  • PabloExpresso
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 09:02 PM)
    Yet you morons take it up the bum. This is the era of digging up the corpses of decent original films. Anyone who likes 007 is stupid and tasteless
  • PabloExpresso
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 09:01 PM)
    007 is such an outdated film, they should drop the guillotine on it already. The series raped my wallet, my mom’s wallet, and my grandfather’s wallet. Greatest scam of all time.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 08:43 PM)
    @Aidan:I’ll read it, as its one of those another world fantasy things.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 06:23 PM)
    Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari…this manga…makes me….so goddamn angry…but the day when I see that bitch, the king and those f*cking douchebag heroes suffer will be so sweet….

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