Posted by psgels on 24 September 2008 with categories: RD Sennou Chousashitsu



Short Synopsis: A calm-before-the-storm episode, which shows Haru right before he attempts to retrieve Kushima’s consciousness.
Highlights: Finally some focus on Minamo again!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8,5/10
This was an excellent calm-before-the-storm episode. It did exactly what was needed to prelude the finale for this series, and it also found enough time to finis Minamo’s development. It’s still a pity that she got degraded to side-character when the finale of this series started, so I’m really glad that the creators managed to put a satisfying closure to her story arc. With this episode, her growth feels complete.

The question of course remains: will the creators be able to do the same thing with the subplots between Souta and Holon, Haru and Kushima, Souta and the Secretary General and Kushima and Jennie. That final episode needs to be really fastly paced in order to get everything in there, and this is where the director really has to show what he can do to prevent the ending from getting rushed. I think that his best choice would be a simple straightforward ending, much as with Seirei no Moribito, instead of that chaotic ending of Ghost Hound. He should just focus on providing a satisfying conclusion for all of the above-mentioned subplots.

The plant, breaking down also was really nicely animated, by the way. It shows the promise for a nicely animated finale.

Overall, I’m still glad that I decided to follow this series, and while it isn’t THE best series of the past half year, I’d easily include this series in my top-10 favourite series of the past spring and summer-season, which have overall been rather disappointing for Production IG. They once were my favourite of the big animation producers, but that drastically changed in 2008. I think it was just one big mistake to get affiliated with that small company of Trans Arts, because these guys have just wanted to do way too much in way too little time, and they just don’t fit Production IG’s specific style. Especially with that theatrical announcement for Chocolate Underground, I’m wondering who on the company still finds it a good idea to keep affiliating with Trans Arts. Even Wellber, which I loved when it aired, is starting to get less and less memorable, the more I think back about it.

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  1. Kurisu says:

    Some Trivia:

    The Perl code shown at 2:10 is taken from here:
    http://www.din.or.jp/~ohzaki/perl.htm#JP_Base64

    At the same we learn that the Secretary General’s name is Erika Patricia Takanami.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:26 AM)
    @Aidan I don’t agree with you about the intentionality aspect but I think that’s irrelevant. Death of the author and all that. The more important question is, did it succeed as a deconstruction, and I think it did. I do need to check out that Shinigami manga though.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:06 AM)
    @K-Off Poor Charles Bronson. He was never even in the running.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:54 AM)
    @Ninja, The ending of school days was the first show to ever make me feel dead inside. That its clearly not an intentional Harem de-construction. Nor is it a very good one. However that shinigami and the four girlfriends manga I mentioned earlier is so far an excellent de-construction. And it has one damn sexy Yandere.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:39 AM)
    But if you’re including McQueen, then Dustin Hoffman has a shot as well.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @ninja Lol, Mel. But you’re right, it’s really hard to compare any actor to Eastwood and Wayne. Steve McQueen, possibly.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:29 AM)
    And as much as it pains me to admit it, Mel Gibson might be the closest modern analogue to any of these guys.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:28 AM)
    @K-Off Tough call. Eastwood has persisted longer but Wayne was arguably more influential. But it’s hard to put anyone up against either of these guys. Steve McQueen maybe? Or perhaps Henry Fonda? There are probably a lot of more modern people you could put in there, but it’s harder to make a case for their influence.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:26 AM)
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:22 AM)
    @ninja They both were cultural icons, so I wonder who’d win. Clint Eastwood is certainly more popular today, but John Wayne’s films affected an entire generation of men going off to war. WW2, and all the way to Vietnam.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:16 AM)
    One of my favorite really old movies might be M by Fritz Lang.

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