Posted by psgels on 6 October 2008 with categories: Blade of the Immortal



Short Synopsis: Shizuma asks the help of a familiar character to get rid of Manji.
Highlights: Rin.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8,5/10
Ah, I’m really beginning to see where Bee-Train plans to go with the first 13 episodes of this series (who knows how long it will be in the end?). Its general rule of thumb is “don’t introduce any complex or complicated plot-twists or character-development unless the characters are developed”. And indeed, this series so far has been mostly action-scenes, and fleshing out Rin and Manji. At the same time, we also already get a bit of a taste of the major characters of the later arcs. I don’t know exactly how much of the manga Bee-Train changed, but this does explain why the plot has felt relatively simple so far.

And albeit slowly, the plot is definitely moving. Shizuma doesn’t turn out to be a major character at all, because in this episode he dies. Same as the old grandmother who delivered Manji and Shizuma their worms. That by the way was about as untypical as a major death in anime as you can get. There was no blown-up drama. Shizuma just stepped outside of his cottage, and when he stepped back in, he already killed her with his poison. I was surprised to find out about her grandchild, by the way. At the end of the episode, it still lives, so I’m curious whether it’s going to appear again.

In any case, I keep getting more impressed by Rin, who’s turning into much more than just a damsel in distress. Even though she’s nowhere as strong as the other guys in this series, she does what she can in order to help Manji. And even when she does get captured, these raw emotions of fear are very nicely portrayed. And at the end, she’s able to set herself past these traumatic experiences. You can really see her mature.

10 Responses

  1. asdf #1 says:

    i thought it was just an old lady who he made dress up in order to capture Rin, by holding her grandson captive. she said kanji instead of manji and had the wrong laugh

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Oh, that indeed makes more sense. I kept wondering why she suddenly acted so out of character and where her grandchild came from if she’s 800 years old. ^^;

  3. Frotee says:

    The manga also starts out fairly slow, with your bad-guy of the day. The story in general doesn’t shine because of its awesome plot, but instead more due to its awesome character developement. You can really see them grow, especially Rin – she even ended up saving Manji in one of the latest installments ^-^ (wonder when or if he’ll get his arm back…)

  4. Alexander says:

    Hi.
    Does anyone know where i can get to watch episode 7. I cant find it anywhere..

    Please all help would be appreciated …

  5. yko says:

    **Spoilers**

    Yeah, I agree with Frotee. Rin’s character at the end of the series really shines. She turned from a crybaby at the start of the series to a women who is able to endure all sorts of hardship in order to save Manji.

    “One day, we will be separated. But wherever my destination is, wherever I return to, as long as you’re there, I will become strong.”

  6. Nonpoint says:

    I am trying to find episode 7 everywhere, any idea where it might be located at?

  7. psgels psgels says:

    nonpoint: it hasn’t been subbed yet, if that’s what you’re talking about.

  8. Nonpoint says:

    When do they usually release on average? I only started watching it on episode 5. When I discovered it. There is so much anime out there that it is hard to keep up and find the ones I like the most :) I am a huge samurai X / rurouni kenshin fan and besides Shigurui being one of the best animes I have ever watched out of many this anime seems very interesting.

  9. psgels psgels says:

    Hmm, they usually release about a week to a week and a half after the original airdate. Unfortunately it’s not the most popular series, so not many fansubbers are working on it.

  10. Gargamuza says:

    “Unfortunately it’s not the most popular series”

    It being complete garbage may have something to do with that.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 05:18 AM)
    Oh, awesome, dark horse is releasing volume 10 of black lagoon in April, its been nearly five years since the last complete volume…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:56 AM)
    @Aidan: I think theres something seriously wrong when theres the actually possibility of there being a good PA works anime but we all have our opinions =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:13 AM)
    @Raggers, I will go into detail when I review it. But I think something is seriously wrong when I get a far more satisfying ending out of shirobako than Death parade.
    Looking forward to writing a review of shirobako too.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:56 AM)
    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:29 AM)
    Well. Death parades ending was quite underwhelming.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
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    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
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    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.

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