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.

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  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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  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:15 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, heard about the Project Itoh, from what I heard they’re not that good thou, with only Empire of Corpses has a slightly favorable reviews. I believe Kaiser watched Harmony alrready and he gave a very negative rating.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 06:52 AM)
    Jezz, I was almost certain that I would cover Orange, mainly because I never have thought it would be on top of the polls. Anw, it’s good to see how Aidan cover it as it appears I’m a much more easy-marker than Aidan
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.

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