Posted by psgels on 20 October 2008 with categories: Blade of the Immortal



Short Synopsis: The Ittou-Ryuu now starts sending women after Manji.
Highlights: This show can both be funny and romantic if it wants to.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10 (Excellent)
Quite a unique episode for Blade of the Immortal. Manji and Rin are purposefully kept in the background, in order to focus on some of the other characters: Kagehisa Anotsu and a new one: Makie Otono-Tachibana. There was a lot of dialogue between them, but if I picked up things correctly, the two of them have a crush on each other, but aren’t in an official relationship. Makie is a Geisha who seems to work for the Ittou-Ryuu in order to make money, but I’m not sure about her exact role yet, or who it was that ordered her to go and take care of Manji. In any case, it seems that in this episode, Makie finally managed to cut whatever ties she had with the Ittou-Ryuu, or vice versa. I think that Kagehisa just tried to love her because of her combat skills.

The fact that this episode focused on different characters also had another very nice result: there was a bit of time left to flesh out Manji and Rin. Really, Manji is getting ruder with every episode, and especially their banter about Manji’s sexual escapades was pretty funny, and how Rin tried to take that too seriously. It was a bit awkward to see that from a fourteen year-old girl, but then again: Rin didn’t exactly grow up normally, having witnessed her mother being raped and all.

I also loved the directing-style of this episode. the animation is still not really impressive, but especially in this episode, the creators really made u for it with some very nice poses and visual imagery. It works especially well with the already excellent sound of this series.

5 Responses

  1. saris says:

    Actually, Anotsu does love Makie, not only for her abilities but it can’t be seen clearly until like Vol.22 in the manga. The two share a moment in the past together,which should be featured in anime??, that ‘s why Anotsu can’t let her go to waste.

    For Makie , she took the job because she loves him, not for money. She will come back again later. Well , Makie is the best swordman in the series anyway XD. And at first , Anotsu is the one who ordered her to take care of Manji.

  2. csfan says:

    Oh i thought that Rin was 16! or maybe Im wrong? Anyways, thanks for the reviews… Greatly appreciated ;)

  3. goody says:

    Anotsu and Makie’s relationship is one of the most well written “love(?) relationship” ever.
    the depth of her storyline will emerge in the next episode and….. well…. if everything follows the manga you’ll have to wait a lot before seeing her come back. But when she does….. wow XD

  4. obidos says:

    No csfan your are right, Rin is 16 not 14. I haven’t watched the anime yet but I know that the manga states that it’s been 2 years since her parents died so that would make her 16.

  5. kazegaara says:

    lol. i really liked the animation in this episode. it’s not too slow at movements and very smooth at time and i really don’t understand Makie and Anotsu’s relationship. it irritates me to see how they’re not willing to confess their feelings clearly. o well, it’s for the best. anyways, overall i did liked the fact that Rin was a bit jealous. lol.

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:31 PM)
    I mean to be fair I didn’t even look it up, but I guess there is a chance that even a show with ‘Princess’ and an exclamation mark in the title can have some redeeming qualities.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:24 PM)
    @Firechick: you’re asking for that review on the wrong end of the internet sweety. The fact that the name sounds like a made up title does not help you either but don’t worry, I’m sure Go! Princess Procure is going to be awesome in its own way … pffffffffffft lol there I go again.
  • Aries
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:22 PM)
    to be fair precure had a really great action sequence in it’s first episode….
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:20 PM)
    Oh thank god. It would be rather depressing if it was the other thing.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:19 PM)
    @Emma, not really. I can post but I can’t really look at details like site views and such. But well I found out just now I can edit shoutbox comments. And to my surprise found that bam comment was posted with the same email he normally uses. So I guess Firechick is telling the truth…I think. Sorry I guess.
    But then why would Bam give a shit about Precure?…wait…no it can’t be…
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:17 PM)
    Hehe no that was actually me being a sarcastic douche. I guess it was pretty convincing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 04:58 PM)
    @Aidan: I had always thought that your admin abilities on here would have allowed you to see who was really who even if they were impersonating other users.
  • Firechick
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 04:54 PM)
    Hey! I haven’t even come here much lately myself! And I don’t impersonate people!
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 04:44 PM)
    @Firechick, Sure ya didn’t. And Bam just decided to comment ten minuts after you despite the fact that he doesn’t use exclamation marks and most certainly does not watch precure. It was either you or Aries and considering how inactive the shoutbox is lately, you are a prime suspect.
  • Firechick
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 03:00 PM)
    Uhhh…I wasn’t impersonating Bam. I don’t even know who he or she is.

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