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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    (Tuesday, Jun 2. 2015 06:53 PM)
    I really hope that polygon pictures are hinting at a blame adaptation with that insert in the recent sidonia episode. Because if not, then I will feel as if the studio has teased/mocked me…
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    (Tuesday, Jun 2. 2015 06:42 PM)
    Well well. At first glance the Summer season looks pretty weak but as I am checking out the sources I am noticing a number of them with potential. Anyway I got half of the preview written up. K-Off if you feel like it I can send you a link to the Doc to put in your take on what you like.
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