Posted by psgels on 27 November 2008 with categories: Shikabane Hime



Short Synopsis: A couple of high schoolers explore an abandoned building.
Highlights: The cat! (I shouldn’t be reminded of when saying that…
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7,5/10 (Good)
A more quiet episode, but those are needed too. This one is especially useful, as it gives Ouri some development, sheds some light on the cat, and contributes a bit to the world that this series is set on. It’s a small detail, but very useful: with people shooting with machine guns at zombies, it was only a matter of time before people would start stalking Makina.

So as it turns out, Ouri isn’t Keisei’s real brother after all, but I guess that probably explains why the guy moved out of the house so early. While I shouldn’t be surprised at this point about this, he turns out to be adopted, and was leading god knows what sort of life before that. He arrived at Keisei’s house with complete memory loss, and took ages before learning everything. He finally got motivated once he made friends with a little kitten he picked up.

At one point, the cat died, though something strange went on with its spirit, and it returned as a ghost that only Ouri could see. Or talk to anyway, since this episode reveals that Makina can see it as well. Thanks to the support of this cat, I think that Ouri was able to fully recover from his trauma and lead a good life. And I guess that because of the cat, he’s been treating Makina and Minai as real people. Makes sense.

The slapstick was really weird in this episode, but what surprised me even more that I found myself laughing at those boob-jokes and horny classmates. It was cute, and didn’t feel annoying at all, even though similar attempts in other series have made me edge to ALT-F4 more often than not.

5 Responses

  1. Denizen says:

    Hey, did you notice the ending theme this time around? I would call it “foreshadowing” but there isn’t much in the way of subtlety. It definitely indicates two very predictable points of the series, but they could be interesting I suppose.

    And yeah, interesting episode. The fight and monster design at the beginning was interesting (You can see the theme of people’s attachment to life is getting much more exaggerated as the series goes on – it kinda works, though)
    And what’s up with Makina’s arm? It seems to be damaged somehow ever since episode 6, so I thought it was permanently gone, but she seems to have it when there’s no action going on.

    Otherwise, a great episode, and good to see some backstory on Ouri and the reason for the cat – in a roundabout way, I guess the show relates to ‘attachments’, Ouri’s attachment to normal life becomes an avatar of something about him in the form of the cat, and it’s similar with the way Shikabane manifest into something they were attached to. Or maybe that’s a bit too deep.

    This series just gets better, i’m hoping it continues like this til the end of the series and hopefully in the second as well.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    My theory is that she needs Keisei to regenerate her limbs. That’s why she kept running around without an arm around episode six, because he was unconscious. I believe that I spotted her arm getting ripped off again by the monster of this episode.

  3. Wing-ed says:

    Akasha could see the cat too. Likely all the shikabane and priests in the Kougon sect can see it.

  4. Aegd says:

    to psgels:

    “So as it turns out, Ouri isn’t Keisei’s real brother after all, but I guess that probably explains why the guy moved out of the house so early.”

    Sorry but, this has been know since the first episode. The monks runs the Orphanage that Ouri was living in and the lady with the apron (don¨t remember her name) is the caretaker of the orphanage while Keisei is just this laidback monk who visits when he feels like it. Keisei also says outright in the first episode “そうだな。。。お前もここで育ったなんだからな”

    “My theory is that she needs Keisei to regenerate her limbs. That’s why she kept running around without an arm around episode six, because he was unconscious. I believe that I spotted her arm getting ripped off again by the monster of this episode.”

    You don’t need to theorize about that! :) It was stated in earlier episodes that the monk who binds a contract with a shikabanehime can heal her wounds but will in return get some of those wounds himself. Also the shikabane don’t regenerate themselves. They need their contractor to heal there wounds. This was also displayed in one of the previous episodes.

  5. Irie says:

    The series has gotten better as it’s gone alone. I don’t expect Makina to be contracted by Ouri. If that were possible why didn’t Ouri contract with that other Hime who lost her monk? I completed expected that to happen but she just reverted to a Shikabane. If I could guess, his classmate will probably get killed and Ouri will contract with her. A bit dark but this series keeps us guessing.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 04:50 AM)
    @Emma: I still think Cameron is substantially more talented than Rupert Sanders. At least Cameron knows how to get the package together and made a watchable, and technically groundbreaking, film out of Avatar which would’ve been utter B movie shit in lesser hands. GitS was never going to work regardless of Scarlet Johansson, while Alita could’ve been something. I do believe however that Nolan and Snyder would’ve probably been a much more compatible match for the franchise.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:57 AM)
    @Bam: James Cameron hasn’t made a film I’ve enjoyed since terminator 2.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:55 AM)
    @Bam: Wow, someone else who noticed the Elysium/battle angel commonality, I’ve been thinking about that for a while myself also.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:18 AM)
    Also looking back I notice heavy thematic similarities between Elysium and Battle Angel Alita. The labor division and the great disparity in life-quality of Earth versus Elysium is almost a direct parallel to Tiphares and the Scrapyard. I wonder if this is going to hinder the Alita’s Hollywood adaptation, in which case good- that horrendous GitS one is more than enough.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:13 AM)
    Truthfully Seinen is an age/gender demographic and not really a genre or category, but even within Japan the term has come to be identified with manga that have sexuality and violence like the works of Go Nagai instead of those that contain general adult themes. That’s why comedies are pretty much never considered Seinen, even though some are probably only appreciated by the Seinen crowd.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
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    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.

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