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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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 02:25 AM)
    @Wyatt: I believe initially I got a kick out princess lover then got bored when they did a piss poor job of trying to give it some kind of plot later on.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:59 AM)
    @Realist: I don’t believe I am familiar with that manga, love tyrant.
    @Wyatt: Been there, done that.
    @Realist: Luring the viewer into a false sense of security with a happy, deceptive start if done right can work.
    @Realist: Ergo proxy was atmospheric, creepy, well plotted, violent and well drawn and I still love the cyberpunk feel, the ending and silly episode however were a letdown.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:30 AM)
    @AidanAK47 @Emma What’s y’alls opinions on “Love Tyrant”?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:07 AM)
    @WyattX Ergo Proxy is sort of like that. It starts out really dark and the most light-hearted episodes come later on in the series. But it’s by no means a straight trajectory from dark to light. I for one am a sucker for shows that start out light and get dark and am glad it is trending right now. This has been a breakout season for that type of show.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:34 PM)
    Just watch it for how fracking trashy it is. “It’s so bad, it’s good” is a huge understatement. Go through the series in order for the full effect you’ll get when you watch the OVAs. Just pure gold.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:23 PM)
    I recommend you watch Princess Lover then watch the OVAs. The series itself is relatively normal (although crap) but the OVA are hentai. You get to see the hilarious jump from non-h to hentai as the main character turns into a hungry sex addict and tries to get into the heroine’s pants every five seconds when he HAD acted like a gentleman the entire series. LOL
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 01:02 PM)
    Generally later on when alot of comedies need to wrap things up they try to force in a plot so they can get some kind of ending. I know, agree its generally terrible, some of the drama later in toradora for example made me want to detusk a walrus in frustration.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 09:27 AM)
    What is it with light comedies trying to turn melodramatic as the series gets stretched out? What if we did the reverse? Let’s say theoretically that it happened to Tsubasa Chronicle. It would start out melodramatic as usual, then devolve into a simple, light slapstick comedy and forget about the story. People would lose their minds.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:44 AM)
    Here I take a second look at time of eve/eve no jiken: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-Time-of-eve-496663893
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:06 AM)
    I’m not sure whether to watch the sequel or not.

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