Posted by psgels on 22 January 2009 with categories: Bonen no Xamdou



Short Synopsis: This episode is all about Midori
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10 (Excellent)
This episode was quite an interesting take on the “calm before the storm”-trope. The big climax of this series has definitely still to happen: the Zanbani and Kujireika have yet to even arrive at the village of the Quickening Chamber, and yet this episode formed an excellent conclusion for the Midori-storyline. We’ve already seen that Xam’ds can be pulled out of despair with the right catalysts, so of course the same would happen with Midori. The past few episodes have been a bit too generous on the death count, so it’s good to see that people actually survive, despite the predictability.

It really seemed that Midori never really got to say a proper goodbye with her mother, and it also seems that the communication between the two wasn’t going well. Because of that, Midori always felt a big gap between the two of them, since she didn’t know what to say at the right time and her mother was an impatient person.

I´m really curious as to whether this series can pull off a worthy finale. It might seem obvious that series that are slow and focus a lot on build-up will automatically feature excellent climaxes, but as series as Ghost Hound showed, this isn’t always trivial. It’s all going to depend on how the creators are going to interpret the fight between Akiyuki and the Hiruken Emperor, and whether they can throw in some juicy plot twist that fit within the series and make the ending rushed.

In any case, the animation in this episode was so awesome. I’m not sure where Bones got the budget for this series, but it’s one heck of a budget well spent.

5 Responses

  1. Denizen says:

    Regarding the Budget, their deal with Sony may be a part of that. By not paying TV companies to air Xamdo, they already save money, and there’s a chance Sony managed to throw some more money at them in the hopes of something worthwhile to use for the Anime-before-Japan experiment. How money flows between Sony, Bones, and the individual downloads is fairly unknown, though.

    And yeah, great episode. It’s always a good idea to set up the environment of a climactic finale before actually making it happen.

  2. Kabitzin says:

    Although I’ve enjoyed nearly every episode so far of Xam’d, I am a little worried because I still feel like I barely have any idea of what is going on with Lady Sannova and the Hirouko and Xam’d.

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  4. Erias says:

    I hope the finale will be great.

    I like really much the characters feelings are shown in this series.
    The importance of soul, and not to give in to your own darkness is handless so well in my opinion in this show.
    I really like how Nakiami talks too, in a strong, strikeforward way. They are all great characters actually.
    Bones has done something great with Xam’d, I’m really liking this world.
    I hope the finale will go well.

  5. Irie says:

    I really do hope they manage to end this properly. It seems like they are working hard to resolve the open plots but how much time is left for the finale? I wasn’t too crazy about this series early on since it seemed to lack focus. Given that it’s an epic-type series I’m glad they managed to pull things together so well. I didn’t think it would be possible given how many storylines they had going. This is really the sort of anime you could buy for future viewing.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:52 AM)
    I meant one more than the one presented in Princess Kaguya, so 2/5 which is a decent kill ratio.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:37 AM)
    One of the princes also ends up dead because of her shenanigans.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:35 AM)
    @Aidan: she’s way more of a cunt in the actual folktale. She shows no regard for the suitors and is actually the one who comes up with the gauntlets, plus she leads the emperor on just for lolz. Also Sutemaru doesn’t exist in the actual story and the role is deligated to the emperor who refuses immortality cuz she is gone. Emotional detachment is a characteristic of their culture, and people still wonder why they spend fat money on waifus.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 06:53 AM)
    I mean sure I didn’t agree with the “Noble woman” bullshit. But in the end this is a story about a cocktease. First Genji and now this. Why are famous Japanese characters such assholes?! All you had to goddamn say was “Hey dad I am not happy here” but no. Ya didn’t. You just frigging moped going wa..wa…me..me..me! Well guess what? F*ck you!
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 06:49 AM)
    So I watched Ghibli’s a tale of princess Kaguya. It’s nice to finally know the tale fully but I can’t help thinking that…princess Kaguya was a serious bitch. I mean she put one man in debt, drove another one insane and even got one killed! I mean bloody hell you self righteous bitch! Sure the suitors got carried away but that could have been avoided if she set the record straight.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 11:20 PM)
    *ain’t
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 11:02 PM)
    I also couldn’t care less about The Great Gatsby and aren’t really a fan of Fitzgerald in general.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 11:00 PM)
    I give you that many a problems with LNs might actually stem from bad or amateur translation. The Song of Ice and Fire series has a lot of sex and bloodshed, but they usually fill a purpose, or completely make sense given the setting of the events. I’m not prudish or care about having sex in books, I’m just turned off by bad writing or fundamental logic flaws within the story.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:55 PM)
    @Aidan: I would never insinuate that there aren’t bad books, even among the classics. Given the entirety of the literature of mankind that becomes a given. I originally posted the comment due to a common argument with people who as soon as I want to criticize LNs, or compare their themes and writing to literature, wave a convenient banner of “oh these aren’t books, their light novels” -_-
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:51 PM)
    Not to be mean but Erika Leonard just strikes me as a lonely lady who wrote an erotica based on her fantasies of having a ooooooooh mysterious handsome rich guy interested in her and their escapades in the sex dungeon, which for some reason resonated with millions. Trends are usually unpredictable.

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