Posted on 26 February 2009 with categories: Shikabane Hime



Short Synopsis: The seven stars put Makina and Hokuto in one room. Fighting ensues.
Episode Rating: 8/10 (Excellent)
I’m still amazed at this series. I keep having these fears, for the huge amount of pitfalls that this series can fill into. And here it comes, and proves me wrong time and time again. The characters just keep saving this series whenever it’s about to fall apart. When boob-sama first appeared, I feared that she was just going to prove to be a source of annoyance, in the same veins of Saji and Louise in Gundam 00, and how she’d come back as a Shikabane Hime in order to form Ouri’s harem when she ‘died’. And here it turns out that she couldn’t be saved, and actually died for real with a pretty impressive finish. In the last episode, I remember noting how the rest of the seven stars looked like they were going to simply fight Makina in standard shounen fare, and this episode comes and it continues to provide very interesting back-stories for these guys. Heck, even the simple bash-fest between Makina and Hokuto turned out to be awesome somehow. I really didn’t see this coming when the second season started, but at this point, this series can hardly do anything wrong for me anymore. That’s how much I’m already caught up in this series’ pace.

So as it turns out, there’s a whole lot more to that simple flashback scene of Keisei and his former comrades than just them being at the same spot at the same time. It turns out to be a very important scene, having to do with Ouri’s origins. I didn’t understand it completely, but there seems to have been a shikabane that collected children, presumably this was Ouri’s mother. In their attempts to rescue them, Keisei and the others failed, and every child except for Ouri got killed off, and Ouri was brought to the orphanage. Also, did I understand this correctly and did Ouri’s mother turn into the cat? In any case, the biggest revelation in this episode was that one of these dead children was Hizuchi.

What I now want to know is why it’s so important for the Seven Stars to have Hokuto fight Makina, though this will probably get clearer once the creators start on her background.

It’s only a pity that the animation doesn’t feel as rich as in the first season. While it’s still much more than a bunch of still frames, and I can’t exactly put my finger to the big difference. I guess that the animation in the second season feels more standard and less inspired than what we saw in the first, if that makes any sense.

2 Responses

  1. ryvrdrgn14 says:

    Aww, Corpse Princess Harem was too good to be true. Ouri is still too wimpy for a lead as he is right now anyway.

  2. Silver says:

    Naw, I wouldn’t say that Ouri is wimpy. Rather he is rather normal but is better by the fact that he can still keep his judgment and composure in everything.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:23 AM)
    I did see some semblance of something in there though.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:21 AM)
    I’ve read about 4 volumes of the manga but I started to find it “wearing off” after an entertaining enough start some of it felt very “shounen/ultra Jump” and I got turned off by the dialogue/exposition.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:18 AM)
    The actual series might be good, but the introduction was poor and lacked substance.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:15 AM)
    As a manga reader, I felt that they rushed over many things, I.E. the introduction of the cockroaches, etc. The anime skipped over dialogue, scenes, and some parts from around chapters 1-4. As an introduction, it feels rather poor.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 02:36 AM)
    Anyone watch the terraformars ova yet? Or hanamonogatari?
  • Mikey
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 01:59 AM)
    Yeah at this point Book of Circus is best I’ve seen from the Black Butler franchise.
  • Anon
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 01:14 AM)
    @Witchy I’m more of an outside man, lol.
  • Witchy
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 12:21 AM)
    @Bam: I see. Was worried with the MH17 stuff going on and all…o.O And it ‘s been long since he reviewed anything. @Anon: lol you’re the inside man XD
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 06:37 PM)
    Well there has been an anime film about evil zombie robot fish. I highly doubt an evil owl will have much of an impact.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 06:35 PM)
    I think such a film my end up closer to birdemic rather than Hitchcocks the birds lol

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