Posted by psgels on 6 March 2009 with categories: Shikabane Hime



Short Synopsis: Finally! The cat!
Episode Rating: 9/10 (fantastic)
Amazing! The second season just continues to get better and better! I know I have ranted a lot about the second season so far, but the past few episodes have been utterly incredible! This could very well turn into my favourite Gainax production at this pace. This is EXACTLY what a good shounen series needs to be!

And seriously, if this episode wasn’t horror, then I don’t know anymore. We have a slaughtered group of children, a frog shikabane who brutally eats the corpses of these children, yet another group of children who are nearly crushed by a bunch of exploding cars, Hokuto who brutally kills everyone within her sight by squeezing them to death. Oh my god… you can really see that the creators were in their element when they made this episode.

So in the end, it turns out that Hokuto was simply someone bred to be sacrificed to the gods. That’s why she turned into a shikabane without any grudges, making her a simple killing machine. Makina’s ancestors were the one who killed her, and that’s why she was turned into a Shikabane: to give her a grudge. In the meantime, the cat turns out to be the shikabane of every kid who was slaughtered by Ouri’s mother. It was interesting how they saw him as a companion, rather than someone killed them in the case of Hizuchi.

Those revelations also came surprisingly early: three episodes left and most of the mysteries are gone now. The only thing that I still want to know is the background behind the final two members of the Seven Stars. In the meantime, the end of this episode definitely made all hell break loose. Usually I’d raise an eyebrow again, since this means that the show is going to turn into an even bigger fight-fest than it already was, but this series has surprised me enough times already. The creators really seem to plan to go all out with the show’s finale, and I can’t wait to find out what they have in store!

7 Responses

  1. Westlo says:

    “This could very well turn into my favourite Gainax production at this pace.”

    I thought Gainax had nothing do to with the second season and it was entirely by the people they co produced the first season with… um is it FEEL? I can’t really remember.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    It’s called Feel, indeed. I’ve read before that the animation production changed for the second season somewhere, but the strange thing is that I can’t seem to find any confirmation of this anywhere.

  3. Denizen says:

    This really was a great episode, and showed all the things this show can do best. The gainax animation really bought the creepiness to life, and it all looked freaking sweet. The colours and the movement.

    The general plot and character interaction also rocketed on.

    Basically, top marks all round. It definitely provides hope for a fulfilling finish.

  4. alla efrtd says:

    i want to watch this episode where can i see it

  5. Snowolf says:

    i’m so glad they got the cat mystery out of the way. i was thinking it was ouri’s mom but the children- that’s a relatively interesting concept. but why is it that it’s a shikabane agglomeration that only Ouri can see and not others? hmmm… and i’m hoping the finale is gonna be as good as it looks like. sounds like the rest of the ride is going to be a great one for sure!

  6. Paul says:

    snowolf, you forget that Makina could see the cat too. I dun really think the cat was a shikabane or else Makina would have turned it into minced meat long ago. But I’m also at lost as to its exact nature. Dun forget that while it started wanting to have Ouri’s body, it turned out that what they were more interested in was Ouri’s nature. To see if the child of a Shikabane will live as a human or a corpse.

  7. Snowolf says:

    You’re right Paul! Thx!

    I wonder if it’s still alive, that cat. I really liked it. Very interesting figure. I still don’t know what it is- something only Ouri can see. Maybe a bunch of ghosts?? Hm….

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:57 AM)
    Pretty much looking forward to the next two episodes and hope it gets more seasons too.
    I also liked how bleak it was.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    *how twisty
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    . I was told to stay away from story six. Story seven was the most developed and ambitious of the selection but I feel mixed on it and didn’t really get into it until midway or so.
    Still I do love weird tales anthology stuff and this all fit the bill for me.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    The first story even I have to admit was genuinely horrifying, uncomfortable and got under my skin and of the selection it still stands out as having the greatest impact. The second one was good social commentary but doesn’t really give me much I didn’t already know. Stories three and were the most emotionally investing for me. I thoroughly enjoyed who twisty, twisted, truly nasty and cruel story five was and it is my second favourite of the lot.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    I did however feel that some of the dialogue and acting could have done with some very very slight tweaking in parts/some segments.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:53 AM)
    Okay even though I don’t watch western tv shows all that much I finally properly spent whole day going through black mirror. For the larger part this is creative, unpredictable, well thought out/written, varied, I like the technological end of it, the stories manage to fit into the short film runtime without ever feeling like they needed more time and its clear that Charlie Brooker has a lot to say with this and is very intelligent man, some of it does ring fairly true.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 03:17 AM)
    @Aidan: …Jesus I read that wrong at first and read it as Liam Neeson…
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 02:09 AM)
    @swa, and hearing those lines voiced by Liam O’Brien would be a godsend.
  • swa
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 01:24 AM)
    Even in slow paced intermezzo episodes and with just a couple of lines, still so GARcher.

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