Posted on 12 March 2009 with categories: Shikabane Hime



Short Synopsis: Hokuto, Akasha and whatshisname (the bug guy) carry out their plan to destroy the Kougonshuu (that’s what it was called, right?)
Episode Rating: 8,5/10 (Awesome)
Great to see that even though the finale is near, this series has yet to show any signs of weakness. That’s what I like to see, and I really have to say that Shikabane Hime grew into one of the best shounen series out there. I’m still not sure who exactly was responsible for it: the director of Gilgamesh, Gainax or feel (although the latter seems unlikely, looking at its past record), or a combination of the three of them, but any fears I had over the second season were proven wrong, and it’s the definite proof that you can have a few overdone clichés here and there as long as the execution is right. Yes, you can put a bunch of teenagers in the middle of adult conflicts, but if you want to do that you really have to know what you’re doing. ^^;

What surprised me in this episode though was that there was no background on the final two members of the seven stars, and most of it was building up, meaning that their stories are saved for the final two episodes. I remember when Kekkaishi did this, it felt really out of place. It was like… “Muaha, the climax is about to begin… but first let me tell you about my past”. Still, Shikabane Hime might actually pull it off. Nearly all of the backgrounds of the seven stars have been huge revelations and juicy plot twists. I can see how they can be used to spice up these final two episodes, and I’m actually quite eager to find out about them.

I also liked how this finale has a deeper meaning than “all hell breaks loose so let’s just send a wave of zombies to make this even more apparent”. Because there now are so many shikabane out there, it was going to be pretty easy for all of the Shikabane Hime to gather their 108 kills needed in order to go to heaven. Since they think just like regular people, it adds an interesting dimension of staying versus saying goodbye while saving those around you and going to heaven in the process.

And I guess that even though the two remaining seven stars didn’t get their background, Akasha did. His final revelation is saved for the final two episodes (either that or I missed a very important part), but we now know that his Shikabane Hime managed to slay 108 Shikabane, and then something really bad happened. Is this the case for every single Shikabane Hime (in that case a lot of monks must have been screwed that way), or did something happen between the two of them involving the Kougonshuu?

And finally, Hokuto seemed more like a human than she ever did in this episode. Was this all because of her fight with Makina? Did she find her reason to continue to exist even though she lacks a grudge this way? I also like how the creators aren’t trying to make her into a sympathetic villain like most series out there. Sure, her past was fucked up, but she never tries to put herself into the victim’s seat.

And on a really final note: that background song rocked. Choirs FTW!

3 Responses

  1. aegd says:

    I think it’s pretty clear that the shikabane hime has tricked pretty badly.

    at the preview of the next episode :

    彼女たちはその約定を信じて戦ってきた、けれど、今は分かれる108のウゾ

    and at 11.28

    あれは罠だった。単なる屍ではなく、ハサマンが集まった108体以上の屍だった。

    私の屍姫は強かった。

    だから、ハザマの虫に食われながら戦い、戦い、戦い続けた。

    108体屍を超える屍を倒すまで。。。そして!

    this pretty much proves that the 七星 proved to him that going to heaven was pretty much a big fat lie forged by the 光言宗(こうごんしゅう. and ハザマ (the bug guy) of the 七星 made that 屍 in order to prove a point to priest who was bound in a contract with the shikabane (since they also don’t seem to know the truth, with the exception of sadahiro and his shikabane akira and some of the higest ranking in the order.

  2. Wallace says:

    Is it just me, or the guy in the first screenshot is identical to Miles Edgeworth from the Phoenix Wright games…?

  3. Denizen says:

    OBJECTION

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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 05:18 PM)
    Translation isn’t the best but it’s fast. I honestly recommend this series. That is if you can get past the main characters unlikeable traits. The story doesn’t follow light novel conventions and seeing a man make the most out of a second life is engaging as hell.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 05:14 PM)
    Been reading a lot of the Mushoku Tensei light novel. And damn this thing is addictive. The main is still a rather unlikable fellow. It’s annoying when you start to respect him only for him to think something that makes you want to punch him. Story is very much a slow burner and holds the same attraction as Re:monster and moonlight sculptor do. However unlike those two it has better characters and the main isn’t some guy whos every action is super special awesome.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 05:09 PM)
    *half
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 05:09 PM)
    @K-off, pretty much nailed it. It was have assed fan bait.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 04:06 PM)
    Its been too long since I watched my friends ply path of neo, I can’t recall anything about it =<
    Maybe I'll care more for the V for Vendetta movie more if I watch it again as I read the comic and liked it a bit more.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 03:24 PM)
    @Aidan Nope, never played that game. I figured it was just half assed fan-bait.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 12:30 PM)
    Did you guys play Matrix:path of Neo for playstation 2? I played that because it promised a new ending to the matrix trilogy. I figured that maybe this one would be better. Turned out new ending meant Shitty boss battle as Smith turns into a metal giant for Neo to defeat. Wasn’t worth it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 12:19 PM)
    V for vendetta was something I didn’t like the first time I watched it but after rewatching started to really like. Yep, it does shove it’s message down your throat but well at least shit gets done in the movie. In the comic it was like “Wait thats it?! What was the point of all that?” when I hit the end.
  • WyattX
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 05:29 AM)
    @K-Off That film did create the symbol of 4chan, so of course it was good.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 05:11 AM)
    @Friend I enjoyed that film as well, it was very thematic and it shoved it’s message down your throat in a very pleasant way.

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