Posted by psgels on 23 June 2009 with categories: 07-Ghost



I really don’t get it. I’m really starting to agree with the criticisms against this show: for the past twelve episodes, Ayanami an his henchmen hardly did anything other than turning people into ghouls and having Frau kill them. Teito turns out to be the key to either saving the world or destroying it, and because of that he’s exceptionally talented when handling magic. Been there, done that.

An yet every single time I’m ready to dismiss this show, I watch another episode and it violently drags me back into its fanbase. 07-Ghost sucks and rocks at the same time. This episode again wasn’t that special on the plot development: we see a new woman who also turns people into ghouls, Ayanami in his turn also starts killing more people with ghouls. Teito develops his power even more, like he did in the past episodes and his new roommate obviously turns out to be his the guy from the previous episode and they spend the episode bickering.

So why the heck did I like this episode so much if it was so formulaic? I’m still not sure myself, but I do have to say that the art in this episode really looked awesome at the times when the bad guys did their stuff. While the animation of this series has never really stood out, the art really has been consistently solid, with a number of greatly drawn money shots. I looked up who the animation director of this series, and I finally understand why the art in this series looks so good: the animation is done by the same guy who did directed the animation of Amatsuki. That too was a powerhouse of great shots and camera-angles. While his work here on 07-Ghost is admittedly much less impressive than what we saw on Amatsuki, you can definitely see the similarities. It’s also interesting how this guy’s works didn’t really stand out before he dealt with Amatsuki, but it’s very interesting to see that from that point on, his works became significantly better (also note that he was the one who animated parts of the Blade of the Immortal OP).

In any case, I’m also surprised that I’m still laughing at the characters’ quirks in this series. Usually at this point of a comedy, when the characters haven’t been developed properly the series in question just stops being funny, and yet I’m still enjoying this series immensely.
Rating: * (Good)
Very nice visuals and a yet again a really enjoyable building-up episode.

5 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    Same here, i when i sit back and think, the anime is nothing special… It might be repetitive, but to me all it says is that Ayanami wants him to grow stronger, not sure why yet, but that is the only reason why. Maybe he wants him to get noticed by the church so they kick him out since the church is sacred ground. I will keep watching because i think at some point i think its just going to explode..

  2. Sarynn says:

    Sounds like one of those rare cases of… doesn’t introduce anything innovative, but what it does do, it just does right. It’s just interesting! Nobody said a formula show can’t stand on its own and be interesting *cough Kekkaishi cough*.

  3. for the past twelve episodes, Ayanami an his henchmen hardly did anything other than turning people into ghouls and having Frau kill them.
    === I didn’t think of it that way because of my manga background. IF I remember correctly, the only thing that Ayanami had actually sent to capture Teito was Mikage. As for the first Kor, it was in the manga but I don’t remember it being clarified in the manga that it was Ayanami who sent it, while the next two kors are anime fillers.

    While in this episode, I think I need to review the manga, but if I remember correctly once again, after the Mikage thing he sent his own henchmen/servants next, not kors.

    Oh well, will confirm once I’ve reread the manga and watched this episode xD Ehehe . . . .*counts the hours* ;_;

  4. lialiakicks says:

    Regardless of how formulaic this anime is, the animation is simply beautiful. And I usually don’t do this but… That alone will keep me coming back every week. 8D

    I think I’ll start reading the manga once the anime is completed.

  5. Iza says:

    Hello. Nowdays it’s not really possibly to create something absolutely original – seldom do you find anime\manga that bring something new…It may be typical but I enjoy it still. The animation is really fabulous, in my opinion.
    Although those fillers could have been done so that Ayanami wouldn’t have direct links to the Kor – they just do what they do, without his medling. Mikage was the only one he sent by him directly. After that, he gets a little more serious, in the manga at least. They are twisting things a bit, and some things come out strange. If I remember correctly, he could only release his power with the bascule in the hall full of Kors, like this episode…
    I’m curious how they’ll continue.

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  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 09:23 AM)
    *no “the”
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 09:20 AM)
    @Emma: well it helps to be based off of a Pulitzer and Nobel prize winning landmark novel written by the John Steinbeck, but yeah, it is also a great film.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 09:13 AM)
    A film that earns more appreciation and respect though certainly.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 09:12 AM)
    Well K-off I had a look at that other John Ford film grapes of wrath. I feel I got on better with this one. I liked it for its great sense of social consciousness, very good acting, its an exhausting, heavy film but in the good way, bit sad near the end too especially. I like this kind of dead serious drama.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 08:47 AM)
    I wonder how far a show about Gotham can stand on its own feet, without the caped crusader.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 08:46 AM)
    @Emma: and at this point that’s all that it is. It has some decent acting and a heightened style of grit that reminds me of late silver age Batman, and that’s good. I liked the Nolanverse, but they went with a hyper-realism that took away some edge. Gotham is meant to be a gothic modern Victorian megalopolis, and not just an average city like Chicago.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 08:33 AM)
    I’ll be satisfied with my Batman year one comic, for a satisfactory Gordon plot.
    Gotham, not sure I’m interested in it, it could end up just another cop show.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 08:13 AM)
    Where is Fox going with this Gotham series? The tone and presentation is inconsistent, and from what I’ve seen so far I doubt it will mount up to anything.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 07:34 AM)
    @K-off: true, I bet Eastwood has never been a cowboy either :D
    The magic of cinema I guess.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 07:33 AM)
    Therefore, one is not truly better than the other.

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