Posted by psgels on 31 July 2009 with categories: Phantom



Haha! This is the episode where we’ve all been waiting for, and it SO does deliver! It’s a very slow-paced episode, but the build-up was so incredibly good that it had me on the edge of my seat for the entire twenty minutes. Not only did this episode have some incredibly subtly emotional scenes, but it also created some awesome potential for this series finale (heck, we still have eight episodes to go and this episode had plot twists that you’d usually include in episode 24 or something).

Helen really had me fooled. Ack, I should have known that we were only shown the story from Reiji’s perspective. While it looked like she transformed into the emotionless doll that Scythe wanted her to be, it was far from the case and instead she too had as many internal conflicts as Reiji. Heck, if Cal wasn’t there, the fight in this episode would have ended rather nasty, because I suspect that without her, Reiji would have been a little too obsessed over Helen to think straight. Now that he thinks she’s dead he only has Helen left, and that’s what made him convinced that he wasn’t going to seriously fight Ein.

But Cal sure as heck ain’t dead! We just don’t have a bloody clue as to what happened to her: all this episode showed were a surprisingly clean gun and watch: signs that she indeed was away when it happened. Still: why did she go back to that place? Where is she now? What made her go away right at the moment of the bombing? What is she thinking of doing next. And how the heck is she going to react to Helen being back!?

Amidst this awesomeness, it almost feels like second fodder that Claudia freaking died! It turns out that her biggest reason to join Inferno was to get her revenge on her brother, and she’d get this revenge even if it meant betraying her friend Lizzie (who looked awesome when she was younger, by the way)
Rating: *** (Awesome)

14 Responses

  1. ZACK says:

    With this episode Phantom should have ended up as no1 on your monthly rankings though I have to agree tokyo magnitude 8.0 is something special.

  2. ATGF says:

    Heck Elen got all of us fooled. best part is when Elen told Reiji that she doesn’t want to live in a world without Reiji (>_

  3. devr says:

    Not many shows keep getting better from the first episode and just keep getting better every episode.

    Yea, Cal is alive it looks. Now when or how will Reij found out, I just hope that nothing bad happens to Cal in the mean time.

    What was Reiji saying to Elen at the end of their fight scene?

  4. Nayrael says:

    Next week we have an half-recap episode featuring Cal, and after that the final part starts… the most emotional and exciting part of teh series (at least those were my impressions after playing the VN).

  5. hashi says:

    I have to agree with devr: “…Not many shows keep getting better from the first episode and just keep getting better every episode….”

    Awesome indeed. Most anime, even good anime, have down weeks. Not this one.

  6. Camario says:

    This was possbly my favorite part of the game and the show has done an excellent job in its own right.

    Strictly speaking, the anime is taking a couple of creative liberties here and there, but it’s clearly stayed true to the core of the source material (the characters plus their interactions/relationships) and that makes me quite glad.

  7. Camario says:

    Btw, I don’t really want to spoil things, which explains my usual hesitation when talking about this series…but I’m wondering whether the Bee-Train staff will choose to use an original ending after all. Maybe, maybe not.

    The third part of the show should open up some interesting possibilities, even if one outcome is far more likely than the others.

  8. j.valdez says:

    I just started to catch up on this one. I watched the first episode, but it didn’t really appeal to me all that much. I’m glad, it looks to be keeping up with its potential.

  9. watashi says:

    Had to watch it raw then… Didn’t understand much what they were talking about so that’s why the episode didn’t feel that spectacular (have to rewatch it later). The scene where Claudia might have died (only if I understood right) seemed to be wasted. If they just had made that helicopter chase scene, it would have been the best. At least I was surprised when I saw that in the game in Claudia’s ending path.

    It still remains a mystery which ending they will choose. Probably it will be Ein’s ending considering this is a TV show.

  10. Snowolf says:

    This has definitely gotten very emotional, but Bee Train pulls the strings lightly so it doesn’t turn into pure gushy angst. Well played Ein! I never thought of that either. This show has definitely become one of my favorites. Not only has it gotten better with each episode, but I haven’t been able to see any huge flaws since the beginning. The twists and turns are unpredictable, and I’m really excited to see how this anime finished off. Touche!

    As for Cal, she can’t be dead. But I wonder how she’ll react when Reiji and Ein go off to Mexico….hmm. As for Scythe…well, that guy is one creepy scientist. I knew Claudia was going to die sooner or later, but the way she did really caught me by suprise. I wonder what Lizzie will do now. Will she stay with Inferno? Or will she part ways and perhaps help Reiji?

  11. coyo says:

    Thank goodness that ugly dress Cal had got assassinated That needed to happen 5 eps ago.

  12. AnimaticallyInsane says:

    Mann it seems that Phantom never gets the top spot for the best anime of the month….sheez i mean this anime really rocks and should seriously be at least number 1 for once

    not to say that tokyo magnitude 8.0 is bad, i enjoy it but i reckon Phantom should be ur number one anime…: )

  13. panaghoy88 says:

    Is Claudia really dead? I have my doubts because in anime if the character wasn’t seen dead or dying they come back to life. Ein is a good example.

  14. windy says:

    I had the same thought as you panaghoy88. Even if the atmosphere then made it seem like Claudia was going to be killed by Lizzy, I have some doubts, the grave Lizzy visited near the end of the episode may be the grave of Claudia’s brother ( looked like it, by the way),anyway, it is way too early to conclude she’s dead. She could have fled with Lizzy’s help who would deliberately make it seem like Claudia was dead, but her death may be actually fainted, just like Cal’s death, the atmosphere was tragic back then too, anyway , I hope that Claudia is still alive, I loved her character way too much!

Leave a Reply

Shoutbox

Name:
Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 05:18 AM)
    Oh, awesome, dark horse is releasing volume 10 of black lagoon in April, its been nearly five years since the last complete volume…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:56 AM)
    @Aidan: I think theres something seriously wrong when theres the actually possibility of there being a good PA works anime but we all have our opinions =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:13 AM)
    @Raggers, I will go into detail when I review it. But I think something is seriously wrong when I get a far more satisfying ending out of shirobako than Death parade.
    Looking forward to writing a review of shirobako too.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:56 AM)
    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:29 AM)
    Well. Death parades ending was quite underwhelming.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Featured Posts

Parasyte The Maxim Review-82.5/100

Parasyte, along with Gugure Kokkuri-San, are the only two shows from the last season that I’ve actually finished, and that’s actually saying quite a lot–seeing as how I haven’t been watching (much less blogging) anime at all this past season. However, I figured I should at least write a final review for Parasyte, just because […]

Death Parade – 11

So we are reaching the final conclusion and things are coming to a head. Chiyuki’s memories are restored and we find that in life she was an ice skater. An odd choice but it did lead to a rather beautiful scene of Chiyuki skating on Ice as she recalled her past. Admittedly I did try […]

Death Parade – 10

So Onna name is finally revealed and newly christened Chiyuki plays a game of old maid with a storyteller. Death parade, you are doing it again. You are drifting from what should be the focus of the series and really pushing this ongoing plot thread. So we learn a number of things. One, that Chiyuki’s […]

Durarara!!X2 – 09

  In reflection I think Durarara may have been a poor choice to blog. The reason being that when I sat down to watch this episode I was fully intent on finding something I could comment on. Then as the end credits roll I find myself at a loss to what to write about. With […]

Death Parade – 09

Well the end of the episode did get over melodramatic but still, a very good episode. It is rather amusing to see two people bond over a shared goal of revenge. Their thinking slowly edged towards a dangerous outlook it became clear that one of these two is not on the same wavelength as the […]

Durarara!!X2 – 08

No animation issues this time around thankfully. Really like the touch of Irelands flag on the cup Shinra gave the girl at their apartment. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Celty is indeed Irish. Probably one of the few Irish characters in anime. And here we learn that the one who told the little girl […]

Death Parade – 08

Why do you do this to me death parade? You dodge your true potential and instead focus on background exposition or, of all things, comedy. Then just as I was about to lose interest and give up, you present the best episode of the series so far. Now this, this is what I was talking […]

Durarara!!X2 – 07

I think the problem with this episode was evident right from the opening scene. I had to do a double take when seeing a very poorly drawn Simon. I even questioned whether it was a new character entirely. But no, the animation budget took a nosedive. Or the guy who was to do the inbetweens […]

Death Parade – 07

Why is the girl from the last episode still around? This episode brought up three rules about arbiters. The third rule, about arbiters not having emotions, Is odd to me. For the arbiters we have been introduced to are very emotional. They state that Decim was given human emotions yet he is the least emotional […]

Latest Reviews

Clipboard06

Nerawareta Gakuen Review – 84/100

Let me talk a bit about Ryousuke Nakamura. For a long time, this guy was my hero. He started off as an assistant director to Monster, in my opinion a big reason why that series got such a ridiculously solid adaptation, and then in 2008 he came with the groundbreaking Mouryou no Hako. No TV-series […]

Clipboard03

Kick Heart

Okay, so I didn’t want to exit 2013 without having seen Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart. It’s only twelve minutes anyway, and I consider him to be one of the best anime directors out there. The story here is pretty silly and mostly serves as a backdrop, so I mostly want to talk about the nature […]

Clipboard01

Kyousogiga Review – 90/100

Everyone’s taste is different, and that’s a wonderful thing because that allows us to have so many different forms of media that all aim toward their own niche. My blog is obviously written from the perspective of my own taste, and even when a show doesn’t cater to it (which is nearly always), I love […]

Clipboard04

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru Review – 80/100

Noucome! You do not want to know how long I have been waiting for a series like this. More than half a decade, at the very least. Finally a series comes along and puts the incredibly overused harem genre in its place. And it actually does it well. Thank you! So to elaborate: the harem […]

Clipboard01

Pokemon: The Origin Review – 75/100

Normally I try to avoid spoilers with these reviews, but screw it, it’s Pokemon. Pokemon The Origin is a bomb of nostalgia. If you haven’t played Pokemon Red, Blue or Green, then you will not enjoy this one slight bit. This really is made as pure undilluted fanservice for the fans of the first games. […]

Clipboard08

Tamayura – More Aggressive Review – 75/100

I’m not going to dedicate a post for my impression for the final three episodes of this series. It was just too boring to write much about. I guess that that gives a pretty accurate indication of what I think about this series. Right at the start of Tamayura’s second season, I asked one question: […]

Clipboard04

Silver Spoon Review – 86/100

When Noitamina started airing two series per season, it was amazing. It’s a timeslot that on average tends to be aimed at a much older audience than usual, and having two series with the same mentality definitely helped to bring more diversity to anime overall. Unfortunately it’s a schedule that could not be kept up […]

Clipboard07

Yondemasuyo, Azazel-San Z Review – 82,5/100

Reviewing a comedy sequel usually is quite simple: in most cases it just drops the bomb and runs out of inspiration, and in rare cases it actually manages to stay hilarious. The tricky thing with these kinds of series is that you need to remain funny, and you need to have the inspiration for that. […]

Clipboard05

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Review – 81/100

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet tells the storyline of a planet that is completely submerged, with only giant ships residing on the surface, while one of those ships gets visited by this guy and his AI-mecha from this very technologically advanced civilization. Yes, this show is about world building. What this show managed to do […]