Posted by psgels on 17 August 2009 with categories: Guin Saga



This episode was a bit hard for me to understand, simply because so many things happened in it and a lot of characters I hardly even knew played a big role in it. It’s a build-up episode in which a lot of different stuff happens. While Remus prepares to take Parro back from the Mongols, a lot of other players are also putting their pieces in the right positions.

I suspect that a lot will become more clear in the next few episodes, but things are definitely looking exciting with that many players around. Istvan happens to intercept a secret message from the Mongols which makes him regret deceiving and killing the general, back in Nosferas, since his family is now looking for the one who did it.

With six episodes left after this, I wonder how the creators are planning to end this series. Are they going to rush through the current arc in order to get to the point of some big climax at episode 26, or are they simply going to keep up the same pace and just stop adapting once episode 26 has passed. If there is going to be a sequel, I’d obviously prefer the latter, but if the creators aren’t going to make a sequel then I’d at least see some sort of satisfying conclusion that at least wraps up the biggest plot threads.
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. Tomtom says:

    My first post here. Just wanted to say that I find this one of the best/ most informative anime-review sites on the web.

    About this series: my favorite of the season. Nice pacing, great music and voices and it has the bonus of being the first decent fantasy story that I’ve come across in quite a long time. But they can’t possibly plan to squeeze this in just 26 episodes, can they? How and where was the series length confirmed, anyway?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Nice to see that people appreciate this blog. ^^;

    Anyway, it’s a good thing that you mentioned this. I could have sworn that I read somewhere that this season would only be taking up 26 episodes, but according to Anime News Network:
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10195

    the exact number of episodes isn’t sure yet. In a few more weeks we should get more clarity. Anyway, the Guin Saga novels span up to 130 volumes, which is some sort of all-time record so they’re going to have to cut the novels at some point, not to mention that the author recently passed away without ever finishing her series….

  3. Wyrdwad says:

    From what I understand, this anime series is covering up through the end of book 19 from the Guin Saga novels. No idea if they’re going to be adapting books 20-130 at any time, but considering what a cultural phenomenon this series is, I’d say you can probably count on it!

    -Tom

  4. windy says:

    Guin saga is also my favorite show of the season and one of the best anime ever created! Let’s pray they will make more episodes in the near future!

  5. Yang says:

    This is still one of myE¿ favorite series this season…

  6. SageGaiGar says:

    I suddenly can’t stand Ishotvan anymore after this episode.

  7. tazman0208 says:

    To think that Istovan was willing to sell out Parros ( and by default Rinda) in order to gain his fortune and the only thing that stopped him is the fact that he killed a mongol commander and that they might have a description of him.

  8. Rob Hiengler says:

    Tazman0208 Well Istovan is a Hebephile: he was willing to marry Rinda anyway regardless to get his kingdom: were you at all suprised?

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:59 AM)
    @Realist: I don’t believe I am familiar with that manga, love tyrant.
    @Wyatt: Been there, done that.
    @Realist: Luring the viewer into a false sense of security with a happy, deceptive start if done right can work.
    @Realist: Ergo proxy was atmospheric, creepy, well plotted, violent and well drawn and I still love the cyberpunk feel, the ending and silly episode however were a letdown.
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    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:30 AM)
    @AidanAK47 @Emma What’s y’alls opinions on “Love Tyrant”?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:07 AM)
    @WyattX Ergo Proxy is sort of like that. It starts out really dark and the most light-hearted episodes come later on in the series. But it’s by no means a straight trajectory from dark to light. I for one am a sucker for shows that start out light and get dark and am glad it is trending right now. This has been a breakout season for that type of show.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:34 PM)
    Just watch it for how fracking trashy it is. “It’s so bad, it’s good” is a huge understatement. Go through the series in order for the full effect you’ll get when you watch the OVAs. Just pure gold.
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    I recommend you watch Princess Lover then watch the OVAs. The series itself is relatively normal (although crap) but the OVA are hentai. You get to see the hilarious jump from non-h to hentai as the main character turns into a hungry sex addict and tries to get into the heroine’s pants every five seconds when he HAD acted like a gentleman the entire series. LOL
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 01:02 PM)
    Generally later on when alot of comedies need to wrap things up they try to force in a plot so they can get some kind of ending. I know, agree its generally terrible, some of the drama later in toradora for example made me want to detusk a walrus in frustration.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 09:27 AM)
    What is it with light comedies trying to turn melodramatic as the series gets stretched out? What if we did the reverse? Let’s say theoretically that it happened to Tsubasa Chronicle. It would start out melodramatic as usual, then devolve into a simple, light slapstick comedy and forget about the story. People would lose their minds.
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  • Emma
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    I’m not sure whether to watch the sequel or not.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @Aidan: I try to avoid watching films where I can.
    Although you’ve got me to look back on my own review of guardians of the galaxy, the words I use in it don’t reflect the 4 out of 5 I gave it .

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