Posted by psgels on 25 August 2009 with categories: Shangri-La



Three episodes left, and we finally move to something that resembles a climax. This episode was much like episode five, in which a lot of focus was spent on trying to hack Medusa out of trying to destroy the world, especially focusing on Karin vs Kuniko. In this episode, Karin finally has to learn to grow up a bit, and the highlight of this episode was Kuniko, trying to talk some sense into her.

In the next episode, we should finally get some light of what the hell Ryouko has been up to throughout the series, as she finally seems to be ready to execute whatever plan she was scheming. Finally we see her taking one of the digmas (Mikuni) back to her. It could be that she was simply waiting for one Digma to collect all of the daggers, and figured that it might have gone faster if she’d just Karin collect the daggers, rather than send her own men to do the job. Probably she also did this in order to avoid suspicions on her part. That still leaves the question why she’s willing to let Atlas succumb to earthquakes, though.

I’m surprised that this episode was relatively quiet, especially since this series still has a lot of work to do in its final hour to wrap everything up. I suspect that this was really the last calm before the storm and I really wonder what the creators are planning to end this series with. Endings are always really tricky to really pull of well. This series does have the ingredients to make it work, but I’ve seen many awesome series with unimpressive endings, so I’m just going to keep my expectations low for this one.
Rating: * (Good)

3 Responses

  1. Shounen A says:

    With people desperately trying to stave off an economical calamity, and Medusa about to go Skynet at the end, this episode didn’t feel particularly “quiet” …

  2. Robhiengler says:

    Good endings can only be pulled off if you actually had a cohesive story in the first place.

    Where to start: well firstly since when does the UN intervene in the internal running of a country? Secondly Karin’s/MEDUSA action would be seen as criminal and therefore under the remit of Interpol.

    The Guiness Clover in a cup of coffee or “Cohee” what’s that all about?

    Karin for someone who claims to have done a PhD and programmed MEDUSA; she’s pretty stupid for not leaving a cryptographic back-door key into the program. I mean come on anyone whose watched “Hackers 1995″ knows that. Since when did Klaris and Zhang go from traders – computer hackers – to physicists?

    Maybe I’m retarded, clearly chounokoe thinks that, but maybe he/she can explain how MEDUSA can buy up Antartica when they clearly said no-one owns it in the first place in the previous episode then they say japan Carbon bank owns 7% wtf!? By buying up Antarctica how does this crash the “carbon economy” – How would that result in hyperinflation of commodities? – because the writers say so?

    In addition MEDUSA was programmed to make money from the Carbon market, by crashing it, it will have effectively committed suicide; something it wasn’t programmed to do.

    Nice episode! – Hentaichan
    Arigato – Pedo-san – If anyone thought that little girls in swimsuits photoshoot comment was acceptable – It wasn’t – crudely disgusting and unacceptable.

    Seriously the three peverto-sans had a secret underground base ULTRA-SHELTER Z and they chose to stay on the surface when it was being fire-bombed. How logical.

    Anyone watch Terminator 3 or Wargames? Essentially all sensitive military networks are physically off the internet. In all cases SKYNET and WOPR the computer in question had access or was part of that military grid, launching the nuclear missiles it had access to as part of M.A.D.. MEDUSA is a carbon market economics program, so why would it know or have access to military networks?

    Zeus controls everything? That’s news to me as I’m pretty sure they said it controlled Atlas, but hey who cares what you wasted 12 episodes building up for, we’ll just make up anything.

  3. Robhiengler says:

    Well just to reiterate: there is no way a supercomputer could take physical control of the world’s nuclear arsenals

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jul/24/internet-cyber-attack-terrorists

    http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=30912.msg306102;topicseen

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  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:44 PM)
    As much as I love .Hack’s score, I can’t help but feel that Le Portrait de Petit Cossette has Kajiura’s best score.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:37 PM)
    I will agree that the tsundre archtype should have been Rin and not Kugimiya pseudo-lolita’s, far less irritating, less of a love/hate thing for me. That said I don’t care all that much for finding the personalities of fiction characters all that attractive, it tends to be the character designs, more often I end up wanting to black eye most tsundere characters, actually alot of characters.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:32 PM)
    And I also read that “realistic tsundere manga” I believe I mentioned it a few times on here, I never really got into reading it, can’t really remember the title.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:30 PM)
    I rather like Yuki Kaijura’s music for fate/zero, don’t care about kara no kyokai’s soundtrack, madoka or sword arts much.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 PM)
    @Gedata: God they didn’t even research it correctly.
    In regards to clannad theres an example of one which I retrospectively am more critical of and find the drama remarkably silly in parts.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:38 PM)
    @gedata: For my own sanity after a while I began skimming episodes and following flawfinders posts here and there.
    @Vincent: Must rewatch that one and flags of our fathers sometime, need to get round to soldier of orange also.
  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 10:01 AM)
    Watched Letters from Iwo Jima again. Ken Watanabe is a great actor.
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:32 AM)
    Note that it’s not just regular AIDS, which is definitely treatable if caught early, it’s some dtug resistant SUPERAIDS that the character in question got from a blood transfusion soon after being born
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:29 AM)
    It’s not that the disease being AIDS is really all that important. You could even replace with anything, even Sudden Moe Death Syndrome from Clannad and the emotional impact would still be as blunt and forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?

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