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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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 10:41 PM)
    @Wicked, think you hit the nail on the head there. The characters one of the main reasons I am not too gone on it.
  • wicked
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 10:04 PM)
    Mob Psycho is well paced for a 10 minute show I think. It’s got a lot of these pseudo cliffhanger to play for jokes. The stories get better, it’s the characters that’s not as interesting as one punch man in my opinion
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 08:46 PM)
    Hmm, haven’t read Mob Psycho 100 much(just checked what its art looks like) so can’t comment on that.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 07:43 PM)
    @masky, it does have better art but a much weaker story. I get the feeling the Mob psycho anime will be a five minute show.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 07:17 PM)
    Dunno, Mob Psycho 100 does have better art than ONE’s OPMan. Its still rough, but yeah.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 03:36 PM)
    @wicked, I wonder how that will work out, as ONE’s style is a bit of an acquired taste.
  • wicked
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 12:59 AM)
    ah, they decided to go with ONE’s art style instead of really pretty it up with Mob Psycho 100
  • oldyang
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 06:36 PM)
    Ajin is interesting, but the character design is weird. Everyone looks lifeless and angry.
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:55 AM)
    it’d actually be a shame for them to make it into I Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, or worst
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:54 AM)
    @Aidan, Yeah that guy tries really hard to make it more than just fanservice though. I have a weird respect for people that can play ridiculous concepts straight.

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