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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  • Bam
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 06:27 AM)
    Where’s Berserk 04 review btw?
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:33 AM)
    Also in regards to the bat scene. I just thought of Evangelion. I suppose that’s what the director was going on. Since you’re reviewing that, I’ll leave at that.
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:22 AM)
    I agree to a certain level the padding at the beginning. I suppose I didn’t mind since it at least was like a standard Batman episode (of the latter seasons). I think what bugs me is that the portrayal of Batman wasn’t very good, I think he’s emotionless for the most part. And like I’ve said, on the technical side it isn’t as striking as the novel. It’s like when Gyo was adapted (to be fair that’s also because like Berserk it had a lot of CGI).
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:20 AM)
    Basically just seeing the story put on screen I was grateful for.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:18 AM)
    I noticed something off about the animation and the dialogue was pretty piss poor at times but the latters kind of a given in these things and the prior was never distracting enough to take me out of the movie. I’m indifferent really to the Batgirl drama, don’t mind that its there, don’t care if it wasn’t.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:39 AM)
    This story required a level of care that frankly the creators didn’t want to give.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:38 AM)
    I think instead of trying to combat the whole women in refrigerator aspect of the story they instead should have focused on what inspired the characters to do this. What made batman rethink his relationship with the joker and attempt to find a common ground? What made the Joker suddenly want to prove a point? And sure you could add something to give batgirl a moment but not some crap villain no one cares about. Instead have her go up against a real batman villain.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:33 AM)
    @Vonter, Animation was one part of it. The other was the first thirty minutes being a tacked on Batgirl story and it really shows. I didn’t really have that much of a problem with it up until that scene which everyone likely knows. That annoyed me. I get what they were trying to do but it just made things worse.
    As for the actual killing Joke itself, I thought it was ok. Hamell brought his A game. Really for that it was just small details that made it lesser.
  • KaZuHiRo
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 01:46 AM)
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PSGELS!! If you’re still lurking around that is…
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 12:48 AM)
    I’m kinda bummed that the Killing Joke adaptation is likely gonna be another feminist driven criticism. As for my opinion its just not as good as it could be because it seems 2D animation in general is having less commitment adapting complex artstyles. Not as distracting as Berserk, but the Bruce Timm artstyle doesn’t strike the tone of this particular Batman story.

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