Posted by psgels on 28 September 2009 with categories: Guin Saga



What an ending. Out of all of the shows that ended in the past weeks that still need a second season (which really are a lot), Guin Saga deserves it the most. This episode only made this series even more intriguing, but at the same time it’s also a bit disheartening that out of all those shows, no second season has been announced at all, apart from a small OVA for GA. I have this fear that in these times of economic crisis, only the series that sell really well end up getting their second season, and that really puts the Guin Saga at a disadvantage.

But yeah, in this episode we get the first real hint that the thing that possessed Remus isn’t going to be an entirely good thing for him. Sure, it made his testicles drop and gave him the much-needed courage, but there has to be a reason for the thing to have done this, and I doubt that it did this for Remus’ sake.

The fight between Istvan and Guin was also very intense. When this series animates one-on-one fights, they really kick ass, and the creators really manage to portray the sheer force of Guin’s strength. I was a bit afraid that Guin was going to remain in Parro after he saved Remus and Linda, but at this point it really looks like the second season, if it’s ever going to show up, is going to focus on him on his own, rather than as Remus and Linda’s bodyguard.

Overall, my top 3 of series that aired during the past spring season is at this point pretty much 1) Phantom 2) Shangri-La 3) Guin Saga, although there are still three strong series that still haven’t finished yet (Konnichiwa Anne, Full Metal Alchemist and Cross Game), and there is a chance that one of these is going to take over one of these places if they manage to finish with a really strong final part, but for now Guin Saga really stands among my favourites of the past half year. It really was nearly everything that epic fantasy should be, save from the large-scale battles.

The ED, which was played in its entirety in this episode, really deserves to stand among the greatest EDs that aired this past half year. The singer really has an amazing voice, and the whole song really complements the epic nature of this series.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

11 Responses

  1. senerikfred says:

    -FMA
    -Cross Game
    -Konnichiwa Anne

    I can’t see any of those finishing within the next couple weeks. Do you mean just if their last episodes of the season go well, or just that you might change your mind some months from now, when they’ve actually ended?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Yeah, I mean the latter. The top 3 I just gave is just about the past half year, but in the case of these three series I of course can’t make a definite top 3 of the past Spring Season yet.

  3. mark says:

    Good to hear it ended well,hope we get more !!

    I am still back @ ep 16

  4. Orange says:

    Fucking epic ending (for now!) for this show, I really like when a show puts an end to the battle just before the final episode in order to give it a slower pace and better closure for the characters. The show did had some awkward moments as well as awkward designs but it had this feeling of epicness where each encounters would mean a lot to the story, that final confrontation between Istovan and Guin is an excellent set up for a sequel (please, just do it guys). Guin, come back… Suni, Rinda, every one of us want you to stand once again!!!

  5. Anon says:

    Guin Saga is based on a book trilogy of the same name. The anime season was adapted out of only the first 20 volumes out of 130 total. I think there is a good chance of us getting another season.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Anon: there’s no doubt that there’s enough material. The question is more like: do the creators of the anime see money in another season?” That’s where the problem with most adaptations lie.

  7. tazman0208 says:

    Amazing ending to an amazing anime is all I can say, the whole series however gave off the feeling of a prologue.. as if this whole 26 episode anime is just the beginning of the story of Guin (one can only hope for a second, third and more seasons to come). This final episode had it all, from Remus the Lich King to Guin’s epic Falcon Punch. This was truly an anime that felt right from the start, you know the feeling you get after finishing a certain anime and feel that something is missing or that you are just not satisfied and feel that you wasted your time…. Well Guin Saga, even though it gives no closure whatsoever, makes you not once regret that you watched such an epic series and wish for more.

  8. J darrko says:

    guin saga was a pretty good anime but i have doubts that there coming out with a second season becauce i read that the magna writer had died if by any chance they do there would prabaly still more to come but dont get your hopes up im not.

  9. J darrko says:

    thats why theres the magna to read they are a little exspencive but there worth it one of the best magnas is berserk everyone should try watching the anime first

  10. Rob Hiengler says:

    So did Kaoru Kurimoto actually finish the 130th chapter? I heard she was too ill (from cancer) and stopped writing before she died: was the novel and story ever finished?

    Anyway only thing I was interested in was who is Guin. All the other characters with hackneyed names meh! I mean come on Rinda “Farseer” and Istavan “Spellsword”, its a pity because it was reasonably good, although nowhere as near as good as Dune.

  11. Steven C says:

    worth the watch, good series good finish, it has done for me what every anime series converted from manga are made to do, make me want to read the manga.

    I recommend this series to anyone who likes action packed anime with a good story and its easy on the eyes!

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