Posted by psgels on 31 October 2009 with categories: Armed Librarians - The Book of Bantorra



Okay, so this episode was meant to be a step back: an intermezzo to flesh out the characters between the action. And even here this series sets itself apart by avoiding and subverting so many tropes that it almost gets scary.

I’m pleasantly surprised to see that this series can be really funny when it wants to be. That book joke in which Mirapoc was sent to look at a seemingly important book, which turned out to be a cheesy romance novel was absolutely hilarious, not to mention the big advantage of having a show that only is about adults: alcohol.

And yeah, it was also really nice to see a bit of what the characters were like when they were younger. I didn’t expect that to show up this early in the series. But yeah, the thing that stood out the most was this: Volken has run off and betrayed the Armed Librarians. In your average anime, you’d see his childhood sweetheart angsting, and then finding some deus ex machina to turn everything back so that they can be together again. So what does Mirepoc do? She erases her ownmemories and rids herself of any memories she has of Volken. Talk about subverting to the extreme!

Also, is it me or does the main character of this series change with every episode? First we had Volken, then Hamyuts, then Colio and now Mirepoc, and yet I have still no idea who is supposed to be the real main character of this series…

…and in a way, I like that. It really makes this show unpredictable.

Also, new animation for the OP. If the visuals are any indication to future action scenes, I’m really going to have to take back my statement of this series having unimpressive animation.

And on another side-note: someone gets smashed into a wall and stands up with dust all over her clothes. Finally a show that realizes that walls aren’t made of cardboard!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. Denizen says:

    This episode was superb, and with hardly any action as well. Impressive stuff.

    Probably my favourite anime of Fall so far.

  2. tj_han says:

    Yeah this is by far the most underrated show this season.

  3. PL says:

    I think that the budget must have increased after the first show aired because the art and animation have improved by whole magnitudes. That CGI boat from ep1 looked like something from old 8-bit Nintendo. Now they have a pretty nice looking show. Its no Manglobe by any means, but it looks good.

    As far as the show itself, I’m impressed also. I just hope Mirepoc didnt turn herself into a damsel in distress, or a villian or some other such cliche. But at this point, I kind of doubt it.I started out the season more skeptical of this show than any other, and now its in my top tier.

  4. Kamibito says:

    This episode surprised me again, the previous one explained quite a bit of stuff that I thought would only appear near the end. Now mirepoc goes and erases her memory of her loved one, also something that usually happens near the end. And then there’s the switching of main characters like you mentioned.
    All this is really making this series into an interesting watch, to say the least.

  5. pf says:

    Definitely a great episode. It will be interesting now since Mirepoc removed all her memories of Volken…I wonder how that will turn out.

  6. reverse says:

    my favourite anime of Fall so far
    Aoi Bungaku is awesome but lack something, not sure what. I think maybe I like adventure based anime more.

    I think the animation in this anime pretty good so far. it’s kinda rare to see the first episode has the worst of it. last I check all (99%) newer anime shell out the most eye catching animation in the first couple episode.

    it’s kinda intriguing what cause this.

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  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:50 PM)
    Also did Assasin just disappear after Caster died? Or is he bound to the temple and still waiting at the gate?
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:40 PM)
    @Aidan: I kinda got that, but when he was serving out justice as a guardian for the counterforce he used a bow to kill people, my question is why? When did he pick up a bow? Oh nevermind, the LN prologue did say that he was part of the archery team, but still. I would’ve gone with some trace on shit instead. That seems to be his real groove.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:37 PM)
    @Bam, the class sustem is pretty vague at best. There are servents who can be summoned to many different classes. Berserker can be summoned as a Saber as well and I am pretty sure Archer fits that catagory as well. There’s even a servent in Fate/apocrypha whos a class mixture of assassin and castor.
    The counterforce didn’t really make him an archer, that was the holy grail war system. I say Archer only used his bow in the flashbacks because it was the easiest method of attack.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:33 PM)
    And no I’m not really that annoyed for Lancer not kicking Shinji off of Rin immediately, at least not in this version, but if he really was trying to get his rape on in the VN with Lancer huffin n puffin right there next to them then that would be pretty awkward then.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:27 PM)
    What I’m legitimately confused about is how did Shirou become an archer? Didn’t he always use melee weapons? Does the counterforce just kinda prefer the archer archetype or something? Cuz even as a Guardian Shirou should’ve still used the double daggers, or even a rolled up enforced newspaper or something.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:23 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah I’m mostly just shooting shit at it, I actually thought it was good, despite the fact that I would’ve been pleasantly surprised if Archer either killed or managed to stop Shirou’s ambition. But plot armor is nothing new to the medium, hell, even Guts has a pretty thick layer of it on at this point.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 06:11 PM)
    I really enjoyed this episode of anime. Whether someone else did not enjoy it is no concern of mine.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 06:09 PM)
    Sigh…I just read through 20 pages of stuff on that ANN Fate UBW 20 review. Honestly…I am just tired of this crap. On and on, the same arguments being shouted as if this time they will win an unwinable battle. I really don’t argee with the review but jumping into the fray isn’t going to help anything. Shouting my view won’t change her opinion just as her shouting does not change mine.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:48 PM)
    You know when Shinji was talking to Rin. You could have said something Lancer.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:47 PM)
    @Bam, Ouch. Come on I think comparing him to Kirito is a bit much. You think that Kirito would every be shown getting this much of a beating?
    I do argee that lancer should have jumped in sooner…but he did get a spear though the chest and likely did need some time to rest after attacking Kirei. But a “HEY FECK OFF YOU LITTLE SHIT” would have been appreciated.

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