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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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 05:34 AM)
    I think going either by first episodes or source material. I know what I’m interested in this season: Ranpo kitan, gangsta, akagami.
    And as for what I don’t like/don’t want to watch: Gakkou gurashi, symphogear, prison school, charlotte, gate.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 02:46 AM)
    I only ever had one issue of Neo (I think that was the magazines name) and one or two issues of the American version of newtype. And that was a long time ago.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 02:34 AM)
    I think the number of that fanbase who would actually buy magazines is slim. You would need to provide something the fans can’t get from the internet. Which seems pretty impossible.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:56 AM)
    Anime itself has quite a big international fan base.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:56 AM)
    @Casey: that depends on where you’re from, your background in web-design/blogging/printing and your targeted audience and market.
  • casey
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:51 AM)
    hey there am casey and am wondring if anime magizinse can be mad for someone how is a big fan off anime
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:44 AM)
    @Bam: Trying to think of actors I’d like to see show up in season three.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:41 AM)
    @Bam: I definitely enjoyed parts of hannibal yes, but yes, particularly the new season, style over substance.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:40 AM)
    I also ditto Farrell’s bold yet humanizing performance. The whole show has become a vehicle for actors/actresses to reinven themselves and take on a more prestigious pedigree of works.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:39 AM)
    @Emma: it is as much as a procedural as it is noir psychothriller like Hannibal, the latter while gorgeous has descended into symbolic surreàl scenes, which just too prohibited and drownin in it’s own atmosphere and style.

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