Posted by psgels on 12 December 2009 with categories: Kemono no Souja Erin



This is really why long series rock: they can really take their time in building up and give their characters enough time to prepare themselves for the upcoming climaxes. The key in these sorts of things is making the build-up count, and that’s something that this series has become really good at: the past three episodes were in no way inferior to the more fast-paced and plot-twist heavy episodes so far and they formed a very good build-up for the upcoming climax while keeping its atmosphere.

The big question now of course is: will the creators be able to pull off a good ending? There have been many great shows like this one with a great pre-ending build-up, but with just a rushed or dull ending. It’s a shame, but Damya still is just a stereotypical evil villain. I was really hoping that the creators would delve more into his character, but all they did throughout the series was make him more and more evil, rather than dynamic. This could pose a very serious problem for these final two episodes.

What I want is an ending that doesn’t just resolve the major themes of the series, but also progresses them in some way. It’s one way to just have the final two episodes full of pointless battles that eventually end up killing Damya and bringing peace back to the country, but that’s just lazy storytelling. Since the novels progress after this point, this is going to require input from the creators of the anime themselves. They NEED to have put some serious thoughts into how to let this end in the best way possible. If they can do that, then congratulations. This episode really was excellent in its atmosphere. This series really has put forth some great themes, characters and settings. It DESERVES a good ending to accompany them!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

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  1. Reltair says:

    It definitely deserves a good ending! At times it felt like the series was moving too slow, but it has finally reached the climax. 2 more episodes to go!

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:25 AM)
    @K-off: for sure.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    I mainly say spoilers because it was quite the twist.
    Any case thanks for changing it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    @Emma: I’m not sure how many episodes this is going to be but I’m getting a 11-13 episode cour feel from the production here, in which case I don’t think they have that much time to get sidetracked.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    @Bam M8, maybe later. I turned off my computer and it was the only screenshot on my phone.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:23 AM)
    @K-off: change it to something better at least lol
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:19 AM)
    @Emma Oh shit, I’ll change it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:16 AM)
    Somewhere in my head…I have this idea that Bahamut could start to overfocus on build up .
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:15 AM)
    K-off, I hope this comes out right, now I do like your episode review and agree with it, nothing wrong with the length but one screenshot may be a little spoilery… =< ;M;
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:13 AM)
    @Bam: Damn, got there before me, I was going to throw in that about twintails puppet hands God woman and also visual Kei guy being a bit jarring but I felt it may have come off as nitpickery.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:09 AM)
    I think it was the general direction which was not on point in this episode. The introduction of a cutesy fan-service female villain (along with complementary annoying pets) plus an episodic feel raised a few red flags for me. I still have hope tho, and the whole thing was still moderately enjoyable.

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