Posted by psgels on 27 February 2010 with categories: Cobra The Animation



Well, this is just the last series I expected to just get better and better with every episode. Don’t ask me why, but even though this series started out as a guilty pleasure, I’m genuinely enjoying it now. This episode again: the characters were very simple, but the ideas and the storytelling, along with Yoshihiro Ike’s soundtrack again turned this into an enjoyable episode. I’m a big fan of adventure series, but I often find them lacking in the creativity department. This show has exactly that.

And I have to praise this series: it’s one of the few ones that you can see has a ton of fun, making its own stuff up. Rugball was one of the highlights of Cobra 1982, and here it again comes with a great premise: in a free fall of 30000 feet, participants have to assemble their own vehicles, just in time before plummeting to their death and finish a race at high speed. I love the idea behind it.

One thing that I also appreciate is that ever since that first arc, the entire mentality of this series has changed. While at first, it had the “Cobra and the girl get a happy end”-mentality, instead, the series changed to the “only Cobra is awesome enough to have the happy end”. This makes the females in this series much less useless than they once were. Instead, they’re often the main villains, rather than damsels in distress. In this episode I again feared for Panela to fall into the same trap, but guess what? She died!

But seriously though, there’s no denying that this series is flawed, but nevertheless this series knows exactly what it is, and it’s been using that to its advantage and made this an excellent adaptation. Compare that to Hanamaru Youchien, for example, where the creators can’t seem to realize that they’re animating a show about a kindergarten. Or Letter Bee, in which the creators were building up to a great story that they never had the plans for to animate. In my view, there were too many series this season that failed to capture their essences. Cobra The Animation, however, succeeded in that.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. sengoku says:

    What i like, it’s that there are frozen images, that reminds me a little the style of Dezaki .
    Otherwise, the last 4 episodes (episodes 10 to 13) will be one single story .

  2. loempiavreter says:

    Yeah, and it’s a good’un. Good story to end this animation series.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Cobra to return with a new animation series after a short break? (I think I ‘ve read that somewhere and that it will contain 9 episodes).

  3. sengoku says:

    No, the last project is this tv serie of 13 episodes . The next four episodes ( 10 to 13 ) will adapt ” galaxy night ” . ( volume 4 of manga color )
    But perhaps, there will be another project if this serie goes well .

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 10:10 PM)
    =O As a deen disliker I get to admit that!
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 10:08 PM)
    *grumble* meh, nothing for me to really go after and complain about =< grr =P
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 10:06 PM)
    If I had one issue it would be minor, I would have hoped it would have gone on longer, a bit too much “flashing light” in the action scenes and if only if only Kenshin in its entirety could have been a seinen series.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 10:04 PM)
    Well I finished the trust and betrayal Kenshin ovas just there. needless to say this was a significant surprise and in my opinion from what I’ve seen of the Kenshin franchise may be the best out of it. It delivered on all notes it aimed for and gave me pretty much and understood everything I would wanted from an anime on every level. I loved it.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 09:32 PM)
    @K-off: you’ve seen it m8?
  • k-off
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 09:23 PM)
    @Bam Well, that last bit is to be expected with a story like Space Dandy, but yes.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 08:42 PM)
    @K-off: you were right about the continuity, because it became clear that they weaved the last few episodes together and the narrative has become somewhat singular, since Last week’s episode directly leads into the series finale. The source of anomalies surrounding Dandy was also revealed, I just wish they spread a bit more throughout the series instead of bunching most of it at the end.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 08:37 PM)
    Another praise that can be given to deen is the third rozen maiden season.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 08:37 PM)
    Also the penultimate episode of Dandy was pretty good. A courtroom drama is interesting and still fresh for the anime industry. The 3rd act wasn’t satisfying but the whole thing did a good job of setting things up for the finale.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 08:33 PM)
    Deen is not a bad studio, it’s just that like most other anime companies which have had their ups-and-downs. These studios are a conglomerate, so it all depends on the staff behind each particular title. The budget of a project can also make a difference and I would think that LH2 would probably have a reasonable one. With the old staff on-board I don’t see at real problem here.

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