Posted on 16 May 2010 with categories: Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru




Whoa, I admire the balls that the creators have with this series. This episode was really heavy, and pretty much showed that this isn’t going to be a happy adventure. They really went as far as actually having the bad guys possess little girls in order to deceive Yuki? I give my thumbs up for that.

There were a few things about this episode that were kind of cheesy, like the point in which Yuki claimed that Hotsuma saved him because he cared about him. Hello, you know him for what? Twenty minutes? Hotsuma’s motivation also is a bit weird. I mean, if I were to run into a guy who would be able to heal any wound, I’d be pretty happy with it. The only thing that I can think of here is that he had some kind of really big grudge against Yuki when he still was a girl. This episode actually hinted at how the current Yuki is completely different from how he used to be, which… does pique my interest seeing of how a goodness-loving flower-child he is right now. But yeah, I can imagine that the person that Zess fell in love with to be as socially inept as he is.

In any case I wasn’t sure about the orphanage to start this series off with, however the emphasis on little children in this series has been surprising, to say the least. Most shows of this kind usually have the protagonist wandering stupidly into dangerous situations to get some action going on, but these girls give this a completely different dimension here.

And as for the action… it again was surprisingly good. This show isn’t particularly well animated, but the art itself and the CG around it are really good. It’s also interesting that Zess doesn’t know the meaning of “overkill”, especially when summoning that enormous dragon (or… um… salamander…) of his. It looked awesome in any case.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. lane says:

    Re: Zess and overkill
    Lulz. They try to portray Zess as so bad ass, and actually to a degree they accomplish it because most of his attacks HAVE been bad ass… but he’s such a shallow, boring character. He does nothing except look pretty and be bad ass and mutter stuff about not ever betraying Yuki.

    I truly hate Yuki’s voice, but I don’t totally hate his character. He’s willing to put himself at risk to help the innocent and although he often needs to be saved, he’s not totally helpless or stupidly putting himself in harm’s way for no reason.

    Since the anime is over all dark, I find the attempts at humor to be weird and out of place (all the super deformed sequences just seemed forced).

    I would say this anime has managed to hold my interest but only just barely. It’s the few bright points, music/direction/fun action sequences/certain character’s interactions… the plot I could take it or leave it.

  2. “the point in which Yuki claimed that Hotsuma saved him because he cared about him. Hello, you know him for what?”
    —> I think it’s just the “you save ‘coz you care” assumption. That or the reincarnation excuse: Yuki somewhat remembers Hotsuma’s personality but just didn’t realize that. Like with Luka, hehe.

    “Hotsuma’s motivation also is a bit weird. I mean, if I were to run into a guy who would be able to heal any wound, I’d be pretty happy with it.”
    —> He has a reason for it and I think it would be revealed pretty soon. Though in my opinion he’s just being pretty angsty over his *spoilery to continue*

    @ lane
    “Since the anime is over all dark, I find the attempts at humor to be weird and out of place”
    —> I think it’s a cute/nice combination though, to lessen the dark and gloomy/horrific atmosphere. Pandora Hearts and Kuroshitsuji does the same~

  3. lane says:

    @Sapphire

    I am in agreement with you that lighthearted moments help alleviate some of the doom and gloom. I loved the comedy in Pandora Hearts! I just don’t think the super-deformed buts in Uraboku work… could just be me though!

    I rewatched a scene just now to confirm to myself that the music composer for this series is awesome. I wonder if he put his all into this anime to get noticed?

  4. Frost says:

    This is pretty good so far… I wish they didnt use this lame “Yuki becomes a guy” crap though, specially since hes so huh, I guess “flower child” fits, lol I hate it, and I also hate his VA

    It would be much more interesting if Yuki was still a girl, theres already plenty of bishounens here, we dont say yaoi on top of that

  5. anonymouse says:

    @Frost, this is totally a shounen ai series… It’s created by an artist who has almost exclusively produced shounen ai works throughout her career. The romance is intended to titillate those who would be interested in two boys hooking up, and not a guy and a girl.

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  • Asuka111
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 07:37 AM)
    @Lacrid Surprising, yes, but it seems they’ve brushed over that so far. The story has gone back to normal romcom/slice of life.
  • LacridSayo
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 07:11 AM)
    Wow, Horimiya managed to surprise me twice. They teach me that in the face of adversity, conformity is the way. Also, Miyamura and Hori f&@ks.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 04:09 AM)
    The whole world structure and the framework of spirituality, eyes of death perception, counterforce and whatnots are kept intentionally vague so he can have some wiggle room to bullshit and handwave plot elements as they go on. KnK was a pretty good OVA series tho and Ufotable had a big party to play in that.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:56 AM)
    Here’s some classic Nasu at work.
    http://lparchive.org/Fatestay-night/Update%2003/30-P02-034.jpg
    A f*cking security system? No, it’s a person creating a small alternate world around them from their mind. Plain and f*cking simple.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:45 AM)
    I’ve heard people criticize Nasu as “writing terrible history fanfiction” and “Like my old bad fanfiction” “When the action scenes actually happen they suck”
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:44 AM)
    @K-Off: didn’t we all.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:44 AM)
    @Aidan: I didn’t know what they were, but “withering eyes of death perception” doesn’t really leave a whole lot up to the imagination anyway…
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan Reminds me of my English papers where I bullshitted tons of explanations to fill up a ten page report.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:39 AM)
    And the eyes of death perception. Ho Boy. He talks about how it’s not cutting but severing and bonds and blah blah blah.
    Here’s the shorthand. You cut a tree with a knife you make a small cut, cut a tree with a knife while using the eyes of death perception and the tree withers and dies. There only took one sentence to explain something that Nasu uses 10 or so paragraphs for.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:33 AM)
    Take the explanation for mana. All the man had to explain was more mana = More powerful servant. Yet he makes this comparison to ammo, guns and cannons that is just needlessly confusing.

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