Posted by psgels 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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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 01:14 PM)
    Additionally Hammill’s joker got both sides of the character down perfectly.
    My favourite depiction of the joker though is definately in Grant Morrison’s arkham asylum graphic novel.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 12:56 PM)
    @bam, Ledger was the best possible live action joker. But Hamell is the real joker to me. When you read jokers lines in the comics, you hear Hammill. Still that fellow in batman arkham origins didn’t do too bad a job.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 12:19 PM)
    @Bam: I remember loving the hell out of that old animated Batman movie from the 90s, mask of Phantasm, that mystery of Batwoman one was worthwhile also.
    Here is the new Jared Leto joker: http://static1.squarespace.com/static/51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de/t/54870f57e4b074be5ade38ad/1418137431644/jared-leto-as-the-joker-in-suicide-squad-fan-art
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 12:06 PM)
    Also it was neat for FF9 to include summons as a plot element. They always existed outside of the story, as most of that series’ battle mechanics seem to happen in a bubble separate from the actual stories.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 12:03 PM)
    *@Emma lol
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 12:03 PM)
    @Joker: he definitely had the quintessential Joker laugh. Ledger was good, but also a lot grirrier due to the film’s tone. That whole animated series is one of main reasons why Batman is still so popular even with the 90s kids who cared very little about comics at that point.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 11:02 AM)
    @Bam: I feel the same way about Mark Hammill voicing the joker.
    As for FF9, I really liked that games take on the Alexander summon.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 09:45 AM)
    @K-off: That’s pretty cool. Conroy is easily the best portrayal of the Dark Knight- as somebody who got the Batman/Bruce Wayne dichotomy down like no other. The trick to get their attention is to be real with them, since they’ve heard every possibly fan praise a million times. I still remember how Maynard’s eyes lit up when my friend screamed “Hey Maynard! You’re a Tool!” at a Napa wine-tasting function he was hosting. You can always bank on weird.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 07:17 AM)
    Very exciting, got to chat with Kevin Conroy in Vegas. I dropped 40$ to get a signature, but I met him afterwards outside the convention hall and talked some generic “fan-to-celebrity” talk, telling him how much I respected his work. I ain’t complaining though.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 5. 2015 12:43 AM)
    I enjoyed Vivi’s storyline tho. I think even tho he was bland and quiet he still had the most emotional developments as a character, which tied in to identity and what it means to be alive. I also liked the “I want to be your Canary” play within the game, it was like a fleshed-out version of the Opera House scene from FF6.

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