Posted by psgels on 26 May 2010 with categories: Rainbow



Holy crap. I know that I often talked down on the director. The reason for my scepsis was very much based on those series series, based on great manga but that were ruined by a sloppy direction; most notably Ookami Kakushi. While the series composition guy was excellent, with anime it’s always the question how these two balance each other out: there are series in which the director is in control of everything, but there are other directors that let themselves get very much guided by the plan, laid out by the series composition: it’s different for every series.

Thankfully though, this turned into more of an Umineko than an Ookami Kakushi: it’s flawed as an adaptation, but the essence of the original manga still comes shining through. The biggest problem with this show really is the acting: it doesn’t know the meaning of subtlety and instead just tries to tug at your emotional strings too quickly, only creating something silly.

This episode though… damn. The strength of the manga really shined through here. Seeing everyone work together to save An-chan’s life, in a structured well-thought out way that doesn’t try to be stupid in any way really made up for the acting this time (sure, the rope was cliched, but in this context I can really see it working). This is really one thing that I didn’t expect to see coming beforehand: that the tables have turned, and the six leads instead have to take care of An-chan. It’s extreme, but definitely an interesting twist to the trope of the strong guy taking care of the weak ones. Heck, he’s only one year older than them anyways, that’s also an interesting twist here.

the crowning moment of awesome here really was Psycho Guard’s manic appearance when he tried to stab An-chan. We only have to assume that he assumed the right path that the guys would escape through, but that’s really the first point at which I have to give thumbs up to how the anime creators decided to handle him. It was completely out of left field, but seeing his manic face, only to get beaten to hell by Mario again was really satisfying. But the entire episode really was full of them, from all of the characters’ sacrifices (normally these things are very cheesy, but here of all things it was completely necessary for them to make it out of the prison). Pedo Doctor’s roar of anger may have been a bit too much, but still didn’t ruin anything.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

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  1. Sacchi says:

    Great and powerful episode. Loved it.

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:43 AM)
    I’ve never been a big type-moon/fate stay night fan and mushishi is too episodic for me (although I do like a fair share of stories from the manga), jojo just tired me out at points and I couldn’t get into it as much as others even though it had its moments.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:42 AM)
    @Emma: yeah since I myself only saw Kaguya recently I think it’s fair to consider it a 2014 movie, in which case it probably is the most refined anime of the year. Single movies don’t have as big as an impact on the year’s climate as much as full series tho.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:40 AM)
    I should have loved the second psycho-pass season alone for how much it messed up and how little loyalty I had to the original yet eventually it stopped being a guilty pleasure.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:38 AM)
    I can’t really properly include sabagebu and no game no life really as they were more guilty pleasures.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:37 AM)
    While I’m happy to include that Lupin movie and Kaguya as favourites of this year, I’m rethinking sidonia, like parasyte, bahamut, log horizon all enjoyable enough but I’ve got too many quibbles with them to go putting them up too high.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:21 AM)
    @Mikey: at this point I’m skeptical of both Urobutchi and the franchise.
  • Nyangoro
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:19 AM)
    I still don’t hold the first season of PP to be anything more than wasted potential, but at least it was coherent. Like, it doesn’t even matter if Ubukata saw the first season or not, it’s clear that he just didn’t care.
  • Mikey
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:03 AM)
    Luckily the movie is going back to Urobuchi and IG and he wants to pretend the second season didn’t happen as much as we do, so I’ll try not to let this season cloud my judgement.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:03 AM)
    @ggultra: mainly because the events themself weren’t a big deal at all.
  • Mikey
    (Monday, Dec 29. 2014 03:02 AM)
    I seriously wondered if Ubukata actually watched the first season.

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