Posted by psgels on 21 June 2010 with categories: Senkou no Night Raid



Hmm, this episode violently pushed the motives of Yukina’s brother into a different direction. A cliched one, I’m afraid. “I need peace so for that to happen I will blow things up.” (By the way though, this episode did blow out any hint of nationalism out of the water. For those who were still doubting the intentions of this series at this point: it features a Japanese guy who plans to send an atom bomb into the middle of Shanghai).

So let me get this straight: the blasts that the Englishmen saw were an illusion. That seems to be the power of Yukina’s brother. We already knew that he’s desperately trying to prevent the atom bomb to drop on Japan. So, what does he do? He sends an atom bomb into Shanghai! If I understood correctly, he understood that it was the atom bombs and the fear of them that gradually lead to peace: in the way that countries would begin to think twice to attack a country that could devastate entire cities with just one bomb.

As a stuck-up nationalist Japanese however, he figures that the way to prevent it is to show the world what an incredible force they are playing with, as long as it doesn’t affect Japan. There are… so many things wrong with that. Yet at the same time, was this what Japanese nationalism must have felt like back then? This is an incredibly radical decisions that was made not just by him, but also several lead characters: even Sakurai let’s him just do his business here.

I must say, this series has surpassed Sora no Oto with the way that it has been so thought provoking. The motives of the villains here are just wrong, and yet they remain interesting. When watching this series, I learned a ton of new stuff that I didn’t know about the Chinese history at that time, and it’s a bit of a shame that Anime no Chikara is going back to high schools and teenagers again in the upcoming season. There really need to be more series like this.

But yeah, it does remain noticeably unrefined at times. I mean, dude. You have a gun. USE THE BLOODY THING!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

13 Responses

  1. Meep says:

    -still stuck at epi 6- D:

  2. chounokoe says:

    It’s really interesting how they reverted the idea of the atom bomb as a genesis of peace in this series.
    Generally it WAS a horrible event, nuking 2 Japanese cities, but it led to a terror of the atom bomb that hindered humanity to at least use THAT anymore.

    Well I hope they won’t pull a too peacefull ending out of the hat, but instead try to end on a more sombre note.
    We in the 21st century know that the atom bomb might have created a bigger fear of war, but it didn’t keep us from leading them.

    But well…I bet the haters will still continue propagating that this series is Anti-China, because one character assumes that nuking it would create peace.
    I hope they will see (and I hope the series will reflect that) that Isao’s dillemma lies exactly with what I described above. He’s an idealist and is blinded by his own social and national sorrounding.

  3. Gibo says:

    I’m going to bet that the final episode will have a bittersweet ending. Isao will probably meet his end and others characters are either going to die or live and watch as history unfolds. If the staff will pull a peaceful ending, it will not make sense since the next years will be the Sino-Japanese war and then, WWII.

  4. brianwuzhere says:

    OMG, why is no one subbing this show?

  5. Gibo says:

    @ brianwuzhere: One of fansubbers from one subbing group said that they just finished the translation of epi 6.5 and 7 and they will released it “very soon”.

  6. Johnson says:

    1) A better way to learn about history is to read about it. A show can initiate the interest, but it’s definitely not good to “learn” history from television.

    2) The mutually assured destruction theory is pretty well known. See the wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction), notably criticisms of this theory (also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov for a near miss during the Cold War). See this link as well: http://www.nuclearfiles.org/menu/key-issues/nuclear-weapons/issues/accidents/20-mishaps-maybe-caused-nuclear-war.htm The basic idea is, over infinite time, a situation like the Cold War is bound to explode, due to (amongst other things) human error.

    3) The idea of sacrificing thousands of foreign lives to save a few of your own is not new, nor unique to Japan. The United States does this all the time in warfare. Notably, we always mourn the thousands of soldiers that died in Vietnam, but no one seems to give two sh*ts about the millions of Vietnamese that died.

    4) Nationalism is everywhere. Fascism (i.e. the Nazis) were extreme nationalists. You can walk down the street in America and probably find someone who believes America is better than every country on Earth (note: not saying America is fascist, the two ideas are disconnected). I don’t think Japanese nationalism was unique in any fundamental regard. What’s important to know is that it was ubiquitous; that’s when you have a problem.

  7. Johnson says:

    also, whats the next anime no chikara project?

  8. MsteaK says:

    I’m really digging the anime no chikara concept. It brings a new wave of originality into this medium. A shame that they all seem to be only 12 episodes long though.

  9. AuroraFlame says:

    Considering Sora no Oto was subbed the same day, I’m going to be kind of mad if Occult Gakuin is picked up just because its in high school.

    With the 6 episode (:\) I’ve seen, it seems like the main thing Anime no Chikara has over other shows is setting. Oto was post-war distant future, Night Raid is post-war period piece. Gakuin’s premise looks pretty typical, especially given the other shows coming out next season, but I’m sure they’ll put in some kind of twist where it’s not what it seems.

    The other thing is the quality of the audio and visuals. While the character design and actual animation have been pretty average, the background art is not only the most detailed of any series I’m watching, but you can see that the producers did a lot of research into actual art and architecture to make it. The music is also fully composed for orchestra as opposed to ensemble or electronic BGM.

    Having been six months, do you consider Chikara a success? I’m still not really sure what I think.

  10. psgels psgels says:

    Auroraflame: well, there’s one thing I can say for certain: it’s not as good as Noise: that was a timeslot active a year ago with nothing but imaginative premises and really well refined executions, and a bloody shame it was cancelled.

    I think the major problem with Anime no Chikara is that it uses teenagers for the sake of teenagers. As an example, Noise’s Aoi Hana was a show about adolescence, so it made sense to set it in a high school. With Sora no Oto, however, there was no reason to make the lead character a teenager. Occult Gakuin too: if you’re going to make a horror mystery show: why a high school?

    Night Raid of course is a delightful exception to this.

  11. chounokoe says:

    I fully appreaciate what the Chikara project is doing, because they experiment and I’d rather have an anime with some flaws who at least dared something, than the same concept over and over again.

    Yes Sora no Oto was…below average when it came to storytelling, because they stopped when it got interesting, but I liked what they thought of and you could feel that they put some real thinking into the world.
    Senkô no Nightraid is taken a setting that hasn’t been used in such a context so far and it actually has some things to say, even though at times it could use some suspense inducing element.

    Sadly the project is vanishing among the more mainstream stuff, as usual for any field of entertainment that has grown beyond it’s own influence.

    I still hope that Occult Gakuen will follow this road and work on an interesting setting. The urban legends could really be something to work with.

  12. pure love says:

    i hate it from ep 6 but thanx for the post

Leave a Reply

Shoutbox

Name:
Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 05:26 AM)
    I realy like that Bjork video/song all is full of love, lots of weird looking stuff in that.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 05:24 AM)
    @Bam: I am currently watching/listening to this one:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJjhagh8dk4
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 05:21 AM)
    @Bam: I’m not very informed or hugely overly into music myself so theres probably alot better feedback others could give =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 05:19 AM)
    @Bam: I had a look at those two videos you mention, the first one is well match to the song, good piece of music, very ethereal/surreal stuff, the second video, I cared more for the song repetitive as it may have be. I guess you could then after two videos and a whole album I like what I hear.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 04:30 AM)
    @Emma: The Understanding and Melody AM are their best studio albums. The vocals depend on who’s doing that specific track, Robyn is usually pretty good. Check out the music videos if you haven’t seen them yet, specially What Else Is There and Eple.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 03:35 AM)
    @Bam:Currently listening to Royksopps-junior album, don’t really care for the vocals but the tunes themselves are dreamy, surreal, catchy .
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 03:04 AM)
    Well … I’m off to recover the crown of the Ivory King, the last missing piece …
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 02:36 AM)
    @Emma: you probably would like Röyksopp’s style. I suggest you check out the first video I posted called What Else Is There, it’s surreally delightful.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 02:12 AM)
    @Wyatt I’m not really into synth music. It sounds a little too disco for me.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Oct 1. 2014 01:12 AM)
    Electro is great, and synth music is also great. Crimewave… Huge fan.

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Featured Posts

Clipboard03

Mushishi – 07

Now this was such a beautiful episode. We often see Mushi portrayed as parasites. In fact, they are pretty much based on the insects and viruses of their world. There probably are enough real viruses and insects living in the Mushishi world, but they just aren’t the focus of the series. Anyway, what they did […]

Clipboard04

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders – 06 & 07

This is where this arc gets weird. We’re still in adventure modus, however in these two episodes Jotaro not only meets some of the most bizarre Stand users, it’s also done in the most camp way possible. You can see a clear difference with the first two seasons of Jojo: there it was all about […]

Clipboard01

Ping Pong – 05 & 06

Episodes 05 and 06 are dedicated to character-development. It’s here where Ping Pong shows that it also knows its stuff in terms of storytelling; the develoment doesn’t start too early or too late, and these two episodes really added depth to all of the different characters, despite that there were no big matches. I’m currently […]

Clipboard01

Mushishi – 03 – 06

I have not forgotten about this show. Not at all. I just finished marathoning these four episodes, and holy cheeseballs on a stick! this is the best anime in years! This was everything I could have hoped for and blows just about everything else out of the water. Talk about raw, powerful storytelling. I now […]

Clipboard03

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – 03 – 05

Jojo really is not kind to its females. Every time a hint is even dropped to a girl kicking ass here, it comes with this weird plot-twist that undermines any fighting potential of them. In this arc, it’s the rule that says that your stand will kill you if youaren’t strong enough. And so, Joseph’s […]

Clipboard01

Ping Pong – 03 & 04

The opening of Ping Pong wasn’t done in time, so the first two episodes showed a sortof montage as a placeholder. Now we know why, with episode 03 and 04. The creators actually got the single best animator currently in the business to oversee it: Shinya Ohira. This guy understands animation like no other. The […]

Clipboard07

Ping Pong – 02

Yes, I know that more people here were involved in making this series beyond Masaaki Yuasa. It’s written by the creator of Tekkon Kinkreet, Taiyo Mashimoto. That guy is awesome. And the combination between those two makes this series even better. Because here’s the thing: anime is significantly different from manga or light novels. Beyond […]

Clipboard02

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders – 02

We can never quite get rid of magic fights at a school, now can we, Jojo. Ah well, I forgive it this time, just due to how hilarious it looks seeing these ridiculously bulky men walk around pretending to be high school students. It’s just so over the top, and yet Jojo sets itself apart […]

Clipboard01

Mushishi Season 2 – 02

Oh yes. This is it. This is what storytelling should be about: telling real stories about real people, all with their own problems that need to be overcome. And this show does that time and time again in just one episode. I still can’t believe how authentic this series is. The thing is, when I […]

Latest Reviews

Clipboard06

Nerawareta Gakuen Review – 84/100

Let me talk a bit about Ryousuke Nakamura. For a long time, this guy was my hero. He started off as an assistant director to Monster, in my opinion a big reason why that series got such a ridiculously solid adaptation, and then in 2008 he came with the groundbreaking Mouryou no Hako. No TV-series […]

Clipboard03

Kick Heart

Okay, so I didn’t want to exit 2013 without having seen Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart. It’s only twelve minutes anyway, and I consider him to be one of the best anime directors out there. The story here is pretty silly and mostly serves as a backdrop, so I mostly want to talk about the nature […]

Clipboard01

Kyousogiga Review – 90/100

Everyone’s taste is different, and that’s a wonderful thing because that allows us to have so many different forms of media that all aim toward their own niche. My blog is obviously written from the perspective of my own taste, and even when a show doesn’t cater to it (which is nearly always), I love […]

Clipboard04

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru Review – 80/100

Noucome! You do not want to know how long I have been waiting for a series like this. More than half a decade, at the very least. Finally a series comes along and puts the incredibly overused harem genre in its place. And it actually does it well. Thank you! So to elaborate: the harem […]

Clipboard01

Pokemon: The Origin Review – 75/100

Normally I try to avoid spoilers with these reviews, but screw it, it’s Pokemon. Pokemon The Origin is a bomb of nostalgia. If you haven’t played Pokemon Red, Blue or Green, then you will not enjoy this one slight bit. This really is made as pure undilluted fanservice for the fans of the first games. […]

Clipboard08

Tamayura – More Aggressive Review – 75/100

I’m not going to dedicate a post for my impression for the final three episodes of this series. It was just too boring to write much about. I guess that that gives a pretty accurate indication of what I think about this series. Right at the start of Tamayura’s second season, I asked one question: […]

Clipboard04

Silver Spoon Review – 86/100

When Noitamina started airing two series per season, it was amazing. It’s a timeslot that on average tends to be aimed at a much older audience than usual, and having two series with the same mentality definitely helped to bring more diversity to anime overall. Unfortunately it’s a schedule that could not be kept up […]

Clipboard07

Yondemasuyo, Azazel-San Z Review – 82,5/100

Reviewing a comedy sequel usually is quite simple: in most cases it just drops the bomb and runs out of inspiration, and in rare cases it actually manages to stay hilarious. The tricky thing with these kinds of series is that you need to remain funny, and you need to have the inspiration for that. […]

Clipboard05

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Review – 81/100

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet tells the storyline of a planet that is completely submerged, with only giant ships residing on the surface, while one of those ships gets visited by this guy and his AI-mecha from this very technologically advanced civilization. Yes, this show is about world building. What this show managed to do […]