Posted by psgels on 26 June 2010 with categories: Sarai-ya Goyou



A very promising start to the climax of this series. Like expected, it’s all about Yaichi and his past, and the creators did a really good job at building up to it so that they can now start dropping hints as to what exactly caused him to shut off his past. By now, it’s clear that certain things have happened that he has yet to digest, and at this point, there are a ton of people from the past, coming back to bite him. And then there’s also Masa, who is getting closer and closer to him as well.

Yaichi in his teens was… scary. He really had this air around him that didn’t care about anyone or anything. While he killed without remorse in this episode, it’s probably something else caused him to break up with his gang. It’s now interesting to see whether the creators will also be able to give this series a good closure. I mean, I know that the creators are able to do this, but the manga it’s based on complicates things by being way longer than something you can just put in 12 episodes. But still, Ristorante Paradiso did it a year ago, so why shouldn’t this series be able to do it?

Still…. I am missing something here, though. I can’t put my finger to exactly what, but the past number of episodes have lacked a certain something, that prevents it from becoming a masterpiece. I wish I knew what that was, though.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. Johnson says:

    Perhaps it’s not that it’s doing anything wrong, but just not doing anything extraordinary.

    A masterpiece shouldn’t just push all the right buttons. It has to do something you think is awesome.

    In other words, it’s not missing a particular thing other than that “above and beyond” factor.

  2. Chapbook says:

    I believe this series is a masterpiece in that the characterization is so rich for most of the characters. I also enjoyed the slow pacing. It permitted an in-depth presentation of the characters and allowed you to savor the atmosphere. I found the combination of characters, atmosphere, and character design compelling; it had me on the edge of my seat, especially from episode 6 onwards.

  3. sakura says:

    I still enjoy this anime, but am also disappointed…
    In the original comics, Ichi is getting more and more fragile mentally in the latter half, and this makes relations among goyo members very tense, so Masa’s role to desperately try to help Ichi is moving.
    After all, 12 episodes are not enough.
    In the end, I enjoy yojo-han more than goyo.

  4. Johnson says:

    Just curious, for someone who reads manga, how much of the manga is the anime covering? Wikipedia says the manga is still ongoing…

  5. Michael says:

    I have to disagree. I thought this episode really was a masterpiece. The setting, the animation, the lighting, and the acting was mesmerizing, especially during the flashback murder scene. The emotion that the voice actor puts into the elder swordsman speaking the name of the younger one just about to be killed was just amazing. It was incredibly subtle, showing shock, dismay, sadness, and resignation almost all at the same time. Combined with the brilliant visuals of implying a horrendous act, showing the consequence of the act, but never actually showing the act itself was brilliant and really fit the mood of the series.

    This scene is so powerful because, despite this series being a samurai show, we have no directly scene many fights or any deaths or murders to this point. This makes the scene all the more powerful and a perfect semi-climax for the story.

  6. Puran says:

    It’s the direction. Something is missing from the direction. There isn’t any scene where the combination of the visuals, the music (or absence of music) and what is happening create something really really unique and memorable.

    The story is interesting, the show relies on that. Everything else is just decent.

  7. sakura says:

    @Johnson
    Saraiya goyo of original manga will be completed with one more episode this month. The 8th volume of Tankobon will be published in autumn.
    The final episode of anime covers a part of 7th and the whole of 8th volume of manga. It must be very hard to write a script.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 05:18 AM)
    Oh, awesome, dark horse is releasing volume 10 of black lagoon in April, its been nearly five years since the last complete volume…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:56 AM)
    @Aidan: I think theres something seriously wrong when theres the actually possibility of there being a good PA works anime but we all have our opinions =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:13 AM)
    @Raggers, I will go into detail when I review it. But I think something is seriously wrong when I get a far more satisfying ending out of shirobako than Death parade.
    Looking forward to writing a review of shirobako too.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:56 AM)
    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:29 AM)
    Well. Death parades ending was quite underwhelming.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.

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