Posted by psgels on 22 August 2010 with categories: Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru



Holy crap! I’m impressed here. This could pretty much be the best episode of Uragiri so far. It’s really amazing how this episode stood out when it mostly involved characters we only really got to know one episode ago.

When Yuki ran off for Luka I expected another silly conflict. But instead this episode just kept building up its tension more and more. Every time at which I thought that the episode hit its climax, it just went even further. The build-up here was absolutely terrific, there was no minute wasted. The episode started out really quiet with actually some really effective piano music. After that point, there was hardly any break to allow the viewer to catch a bit of breath.

Looking back, the point at which Kuroto told Senshiro to quit was really powerful. After four years of hardships. This choice between protecting someone or protecting yourself from getting involved is nothing new in anime, but because it’s such a major theme in this series it’s really working here. I mean, half the cast in this series is struggling with that exact question, but all under different circumstances.

Also, during the second half, I really like how the creators subverted the “sudden save”-cliche. I’ve seen so many of those scenes in which characters are driven to the brink of defeat, only for someone who was looking for them to arrive at the exact right time. The second half of this episode had three or four of those moments, and yet Luka arrived too late to do anything here. Every time, the save was made by either Yuki, Kuroto, Senshiro or Reiga; all of which were fairly believable. Reiga’s appearance at the end. He may have just been sitting in the shadows. Really: what were his intentions back then? Doesn’t he want Yuki to die or something?
Rating: *** (Awesome)

7 Responses

  1. Meep says:

    Admittedly, this show has started to grow on me a bit. Though this is the first that episode I enjoyed in a while (the previous 4 or 5 have been extremely slow). XD I’m glad Yuki used his powers here instead of just getting saved by somebody as well.

  2. Nyitora says:

    Wonderful episode. Emotions were really charged, and the threat of the General Class was really interesting. Reiga showing up was also a surprise.

    Oh, and the music during the Holy Wall scene was stunning.

  3. Rockmanshii says:

    Damn right, this show subverted yet another damn shonen cliche.

  4. Salinea says:

    Soundtrack was particularly good this week, I thought. Helped making all those cliches feel epic instead of silly.

  5. Moonhawk says:

    I LOVED this episode!
    It was so intense I didn’t even realize how time flew by until the ending theme started to play (which felt even more out of place after such a scene than in the other episodes…)
    Awesome!

  6. Hana says:

    Finally! A decent villain! I was getting sick of all the wine glass dropping, blue flower crushing, goth loli outfit wearing, lips-licking of late from the dark side; in contrast, Cadenza was awesomely badass. As opposed to just an ass. Looking forward to seeing how Reiga is developed, and the effect on Yuki and co (not least of all poor Takashiro, just what is up with all that torturous rolling around on the floor?! Yeeugh!), in the next episodes.

  7. inkka says:

    Really glad to see this series reach to this point! This ep prove this series itself in many thing.Like how good that character in this series turn to be.How awesome of soundtrack.And how good of the script that can subvert some shonen cliche at once and can make some of terrific atmosphere that make me into!

    Glad that I decided to marathoned this.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:06 AM)
    @K-Off Poor Charles Bronson. He was never even in the running.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:54 AM)
    @Ninja, The ending of school days was the first show to ever make me feel dead inside. That its clearly not an intentional Harem de-construction. Nor is it a very good one. However that shinigami and the four girlfriends manga I mentioned earlier is so far an excellent de-construction. And it has one damn sexy Yandere.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:39 AM)
    But if you’re including McQueen, then Dustin Hoffman has a shot as well.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @ninja Lol, Mel. But you’re right, it’s really hard to compare any actor to Eastwood and Wayne. Steve McQueen, possibly.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:29 AM)
    And as much as it pains me to admit it, Mel Gibson might be the closest modern analogue to any of these guys.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:28 AM)
    @K-Off Tough call. Eastwood has persisted longer but Wayne was arguably more influential. But it’s hard to put anyone up against either of these guys. Steve McQueen maybe? Or perhaps Henry Fonda? There are probably a lot of more modern people you could put in there, but it’s harder to make a case for their influence.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:26 AM)
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:22 AM)
    @ninja They both were cultural icons, so I wonder who’d win. Clint Eastwood is certainly more popular today, but John Wayne’s films affected an entire generation of men going off to war. WW2, and all the way to Vietnam.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:16 AM)
    One of my favorite really old movies might be M by Fritz Lang.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:13 AM)
    @K-Off That comment is just begging for a John Wayne vs Clint Eastwood debate. Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKJAhXSaYtU

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