Posted by psgels on 15 November 2010 with categories: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

Holy crap, that was awesome! What the hell happened here? This show suddenly starts building up its main story, and then it delivers by far the bets episode it ever had. I wasn’t really expecting much from this series other than its great music, style and atmosphere, but damn: this episode pushed a ton of right buttons. Not to mention that the soundtrack surpassed itself. Yet again.

The biggest part of why this episode was so awesome was because it introduced us to the two most bad-ass women of the entire season. I mean, I was aware that Bee-Train had something for strong female characters and all, but even for those standards, Nanase Miyuki and Miya both were awesome in this episode in completely different ways, though their similarity is their professionalism. Miya is just… I love her voice actress: the way that she’s just so serious, and yet she doesn’t try to add in anything more. Nanase Miyuki meanwhile was who most of this episode focused on. We had never really seen that much about her: she just kept standing next to Yakumo’s father, but that’s all she did. In this episode she finally comes into action, and she’s just crazy, yet hardly wastes any movement in order to get what she wants. (Also, take that, Sailor Moon! Even I didn’t recognize her in that disguise and yet Gotou nearly noticed it).

And oh, the character-development. In particular Yakumo and Yuutarou got hit hard: the phone call Yakumo made to Haruka was definitely not one he would have made a few episodes back. Yuutarou meanwhile also was a bit of a klutz, but the creators used that one surprisingly well near the end, when he really got pounded by Miya for not doing anything while Gotou got captured.

Now, it IS going to be really hard for this show to keep this momentum, I realize that very well: this episode ended with all of the main characters kidnapped all in different ways. It’s the reason Miyuki was so awesome, but how the heck are the creators going to write themselves out of that? There really has to be something within Yakumo’s father’s plans that specifically includes not to kill them, otherwise things could get a bit nasty with Deus ex Machina…

Oh, and the music. Dear god, the music! at first I wasn’t the most impressed it (having heard far better from Bee-Train in the past), but seriously, when it just keeps introducing new tracks that just get better and better then I’m really anticipating the tracks that they’re still saving for the last parts…
Rating: *** (Awesome)

6 Responses

  1. Fai D Fluorite says:

    Wow seeing your so much positive review I can’t wait to see this episode! (Too bad the episode gets subbed only by tomorrow :( )
    Ah and I am a great fan of anime soundtracks as well,so I’m having high hopes from this episode ^^

  2. pgal says:

    Fai it’s already out ^_^
    It was amazing! Wish this was a one hour special. Can’t wait for next week!

    Hopefully Ishii redeems himself next week. Was surprised by his actions, but characters should have their flaws….but he better find him!

  3. Ransom says:

    Great episode… Now I’ll have to spend one week in agony waiting for more ;__;

  4. Fai D Fluorite says:

    @pgal Thanks ^_^ I watched it now!

    It was a great episode as psgels said!

    I have many questions.
    Firstly how did Yakumo know that he was supposed to go to that old building where Miyuki attacked him?It wasnt said in that video right?Moreover why did he come to that place anyway?If he went there knowing there would be a trap then that’s really foolish of him!
    Moreover is Miya first introduced in this episode or is she shown before too?How does she befriend Gotou’s wife?

    And the thing which is the most stupid of all is..Gotou was investigating the dark mansion,he should have at least carried a flashlight with him!I know this point isn’t that important but it really felt stupid searching with a lighter >_>

    And in the ending theme,they show so many characters.I wonder who they are.I dont recollect seeing any of them in the episodes so far.

    This show is really getting intersting.I hope they end it properly!

  5. pgal says:

    He knew he was supposed to go to the old building from the video. The video was of the old building, not the Nanase maison. Someone not familiar with either buildings wouldn’t have noticed the difference, but it seems that Yakumo is very familiar with the old building and recognized it.

    I assumed that he walked into the trap because he wanted to take care of Miyuki himself, but then thinking back at the episode a realized a couple of things. First the video wasn’t of the Nanase maison, but there was a ghost in the old building, who was that ghost? That ghost had an effect on Yakumo-he suddenly got quite and stopped talking. I think that that ghost has some important connection to him. There has to be a reason why he down.

  6. Hana says:

    And to think I was about to drop this (was really hating the rushrushrush quality of it so far and the forced relationship between the two leads, some of those OTT cutesy/funny one-twos between the two leads were falling flat). However, thank goodness they’ve given this case more than one epi to sort itself out. Now I have more reasons to continue watching this other than to ogle the character designs and eargasm at Daisuke Ono. ;)

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 08:56 PM)
    Eh, I’ve updated myself now on the onepunch manga and also the manga for yuruyuri, I can cross the shows off my list now. I forgot to mention onepunchs first episode crammed in the first volume.
    I stopped reading though around chapter 30, it was decent fun for a bit but I’ll be continuing with it in small doses.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 08:19 PM)
    @Aidan Yeah? Well I at least have to hand it to psgels for continuing to pay for the site. By the way, is WordPress still fucked up on your end, or is it fine now?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 04:57 PM)
    @;(: Actually that was probably a bad word choice on my part, I meant that the humour in those episodes didn’t always work so well for me.

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