Posted by psgels on 15 February 2011 with categories: Senkou no Night Raid



Most DVD episodes are random side-stories that if they’re lucky, have something to do with the main story. This one is different though: it shows a vital conclusion to this series. The story is over now, but it tells what happened to the characters after the events of the TV-series: what happened to them, and how they changed.

It was mostly centred around Kazura, as this episode hints that he died in a rebellion, started by his former classmates. Before that happens he’s able to meet Aoi (who recovered and is now travelling with Shizune) and Yukina, who has been handling Natsume’s death. Again, they really did justice to the setting: they didn’t choose a cheap way out. Even Aoi helping Kazura from out of nowhere didn’t really have an effect, and he made the conscious decision to help his former classmates.

It was also wonderfully told. This had none of the acting problems of the TV-series, and the actors probably put out some of the most believable performances of the entire series. Obviously the story being less epic really helped there, but even compared to the other DVD special, the pacing and atmosphere felt very natural here. I also really like how the creators used that story of the escaped panther to subtly spice up this episode. If you liked the TV-series, then this episode is a must watch.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. Erica says:

    thank you SO much for reviewing this :)

  2. xxxholic_wing says:

    Actually, Kazura’s fate is ambiguous so it’s either he died or got arrested since I’ve read that some of the officers who are involved in the February 26 incident, got life imprisonments. But most of the officers got death penalties so, you might be right that he could be dead or executed.

  3. Alec says:

    He either escapes using his teleportation abilities or just decided to be a martyr

  4. Oh wow, I had no idea there was going to be another DVD only episode. I remember the prolouge was really useful but, since I can’t remember that much of the series now, I think I’ll miss this, wish it had come out sooner.

  5. Protodude says:

    Apparently there was a “numberless” episode that came out between 00 and 14 too.

  6. kuromitsu says:

    @Protodude
    Yes, it’s a side story set I think around the middle of the series. The title is Demon of the Opium Den or something like that. It’s also a very good episode (though quite different from this one).

    Psgels, I’m glad you liked this! :) I think this is where the historical setting and Kazura’s character development really paid off. I mean, in the show it was obvious that in the end he would defect back to the good guys, but here he had choices. Well, he made pretty much the same choice he made when he joined Isao, but I liked that he felt the same urge he did back then and grabbed the chance to do something for his country (even if it was a misguided attempt, something I don’t think I’m really qualified to judge).

    I also liked the way the episode dealt with the others: Natsume’s poor relatives, Yukina and Aoi. Aoi might have seemed a little bit too convenient and happy, but IMO this was to emphasize that he made the right choice.

  7. DangerMouse says:

    Cool, glad you reviewed it! I didn’t realize they were making another one of these episodes, enjoyed the show so I’ll need to watch this one too.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 PM)
    @Gedata: God they didn’t even research it correctly.
    In regards to clannad theres an example of one which I retrospectively am more critical of and find the drama remarkably silly in parts.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:38 PM)
    @gedata: For my own sanity after a while I began skimming episodes and following flawfinders posts here and there.
    @Vincent: Must rewatch that one and flags of our fathers sometime, need to get round to soldier of orange also.
  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 10:01 AM)
    Watched Letters from Iwo Jima again. Ken Watanabe is a great actor.
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:32 AM)
    Note that it’s not just regular AIDS, which is definitely treatable if caught early, it’s some dtug resistant SUPERAIDS that the character in question got from a blood transfusion soon after being born
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:29 AM)
    It’s not that the disease being AIDS is really all that important. You could even replace with anything, even Sudden Moe Death Syndrome from Clannad and the emotional impact would still be as blunt and forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:57 AM)
    Pretty much looking forward to the next two episodes and hope it gets more seasons too.
    I also liked how bleak it was.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    *how twisty
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    . I was told to stay away from story six. Story seven was the most developed and ambitious of the selection but I feel mixed on it and didn’t really get into it until midway or so.
    Still I do love weird tales anthology stuff and this all fit the bill for me.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    The first story even I have to admit was genuinely horrifying, uncomfortable and got under my skin and of the selection it still stands out as having the greatest impact. The second one was good social commentary but doesn’t really give me much I didn’t already know. Stories three and were the most emotionally investing for me. I thoroughly enjoyed who twisty, twisted, truly nasty and cruel story five was and it is my second favourite of the lot.

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