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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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:59 AM)
    People’s attention spans are incredibly limited, you have to get to the point and hit ‘em hard.
  • afgm
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:59 AM)
    It’s a very delicate balance to find the happy medium between High School English Essay and water cooler chat.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:57 AM)
    @afgm: I think the consensus is in favor of much shorter posts, not less yet even longer ones.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:56 AM)
    @afgm I agree. Perhaps he can do them in groups of 2 though, because he can keep his long reviews while moving his attention away from the wordy bits a bit more.
  • afgm
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:53 AM)
    I feel that’s a good compromise.
  • afgm
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:52 AM)
    @Ninjarealist: I like the depth of your reviews, however I think you would be better served doing reviews on episode groups rather than individual episodes. Episodic reviews rely a lot on speculation, however over the span of 3-4 episodes you are more likely to make observations that are relevant. I suggest doing abridged episodic reviews and doing progress reports every 4-5 episodes that go more in depth. That way you will have a larger body of evidence to support your arguments.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:44 AM)
    Not that you don’t have to restrain your longer thoughts on these shows realist, by all means include thoughts that are too long for a review in a shoutbox discussion or the comments section.
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:31 AM)
    300-500 words should be perfect. I don’t care about the rating system myself.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:31 AM)
    @reaLjustified Thanks for the criticisms. I will definitely take your opinion into account. I can see now how my point about Psycho Pass 2 being thematically a lot different than Psycho Pass 1, could have come across as confusing or esoteric when preceded by the introductory sentence you took issue with.
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:29 AM)
    I agree with Hal, I want to read a brief and to the point review rather than a three page essay on a single episode. It does you as much harm as it bores us. I tried to read the whole thing, but found myself zoning out pretty quickly.

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