Posted by psgels on 1 April 2011 with categories: Yumekui Merry



I’ve complained that Mitletein wasn’t really a villain that was threatening. She wasn’t portrayed well enough for me to really get the feeling that I should be wary for what she was able to do, and felt like one of those stereotypical evil villains.

Okay, so this episode fixed that. It’s here where Mistletain set herself apart with her bold moves. Villains who play with their food are nothing new, but in this episode Mistletein really nailed both being ruthless and being playful. The way in which that teacher just outright invited himself to the house of his next victim. I like that boldness.

What I also like is how well this episode made use of its own setting for the finale, with the revelation that Leon couldn’t fire his gun because he needed to charge it with the equivalent of a bunch of corpses. It’s again wonderfully blurry on the moral scale, especially considering how Play’s death fit in all of this. Her death is convenient in the way that it allows that gun to fire, ,and yet it also destroys both Play and her vessel. And at the same time, in a fight against Mistletein, a death like this was bound to happen, with the way that she has been slaughtering her victims.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. DmonHiro says:

    But play’s not dead.

  2. EINSOF says:

    i didnt expect Mitletein to be THAT powerful. i serously hope the guy gets a badass moment the way it ended.

  3. Nayrael says:

    I am not sure Play is dead

  4. tomo says:

    Yeah, she can’t be dead…

  5. maskedguy says:

    Hmm, so is tree girl and teacher anime only characters?(I don’t know, I haven’t read manga) If thats so, then I guess Play can’t be dead =/ Anyway, if they are anime only characters, then I guess they were made up so anime would have villain to fight since this series isn’t a full one…

  6. tomo says:

    ^ Mistleteinn and Kawanami are anime-only characters.

  7. Ncrdrg says:

    Personally, I can only see one thing happening. It’s quite obvious they could never hope to kill Mistletein so I think the logical conclusion is to kill off the host. He’s an evil dude anyway.

  8. Alec says:

    It would have more impact of Play died, but alas, my 6 years worth of anime-experience is telling me that play is alive

  9. Solaris says:

    Play can’t die now, as she still has to avenge her own sister by the hands of Pharos in the original storyline.
    Still It could be interesting if she’s used now as possibly the last candidate for Leon’s gun. I actually don’t think he’ll fire at all, but Merry will save the day as she’s the lead char, after all. And on top of that Yumeji decided to put himself in trouble too.
    I smell something you could easily define a deus ex machina: Remember when Yumeiji put himself in danger shielding Merry from Engi’s sword? That could still triger Merry’s anger and let her release her own hidden power.

  10. Zyrusticae says:

    Okay, I know they’re trying to build her up and all, but I, for one, do NOT enjoy fights this unbelievably one-sided.

    I mean, previously they built up Merry’s crazy hidden ability in her fight with Engi, but then that very same Merry gets K.O’d in a few hits? I was never a fan of that kind of ridiculously “awesome” display of power in DBZ and the way it’s been executed here most certainly does nothing to convince me.

    Right now I’m kinda hoping the last episode redeems the series. I’ve been reading a lot about how the anime-original parts have stunk compared to the manga parts, and I can only believe them after seeing this. Blargh!

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    (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
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    (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.
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    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
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