Posted by psgels on 28 July 2011 with categories: No.6



Okay, so this episode didn’t reveal the secret of Number Six. Instead, it went for character building. And it did that well.

My biggest surprise was at how much detail was put into Shion’s mother: I just thought that she was one of the token parents who was just set to disappear after the second episode. Here though, they went into her past, how she’s doing and had Shion contact her though Nezumi’s mice. Beyond that, we learned that Nezumi refused to talk about himself, but there were tons of hints to his character (and again a ton of hints at how his character change), the dog girl got some depth and overall this series still upholds its standards of pushing its story forward.

What I especially like here is how every episode so far has been significantly different in terms of themes and focus. This episode takes a look at the characters and the setting in a completely different way and it’s consistently changing and pushing its characters into different situations. With 22 episodes this really has the potential to become a classic. With 11 episodes it will probably be a very engaging series with a very open ending.

The animation also was really well done in this episode. There were very little still frames and a ton of movement, the background art was really well drawn, but also the people and dogs in the background were really well designed. Overall the question of the series with the best visuals is a tough one this season, unlike last Spring where the X-Men very convincingly took that award. In terms of fluidity and movement there’s Blood-C, in terms of consistency there’s Penguin-Drum, in terms of extravagance there’s Dantalian no Shoka and in terms of attention to detail and designs there’s this series.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

11 Responses

  1. Anime girl says:

    hello there I am a massive anime fan and I am just finished watching D.Grey-man and the anime is a really good anime and it is in my top ten but i find the ending to be a bit disappointing. dose any one know if it was meant to end like that with maybe the idea to make a movie of some sort like what happens in full metal alchemist or is the anime going to carry on the series?

  2. Anime girl says:

    sorry about that ^__^ error

  3. There are already two noitaminA shows lined up for the fall so it’s only going to be 11 episodes, fingers crossed that it does have a good ending.

  4. kittychick says:

    While I’m enjoying the series, now I’m getting a little worried. It’s a third of the way over and I’m afraid it won’t quite do the story justice, although it’s making a phenomenal effort. Still one of my favorites so far.

  5. Ebisu says:

    You should add Nichijou to the candidates for best visuals. They are doing a great job recently in all the terms you mention.

  6. Tan-Tan says:

    Last scene was pretty tear-jerking xD yeah they did well with his mother

  7. carlo says:

    I wanted to ask what the ending song of this episode is called. The one that starts when shio’s mom reads his farewell letter.

  8. geiawojgoio says:

    watching no.6 is like drinking bland water, you know it’s not going to kill you but you’d rather have a beer. dropped

  9. sheratan says:

    Am I the only one noticing the “gay vibe” this anime gives off in each episode?

  10. gsilver says:

    IMO, they’re being so blatant that it would be difficult to miss. They are, after all making male prostitution jokes and having the main characters respond to each other but shun all female advances.

  11. Kurik says:

    yeah…you aren’t only one…have no issues with gays generally but it was kinda creeping me out there with the less than blatant overtones…Hopefully it becomes an undertone in the up coming eps… :-(

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  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:16 PM)
    When you get down to it my opinion on Naruto is essentially that its terrible because dragonball is.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:13 PM)
    Really a case of taking just a glance t something.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:11 PM)
    Eight episodes of sword arts first season, then skimming the bit where Asuna gets humilated, then maybe watch one episode of season 2, then skimming two of them, then watching some of the ending.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:06 PM)
    I think I read maybe 3-5 volumes of bleachs manga and then watched the part where Aizen faked dying then came back then I just stopped.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:05 PM)
    If I think about it I never actually gave Naruto, one piece, bleach, dragonball Z, hunter x hunter, sword art much of a chance did I? One volume and about three episodes of one piece, 30 episodes of HxH at most, maybe about three or four random episodes of Naruto, random bits of episodes of dbzs cell, frieza and buu arcs and about 3 episodes of GT.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:54 PM)
    There is also a certain high degree of Bootstrap Paradox at work here when Shirou (Archer) goes to the past and inspires himself into projecting the very same weapon he is currently using. Also wouldn’t Archer bringing the necklace with him to the past cause a spacetime duplicate?
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Aidan: That somewhat makes sense, although I was under the impression that these heroic spirits don’t really have a body to abuse, and are just a projection of their platonic forms in the Hall of Heroes. But that would make things more complicated as to how Archer actually carried Rin’s necklace with him over there.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:43 PM)
    …Holy magic blackface Batman…
    And I’m sorry if this is a stupid question but was there ever any fate related material that went into detail about the very first grail war?
    Also I fundamentally suggest shinji face castration.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:38 PM)
    @ginormous95, tried both the manga and anime many times. Couldn’t really get into it. But I think I see the appeal.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:37 PM)
    As for Assassin, well lets just say he’s not exactly out of the ring yet.

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