Posted by psgels on 18 March 2012 with categories: Phi Brain

The reason why I was so baffled when this got a second season still stands: this show is really heading into a great ending here. Really, the series will end next week and I really would not have minded things to end this way. The only thing left now is for Rook’s final battle, and the only thing that will be left unresolved is Gammon’s storyline, who could have been easily written into this finale.

This episode really was a calm before the storm episode. And for a minute I totally forgot that this was supposed to be a shounen series. With Sato Junichi at the helm this was inevitable, but this series definitely has a ton of shoujo elements amidst the puzzle battles, and I have to say that these work really well.

Calm before the storm episodes are often boring. But really: Rook trying to have one relaxed afternoon with Kaitou just hanging out added a lot to his character. It’s a great way to flesh him out a bit right before the finale, at which he suddenly revealed that the whole “Puzzle of God” was just one huge red herring, and that it had actually already been achieved when Jin challenged Professor Pythagoras two years ago.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

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  1. kuromitsu says:

    I guess technically it was the calm before the storm, but I really wouldn’t call this episode calm or relaxed. It was very tense all the way through, both because Kaito was on the edge the entire time, and also because you could tell that Rook was using the “date” to set up something really big. The writing and directing were excellent all the way through, and Sakurai Takahiro (Rook’s seiyuu) did a great job with the character.

    As for the second season I think it will be a new story with new bad guys. One of the POG officers (the woman?) even mentioned that with Pythagoras dead and Rook having gone bonkers the POG is pretty much over… So all is left is to deal with Rook who never really cared for the POG in the first place and only used it to get Kaito.

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  • swa
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 08:30 PM)
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 07:23 PM)
    I take the hurt with a dash of heart, to use a phrase along those lines. I care for the heartfelt in the heart stab so to speak =P And action, darkness without emotionally investing in the characters, has something missing in my opinion.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 06:57 PM)
    @Emma, so it’s simple really. You like darkness. I wouldn’t regard tsukihime senien but it is darker than Fate. That Heaven feel is another story. I say you might like heaven feel considering it’s content.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 06:08 PM)
    Actually…tsukihime is largely regarded as seinen…at least thats what the type-moon fan I talked to said…and well y’know me…seinen > shounen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 06:07 PM)
    @Aidan: Heres there weird thing though, there still bits of it that appeal to me despite that. I still liked half of kara no kyokai, largely for Fujino and that guy who appeared in the seventh movie. I remember that Zepia Eltnam guy from the melty blood manga and thinking, fuck, this guy seems boss and I actually did read all of the tsukihime manga adaptation and enjoyed every scene with Roa and Ciel .
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 12:30 PM)
    @Bam, While there are people who claim that Ufotable screwed up Shirous characterisation(One fellow claims that in the visual novel Shirou was Sadistic, calculating and emotionless. Which I say “What the hell where you reading? Cause it wasn’t fate.”) and whine about not enough monologues I think this adaption is the best we could get from the source. Not sure if there’s much of a point in reading the source now. Though I am still going to after the run.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 12:26 PM)
    @Emma, Fate/stay nights Rider is handicapped by her current master who really can’t do jack besides hold the command spells. With a real master she could show more of her capabilties.
    Also I would have been completly surprised if you liked this show.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 07:11 AM)
    @Bam: Aidan mentioned seven minutes were cut from an episode. Maybe that’ll be on the blurays.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 06:48 AM)
    Is there anything extra on the BD releases? Also I don’t think there were any content censored for the tv broadcast, were there?
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 04:44 AM)
    I think less than I did before of fate stay nights rider now because she’s not as good as the one from fate/zero.

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