Posted on 13 June 2012 with categories: Zetman

This was a huge episode for Kouga here. The previous episode already built this up, but this really is where the hole subplot with the white-haired guy comes together. While it’s hard to see what parts of his story were real and which one were a bluff, there nevertheless was a grain of truth to his words when Kouga noticed that he got ecstatic from fighting.

I am not sure how this scene worked in the manga, but here in the anime Kouga turned into this archetypical hero who actually gets bogged down by his own naivety and is forced into situations in which he screws up horribly and fails to save people’s lives. I like that a lot here.

This episode also had these scenes in which the animation got really good again, which really has my hopes up that the creators did save some great animators for next week, the series finale. The creators actually wrote it so that they can actually wrap up this story if they want to. But then again, there have been plenty of anime that also looked like they could wrap everything up in their final episode, only to go into a completely different direction with unnecessary sequel hooks.

My one concern: this episode really stood out. It was excellent psychological warfare that has been built up for quite a while now. Jin on the other hand doesn’t have that: he’s just a strong guy who fights stuff. The finale will definitely be action-packed, but what about the rest?
Rating: **+ (Excellent+)

8 Responses

  1. tktym says:

    “but what about the rest?” you gotta buy the manga to find out.

    and yes Jin’s sections get REALLY good…

    unfortunately, you’ll probably never see them animated.

  2. martin says:

    if i hadn’t had a headache watching this ep, i wouldve like it. instead i thought it was terrible. they were trying to juggle too much plot points throughout this series and it wasnt really working; this episode just encapsulates the show’s flaws.

    it is weird for me to write this because i do enjoy the series. i was in a relaxed mood when i watched the prior episodes and i was very forgiving of its faults. i’m still going to watch this show till the end because i still like it, just gotta watch the remaining eps without a headache.

  3. ronbb says:

    This episode is once again very fast-paced, but I enjoyed it – I love how they added a little twist when fleshing out Kouga’s character. Jin may be a little flat at this point, but I am still drawn to the character – I love the irony that while Jin isn’t human, he dreams of having a family like a human and treasures the bond that a normal family would have.

  4. sato says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever understand how you think animation like this episode used, is good. To me it was sloppy, like they ran out of budget already, and were cutting corners – pretty much ruined the episode for me.

    • Avalon00 says:

      For me I would agree with psgels. At least I noticed the fluid animation at the beginning of the episode with Jin jumping into the city. That really reminded me of the animation from the first episode that I have oh so missed ever since. The somewhat sloppy look gives it much more character and is far more memorable. One of my favorite examples of an anime that takes major advantage of sketchy/sloppy looking animation is Noein.

  5. Son Gohan says:

    FYI there are two episodes left. This show is 13 episodes.
    As for this one, it was rushed as all hell. At least they tried to explain everything (even why the auntie never got her scar fixed) but I don’t like when a villain gives a sudden motivation for their deeds. Basically it was revenge for Jirou and just plain greed for Hayami…

  6. Reverse says:

    this episode is good, feel a shame not watching it as soon it out

    btw great animation thorough the episode

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  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:49 PM)
    @ninja Since they live in a prison, they’re forced to dig tunnels to transport bread, wheat, and water. The biggest slap in the face from Israel is, when the IDF finds one of these Palestinian tunnels, they shut it off, in the defense that they’re used to move terrorists. Sure, they probably do, but they also move food and water for the civilians. Clearly, both sides don’t see eye to eye.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:32 PM)
    and most of all, the Israeli government wont let anyone out of Gaza. If they were allowed to flee somewhere they might be able to escape the shelling but they’re basically forced to play whack-a-mole with their own lives in a geographic area that’s half the size of NYC.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:29 PM)
    Yeah, the facts are indisputable. Israel’s Iron Dome defense stops most missiles coming in from Hamas, while the Palestinians are helpless against the oncoming onslaught of smart bombs.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:28 PM)
    @K-off: Thanks for explaining I felt a little thrown when I read that post.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:26 PM)
    Brain fart.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:23 PM)
    @Emma Hm? Oh shit, I meant Palestinian deaths outnumber Israeli. The ratio I gave suggested the former, but my description was off. My bad.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:16 PM)
    K-off, is it possible for you to show me what you read that says there were more Israeli deaths than Palestinian? Because my father mentioned the opposite that more Palestinians have died….
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:47 PM)
    @K-Off Always glad to share a nice read :3
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:38 PM)
    Just because someone is smart does not mean they are wise.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:21 PM)
    @Realist: What is worrying is that it is the intelligent who seem to make the stupidest and most dangerous decisions.

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