Posted by psgels 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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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Oct 7. 2015 04:45 PM)
    If sakurako-san disappoints I am ignoring everything modern that is based on a light novel from now on. I’ve been hit by these adaptations far too often.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Oct 7. 2015 02:43 PM)
    ….Dear God…I have no words in which to describe hidan no aria AA, no words. The original I could take the piss out of. But this is a new low standard set for the light novel medium.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.

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