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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  • Rinegar
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 04:43 PM)
    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    It was only really entertaining for how nuts it got.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    Aku no hana’s manga never really felt like much more than “crazy shit happening and femdom” = guilty pleasure to me.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @Emma: Gankutsou was fine in my opinion tho, as it was so out there that I never saw it as a real attempt at adaptation.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    I don’t have much exposure to Cumberbatch beyond seeing him talk on film programs and also his role in that Star Trek movie, kind of want to see him in imitation game.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    @K-off: Don’t give ‘em ideas m8, that actually sounds like a pitch that they would pick up.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    There is a shoujo manga adaptation/rework of King Richard, there is also a romeo and juliet anime, it was one of the worst thing Gonzo produced, still didn’t dislike it as much a gankutsuou though.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:58 AM)
    @Bam He’d probably find some dumbass way to make it into shonen. Maybe Raskolnikov battles Alyona Ivanovna before he kills her.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Whoever made Aku no Hana should totally make a Catcher in the Rye adaptation tho, as they’re both fittingly pretentious and empty.

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