Posted by psgels on 28 August 2012 with categories: Uta Koi

Sei Shonagon again, this time with the focus on her actual romance. This definitely was an episode for dialogue, because the two of them loved making quibs to each other and there were a lot of tongues in cheeks this week, along with nice historical details like how hats played such an important role in those days.

A difference between this episode was that it wasn’t necessarily about the constraining environment in which people lived back then, but instead it showed a different side of how things went on for the nobles and poets of those days. Sei Shonagon is a woman who has enough influence over people to make a difference.

Overall, Uta Koi has painted this nice picture of who the authors of the 100 poems were. It doesn’t stray too long on one of them, but it also picks a few of them to give a bit more attention than the others. Whether it’s the most exciting show though… that is unfortunately not the case. The fact remains that the acting still is quite wooden (although this episode wasn’t the worst example of that).
Rating: 4.5/8 (Good)

5 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    The acting is quite wooden?

    I couldn’t disagree more with that statement. This along with Polar Bear Cafe has some of the best seiyuu performances of the year for me.

    • psgels psgels says:

      What I meant by that is not just the voice acting. That indeed is really good in this series, but when you look at the characters themselves they’re often just portrayed in still frames and hardly move at all. That’s what makes them wooden for me. The voice actors do a good job of compensating for this… but not entirely for me.

      • wicked says:

        Though I dont know how much movement can they really do since they are mostly just talking half the time. Does not seem like the highest budget show either

      • Kim says:

        I think then you shouldn’t have used the word acting then as to me that has entirely to do with the seiyuu performances.

        I agree with you that the show is lacking when it comes to animation. It has a very cheap budget. I think it somewhat makes up for that with interesting art design but the product as a whole is still pretty cheap looking, which is a shame because it’s a good series otherwise.

        But then again I suppose we should be happy a series like this was made in the first place. It’s definitely does not have “big hit” written all over it.

  2. Loz says:

    Ive really been surprised with how much ive enjoyed this show.

    They have handled the romance so well, and portrayed it in so many different ways already. Ive been impressed.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:03 AM)
    @Bam, prepare yourself. It switches between good 2d to awful CGI and the first episode is essentially a bad paced stitching of 2 story arc in a attempt to rush straight into the conviction arc.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 03:25 AM)
    @Aidan: haven’t seen the ep, but well, chapter 344 just got translated. Maybe that’ll help a little bit.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 03:23 AM)
    @K-off: that’s such a weird dumb way to get back at somebody that it confused me. I’ll let it go tho, just grief and headache.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 03:15 AM)
    You could read the lost children Arc of the manga, seeing as the current anime isn’t going to cover it.
  • mamamoo
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 03:03 AM)
    I would read the manga if it ever reaches a conclusion. I can’t start stuff that I know doesn’t have an end yet (personal problem)
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 02:57 AM)
    Berserk is a series of quality. It anime adaptions however, not so much.
  • mamamoo
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 02:50 AM)
    Aidan, I’m halfway through the episode lol this is definitely something….I’m just gonna stay for the muscles and gore tbh. I loved the first series but I was like 14 when I watched it so that was years ago now.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 01:53 AM)
    Nearly 20 years and this is the berserk sequel we end up with.
    It’s better than nothing I suppose.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:35 AM)
    But it’s basically been released netflix style.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:35 AM)
    Oh wait it’s not on netflix.

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