I must praise David Production for this series, by the way. When the promo art of this series was first shown, there was one big fear I had: how on earth are they going to be able to animate those character-designs? It’s a problem that graces many series of its kind: having character-designs that are so complex that they become hard to animate. And well… they did it. They found a way to make these character-designs work. Sure, the animation is not fluid at all, and this show is full of distorted faces, but the camera work is fast enough that this hardly stands in your eye. I’ve seen so many series with elaborate character-designs that look weird, just because the animation can’t keep up, so it’s great to see a show actually succeed in this.
One point of criticism would be that the creators were really, really heavily hinting at Zeppeli’s death this episode. It was over the top and glorious as always, but my favorite kinds of deaths are the ones you don’t see coming: the kinds of accidents that just come out of nowhere, like what you’d expect death to do in these kinds of action series. I understand why the creators did it in this way though; this is just a personal pet peeve of mine. Either way though, his death was just brutal, geting cut in half like that.
This episode also was full of crazy powers, with the zombie with the giant tongue and the sadistic Dio that forced a mother to eat her own son. Seriously? Did this really air in Shounen Jump? The gore scenes unfortunately couldn’t make it fully into the anime, which makes me wonder what the difference is between the censorship laws: are the broadcaster more likely to get into legal trouble? Or was this just something that the animators couldn’t handle? In this show that’s something that I actually doubt, considering the detail they put in the rest of the frames. I also love the elaborate and crazy poses that were shown throughout this episode.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)