Posted by psgels on 28 November 2012 with categories: From the New World

So this definitely is a week of plot twists. The thing that this episode implied though definitely took the cake. They made Shun look like such an important character, central to the plot of this series. He grew up to be brilliant, so there seemed no doubt that he was supposed to be a very big player in the upcoming story arc. And then the creators actually did THAT with him.

So, he’s either dead, or an animal. Knowing this show, it will actually go through with it: Shun’s gone, or at least he’s an animal now that’s not going to return back. The intrigue is just getting better and better with this show.

The whole air of mystery around this series and the stuff that the adults try to hide from the children is awesome. The characters really seem on the verge of stepping into something huge, that can so easily ruin the lives of so many people that the children have to be kept constantly unknowing. This story of a bunch of curious children that happened to find out about the truth about all that. It can only go bad ways because those rules weren’t set up for nothing…
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

12 Responses

  1. Airies says:

    I thought this was the best episode yet so a bit disappointed my the score it got, but no worries its your blog :) I honestly think shun is dead though, my opinion.

    • kero says:

      I also think that this episode deserved a higher score than 5.5

      The soundtrack was amazing, especially how it was used to build up tension for Saki-chan’s night adventure. I loved the twists and reveals, and also the details such as the clothing and the scenery, and the new weird monster.

  2. KaZuHiRo says:

    Isn’t this supposed to be episode 9?

  3. vjott says:

    I don’t think Shun is dead yet.

  4. Spike says:

    I have to say I noticed a HUGE step up in the animation and drawing consistancy for this episode. It’s pretty obvious they’ve been saving budget for this episode and future eps. The story flow gets a + as well since it was smooth instead of Event -JUMP- Event -JUMP- Event like the past few episodes. Good transitioning is important and they nailed it here, hope they keep it up.

  5. jzar says:

    I don’t understand much of what you had to say….did I miss something of this episode?, I guess we will find out.

  6. Random_Passerby_Number_612 says:

    …why animal? As far as I understand from the description in episode 2, karma demons are those who have lost control over their cantus and randomly warp or destroy everything around them. Judging from the state his home and the woods around it are in, that seems like a good fit for what’s happening.

  7. Entrav says:

    Loving the suspense in this anime. Getting shiver after shiver this week. I don’t have any complaints about this episode. It’s well paced, doesn’t contain excess amounts of information and it develops very well especially towards the end.

  8. Kamen Grinder says:

    “They” made Shun? Surely you mean Yusuke Kishi.

    A man wrote a story, some others adapt said story into anime, people then praise the anime makers for the story another man wrote in the first place. Anime logic.

    So long Shun.

  9. HunterWulf says:

    Amazing episode, Satoru and Saki checking the village of pinewood was done really well and it gave all sorts of creepy vibes as to what might have taken place there … i mean they could have just shown random gore and dismembered limbs like many horror shows do, but no, the subtlety here made the scene more creep, where did the people go !!? .. what force could have twisted the place so much as to have blood-red trees with tortured screaming human faces (with tears in their eyes) implanted on them !!!! .. soooo freaking creeeepy XD

    Also i think i think Saki can handle that “cat” just fine, she had her Cantus/PK unlocked (and the creatures are clearly not immune to Cantus nor look human, she has an anti-cat charm given to her by Shun (although a pair of tinted glasses would help if the cats are also engineered to hypnotize people like the false-Minoshiro), and she finally has her survival kit … survival kits always help .. Macgyver would be proud of Saki XD

    And mesmerizing sunset scene with Saki in the boat was really beautiful .. specially with the “broadcasted” music (although its a “sad/foreboding/creepy” type of beauty).

  10. Arno says:

    As long as the filthy cats don’t start to have gay sex with karma demons under the eyes of talking rats… I suppose it’s ok, for whatever this show is supposed to mean…

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  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:33 AM)
    But hey, a step in the right direction is still a step. And I’ll take it. I also like that we’ve learned both can go to the same place, instead of either or.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:32 AM)
    Watched Death Parade’s third episode. Easily the best so far. Significantly better execution, felt a lot less forced. The weight of their situation actually added something to their story, giving the Queen Decim gimmick more purpose. That said, the game itself was still heavily underutilized beyond tangential connection to their living selves. And the setting still needs attention if we’re meant to care about it in and of itself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 07:32 AM)
    Regarding isuca’s female protagonist, whatever anyone or I thinks or not of her character or design/situations involving her its another case of me wanting to beat her to death with a baseball bat. Not a good sign…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:27 AM)
    *while the series took me a bit to get into
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:15 AM)
    Despite the fairly rubbish turn, twist this last chapter of shinigami and 4 girlfriends took and while it took me a bit to get into and felt it could have been funnier, it doesn’t ruin the manga for me, but this could have if it had gone on been better than the world God only knows.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I really don’t know…don’t know why I bother checking out these bottom of the barrel LN style trash knowing I’ll hate them…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Oh Arms if only you could go back to your Genshiken, Elfen lied I”s days, you made three good anime.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:49 AM)
    *Delightfully mad
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:48 AM)
    I’ve seen a fair bit of stuff associated with Go Nagai now and theres an insane, mad mind at work there whether it be in the action, violence or humour, Isuca having a Go Nagai style monster is an insult.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:18 AM)
    And the way they just trick you with that first scene. Go Nagai-like, grotesque monster, a mysterious girl saving the guy and then vanishing. It’s not top shelf, but at least looks like something you could work with. And then the rest of the episode happened.

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