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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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?

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