Posted by psgels on 6 December 2012 with categories: From the New World

Another Shigeyasu Yamauchi episode. The animation was less messy, but still: you could really see his influence. And holy hell what an episode it was!

Shigeyasu Yamauchi’s style loves the use of close-ups, and weird camera angles on small details and objects to create its atmosphere. On top of that, he often works together with Kenji Matsumoto for the background art, making this episode look utterly GORGEOUS and unique. In this episode his style worked particularly well because of its build-up: the climax of this episode came together wonderfully, and with such talented directors and artists working on it it only got even better.

I also believe that the use of CG in this episode was really good. You could see that it was used, but rather of it looking out of place, it was very creatively used: it either looked totally in place, or totally not (those pills). Either way this episode looked really experimental, and I love it when a TV-series does that. Experimental animation for the win!

So my theory of Shun was a bit wrong. However, the way in which he explained what happened to him was incredibly tense, and it showed how serious of a deal Cantis is. It’s so easy to go out of control, and that’s exactly what happened to Shun. The way in which those rat people believed that humans were their gods suddenly gets a totally different dimension when they were mostly likely created by them. The whole human society is tightly controlled, yet everyone is incredibly paranoid for the case that someone goes out of control again.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

13 Responses

  1. vjott says:

    I feel sorry for Shun. As several persons noted, the stories that the children read aloud in class seem to have a connection with the respective child. Time to go back and re-watch that episode. I also feel sorry for the poor dog, he was loyal until the end.

  2. someloser says:

    Turns out there’s a manga for this as well, and I stress the term “manga” because when I first came across it on a thread, I thought it was an h-doujin, and ended up searching all over for it. several weeks later I find out was the official manga and found it on a regular viewing site. People who were upset with episode 8 might be relatively pleased with this. and a bunch of other stuff gets revealed as well.

    and a shingeki no kyojin anime seems to be confirmed… looks like you don’t really have to read the manga anymore!

  3. KaZuHiRo says:

    Why do I feel like I’m watching Casshern Sins?

    • Silty says:

      Dunno, I feel like I’m watching Elfen Lied. Actually, no. Shun’s berserk psychic powers make a diclonius look like a harmless kitten. Still, it’s along those lines.

  4. Spike says:

    Its the same guy that did Episode 5 which also had the crazy style/ color palette / designs that HIGHLY mimic Casshern SINS. Just look at screenshot top right, wouldn’t look out of place at all in a SINS post. Which makes sense since this guy worked on it lol.

  5. Matt says:

    My only concern is, how many generations has there been since they started this method of sealing powers through psychological manipulation. The reason is, after a few generations, wouldn’t the true meaning of going beyond the ropes loose its original intent and there be more likely for those to wonder off. There is so long you can deceive logic with childish stories.

    • vjott says:

      I think the adults learn the truth but the stories are meant to control the children. Think of our own “The boy who cried wolf” and other similar stories which are simple ways of communicating more complex messages to very young children.

  6. Arno says:

    The more I watch it, the more I find it is a stupid story, with some shock elements added to fascinate pre-teens.

    You don’t have that impression of a ridiculous emotional set-up, with the high-heeled cat and the nice dog ?

    • HunterWulf says:

      What !!? what’s exactly stupid about it !!!, besides .. there are no shocks this episodes except that they killed-off one of the main characters (even that isn’t 100% certain based on the preview of next episode) .. the story overall is very well made so far .. and there are hints all over the place since ep1 in relation to the revelations that Shun made this episode … and it all fits together .. every scene that didn’t make sense before or didn’t seem important is fully explained and given more depth and meaning (including the story-book tales the characters were reading at the start of the series) .. the only thing that shocked people for real was ep8 homosexual tones .. but even that was hinted at before the episode and has a good explanation.

      If you are going to be making such claims as “the story is stupid” at least put some effort in them XD

  7. Getting interesting. The style change worked, the sense of darkness worked and the animation blended well this time. I’d say Saki’s means of killing the first cat was a bit… crazy, she didn’t just kill it, she twisted it into a lump of flesh, blood, and broken bones. They definitely made her appear more mature, which is appropriate given the nature of this episode.

    This show shows why it’s probably good we don’t have control over reality to this degree, we’d have difficulty not distorting things into oblivion. Makes you wonder what kinds of mistakes we’ll make when technology starts to give us more control over reality, will we make mistakes like Shun did and distort/destroy reality?

  8. nikki says:

    The animation style was really well used in this episode, it really emphasized how everything around Shun was totally warped and distorted by his cantus. I also never considered the part about the rat people calling them gods, but now it totally makes sense, in a very messed up way since they were in fact probably created by this “warped” environment related to the crazy out of control psycho cantus syndrome (keep forgetting the name for it)…Also I seem to remember in the forest arc when the minishiro and some of the other creatures were about to die, Saki was able to see their “true form” (maybe)…I just remember some of them turning into human figures, so maybe that’s a hint that these creatures used to be human and somehow they were turned into something else?

  9. kero says:

    interesting and trippy episode

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:45 AM)
    WHAT?! This is tremendous news. Many thanks @Badesh for sharing.
    But Koei Tecmo out of all people? I guess we’re getting the Dynasty/Hyrule Warriors treatment. Where is the FromSoftware developed Hidetaka Miyazaki directed Berserk that was rumored? I guess better than nothing- which has been the mantra of us Berserk fans for a while now. Being a Berserk fan, is being Guts -> which is suffering.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:34 AM)
    https://youtu.be/9TPBx5Dq-Jk
    new one. the first teaser didn’t contain any gameplay just the first bit with cascar being snuggled by tentacles. it was how they introduced the new game to me. maybe i should feel raped as well…
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:04 AM)
    @Badesh: which one? Cuz I played thru both the Dreamcast and the PS2 version. The Dreamcast one was a stand-alone story, but it was both a good one written by Miura, and it was set between Vol22 and Vol23, so it didn’t interfere with the manga’s story. The PS2 one was almost a chapter-by-chapter adaptation of the Holy Demon War section, and it featured the de-facto Berserk theme ‘Sign’ by Hirasawa himself:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdpqV7RPnTE
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:50 AM)
    They did the same thing to promote the video game! Srsly?
    Besides, i really enjoy the new series as a long time fan.. can’t exactly point out why. I like the action and for every shitty shot, we get an awesome one.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:49 AM)
    Also Caska’s back to being brown. So I guess some things are getting fixed as we go on.
    /RantOver
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:40 AM)
    That’s why is disheartening to see that the post-credit scene of ep03 was ignored by so many, specially considering the quality of the animation and the importance it had to the plot and course of the show.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:39 AM)
    Now I’m not going to deny the toxicity of some of the so-called “hardcore” fanbase- the Skullknight community is a testament to that. I’ve seen too many people claim that they’re done with the series, only yo come back every week and nag about the same redundant points over and over again. The show has had much more traditional animation than I’ve originally anticipated.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:27 AM)
    The music is a great example of that. The 97 series created a surreal somber atmosphere, with a lot of that piggybacking on Susumu Hirasawa’s weird soundtrack. Look at the new series intro- that is as tone-deaf as it can get. I much rather preferred a black screen with a red Berserk logo over this shonenesque song. Caska’s rape as an eyecatch? yeah, they are seriously mislead as to the significance of that scene.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:24 AM)
    Now I’m a big Berserk fan, anyone here can attest to that, and I’m glad to have some Berserk, in whatever form we can get. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to overlook the deficiencies. I still stand by my point, which is that the new series doesn’t primarily suffer from the animation, as I think a lot can be achieved in the format as evidence by the last two episodes, but the main point of contention is the overall tone which doesn’t fit Berserk.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:20 AM)
    And Berserk is panned for the CG, not only because of the unconventionality, but also since it isn’t particularly strong CGI neither. Sidonia was well-received, and that uses CG a lot more than Berserk. Since the manga has extraordinary line work, people want to see the same level of detail. The 97 series also works against the New one, since although it had minimal budget, it still had much superior cohesion.

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