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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 12:08 AM)
    @Mamamoo, oh no. How bad are we talking?
  • mamamoo
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 11:19 PM)
    ehhh and I retract everything I said about Orange now that I finished the whole thing.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:11 PM)
    But I agree with Bam in that the show has lots of moments where it shines, namely in the action and the entertaining character interactions. If I was interested more so in a character story rather than an overall plot, I’m sure I’d like Eva a lot more. Certain shows work really well purely off that principle like Phantasia, but by the time I got to Eva I’d gotten relatively desensitized to those character tropes. Shinji didn’t help much either.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:07 PM)
    There’s no narrative thrusts throughout the show, it’s just scenes happening to get from one action set piece to the next all the while shoving blatant symbolism in your face. The little plot there is feels incredibly weak, aside from the world building there’s no clear objective besides a vague idea of defeating angels and something about Gendo that’s almost background noise with how little it affects the story.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:03 PM)
    Having started watching anime only in the mid 2000s despite occasionally seeing them on TV during the 90s, I come from a school of thought that emphasizes coherence more than anything else, basically I want the story to have focus. And while Eva’s influence on character archetypes and animation cannot be argued, I still think the story in Eva is pretty bad.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.

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