Posted by psgels on 24 December 2012 with categories: From the New World

The first half of this episode had something that you hardly ever get to see in anime: tracking. It was fairly basic: following someone’s sled tracks in the snow, but what made it work was the mystery: Mamoru had some kind of reason to do this, and it wasn’t even sure whether he, with his weak cantus, would have survived.

The revelation of why he ran away… yeah. For some reason the adults found it appropriate to get rid of him. Even though at first sight there might not be something wrong with him. Next episode will probably delve more into that, and why he has to fear for his life and got those copycats after him (which were quite the intense scenes, by the way).

What I’m also quite worried about was that one queerat that this episode showed. This episode avoided the issue, but it WAS walking around in holy territory, which it probably is not supposed to do. I love how gray these guys are on the moral scale: they’re always helpful, and yet there is always something itching about fully trusting them.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. limewarrior says:

    This was a decent episode. So Shun was a karma demon. His cantus leaked out unintentionally. The narrator (Saki) hinted that Maria becomes a fiend.

    So what’s wrong with Mamoru? Is he just too weak? Maybe they are concerned he would be come a Karma demon? The ethics committee is damn strict when it comes to eliminating kids.

    Whatever it is, I think Maria is showing signs of instability. If something happens to Mamoru, I don’t doubt she will kill a ton of people.

    • HunterWulf says:

      Actually Mamoru is more likely to turn into a fiend, most kids who transform into fiends were average kids with no clear talent or overly powerful cantus, what makes them snap and start killing people is the pressure placed on them by their parents/teachers/peers, and the most common reason for that would be them having a weak PK/cantus power and falling behind their peers .. that would place a lot of pressure and stress on them .. making them eventually snap and start attacking people randomly in frea of being attacked first .. like how a weak rat viciously fights when packed in a tight corner and attacked by superior predator like a cat.

      That also would explain why all the kids with weak PK/cantus were being disposed off (Saki’s sister, and the shy girl from the early episodes), the clearly paranoid Education committee is systematically weeding out any possible Fiends with vicious prejudice becasue they can’t risk having any fiend manifest as it happens instantly and they become very hard to control or kill, unlike with Karma Demons where the change happens gradually and thus allows them to isolate the Karma Demon and even help them end their own lives, Fiends are a totally different story .. once they manifest .. they are unstoppable killing machines .. that’s why they can’t risk any Fiend manifesting at all.

      So like i said, that would be the only logical explanation IMO as to why the Education Committee is killing/weeding out average students/children with weak cantus (like Saki’s sister, Shy girl from the start of the series and Mamoru)

  2. NEG says:

    Karma Demons are more likely in talented Cantus Users like Shun.

  3. Entrav says:

    It’s an alright episode and a great set-up for future ones. Nothing that much to talk about for this one though. Next episode looks interesting as they’ll be meeting some of the leaders responsible for the disappearances.

  4. nn says:

    I’m getting a feeling that Maria and Mamoru run away together and appear on the scene later. I’ve heard the second part of the series is pretty much about queerats, so maybe they gather up an army to overthrow the current leadership? IDK, Maria just going psycho doesn’t seems too simple for this series.

  5. I’m thinking this show is just starting to scratch the tip of the iceberg on how dark it can be. It’s only half over and we’ve already disposed of two of the kids (shy girl from the start, Shun), now it looks like another one or two are on the way. Fun and cheery, isn’t it?

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 08:56 PM)
    Eh, I’ve updated myself now on the onepunch manga and also the manga for yuruyuri, I can cross the shows off my list now. I forgot to mention onepunchs first episode crammed in the first volume.
    I stopped reading though around chapter 30, it was decent fun for a bit but I’ll be continuing with it in small doses.

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