Posted by psgels on 22 October 2013 with categories: Yozakura Quartet

Having superpowered characters who are really hard to kill does take away a bit of the tension, but it fits strangely wellin the light-hearted tone of these past episodes. This episode was about the background of some of the characters here, and the nature of the setting of this series. The villain only made an appareance like, once or something?

But yeah, this was solid build-up, because we now have a good grasp on who the main character is like, having bascially the responsibilit of sending demons to this unknown dimension that might not even exist, basically potentially killing them: that’s great conflict, and this episode cleverly showed us how he chose to deal with this by holding out on this until the last moment, and first showing all of the different sides to the issue.

Also, there was that scene with the car that came out of bloody nowhere. That really grabbed my attention for a bit due to how raw the action was. This show is really light, with these sudden dark spots inbetween, and it mixes really well. However, the creators do need to be building up for something: this light hearted stuff is fine and all, but only for build-up. Stuff needs to actually get darker after a while. If only because that will show more opportunities for the animators to work their magic.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

8 Responses

  1. Mint says:

    Hime is the main character, not Akina. :p

  2. Arno says:

    I was not enthralled by the tough bromance here.

    I’m starting to wonder what this anime is about.

  3. Fatrobo says:

    That scene with the car gave me a definite mood whiplash. Having never been exposed to Yozakura Quartet before, I was definitely a bit disoriented until we settled into the part b section with Akina. The results of a car scene like that are not typically shown. I do think we’re establishing the relationship between the primary trio and their primary support characters before we move on to the greater intrigues. Indeed the relationship between the brother and sister seem essential to understanding the dynamic of demons in this world.

  4. TheUltimateReaper says:

    This show is fucking great, I’m not sure I can say much else. The car part was pretty intense, though personally, I’d love that kind of power and strength.

    Serious or not, I’m enjoying the hell out of this anime.

  5. Keith says:

    I dunno. As someone who has never been exposed to Yozakura Quartet before, I can’t help but feel that the characters are really underdeveloped. How much can we say we really know about them at this point? They’re juggling too many characters around and as a result, we don’t really get to know any of them. Even with the focus given to Akina and Kyousuke, i don’t feel like I learned much about them.

    And that car scene? It makes the setting feel like it has no consequences. Why should I care that Touka crushed these kids to near death when they are 100% fine 30 seconds later. With all the blood you’d think that she killed them and then next scene they’re fine.

    That said, I’m still willing to stick it out a few more episodes, but I’m quickly losing interesting. Plus the fanservice is really poorly done.

  6. Arno says:

    The kids have just been reset. Which equals to non story-telling.

    The villain is a joke. Bouncing fishes come on…

    This is just a collection of cool animation sequences, cheap food jokes and cheap fanservice.

    It shifts from very light to very dark, from childish to hentai. There is no story and no character depth.

    • Avalon says:

      Yea, base the main villain off episode 1 when he was playing around. That is perfectly logical. Also, if we were further into the series then your last line might actually be true, but at this point stop saying things that may also be entirely false.

  7. Kenjeran says:

    Actually, the car scene happened because the fox villain is messing around with it. It is hinted by the nurse at the end of episode.

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  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:50 PM)
    Also did Assasin just disappear after Caster died? Or is he bound to the temple and still waiting at the gate?
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:40 PM)
    @Aidan: I kinda got that, but when he was serving out justice as a guardian for the counterforce he used a bow to kill people, my question is why? When did he pick up a bow? Oh nevermind, the LN prologue did say that he was part of the archery team, but still. I would’ve gone with some trace on shit instead. That seems to be his real groove.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:37 PM)
    @Bam, the class sustem is pretty vague at best. There are servents who can be summoned to many different classes. Berserker can be summoned as a Saber as well and I am pretty sure Archer fits that catagory as well. There’s even a servent in Fate/apocrypha whos a class mixture of assassin and castor.
    The counterforce didn’t really make him an archer, that was the holy grail war system. I say Archer only used his bow in the flashbacks because it was the easiest method of attack.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:33 PM)
    And no I’m not really that annoyed for Lancer not kicking Shinji off of Rin immediately, at least not in this version, but if he really was trying to get his rape on in the VN with Lancer huffin n puffin right there next to them then that would be pretty awkward then.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:27 PM)
    What I’m legitimately confused about is how did Shirou become an archer? Didn’t he always use melee weapons? Does the counterforce just kinda prefer the archer archetype or something? Cuz even as a Guardian Shirou should’ve still used the double daggers, or even a rolled up enforced newspaper or something.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:23 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah I’m mostly just shooting shit at it, I actually thought it was good, despite the fact that I would’ve been pleasantly surprised if Archer either killed or managed to stop Shirou’s ambition. But plot armor is nothing new to the medium, hell, even Guts has a pretty thick layer of it on at this point.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 06:11 PM)
    I really enjoyed this episode of anime. Whether someone else did not enjoy it is no concern of mine.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 06:09 PM)
    Sigh…I just read through 20 pages of stuff on that ANN Fate UBW 20 review. Honestly…I am just tired of this crap. On and on, the same arguments being shouted as if this time they will win an unwinable battle. I really don’t argee with the review but jumping into the fray isn’t going to help anything. Shouting my view won’t change her opinion just as her shouting does not change mine.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:48 PM)
    You know when Shinji was talking to Rin. You could have said something Lancer.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:47 PM)
    @Bam, Ouch. Come on I think comparing him to Kirito is a bit much. You think that Kirito would every be shown getting this much of a beating?
    I do argee that lancer should have jumped in sooner…but he did get a spear though the chest and likely did need some time to rest after attacking Kirei. But a “HEY FECK OFF YOU LITTLE SHIT” would have been appreciated.

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