Posted by psgels on 6 November 2013 with categories: Kyousogiga

This episode, it’s Yase’s turn to get some fleshing out. Also with some material from the second OVA, but again it succeeds to add so many things. Whereas the second OVA was very cryptic, this episode really puts things into perspective, and really explains why Yase acts the way she does.

I’d also like to highlight something else here: a common pitfall for anime is to just take one episode to develop and give backstory, only for the creators to really not know what to to with the character in particular afterwards. That is not the case here. Even the side-characters feel dynamic: we see different sides of them and they all still feel alive, rather than just cardboard cut-outs after they’ve lost their place in the spotlights. That’s another sign of great storytelling.

Oh, and this capital is an awesome place, in which stuff can’t be destroyed other than letting it float away into oblivion. This episode was also about this concept, and how people who value stuff versus the people who don’t value stuff deal with things. This again ties in with the parents disappearing to form one big hole, even though this series at first seems completely random.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. NiceBoat! says:

    Can’t wait to see where all this build up and character development is going

  2. Tetinus says:

    Y’know you can say ”expand on a character” in other ways than ”fleshing out”. It’ a bit barbarian. : D

    http://bit.ly/1cGVmjE

  3. Mazz says:

    Good, the show finally started to make sense last episode so I can finally start enjoying it for what it is, and this was a great start to that. I’m not sure about any of you, but not knowing what was going on until episode 4 was REALLY annoying. I just couldn’t appreciate the show because I was so confused. It loses points for that with me (it’s a problem I had with Baccano! too, but that show ended up being well worth the 3 episode confusion). But yeah, great episode, because the cast is relatively small, characters can get developed and NOT fade away into oblivion, which is always a good thing.

  4. Shadell says:

    Once you accept the fact that the series isn’t really trying to go in a linear plot progression at the moment, it becomes easy enough to accept that there’s important information we don’t have yet but will and accept things as they come.

    Honestly if you don’t watch or try to relate things too much to episode 0 then episode 1 struck me as perfectly followable, as did 2. They just didn’t really flow together all that sensibly.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:17 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel If you’re talking about rice in Japan, the doom was more a factor of the rice’s value within the economic system and the pains involved with being unable to pay taxes etc. Most Japanese peasants did not even eat rice.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    @ninja Trigger’s been doing a good job with the pacing, imo. either that or I’m keyed up or something. each episode flies by and I can’t believe it’s been 20 minutes already.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    I’ve seen a lot of scenarios where a village is doomed because they’re cut off from harvesting/cultivating/mining/etc their best resource.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:14 PM)
    hm, this does pose an interesting question. were villages back in the day really so dependent on a single resource?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:14 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel I’m really enjoying Inou Battle as well. It’s not particularly original, or intelligent, and the cliches can be downright painful at times, but the animation is great and the characters are surprisingly endearing. It’s a fun watch if not a great show, is my opinion. I have definitely been looking forward to the new episodes.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:12 PM)
    yeah. guess we’ll see. i found inou battle pretty enjoyable, although some didn’t like it. reminds me of seitokai ichizon.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:10 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel The first episode is awesome but it goes downhill fast. Really fast. This third episode was borderline unwatchable at times IMO. But maybe you’ll feel differently.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @ninja ouch. that doesn’t sound good. just about to start it soon…
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    *that was a real samurai series <- is what I meant to add.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:05 PM)
    @ninja I hadn’t noticed it until you said it, but it does seem like samurai stuff has been in decline. I mean there are series that have samurai elements, some that portray the values of that era, and others that have the sort of epic scope some samurai tales had. but to be honest, Vagabond is probably the only one I can recall off the top of my head in recent times.

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