Posted by Lenlo on 17 December 2017 with categories: Finished Series: Adventure/Fantasy/Science Fiction, Inuyashiki

This was a momentous week for Inuyashiki, with lots of highs and single glaring low. We had terrible CGI, an emotional confrontation between our leads and a fantastic payoff for Inuyashiki. Lets jump in!

To start, lets get the big issue out of the way immediately, the PS2 era CGI. To quote reddit, the budget for this fight might as well have been “30 yen and a box of paperclips”. Everything before and after our two leads fight was great. Most of the fight itself however was disappointing. A lot of the scenes looked unfinished, the buildings had terrible resolutions and there was no impact between our characters and the world. It’s like they were flying through the old Superman game. The only part of the fight I thought was done well was the ending, with the satellite. The satellite not only up the ante and make for a great spectacle, it showed the difference of ours leads. Hiro used brute force, while Inuyashiki hid using the debris to get a meaningful strike in. It was a satisfying end to a mostly disappointing fight.

Outside the fight, Hiro and Inuyashiki were both phenomenal this episode. First, the escalation of Hiro’s terror attack was great, revealing it was multiple planes. It gave Inuyashiki people to save while still letting Hiro partially succeed. It also finally brought our two leads into conflict, meeting for the only the second time this whole season, giving us some of the best  dialogue so far. Hiro’s realization as he sees Inuyashiki saving these people, his look of anguish as he asks “Am I the villain?”, was magnificent. His internal conflict, how he and Inuyashiki are the same in that they both do what they do for selfish reasons, was poignant yet ignorant. I loved it all. The resolution to this fit Hiro as well, as he lashes out like a child, punching Inuyashiki instead of using any of his grand weapons.

Hiro and Inuyashiki’s fist-fight, and everything up to the CGI flight, is even better than the satellite scene but for different reasons. Absurdity permeates this fight, as these two god-like cyborgs are in a fist-fight. The small details like metal clangs whenever they hit each other adding to this. Eventually Inuyashiki fires in with his own air-gun, surprising me and Hiro, and what follows is one of the weirdest, funniest scenes I have seen this season. Hiro and Inuyashiki, air-gunning, “dadadadadadada” like children playing a game, fully on model and completely serious, was perfect. Made better because we, as the audience, know exactly how deadly those things truly are. Every issue I have with the air guns are forgiven, because they made this scene possible. It hurts that the following aerial fight is disappointing, but Mari’s subplot happening behind it makes at least gives it some tension.

Speaking of Mari, lets talk about her, Inuyashiki, and how MAPPA made what should have been a rote, unsurprising scene, novel and interesting. Turns out, Mari was in fact in a building hit by a plane, but instead of dying instantly she is stuck in a burning building with no way out. Pretty terrible way to die, and Inuyashiki got to hear every second of it. The best part, for me, is when he arrives she’s dead, beyond even his robotic healing abilities. At least we get bait and switched and she coughs back to life. This would be disappointing normally, but it was handled well enough that I think this is just as good as if she had died. The flashbacks of her growing up and Inuyashiki’s emotions. It was beautiful and it paved the way for the rest of the episode and Inuyashiki’s time in the spotlight.

After rescuing Mari, we finally get to see the aftermath of Hiro’s attack and his fight with Inuyashiki. The city is in smoke and it is our hero’s time to shine. Watching Inuyashiki save people all night, the faces of those he saved, the doctors and firemen who regard him as the 2nd coming, was phenomenal. The reporter who covers the camera, so as to not show his face. They were all nice touches and I can not wait to the results of this in the final episode. Inuyashiki has deserved some recognition this whole season and he is finally going to get it. Sadly, aside from Inuyashiki, I am not optimistic for this ending. The Asteroid is still in play, as well as Hiro coming back because of some passing bystanders. I just don’t see how it can be done sadly, short of a double length episode.

All in all, the best episode of Inuyashiki yet. Aside from a few minutes of CGI, everything in this episode had a purpose and was done well. Even the episode title, “People of Tokyo”, was relevant to both our heroes and how they are seen by them. Had this been the last episode, with maybe a few small changes to clean it up more, I would be happy. Scarily, there is still one more to go and ~15 chapters of manga left to adapt, and I don’t expect it to finish well. Regardless, even if the last episode is terrible, I will remember “People of Tokyo” fondly for a good while.

See you next week for the finale of Inuyashiki! Make sure to tell me what you think down below, I have already had some interesting discussions about it. And make sure to check out Mario’s posts on Juuni Taisen, another standout of the season. Bye!


7 Responses

  1. Avatar Spike says:

    This was the culmination of the overall theme, one person with family and friends loses it all because of selfishness; another regains his estranged family with his selflessness.

    Looking forward to the end!

    • Avatar Problem says:

      Nice parallel. But I think the big message is a bit less simple: You need to work towards your happiness, not expect it to be given for free.

      People nowadays want it all, otherwise it’s not worth the effort. In fact, they do not put any effort at all. But they sure act high and mighty towards those that do.

      Inuyashiki and Hiro both got their bodies to free them from daily human struggle (society, money, etc) to have a real chance to do something. Hiro has it all, money, looks, people who care about him and he is still miserable. Just doing whatever to please oneself is not how it is done, Inuyashiki shows that to Hiro, maybe he will finally get it in the last ep.

  2. Avatar KTravlos says:

    This was a great episode.

    By the way, I really like how the show handled Mari. Despite her appearance, they made sure to get it through to us that this is still a young girl and a child. I is cool. This is a really good series.

  3. Avatar Problem says:

    Inuyashiki does a lot of things right and I liked this episode (the post sums up why), but in overall, this series does not work for me. I feel like a lot of seinen shows, while free of the clutches of shounen silliness, get tangled up in their own set of problems, the wretched CGI being one of the prominent ones.

    • Avatar Lenlo says:

      Its true, as a whole Inuyashiki has a lot of problems, and I fear the ending isnt going to fix most of them.

      Atleast we got this one great episode out of it all though.

  4. Avatar KTravlos says:

    It is interesting that the two most crucial resuscitations in the show done by Inuyahiki were done with good old first aid, rather than his powers.

  5. Avatar Vonter says:

    I was preparing to see that action scene having issues translating into an animated series. In the manga it was movie quality, so even it was a bit better it’ll still have struggled. CGI is something in general I see more restrained in Japan in terms of visual fidelity. I don’t know the behind scenes stuff, but I remember in Berserk they did drew on top of the CG models, and if it wasn’t that the issue I could see rendering times possibly be problematic if they had a more detailed sequence. Is also present in most videogames in which anime and cel shading are more embraced in Japan than more photorealistic shaders.

    All in all, weak but serviceable. I think several moments still deliver the intended emotion despite lacking a punchier action sequence.

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