Posted on 29 October 2013 with categories: Gingitsune

This episode of Gingitsune brought a new character, combined with a really annoying chibi-fox who pretty much acts like a cocky little kid despite being eighty years old. It was a really dramatic episode, with a lot of hammy voice actors. And yet somehow this episode managed to bring a few tears to my eyes. I have no idea how they did that…

Seriously, amidst all of the elaborate series this season, Gingitsune really shines in its simplicity. What was this series about? A bunch of kids who ran away from home. And yet, they pretty much did things right here. The guy in any case is a compelling character here: he defied expectatios several times throughout this episode, and he also didn’t waste any time to shed light on some of his backstory.

Gingitsune seems to focus on the saying “there’s more than meets the eye”. Not every character has that (the female lead in particular pretty much wears her heart on her sleeve), but there have been plenty of characters who hide large parts of who they are, either consciously or unconsciously.

With this episode, Gingitsune also took a big step away from Natsume Yuujinchou. What I mean by that is that the youkai in Natsume Yuujinchou have short childhoods, despite having a very slow concept of time. In Gingitsune meanwhile we have this kid of eighty years old running around. And yeah, it’s true that Natsume Yuujinchou is much more refined and polished than this series. But yet I just can’t help but empathize with these characters as well,much more strongly than I anticipated.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

Posted on 13 October 2013 with categories: Gingitsune

I know my taste is really weird and all, but am I the only one who finds this show adorable?

The second episode again did not disappoint, and in one episode it created another really relatable character, plus it also built further upon the characters we saw in the first episode. Another great sign: this series doesn’t treat its characters as plot devices that only have one episode of development each.

To me, what Gingitsune does really well is create drama: it’s simple and to the point, yet poignant. There are times that are a tad too dramatic, but it’s nothing major. It’s mostly teenaged drama, but to balance that out is that fox, who still is my favorite character of the game. The wisdom he sprouts is just adorable and manages to create a good counterweight to all of the teenaged drama. And at the same time, he’s a central character to this series, so he’s not like your standard mentor, or “old guy who just watches young ones do stuff”.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

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