May 29, 2011
Watching episode 2 again was really painful. In the first episode, Muneakira stood without any apparent fear, with the tip of the blade of a naginata inches from the bridge of his nose. By the end of episode 2 he was whimpering and cowering like a frightened child.
When Jyubei first showed up, she was strong and seemingly ruthless, the perfect warrior. In the second episode she's like a brain damage victim. She acts like she's about five years old.
I really wish this Jyubei was a regular character in the series:
But it looks like this is similar to Moka and alt-Moka in Rosario to Vampire, where alt-Moka only shows up briefly, once in a while, when she's needed for action sequences. In that series it worked OK, because normal Moka was herself an interesting character. Weak childlike Jyubei, on the other hand, is painful to be around.
Fortunately, Sanada is at least something of an interesting character.
This isn't a typical Kugimiya Rie insecure pettanko tsundere. (Though she is violent, flat-chested, and a bit insecure about her chest.) And so it's a bit (only a bit, but a bit) of a change of pace for Kugimiya. Her retainer, Matabei, seems to be in the series mainly so she can take off her clothes:
Which is not the worst role in this show.
And now I venture into unknown territory, with episode 3. What horrors await me? Only time will tell!
UPDATE: And with ep 3, it's taken a drastic turn for the better. But that's because alt-Jyubei (I guess I have to call it) was featured heavily.
It was also a pleasant surprise to learn that Sanada is a practitioner of magic. I hope we get more of that from her.
I'm not sure whether it was a pleasant surprise to learn that alt-Jyubei is a master of the Most Common Special Attack, which she uses on Sen.
UPDATE: And with episode 4, it's back to being crappy.
There's a huge question, to which I bet we never get an answer.
Reason I don't think we'll get an answer to that is because his ability to make master samurai is a deus ex machina to establish the story, I bet.
UPDATE: There is a genuine, if highly contrived, reason for this:
It isn't quite what it looks like. Not quite.
Posted by: Jordi Vermeulen at May 29, 2011 11:13 PM (AJZdn)
Enjoy the humor in episode 5, try not to wince too much at Muneakira. He gets a little better towards the end. And the surprising thing to me was
Posted by: ubu at May 29, 2011 11:33 PM (GfCSm)
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Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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