Asura Cryin’ #19 — Whiplash

November 4th, 2009

 

I got it bad, but it hurts so good.

Impressions:

Let me recap the pre-OP sequence of this episode:

"My brother has a grave? What does this mean?"
"Oh, phone call from… MY BROTHER!?"
"Tomo, GET THE HELL OUT!"
–NINJA ON A MOTORBIKE THROUGH THE WINDOW–
"…"
"That mask is HI-LARIOUS! HAHAHAHAHAHAOHGodit’stryingtokillus."

Mood whiplash barely begins to cover it, but ye gods, this week’s episode was bloody intense. Aside from the 6 minute chase to kick things off ending with Tomo’s house being bombed, we had ‘Naotaka’ show up and going over basically every single dangling plot point in the show thus far. He’s Tomo1, Naotaka’s dead, Tomo was also dead, they used Misao to save Tomo2’s life, black hole’s eating the world, he’s a demon, and he’s dying of the magical demon sparklies. Oh yeah, and then Takatsuki collapsed of the magical demon sparklies before detonator-girl showed up to desecrate the church with their bodies. I’m sure I missed something, but while that’s normally a factor of my wandering attention span, I think this time it may just be because this episode tied up practically everything short of "let’s go save the world." It’s almost a joy that all the characters are finally on the same page as the rest of the audience.

Oh yeah, and the preview for next week had Tomo’s group shoulder to shoulder with Hiwako and company. Yeesh.

I’ll admit, the action could have certainly been better animated, and it was a little bit hamfisted the way Tomo1 literally showed up, wrapped up all the dangling plot stuff only to disappear again, and the art was especially dodgy this week, but man… I wish every episode was handled this ‘badly.’ Nobody even got in the way of Tomo1’s exposition either so it was brief and niced interspersed with shots of Tomo2’s corpse. Always a welcome sight. I’m glad that they managed to right the ship after last week’s fillertastic nonsense and the accompanying loss of direction from losing all its antagonists. Granted, I’m still not quite certain who the antagonists are at the moment, aside from an all-consuming black hole, but they’ve got at least three people trying to kill them again, so things are looking up as we head into the (possibly) final stretch.

Sorry, I’m not even going to try to summarize this one.

 

Preview:

Enemy of my enemy…

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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Anonymous says:

    I guess with the plot all cleared up they’ll just spend the last 5 or so episodes trying to save the world?

  • Aroduc says:

    I kind of doubt they’ll be finishing it off in 5. There are still at least 3 characters in the OP that have yet to be introduced as well as whatever the deal is with Tomo and his red eye/monster (I’m assuming his Daughter from becoming an Asura Cryin, but who knows). Could be Tomo1’s too I guess.

  • Void says:

    Actually there are still few more things to happen, like Tomo2 finally making a contract with Takatsuki and becoming an Asura Cryin (come on pretty much everyone in this show seems to be expecting it) ah and getting a Daughter as well? Also they didn’t really explain it in detail but demons are people coming from the other world (or their children) who get rejected by this one for doing otherworldly stuff, right? Seeing as Tomo1 referred to Tomo2 as ‘spare’ then I wonder what’ll happen when he disappears then- will his demon status pass on to Tomo2?

  • Rockfest says:

    Wouldn’t it be ironic that the end of the 2nd world ends up with Tomoharu2 becoming an Asura Cryin’, then unable to control his gravity powers, creating a 2nd black hole and starting this whole mess all over again.

    Also it seems that Taka1 is the Tomo1’s Burial Doll, so where’s Misao1?

  • Wilfriback says:

    May Tomo1 is refering to Tomo2 in spare plan as a reserve,

    BTW Very good episode, in only the animation….

  • Lero says:

    Next week: Tomo1 vs all.

  • Lero says:

    I have the feeling that Tokiya is going to kill Tomo1.

  • Aroduc says:

    Serious spoiler
    [spoiler]She’s masquerading as Tomo2’s sister via Tomo1’s mindwarp powers. Not to be confused with Tomo2’s stepsister, who is just a stepsister.[/spoiler]

  • Rockfest says:

    Sister? What? What episode was this?

  • Aroduc says:

    Novels.

  • al103 says:

    WTF, really? WTF!!! I’m out of words. And i want to read novels T_T

  • Sterling01 says:

    Misao’s sister, Not Tomo’s