August 5th, 2012
I’ve tired of the long name. And Hanbei has a suspicious amount of effort put into her by th animators.
And I’ve given up on Jintai after it began with about five minutes of mostly "I’m human" –Humans do not do that. You are not human,– which probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Skipping through the rest, it seemed to be trying to parody action shows, but with its usual clumsy exposition every time I stopped to look when something seemed interesting. Still 18 steps above the manga/doujin stuff, as well as last week’s episode, but still too little, too late. Also, they were apparently the human monument thingies all along (Pioneer and Voyager). Uh, okay.
Freaking Hanbei, with his damn irritating yoyo weapon of his. And they always make you use him. Wait, wrong series. *ahem* First off, there was minimal Nobuna this week, so kudos for that. The first half was pretty much all comedy though, which the show hasn’t really done all that well. The comedy worked better than usual this week though, especially with Maeda acting as both the cat and the straight man of the group. On the other hand, Nagamasa wasn’t helping his case as an antagonist/rival by being a joke. I’m not sure why they bothered to bring Mitsuhide along either.
A decent episode overall though. I would’ve preferred if they had actually shown more of Hanbei’s genius instead of just that corny Zhuge Liang thing plus MAGIC, but keeping things actually moving covers a wealth of sins, as does moving focus away from Nobuna. Most of it was spent on recruiting Hanbei, yet another little girl and Mino’s strategist. It was a little disturbing when they started talking about taking Hanbei as his woman though (in case you needed any convincing as to who was in the right for morality there), not to mention that the ‘fight’ there was really lacklustre compared to the effort they put into the fights last week. There was some really janky pacing at the start to introduce Hanbei, but that’s nothing new for the show and honestly a problem I’m much happier with than the usual glacial pacing.
Things happening at night.