Dr. Rororororo #23 — Horse Sense

June 17th, 2019


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How low down the totem pole do you have to be to be done in by a random horse? Come on, Mappa. Let them kill the horse, and then when they figure out they're still no match for Hyakkimaru, figure out that they can screw up his ability to fight by killing themselves and re-arming him. That way, you get to really amp up the crazy Stockholm Syndrome of his servant slaves. But no. We're going in the direction of Super Horse, with its psychic horse child, full of horse sense, able to detect its ghost horse mom miles away and run to its side for a touching horse death scene. I feel like a crazy person trying to summarize that, but here we are, at the end of the truly inexplicable month-long horse arc. Where it's taken Hyakkimaru is to the same insipid "He's becoming a monster by… killing monstrous people who are trying to kill him!" Mappa, he could eat an entire kindergarten class at this point and still be in the top three moral people in this setting.

Meanwhile, one episode from the end (I… think?) and the actual last boss has wandered off to fight Random Mostly Offscreen Dudes. Why are they bad? Well, they're not me. And I guess that's all the effort we're putting in to this offscreen threat. We have to preserve the peace and benevolence of our land. You know, the land where we've let monsters and brigands run unchecked for the last 15 or so years. Frankly, I think this corner of Japan is more than ready for regime change.

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4 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • PP says:

    Sometimes you really need nukes.

  • kenuran says:

    The running theme of Hyakkimaru becoming a monster by defending himself against the terrible people who crippled him and actual monsters is probably the worst thing about this show.

    Anyway that new Nanoha movie is out and about now. You gonna look at it? Did you see the last Nanoha movie? I can’t remember if you still care about Nanoha anymore.

    • Aroduc says:

      Honestly, I can’t remember if I do either. It’s probably something I could do this week during the dry period though.

  • CatsB says:

    Glory to the horse, may it ride eternal shiny and chrome. The horse is meant to parallel the main conflict but somehow ends up overshadowing it. servants did not really derisive any better, they were almost non characters.
    Also there goes my short lived theory(which died last ep but I forgot to mention it) that the reason hyakk was not getting his limbs and eyes from some kills was because he had done them in anger or while walking the demon path or whatever, turns out the final statue was just hording them and just gave them out to some randos, with very low returns(power wise, I mean others could get a house sized monster from a leg, this guy got mildly better at fighting while his attendants jobbed hard) .