I figured that I’d keep the two-cour Fall 2013 anime season series separate from the currently airing Winter season. Majority of the shows went on a two week break so it was nice to finally see them start back up again for their second halves! This week I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Nagi no Asukara episode 14, Samurai Flamenco episode 12, and Kill la Kill episode 13.
Nagi no Asukara
They left the viewers with quite the cliffhanger after the events of the last episode. Manaka being taken away by the sea god along with Hikari and Kaname being dragged back into the sea and leaving us wondering what their fate was. From the OP and ED visuals, it seems that everyone will make a reappearance at some point but its just a matter of when. The series as a whole has had quite a shift in the overall feel or ambiance. It originally gave off a more laid back and somewhat bright tone with Hikari and the rest of the group trying to bridge the gap between the two civilizations. The series as of the last two episodes really took on a more depressing mood where everyone just seems sort of lost as the world around them is changing.
It was interesting to see how much the characters have changed. Miuna really matured as a person which is to be expected with her coming of age but it can also be attributed to the pain she felt after losing Hikari and having to be grow up to be strong for her brother and Akari. Chisaki basically lost everything she had, all of her friends, and her family were trapped under the sea. While she keeps up a strong image, she still seems to be lingering and holding onto the past as her eyes always seem to be staring off somewhere into the distance.
My last note for this episode is how powerful the final scene with Hikari’s awakening was. As I was watching it, I could just feel how confused and distraught he was. His last memory was him being unable to save Manaka and then he awakens to the world around him being completely different. Having no recollection of anything that happened, he’s still in the same world but everything and everyone around him is different while he’s still exactly the same after his time was frozen. I’m incredibly eager to find out how Hikari will adapt to this, his former peers now being adults while he’s still only a teenager, and the fact that he can’t reach the only people who didn’t change (the others within the sea).
You can watch Nagi no Asukara on Crunchyroll (May not be available in all regions)
I’ve kind of lost interest in the show after the last few episodes. While I know it’s a parody of other series, it just feels like there’s currently no real direction for Samurai Flamenco. Week after week, we encounter these odd, mundane villains who basically get defeated by teamwork or from never giving up. They also introduced us to a bunch of new characters while kind of setting the established ones aside. The one thing I did enjoy about this episode though was the Flamengers finally bonding which I’m hoping will lead to more character development in the coming episodes. I think Manglobe’s key thing that is keeping viewers into the show is the mystery behind Gotou’s girlfriend which could either make or break the show depending on her role in the series.
You can watch Samurai Flamenco on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Kill la Kill
This was quite the build up episode or “calm before the storm”. The previous episode we just had Ryuuko go on a rampage and come back to her senses which made her depressed and confused for the majority of this one. As Satsuki begins to prepare for war, we’re introduced to a new character who seems to have a fascination with Ryuuko’s kamui. I’ll have to admit that I was fooled despite there being so many hints to their true identity. With how over the top Kill la Kill is, I just figured it was another new character with their own little quirks. Nui showed off how manipulative she is despite her foolish appearance. Everything went according to her plan and the amazing thing was that she never actually lied despite deceiving everyone (entering the girl’s bathroom, being banned from campus, only having one eye).
The other part of the episode that caught my eye was Satsuki’s conversation with her mom and the other REVOCS employees.The first thing that caught my attention was Ragyou bringing up the name COVERS when Satsuki came in and gave her speech. I’m not very good at in-depth analysis of shows but it makes me wonder if REVOCS is just the “cover” for COVERS, which is the true organization. REVOCS being a clothing company while COVERS has some other ulterior motive that will be explored in the near future. The second thing that sparked my interest was Ragyou’s philosophy on clothing, how humanity hides their sins through clothing. The fact that it covers up our bodies and allows us to hide our shame and things we’re embarrassed about. Clothing also allows us to change our appearance and make us appear to be something we’re not (colours, type of clothing, how you wear clothing all affect how you appear as a person).
That wraps up my thoughts on this past week’s continuing Fall 2013 anime season. I’d like to write down more of my thoughts regarding other shows like Tokyo Ravens and Strike the Blood but not much has really been happening in them and they’re more of a guilty pleasure at this point.