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「ビッグフォーに影は落ちる」 (Biggu Foo ni Kage wa Ochiru)
“A Shadow is Cast Upon the Big Four”

Despite the somewhat episodic nature of Senkou no Night Raid, I’m rather enjoying the mission-style progression and the overarching character subplots that come with it. In fact, seeing as this is an original series where the script probably isn’t set in stone yet, I like how the door remains open on various possibilities the story can branch off into with these self-contained episodes. There’s just enough foreshadowing in each to allow things to culminate to something big later on, and not knowing what that is is half the fun. In this particular episode, the focus was Yukina and her brother Takachiho Isao (Hirata Hiroaki), who disappeared without a trace along with the platoon he was in charge of (as mentioned last episode). Confusion naturally results when Yukina receives a letter from him out of the blue, saying he wants to meet her, but overshadowing all that is the much more immediate bomb threat involving the four department stores in Shanghai known as the Big Four.

In this case, it wasn’t so much of a mission as the Sakurai Kikan being led around by someone who turned out to be one of Isao’s men. Oddly enough, as the one responsible for planting all the bombs, he chose to telepathically leak that information to Yukina, giving her and the others a chance to disarm the remaining three bombs. He also had ample opportunity to take out both Aoi and Kazura in some cases with his own superhuman teleportation and telepathic abilities yet chose not to, which made me question exactly what Isao is after by sending him to pick up Yukina this way. Evidently, bringing Yukina to her brother was his reason for coming, but the whole bomb threat and the balloon filled with poisonous gas at the end made it seem like he was testing the Sakurai Kikan. For what purpose, I have no idea, but all the questions raised here regarding the mystery behind Isao’s disappearance, his reason for sending a soldier to bring back Yukina in such a fashion, and why his men also possess superhuman abilities sure as hell makes me want to find out. I mentioned before that I love conspiracies when it comes to stories, so this is just the kind of stuff I like getting into.

Seeing as Isao and his platoon are now considered enemies of the Sakurai Kikan, Yukina didn’t meet up with him at the appointed time and place. However, I could only imagine what was running through her mind as she’s left wondering what her kindhearted brother is plotting. Judging from what Shinichirou said at the end, I get the feeling that Isao will play a fairly significant role in the overall story. My gut intuition says he won’t be the ultimate antagonist in the series, but things should get interesting from here on in regardless.

Finally, I should mention that a lot of big name seiyuus seem to be doing narration lately, with Furuya Tohru in Gundam 00, Hayashibara Megumi in RAINBOW: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, and Kawasumi Ayako here. I always enjoy Ayako’s roles even when they’re loud and somewhat obnoxious, but it’s pretty cool hearing her in a serious one from time to time.

 

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April 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm
14 comments »
  • April 20, 2010 at 8:05 pmIgotknowidea

    when is this one and ep2 going to be subbed

    • April 21, 2010 at 1:54 amxxxholicwing

      We don’t know yet. The only fansubs I know are Rumbel, Commie, Phantoms Subs and Animanda and it seems that they’re are still busy or something or they are lazy.

  • April 20, 2010 at 8:07 pmBlaineo

    Looks like a good episode. What channel is this on by the way?

    • April 20, 2010 at 8:33 pmdivine

      TV Tokyo airs it first, as they’re part of the Anime no Chikara joint project with Aniplex and A-1 Pictures.

      • April 21, 2010 at 12:15 amBlaineo

        Thanks, I seriously need to think invest in some new channels. I can only get Fullmetal here.
        I really hope this series does pan out the way you said. So far it’s been great.

  • April 20, 2010 at 8:45 pmStinger

    The animation could be a little better next time… :(

  • April 20, 2010 at 8:52 pmJrow

    Thanks for the summary. I watched the RAW just about an hour ago (got impatient with the lack of ep. 2 subs) and was able to make out that Yukina’s brother is somehow involved, but didn’t know that the letter she reads at the start of the episode was from him.

    We also learn that the hat guy that sorta sits on the sidelines can erase memories from people.

  • April 21, 2010 at 2:34 amFlags

    I have a feeling that this show is never going to be subbed…………
    It’s really to bad, I watched it after seeing your first post but it hasn’t been subbed since. I thought that that would happen to Rainbow too, but that got subbed. I’ll wait until Rainbow is completely out before watching though. Thanks for covering all of these shows, I’m loving the diversity this season.

  • April 21, 2010 at 3:11 amAlec

    still no subs for ep 2. -_-

    • April 21, 2010 at 11:38 ambrianwuzhere

      However, kiss x sis already has its 3rd episode subbed. Hmm…

  • April 21, 2010 at 11:44 amKinno

    ya, i heard that not many sub clubs will follow it to the end. I did watch all 3 episodes in subbed…chinese subbed :D

  • April 21, 2010 at 12:12 pmadobochan

    I hope subs can come out soon. This is one of the better shows this season.

  • April 24, 2010 at 10:43 ammo|ly

    i like it, too, :). i wish for more stories like it. i can cross cultures between “loony toons” and “gintama”, but even bugs bunny in drag can’t help me relate to moe. yeah, there’s the anti-moe “rainbow”. i read some of the manga. i know it’s groundbreaking, but i already read this lifetime’s quota of prison and pow and great escapes. i’m talking thousands of pages of regular novels. so yay “senkou no night raid”, and thanks for posting what’s what, xD.

  • April 25, 2010 at 3:15 ameharper256

    Finally subbed. Whee.

    I think this is the no.1 underrated show this season. I really rather enjoy it’s little conspiracies, as it reminds one of Allison and Lillia in this regard (with less cuteness, obviously).