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Episode 10

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「猛獣使の泪」 (Mōjū-shi no Namida)
“Tears of the Wild Beast Tamer”

Glad to see you back, Tsukumo-chan!

Note: Apologies for the late post; between horribly unreliable internet and getting hideously sick it’s been tough finding time to be lucid enough or efficient enough to get anything done. Even so, the lateness is less than professional, so I’ll work hard to try and lessen such instances in the future. Gomenasai.

Seeing as we’re close to the end, I’ve been pretty apprehensive about whether or not Tsukumo would make it through this time. For all intents and purposes she looked dead, and there were quite a few death flags being tripped here and there that made me anxious about her fate. However, I think we have to admit there’s likely some adaptation decay at work here considering how quickly that suspense is overturned. It isn’t even five minutes into this episode that we get confirmation of her survival, and as much as a relief as that is for those of us who like her character, it feels a little cheap. Why bother killing her off like that just to bring her back with minimum nail-biting? From a narrative perspective, it feels weird unless I put it down to plain old decay.

That aside, the rest of the episode is fairly interesting plot-wise. For the first time, we’re given a real explanation for the magic of Circus, and it comes from a source I never really considered. We’ve seen cute and fluffy animals all over this show, but I never expected any of them but Nai to be of any interest; as it is, it turns out that Circus’ powers stem entirely from these fluffy little creatures. Specifically, from those who evolved a certain type of cell in extreme environments, said cells which are then extracted and placed in the bracelets of Circus members. However, not all the critters this time around are friendly. We get a little bit of a side note when one of the animals is revealed to have turned Varuga after one of the Circus Life Division members injects it for the sake of saving its life. It’s a sad little tale where the animal must be killed to end its suffering, but of more interest to me is what the escapade says about the Circus members in general. As insufferable as some of them are, none of them really seem like bad people, and even those, like Yogi, that suffer from backlash of the cell in their bracelets just want what’s best for the people (and creatures) they help.

Unfortunately for Gareki, however, that just makes things more difficult to accept. Since the beginning he’s been little more than an add-on to Nai’s escort, a fact that he’s been painfully aware of all along. Now that he’s had that thrown in his face though, his tenure aboard the Second Ship might get just a tad more uncomfortable.

 

Episode 11

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「アイスクリームパレード」 (Aisukurīmuparēdo)
“Ice Cream Parade”

I’m definitely starting to wonder about how wise the adaptation decisions have been for this series. Being unfamiliar with the manga doesn’t help, but I’m feeling a rushed sense about the way things have been going over the last few episodes. It’s not so noticeable that it’s disastrous, but it’s definitely there, and that only makes it more baffling as to why stories such as Yanari’s and the Life Division’s Varuga have been included in the last two episodes. What narrative purpose do these little stories really serve? They do help flesh characters out, like Yogi, but at the expense of a really comprehensive narrative. True, there are still two episodes left, but is that really enough time to get to the meat and bones of the thing and pull it all off satisfactorily?

Though the same can be said for last episode, I’m finding Yanari’s story a bit more fillerish for my tastes. As I’ve said, I’m not familiar with the manga and thus have no idea as to whether or not he’s included there, but this is definitely an episodic sort of narrative. Yanari’s estrangement from his mother feels too overdramatic, even for a series like this, and without much of a purpose or emotional connections. We get some nice Yogi interactions, mostly where he’s being a Nyanperona fanboy (a little narcissistic, perhaps, but with good intentions) and a self-proclaimed defender of children’s dreams, and some confirmations that Nai and Gareki have grown a bit or otherwise learned something from their time with Circus, but mostly there’s not a lot going on that feels important, especially not when we’re so close to the end like this. That’s not to say it’s a bad episode or a useless one, but I feel like this time could have been used far more effectively than it was.

Thankfully, the plot finally comes center stage in the last few minutes. Karoku has contacted Nai, saying that he’ll be killed soon, but I can’t help but think this stinks of a trap. Karoku has never seemed like he’s been under anyone’s control, and if anything it seems like he’s got quite the high ranking among Khafka. It seems very unlikely that he’s been a captive all along, but I can’t dismiss this as a lie either. After all, Karoku has been injured this whole time, and it doesn’t seem to be false that he was probably abducted, so in that case, just what is going on? Is the man who tried to kill Tsukumo innocent after all? Or are Nai and the others truly headed straight-first into a trap?

 

Preview

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June 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm
9 comments »
  • June 18, 2013 at 6:34 pmMagoiichi

    Give em an inch and they’ll take a mile.So fitting for the situation Gareki brought upon himself when he started brushing the bunnies lol.

    Tsukumo lives even though the scene where she “dies” didn’t really give off that feeling of it being a death flag at all.

  • June 18, 2013 at 10:50 pmrandom viewer

    10: http://randomc.net/image/Karneval/Karneval%20-%2010%20-%20Large%2022.jpg We finally see this from the ending, but it is only for this episode. :(
    11: I’m going to miss seeing Yogi after I saw this episode. Hopefully the remaining episodes will be packed with more action.

  • June 19, 2013 at 3:20 amSDFGS

    Despite how much I like this show…I still get that feeling that this entire season could have been a lot better when it came to its adaption. Again as I said before, it would make sense for them to make this an introduction/exposition season (Though really…an entire season on exposition?) and if they do decide to make another season, i don’t know…make it go faster, or at least not being coy with revealing the plot. That aside, even though it was really short, that first minute of ep 10 had me crying until plot armor decided to kick in (I guess it because they even made that scene beautiful itself with the contrast of the deathbed colors to the grim background, plus the silence of the crowd and background music. It made that first minute so emotional)

  • June 19, 2013 at 4:04 amdestiny

    in 10 with the manga nai had eaten some pheromone plant during dinner at the first ship wich made all the animels at the protected land part there crawl onto him except the one turned varuga wich made him suspicious it was a funny moment too bad they cutted it out.

  • June 19, 2013 at 1:33 pmtotally_absurd

    It’s quite interesting to see how a person who is not familiar with the manga perceives the series, as it’s my first time watching anime after I read the manga. Usually it’s the other way around.
    I found the last couple of episodes were rushed too, but it has more to do with the fact that I know what comes next and while in the manga it wasn’t as abrupt because it was not an actual ending, in the anime I feel like they should have skipped some of the filler parts (like Yanari, he really has no importance to the plot, aside from remembering Eleska mentioning Karoku) and made a better transition to the last episodes. As it is they are following manga almost by the letter and that’s probably what failed them.

  • June 19, 2013 at 4:23 pmhmmm…

    I never thought Tsukumo died. I was a bit confused at the beginning of the episode when I saw her on the boat but then I recalled what happened the episode before. I’m pretty sure Karoku just used a sedative on his ring, for what ever his goal was to save Tsukumo from her situation (maybe because of Nai’s fondness towards her).

  • June 19, 2013 at 8:56 pmberrish17

    Im glad Yogi’s backkkkk <3
    I just remembered the funny moment when Yogi ran out of the hospital and the Doc's like, "Yogi….you've shrunk" to a plush doll XD

    The Usagi's furball was soo cute!!Always saying "~usa, ~usa, ~usa, ~usa" lol

    And I just realized that Nai's seiyuu is same as Kurusu Syo from Uta no Prince-sama!!!No wayyyyyyyyyyy O_________O Awesome!! wouldn't notice just by the voice though.

  • June 19, 2013 at 8:57 pmAnnami

    despite the pacing issues this show never ceases to make me squeal and give me heaps of cuteness overloads

  • June 23, 2013 at 2:09 amKairi

    Apologies for the late post this week as well; family obligations were carried out today. :/ Post should be up tomorrow, gomenasai. >.<