OP: 「友よ」 (Tomo yo) by GaGaGa SP
「月島仁兵衛 いざ参る!!!」 (Tsukishima Jinbee Iza Mairu!!!)
“Here Comes Tsukishima Jinbei!!!”
If you’re at all interested in this show, take it from me – skip it and read the manga. Everything that’s good is in there, and very little of it made its way onto the screen.
An Unfaithful Adaptation
When I previewed this (hello, words-I-am-now-eating!), I talked about how surprised I was by the manga, and how it was so riveting I had trouble putting it down. Alas, you wouldn’t know that after watching this. This was the first episode, and they’re already rushing to cram content in – I think they covered 3 manga chapters in this first episode, including a double and triple-length one. And in doing so, they lost most of what made the manga so interesting. We didn’t see almost any of the awesome relationship between father and son, we didn’t get the humor when Matsunohara Kotori (Miyano Mamoru) traveled to their home to recruit Jinbei’s father (which didn’t happen in this adaptation), and most detrimentally, they shoveled back story into the middle of fights, disrupting the flow and making the cardinal sin of expecting us to car about characters before they’ve given us a reason to.
In truth, I could go on for a while – they kept subverting the horror by showing the creatures too soon (imagination is always worse than reality, Seven Arcs!), they showed off all the other spiders too soon and had the rest of the Mushibugyo show up before Jinbei had really done anything, and the whole “I’ve found my star” thing between protagonist Tsukishima Jinbee (Kenn) and Mugai (Terashima Takuma) came off as weird since it was all the other Mushibugyo members who did all the work up to that point. Oh, and they kept shoveling fanservice into creepy parts, which I did not appreciate.
In truth, this was a storytelling nightmare, but I want to repeat something – these problems do not exist in the manga. I enjoyed the hell out of that, so if you’re at all interested in this show, stop. Stop watching it. I usually try to be kinder than this, but I saw great strength in the manga, and none of that here. Don’t ruin this story for yourself! Pick up the manga, that’s my advice. As for this? Dropped. The only good thing in this adaptation is Oharu’s (Akesaka Satomi) breasts, but those are in the manga too, and I felt like they treated her a lot more respectfully there anyway.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – I’m not usually one to blast shows, but dropped. Just so dropped. The manga is good though, I swear! #mushibugyo
ED: 「イチズ」 (Ichizu) by i☆Ris