「十二天将 朱雀 THE GUARDIAN SHIMON」 (Juunitenshou Suzaku: The Guardian Shimon)
“Twelve Guardians, Vermilion Bird: The Guardian Shimon”
Rokuro is getting a little more motivated.
The thrust of this episode was another step forward by Rokuro back onto the path of the exorcist. I appreciate a lot about what they’re doing—the deliberate pacing, not rushing ahead without showing us his progression, etc. That said, does it feel to you like we’ve seen this all before? I think it’s because the kegare aren’t particularly interesting enemies, so seeing them get beat up gets routine after a while. I also feel like maybe this episode was about four minutes too long. Just a little snappier, and a few fewer unnecessary flashbacks, and it would have been much stronger.
But even though I don’t seem super stoked about this episode, I think that’s a symptom of having to blog about it. This might not be one of the episodes we’ll necessarily think of when the series ends, but I think it’s one of the ones that will make later episodes work better. It’s a buildup episode, and what we’re building is Rokuro—his natural progression back into, and his tsundere relationship with, exorcism. So on a macro level, I think I really like this episode. It will pay dividends, and taking the time to do that when other shows would skip to the cooler stuff is smart. That mascot is still pointless, though.
Suzaku, the Vermilion Bird
The only wonky moment was when Ikaruga Shimon (Ishikawa Kaito) was sent to Narukami, and then immediately recalled. It made sense in context, and was even quite smart—the Chief Exorcist was using him to light a fire under Rokuro and Benio’s tails, and he was successful with Rokuro at least. It just happened so quickly after he got there that it was like, bwuh? I do wish he would have explore that mysterious presence, though. I’d like a little more of the ultimate plot to be bubbling in the background, though once again, I think that’s just because the kegare as enemies (since they’re just beasts so far) aren’t that super interesting. These are all minor things in a good foundation-building episode, and Shimon’s magic was damn cool (fire!). Plus I’m looking forward to seeing Rokuro suit up next week.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Rokuro’s becoming a little more motivated, thanks to an example and a punch from Ikaruga Shimon #sousei 05
- Rokuro & Benio’s “We are not married!” denials are chou kawaii. Face it kids, everyone is shipping you two.
- I apologize for the posting delay this week. I was out of town on Weds to see friends and get crunk (as the kids say, probably). Next time I’ll try to alert y’all ahead of time when a post is gonna be delayed.
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