Mumei and Uncertainty:
Kabaneri continues its epic streak, letting us to witness Mumei’s weaknesses for the first time – allowing her to be less than the perfect anime girl creation she has personified up until now. After the disagreements with my opinions of Mumei’s character last week, I thought perhaps it would be best not to discuss her character in great detail again… except this was the most Mumei-centric episode yet, so I can’t ignore the girl who is front and centre in the current drama.
Thankfully, I can be more positive this week, because Mumei didn’t annoy me, and I wasn’t totally confused by the intentions of her character like in the previous episode. Here, she was more grounded and the decisions she made felt personal, and, more importantly, wrong. She made spur of the moment decisions that could have cost her life, even though she’s proved to be a capable fighter. Still, I’m not too keen on her scenes with Ikoma – I just can’t figure out their relationship. Is she just a tsundere to him? Does she have to kick his face nearly every time they have a conversations? I can’t say I’m fond of their relationship, whatever it may be, so there’s still some things that could be improved. But overall, both characters managed to impress me this time around (while Ayame was left with little to do).
The action was ever sweet, with the extra swarms of kabane and the looming threat that the episode ended off on. Ikoma coming to save Mumei from her hasty decision-making felt sensible, even though it would have annoyed me in most other shows. And there’s also Mumei’s past, and the fact that there’s a mission she has to complete. Her encounter with Enoku, the loyal fighter to her brother, was one of my favourite parts of the episode, because it once again showed Mumei at her most uncertain. Does this confirm that she comes from royal blood? I’m keen to find out what her true intentions are, which is more than I could have said after last week. I’d call that progress!
Overview – What’s Next?:
Apologies for the lateness of the post, but I’ve just had what felt like the busiest weekend of my life. My only time to watch anime is either 6 in the morning or just before midnight. In between I’m usually working or sleeping. In a season as impressive and plentiful as this, it’s a shame I’m only able to truly watch about six shows weekly, but I’m glad Kabaneri is one of them. Even I didn’t have to blog it week-to-week, I’d still have it high on my priority list. While I have a few issues with it, overall it’s still one of the best pure-action anime I’ve watched in several years. You may have to turn off your brain when watching it, but that’s not a bad thing – it knows what type of show it is, and it’s proving ever entertaining and the production isn’t dipping as much as I expected. We’re almost half way through now, and there’s no sign of things going sour, and I’m confident that will be the case for the remainder of the series.