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Brave 10 Episode 12: “We Shall Overcome” [Final and Overall Review]

It wasn’t that surprising, that people were saved by the power of friendship. There’s not much else to analysize, other than it was horribly predictable and not funny at all. This includes the epilogue, where Isanami tries to name everyone an officer of random things. She’s still as useless as ever, and the initial impression of her as being strong was way off the mark. Her only purpose in the story is to be saved by others, and there is no change in this episode. I really enjoyed that Yuri got his revenge against the League member that was trying to take him down…the violence broke up the monotomy of the show. Anastasia gets a total turnaround in this episode, because she understands what she’s been looking for has been there all along. She’s always been the other big female character in the show, and I like her a whole lot more now than before because he character is more round and defined. Each character has a backstory, but she’s the most relatable, and she’s not just for show. Anastasia, is by far, the most powerful female in the show, and the one that most people can relate to. The fighting was totally one-sided this episode, and it was wasn’t particularly fair that all the Braves bounced back with the power of friendship. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Episode 11 – In Which It Became “Black Butler”

Part two of the fight from last episode. There’s a build-up to finale in the last 5 minutes, but overall, most of the episode was just major mind-delving into the delusions and illusions of Yuri. I was probably most interested in the "illusion" chosen by the shadowmaster, and how convincing it was. Yuri, Yuri…in the dream he was female, and Saizo was a servant by the name of Raizo that loved her for who she was, even when everyone shunned her. Though this is probably the least expected place to discuss gender-issues, this episode actually touched on something beyond the endless fighting/kidnapping/fighting/kidnapping cycles. The addressing of the question of Yuri’s gender was pretty important, the fact that she was envisioned as a female in the dream brings together the issue that friends keep bringing up. His gender, because of his feminine looks is always in question, and the fact that he’s attracted to Saizo, and how acceptable it is…seems to show that there’s continued acceptance of other preferences in anime, if not in society itself. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Episode 10 – Fate’s Design

I could barely pay attention to this episode, with all its cheesy internal conflict and boring dialogue. Retrospect galore. Isanami gallivants off to be emo, and everyone sits around for her to come around. The fact is, the number of characters don’t quite add up. I know that they writers are trying to be clever by having the League of Five fight the Brave Ten, and this is supposed to be a shocking revelation, but it just feels like some kind of half-baked build-up to a miserably predictable climax in the next two episodes. Two against one in my books is cheating, thank you very much. Some might call it "teamwork," but overall, it just ends up being bad shonen show. With breasts. And many ninja. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Episode 9 – Broken Allegiances

Drama, drama, drama! Anastasia is a SPY!?! She’s actually not that interested in working with Yukimura…only stealing the secrets. Now that everyone know each other, it’s hard to take down a member of the team when they go renegade, and that hesitation is what took down the team. Sasuke hesitated and got a blast of Anastasia’s ice breath. Rokuro, on the other hand… …was faithful secret-keeper until the end. Just when Anastasia tries to extract the eye from Rokuro, he rams the needle in so that he loses the eye. UGHHHHH. D: Rokuro was so powerful in a fight, how can he be taken out so easily? This inconsistency irked me, and since Rokuro is usually the one protecting Yukimura, I was surprised that Saizo got so close to him. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Episode 8 – Pirates, Ahoy!

The high point: the Sanada Braves are assembled, and are ready to take on whoever else is trying to make off with Isanami. The low point: they’re being chased AGAIN. To say the least, this show is getting boring once more. The headpiece and its wearer are thrown around like a sack of potatoes, I mean she she’s not useless and weak are on the sidelines once again as multiple characters run around I can’t even keep track of their names anymore trying to protect her from being carried off. This is largely successful; since, well, Isanami hasn’t been kidnapped in two episodes, new a record. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Episode 7 – Sunshine and Gunpowder

Yukimura is called in to meet with the rest of the lords, including the ever-flamboyant Date Masamune, who spends the entire episode wearing what looks like a dead pink rat around his neck . An official letter arrives saying that all weapons much be sheathed at the meeting, but how will Yukimura defend himself when he’s challenged to a duel by the One-Eyed Dragon? A "shortcut" through the forest leads to unexpected results… The set up for the final fight in the episode eclipsed the introduction of the new character, which made me feel cheated. They’re all travelling to the tea party between the leaders of the houses, and along the way, they pick an orphan that tried to kills them (big surprise there), and name him "Benmaru." Rokuro is really, really transparent when it comes to Yukimura. Just watching him is so much fun, because he both semi-implies that Yukimura and him have more than a master and bodyguard(?) relationship. The kid they pick up originally had the same last name as Rokuro, so Yukimura gives him another last name- his "other" name, as he calls it. The thing is, Benmaru (the kid) calls "Rokuro" a stupid name, and initially rejects it outright. I suspect that Yukimura gave the family name of "Rokuro" as a sign of faith in his friend, and that’s why Rokuro was so offended when Benmaru called it stupid. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Episode 6 – Obligatory Onsen Episode with Naked Bishies

Yukimura sneaks off to relax at an onsen, so the gang decides to find him. This leads to a trip through town, where they encounter a hungry monk who kicks their collective asses. It turns out Miyoshi Seikai is from the same shrine Isanami was originally from; in fact he claims to be her brother because he was the one that picked her up from the gate where she was abandoned as a child. I really like that is episode changed things up around a bit. There was the usual fighting and displays of manliness, but at the same time there, there was some development in the back story…and is that a second romance I see? Is that a love rival!?! Whoo~ OK, so the gang heads out to town, and it seems that they all have social problems, and don’t fit in at all- goes to show that strength isn’t the key aspect in winning battles around here. Kakei accidentally picks a fight with the wrong person in a restaurant, and gets himself thrown through a wall. And the person that chucks him through the wall doesn’t blame himself for the damage, instead, he points out that the wall clearly was not built up to specifications, so it was the wall’s fault for not holding up. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Ep 5: Manliness of Unspoken Things Between Men

Isanami is rescued. What else did you expect? Date Masamune- he did nothing but reveal his plans this episode. Isanami goes through a crisis of conscience because people that protect her are getting hurt, and Sasuke fails to convince her to leave her self-created cage. Argh, where to start. Saizou did next to nothing this episode…to summarize, this is the episode where everyone mopes around and is emo about their lives. Isanami can’t see her own value in the grand scheme of things argues against being rescued. So, even SHE gets tired of being kidnapped, ahahaha. Anyways. This episode was saved by all the underlying drama that’s building between all the characters. Nothing like a little team drama to draw them all closer, right? The biggest part about this episode was that it wasn’t Saizou that saves the day, on either end. In fact, Saizou is one of the people being saved. I just think that is helps to show what kind of friends they have. Sasuke and Saizou might not like each other, as warring ninja clans, but they both care about Isanami. The whole "bro-I-fight-you because what I want to say cannot be conveyed in words because we are men" concept is an overused trope, but it works in this case. So they duke it out and acknowledge each other as manly men among men resolve their unspoken feelings about the issue through the fight, and walk away with a mutual understanding about each other. I really like this part, all this team-building is really starting to catch on for me. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Ep 4: Bittersweet Return

Isanami and company arrive back at Izumo. They investigate the ruins, and despite Isanami’s best efforts to stay strong, she cracks and Saizou has to comfort her in his own gruff way. They discover a hidden passageway in the shrine, where Hanzo and Snake Lady ambush them. Kakei almost has his virtue taken away (;D), and they’re all saved by Yuri’s masochistic tendencies. It really picks up the pace, and there’s a lot more interesting action- you can see the character relationships starting to build, which I love. Isanami, which in the previous episode irked me, was a really sympathetic character this time around, and the return to Izumo really drove home what each character is feeling. READ MORE...

Brave 10 Ep 3: What’s for Dinner, Ms. Kidnapper?

Saizou was able to prevent Ieyasu from taking Isanami, and Yukimura assigns Isanami and Saizo another team member on their trip to investigate Izumo. Isanami is tied to a tree in this episode, and Saizou saves her (again). No activation of killer hairpiece, a new antagonist begs for death, and a big fight in the future is alluded to. Remember back when I had the impression that Isanami could hold her own? I take it back. Saizou goes back to being the all-mighty protector, and this time, we get some cross-dressing for some good measure. As the gang travels to Izumo to continue with their mission to protect Izanami, they gain a new member, Kakei Juuzou, a.k.a. the dude with the gun. At the base of a high bridge, they encounter an injured woman, and Isanami, as usual, falls for the ploy and volun-tells Saizou to help her down to the bottom of the cliff. And it turns out, it’s actually some girly-guy name Yuri Kamazuke, pretending to be an injured woman. READ MORE...