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Mushibugyo Episode #22 Anime Review

As the group makes their way towards Sanada, they come to a split in the hallway. So naturally they do the “lazy thing”, as Koikawa calls it, and split up, with Jinbei immediately running off with Tenma (because it’s Tenma’s turn, and Jinbei has to be present for every fight, right?) Because of this I felt like the episode was going to take a less serious turn, like the Tenma-focused episode way back at the beginning of the series. We start off with a bunch of goofy reactions as Tenma is apparently afraid of everything — getting lost, loud noises, small spaces, extreme heights. Jinbei somehow manage to segue this into asking about Tenma’s parents. While I’ve spent the whole series thinking they were dead — we have seen him talking to a pair of dolls on an alter, after all — it turns out that they were just separated, and are waiting to reunite with their son when he becomes strong enough. It’s a little weird (I feel like there must be more to his backstory than that) but still just sweet enough to warm your heart. Read More... //

Mushibugyo Episode #21 Anime Review

As Jinbei and Hibachi rush to catch up with the others, they get caught in another illusion. Despite the obviousness, and acknowledgement, of the trap, Jinbei gets caught up chasing a vision of Haru before Hibachi can figure out how to get them out of there. Eventually she catches up with Koikawa and the others, and they run into a freshly defeated Jinbei at the hands of two of the Insect-men. Koikawa immediately takes them on, but runs into a problem with his slashing attack when these insects, basically cockroaches, continually reform from the fallen pieces of meat they’ve been turned into. Read More... //

Mushibugyo Episode #20 Anime Review

Last week’s episode ended with Hibachi apparently in mortal danger, and this one begins with Jinbei racing to save her. Things almost go completely sour when it turns out that this was an illusion put on by the Insect-man Saizo and Jinbei finds himself charging right at Hibachi, but the illusion is broken just in time. At this point Hibachi tells Jinbei to step aside, and watch her fight. The small amount of recognition Hibachi showed when she heard Saizo’s name in the last episode is explained when Hibachi reveals that she learned Saizo’s story as a child — he was a ninja that wanted to learn the forbidden attacks, but when his master wouldn’t show them to him, he killed his master and took the attacks for himself. For the most part, these forbidden moves seem to involve illusion, as that is his main form of attack, and he’s quick to throw more illusions at Hibachi, making her think she’s tied up, that her attacks are passing through Saizo, and giving her a dream where her grandfather comes to rescue her and tells her he accepts her as the heir to the Chinpou style. When she appears to be doing too well, however, he turns the illusions on Jinbei, so that as he thinks he’s saving Hibachi, he’s actually fighting her to the death. Read More... //

Mushibugyo Episode #19 Anime Review

Even after their dramatic appearance last episode and declaration of who they are, it doesn’t look like Sanada, the leader of the Insect-men, is going to fight them — that is, until Jinbei calls him a big old coward. Rather than amusing him like everything else, this comment actually makes him angry, and even though the whole situation is predictable and a little contrived, it’s interesting because it shows that Sanada has an unstable, crazy side that he uses a lot of will power to control. He agrees to fight Jinbei, Ooka, and the rest of the City Patrol. Because of samurai honor, and because this is a shonen anime that needs to show every bad guy fighting at some point, the City Patrol will fight the remaining crucifix insects one by one. Read More... //

Mushibugyo Episode #18 Anime Review

The other members of the Magistrate’s office have arrived in Kishuu (inexplicably getting in without being noticed or causing an uproar) and Hibachi is the first of the group to run into Jinbei. Jinbei somehow doesn’t recognize her from behind and attacks, and even after it’s obviously Hibachi he continues his assault, sure she’s an impostor. It all turns out to be a grab for fanservice when he slashes off all of her clothes (there hasn’t been enough female nakedness lately, I guess) and she subsequently blows him up. At this point the Magistrate shows up, and even though Hibachi knows who she is, she makes an insistent, on the verge of funny, point of saying she is the Magistrate’s assistant, since Jinbei not understanding who she really is is so very important to her. Read More... //

Mushibugyo Episode #17 Anime Review

Knowing that Jinbei, the Magistrate, and Oooka are in Kishuu (but not who they are) the Insect-men threaten the entire province of Kishuu into hunting them down by showing two giant Insect-men squeezing the blood out of two mounds of corpses. Meanwhile, a little pigtailed girl dressed like Cardcaptor Sakura races through the woods to shoot a flying squirrel towards Edo (isn’t it a little late n the game to introduce a mascot?) with a note for “Onee-chan”, before her own sudden capture by another Insect-man. Read More.... //

Mushibugyo Episode #16 Anime Review

Jinbei begins his journey to Kishuu with the Magistrate (though he’s still unaware of her identity) and Oooku, one of the Shogun’s samurai who has also been charged with her safety. Jinbei is as excitable as usual about the trip, but he finds himself the focus of criticism as Oooku bluntly tells Jinbei his actions are “wrong”, from walking on the wrong side of the road (can’t have your swords hitting another samurai’s swords, starting a fight) to helping a couple on the road — they could be planning to attack the Magistrate, after all. Most of Oooku’s issues seem nitpicky, and Jinbei thinks he’s helping him, but the reality, as should be obvious, is that Oooku doesn’t understand why the Magistrate chose him, and even tells Jinbei, just before they reach Kishuu, that he should just turn around and go back to Edo. Read More... //

Mushibugyo Episode #15 Anime Review

The last episode ended with a sudden attack on a peaceful village; this one begins with the aftermath, and a group of insect-men are not just killing, but crushing the skulls of the humans they catch. The show decides to up the gross factor when one of the insect-men dives into the mountain of corpses and causes an upward explosion of human blood. Honestly, this show has had people stabbed in the gut, and had their blood sucked out through the neck, but this is the first scene to really make me go “Ugh.” There’s a ceremony behind the gore, however, as the insect men talk about how many each of them has “saved”, and the blood explosion seems to be a sign of something that’s beginning, though what is still unclear. Read More... //

Mushibugyo Episode #14 Anime Review

Episode 14 begins with the new opening song by __. There are the generic shots of main characters’ faces and the hero running across the screen, but the slightly more dramatic-sounding than the last opening, shots of Edo overrun by Insects and on fire this animation implies that the arc we’re moving into is done with the introductory stuff and is moving on to more serious storylines. Mushibugyo is, of course, not looking like it’s done introducing new characters to the plot, as shots of not only characters that were hinted at in earlier episodes, but also people that haven’t even been mentioned before, get a prime spot in the opening, ensuring that this cast is going to get even more bloated. Read More... //

Mushibugyo Episode #13 Anime Review

This episode quickly, and very disappointingly, reveals itself to be the most annoying of episodes in a long series — the recap, where characters flashback to things that have already happened, presumably to keep viewers up to speed and probably to give the animators a day off. The flashbacks are particularly annoying here: instead of being quick blips to remind us of events, we get replays of entire, minute-long portions of the show, and illogically show scenes that the person remembering was not present for. The flashbacks also end at awkward points, going beyond the point of the memory. So not only is this an annoying clip show, it’s a poorly planned annoying clip show. Read More... //