Finally. If I were to sum up everything that had happened during both episodes nine and ten, it would be the word, finally? To be completely honest with you, this war thing has been a major disappointment. I don’t know why this is the case but it seems as though all the anime I’ve watched apart from Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S has had terrible action scenes.
And I’m not just talking about the battle itself, which I will admit has been quite poor these last two episodes. But it’s the whole thing, there’s more conversation than there is battle. I understand that Souma wants to resolve this war through diplomacy, however, I am old fashioned I want to see anime wars resolved through fighting. Even then, the action scenes have been god awful as well. Everything has more or less been a slideshow. A combination of still shots and character chatting to make it seem as though something eventful is going on. It’s almost like I’m watching a presentation done hastily. It seems to me like J.C.Staff has run out of time and out of money to properly animate what I assume would have been a pivotal moment in the light novel.
Now I haven’t read either the light novels or the manga, but I assume that this I guess ‘rebellion’ Arc was a significant point of the story. It genuinely feels like the studio skipped out on a lot, episode ten in particular feels very unfinished and rough around the edges, surely there were things that were omitted to fit within twenty-three minutes. To think that this may in fact be true is honestly extremely frustrating. Here I was thinking that the final few episodes are going to be epic and much better than what I’ve seen previously, given how this arc has been going. I am very disappointed to say the least.
I honestly do hope that the remaining three episodes are at least better than what I’ve watch because damn, episodes nine and ten are a serious let down.
Episode nine merely a ‘set up’ episode and if you have followed me for a long time, you know that I really dislike set up episode because in my opinion they’re pointless. Episode nine played out, it was just conversation, I’ve seen too many anime now where they use monologues to setup the following episode. I also do think that whenever there is a setup episode where it’s just the characters talking, I think it’s safe to assume that the following episode is going to be terrible. This is the case in Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki with episode ten. The same thing happens in Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru., and in Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen. They can all talk the talk, but they cannot walk the walk and it’s extremely disappointing.
If I see another ‘setup’ episode before this anime is done airing, I’m gonna flip an imaginary desk in my mind. I don’t know why anime have been resorting to this type of thing, but in my opinion it’s really killing the mood of whatever anime I’m watching. I want to like Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. but the characters talk to much, I wanted to like Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen, but they tried forcing so much information down your throat that it was unpleasant to watch at times, and I want to like Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki but all this talk is starting to rub me the wrong way.
If I could recommend against watching specific episodes within an anime, I would recommend against watching all the fillers in Naruto, and I would recommend against watching episode nine and ten of Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki. 3/10, D-.