Senkou no Night Raid – impressions so far

May 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm 4 comments

“Senkou no Night Raid roughly translates as ‘Lightning-fast Night Raid’… ironically it’s not as fast-paced as the title suggests…”

It's like Hitler and Stalin joined together~

No you retard. Does it look like he’s enjoying himself!?

A synopsis: “The story is set in Shanghai in 1931, when the Imperial Japanese Army has been dispatched to mainland China due to the relatively recent First Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, and World War I. In this cosmopolitan city of intrigue, there is a special military spy organization called “Sakurai Kikan” that has since been buried in history.” (MyAnimeList)

"Don't give me that shifty look"

Finally, a good sub group has picked up their game and regular translations seem to have been established. While Senkou no Night Raid features a great concept and likeable characters, I often feel a certain lack in atmosphere at key times. This uses a concept where I’d expect great use of tension, but it just hasn’t struck me as of yet. In fact the series literally BEGS for great action scenes, but it hasn’t delivered up to this point.

Look, they're wearin' pots on their heads!

The first few episodes have definitely focused on the characters, and developing their back stories . There’s the rash telekinesis-user Aoi, the conservative Kazura, the stone-faced Kazura and gentle Yukina. I’m enjoying the seinen genre more and more and I’m extremely glad that Yukina hasn’t grown massive bewbs, and that the series hasn’t degraded into some fail-tastic reverse harem.

I think the red is better than the purple

I’m really enjoying the historical backdrop of Night Raid. I think the costuming is excellent, and Shanghai is depicted fantastically as one of the Eastern gates to the West. However, as many viewers have noticed, the use of foreign languages, is at times, one of the major causes of deafness and ear cancer. On the other hand, I really do commend their inclusions, as it adds much more to the whole nature of Shanghai as depicted in Night Raid. It’s a truly cosmopolitan city of sorts, where people from all nations of the world can be found. Brownie points for you, Matsumoto Jun.

This is why Melbourne shouldn't have trams...

It’s also surprising to note that there’s good animation in the weirdest of places. Episode 3’s fat cat had very natural movements, and the food was also rather tantalising. However the general animation is fairly average. Whenever I see the violin being picked up and played, it reeks of fail, as the music and the player’s bowing is never in synch.

The common reaction after hearing the Chinese in this series.

Like most of the followers viewing this series, I’m expecting Night Raid to improve, and things should pick up by episode 6. At a short 13 episodes, I hope that our Japanese spies maintain some solid interest, and don’t completely fail at the acting department. Get the ball rolling, and this could be a pretty enjoyable watch.

Fat crap... I meant cat...

OP: the interesting art-style is accompanied by quite a dashing tune. However up till this point in the series, I fail to see how the romantic undertones of the lyrics match what’s happening. Foreshadowing, mayhaps?

ED: a somewhat nostalgic song, also with romantic undertones. A sense of history is evoked by the various old-school photographs, which brilliantly complements the whole historical concept shebang. The final image of the married couple = more foreshadowing?

PS. Fuuran should dig herself a grave and jump in. She’s that irritating a character.



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  May 4, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Watched the first ep. Didn’t watch the others because the subbers were too slow….it’s decent I guess.

  • 2. Fabrice  |  May 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    So far its okay, ep 3 was clam, im hoping for more power action thingy again XD

  • 3. Reltair  |  May 5, 2010 at 1:28 am

    The series still has time to include some epic action scenes, but all I can think of is A-1 Picture’s previous work on Sora no Woto which didn’t really have action/battle scenes that much.

    The premise here can easily include fight scenes, but the ones I’ve seen so far aren’t awe-inspiring like FMA.

  • 4. Canne  |  May 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I think the show has potentials and can pick up the heat later but, of course, I can be so wrong sometimes -_-


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