Senkou no Night Raid – 05-06

May 26, 2010 at 4:51 am 3 comments

“Japan is advocating abandoning Asia and Westernising. To make all of Asia both politically and culturally unified is called Pan-Asianism. With Japan in between the West and the East, what stance will it take on this?”

Shanghai in all its glory.

One could say that the faults that lie in Senkou no Night Raid lie not in its concept or characters, but rather, the how the lofty ambitions that are instilled in such a series are addressed.

Senkou no Night Raid's ambitions are like this guy's hats - there's too many of them.

In an attempt to give life to the mulitcultural aspect of Shanghai, we get poor accents and lacklustre acting. It’s pretty evident that even the best of seiyuus will stumble with foreign languages, and the efforts of Namikawa (Kazura’s voice actor) must be commended. To try and handle Chinese, Russian and German and at the same time, attempt to sound natural surely deserves brownie points. While the international talkfest was harsh on the ears, I really liked how they had a translator for Miki-sensei. It’s that sort of attention-to-detail that gets the thumbs-up from me.

Not the spotlight I'd like to be under.

Once again we find instances of detailed animation in the most unusual of places, contrary to generally lame visuals that predominate each episode. Quite a lot of degree must have been put in animating Nishio’s twitchaholic corpse at the end of episode 5.

So apparantly parasols boost ur mysterious aura level by over 9000

Director Matsumoto has guts, trying to deal with this politically and historically sensitive period in history. I like the direction this series is going and if you enjoy historical anime, this should be in your watchlist.

Hey! It's Douchebag McGee from a couple of eps back~


Entry filed under: Anime.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fabrice  |  May 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I think the first half was just alright, nothing too interesting really stands out. The English language is better than the others I think since most people will understand what they are saying 😀 Action-wise, there isn’t a lot in this episode but still the story is progressing well^^

  • 2. Baka!  |  May 27, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Yeh agreed with Fabrice, the story is progressing well. The English though is atrocious but tbh we can’t blame them. The action is a bit stale but I guess it’s the plot which is driving our interests.

  • 3. Reltair  |  May 29, 2010 at 6:20 am

    It is mostly just the plot driving it right now since there hasn’t been much characterization. The backgrounds in Shanghai do look great though.


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