Well, trying this to watch this has given me a better appreciation for the streaming services I’ve taken for granted. Since there’s nothing wrong with my connection, I’ll chalk this episode’s spotty playback to the site hosting it. A lot of times, the audio would keep going even while the picture froze, and it was annoying enough I was seriously considering dropping this episode for the inconvenience.
I’ll give this show kudos for being unlike almost any other anime I’ve watched up until this point. The figures look more realistic (no gi-normous eyes,) there’s a much more painterly quality to the animation and the story’s hewn from the same stone as more traditional sword & sorcery. I can close my eyes and picture these characters drawn by Frank Frazetta. Of course, I can’t help but sum up the series of bizarre pop culture associations I found while watching this by saying the episode felt like TEKKEN’s King saving the Winter Brothers from Monty Python's Black Knights in CONAN’s Hyperborean age. While it was seriously bad ass for Guin to hit one of the bad guys so hard that his helmet actually ignited a tree, I was a little disappointed that he didn’t start breaking out the German suplexes and piledrivers for a good old octopus combo.
Streaming interruptions notwithstanding, I’d be interested in watching where this goes, but only if the number of on-the-nose “Who am I? Where am I from” monologues decrease something fierce. You’ve got to go through those for any amnesiac plot, I know, but good lord, that was some eye-roll nonsense. Also, I want to point this show out to anybody who thinks Shinji’s whiney, because the prince of Paris (?) was actually getting on my nerves with all his belly-aching.
Watch this episode "The Leopard Head Mask" here and decide for yourself.
Check out my thoughts on the other shows I've sampled below...
- GUNSLINGER GIRL
- FULL METAL PANIC!
- SCHOOL DAYS
- OTOME YOKAI ZAKURO
- GIANT KILLING
- HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD
- PANTY & STOCKING