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BLADE & SOUL #8 Breaks My Heart

Somebody cut some onions, right? I’m not crying, right now...

Wow. Just… wow.

The show really seems to be running with the theme that Alka and her adversaries operate on such a higher level, any ‘normal folk’ who interact with them are doomed -- pretty much automatically. Since I’ve drawn more than a few comparisons to the Dollars trilogy, this really makes me think of Tarrantino’s read on those flicks where he said Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and the like were basically just gunfighter gods walking among normal men. The rules didn’t apply to them. They might as well have been from another plane of existence.

Anyway, there’s the more obvious case of squirrel boy trying to join the fight here, of course, but then there’s also that earlier scene where he has to cover up his infection during the last meal with Alka. You really have to feel for the guy. There he is, trying hard not to seem like a burden -- desperately wanting to seem useful to her. And it’s all just painfully denying the obvious. Like any proper tragedy, you see the seeds of misfortune getting planted early on, and are then filled with a sense of dread anticipation throughout the rest of the plot.

The funny part is that any plot synopsis for this episode would have to be quite brief. There’s really not a lot going on, and that’s more to its benefit. I think of episodes of MAGI, that tried to go for this sort of emotional wallop, but were bogged in so much confusing exposition about magoi or whatever. This show focused on the relationship between Alka and her friend. The specifics are almost beside the point.

Lastly, I like how the show’s almost deconstructing the Amnesiac Child Assassin, now, with the assorted grasshopper flashbacks about how a warrior without emotions isn't actually a better one. When you see Alka cradle him at the end, it’s like she’s finally figured out the riddle of the sphinx, far too late, and is now grappling with emotions she doesn’t fully understand yet.

Watch “Sky” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Kino88on June 10, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.
I know right, this episode had some major feels, Poor fox boy he was so adorable, why!?..., But really this show has been great, Alka is definitely not With out emotion, and I love how this show supplies you With a very sincere Zen philosophy better than most other Anime I've seen, the secret seems to be in its simplicity, No BS, just straight up Zen,
Marshal Victoryon June 10, 2014 at 4:34 p.m.

Trope in anime would be " Some dust blew into my eyes." It didn"t connect that way with me tho. Left a few questions when he died. Like what he could have taught her his master did not?

Yup the Fist full of Dollars vibe fits the gene with a new skin upon it. Thats why I went on so much about the movies an posted the trailers. Tarrantino’s take is not far off I think. They were gunslingers of myth an legend for a reason. Their skill was godly compared to the average cowboy.Similarly shes above the average sword slinger in that world just the same.

Few mmorpgs give ya that feel that your character is above the average person. City of Heroes had it tho. An NcSoft killed it an lost fan base because of it. Shame those with god like power do not make godly choices? But to error is human an to be to good in Blood and Soul helps speed your way to sing with the angles so to speak. Because your not long for the story it seems.

takashichea moderator on June 11, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

I can't believe they killed Jin Valel so fast. Her revenge is done. What would Alka do? Next episode shocks me a bit. I won't spoil anyone.

hitsusatsu11on June 11, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.

I agree with Tom on this one.

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