It is easy for a show to forget that the characters aren't always invincible. This leads to having a lack of danger as the show goes on and have the audience not care about the character safety. However, Devil Survivor 2 reminds us that these characters are indeed indanger after what has happened in the last episode and their fight with the 2nd Septentriones, Merak. This helps cement the sacrifices they are willing to take inorder to protect those around them. In this episode, we get to see how out power modern weapons are to the Septentriones as we see rows of tanks and hordes of demons can be wiped in seconds. You have to wonder how anyone can defeat something so huge and powerful. Of course, this comes from a game where the only thing that can take on these monsters is you're character and party members that can command demons of lore. While Hibiki, at first, was trying to do things on his own, he learns that he isn't alone in this fight as it show with Hinako Kujou taking a bullet for him and lo summoning Kikuri-Hime and helping to weaken down Merak so that Hibiki can land the final blow. As for the other characters, Daichi has been sent to do medical work, Fumi just waking up, and Makoto and Yamato were left sitting around looking at monitor makes them less important since their not doing much in this fight. However, this wont last long since they will be thrown in to many conflicts
Now that we're done with one conflict, for now, we got ourselves another threat. Ronaldo Kuriki comes in to have a talk with our main man Hibiki.
Usually with adaptation, you want to replicate the most important scenes from the source material in to a different form of media. The audience wouldn't like it when their favorite series has some changes done with the adaptation However, a series like Devil Survivor 2 that has scenes where a character could possibly die can make for interesting experiments with the media. Basically, anything can happen with this show and that happened in episode 3. A character died. It was unexpected because in my play through of DS2, I was able to save my crew of summoners to fight another day (Or grind another day :D). The purpose of the death footage is to make you manage your time in order to save your crew from certain death. However, the show is using the system to make for a less predicable scenarios and has the audience on edge as to what will happen later on. This also reinforces the fact that Hibiki isn't all that strong after so far being able to handle most situations up till now. I expect that he'll be rethinking his role in this dangerous world him and his friends are now facing.
On another note, the show introduces the auction system where the gang can get new demons and Daichi has already shown that it important to pick the right demons and not get a lot of them. I'm curious to see if the character will ever use attack abilities of their own instead of having their demons doing all of the fighting. I mean, Io wouldn't have gotten grabbed if she could just throw some lighting on Botis and support Ogre.
If you had the power to help others, would you actually help? That the question Hibiki is trying to answer as he observe the current condition of Japan as nearly everyone is looking to survive. Despite government organization, JPs, knowledge of impending invaders they do little to help it people. As the episode goes on we see how far the disaster has impacted other people. From Io's reaction to her missing parents to Daichi trying to comprehend the changes in their lives. However, after a battle with a flock of demons, Hibiki wants to help others and gives himself to JP's services along with his friends.
This episode nails in the reality of disasters and what impact it has on people. Throw in some demons and things are looking grim. While Yamato Houtsuin has a way to fight back the upcoming invaders that is causing the disaster, he not one to help what currently going on since it will interfere with what matters most. While it is kinda silly and illogical, it does mean that he has other motives which will show later on. This also help question morals of other characters that are working with him like Makoto Sako. Despite her loyalty with the group, she feels like she's question if she's doing the right thing. Hibiki continues to build himself up in character by understanding his powers and what to do with them along with his friends, Daichi and lo, as they find a way to grip with the current situation.
DS2 continues to hold true with it premise of disaster and demons. There still a lot of question that need to be answer, like who's the one passing around the demon app and what Yamato planning? But DS2 wont fail to give us what we need.
My trip with the Persona 4 anime want pretty well and here I am again with Devil Survivor 2, another atlus game to get a adoption.
For those of you who doesn't know the concept of the Devil Survivor series is, a great disasters puts Japan on lockdown and demons are running loss. It is up the a group of summoners, who were regular people, to solve and stop this disaster from spreading. In DS2 case the things that are causing the disaster are Septentriones, a mysterious invaders and our little group of teenagers, Hibiki (Kamiya, Hiroshi), Daichi (Okamoto, Nobuhiko), and Io (Uchida, Aya) as they use their Nicaea system to summon demons to fight back. Also the Nicaea system also tells them future events where someone they know will die if they don't get to them in time. All this sounds really weird and it is.
I can't say I done a good job with summarizing the concept of the show but the 1st episode really paced things out very nicely. It was able to show us the relationships between the characters, Hibiki and Daichi doing a little friendly fight over who going to get drinks for the group and Hibiki reassuring lo about sticking together to be safe till she finds her parents, how the Nicaea system works, and how much of the disaster has mess up Japan with lack of phone signals and people looking for help. They even go as far as hinting at something is up with the 3 main character being able to survive the train crash as they are the only ones who got the message to keep living. Hibiki talks about how he feels like they are being tested and for those of you who played know, their more to it than just that. Going back to characters, they give off a Durarara feel which is expected since the design are mostly base off of Suzuhito Yasuda art from the game as well as character behavior. Hibiki, our main protag, is very talkative, when compare to how Yu of P4 anime was, and helps add in personality to his character when he was in our control in the game. Daichi is the fooly friend who's willing to look after his friends, with his attempt to crash a truck onto the invader. And lo who at this point just a shy girl but she'll be growing a pair later (Specially when she'll be throwing lighting bolts).
Visually the shows looks nice with good coloring and shading. However, there is a lack of sharpness with character models and environments when compare to Persona 4 beginning episode. Combat was well done with lots of movement from the demons and the battle with Dubhe, emulating the fight with the game, was pretty good. However, at this point our human characters have yet to do any attacks of their own so I wonder if the show will be slightly realistic by only having the character demons doing the fighting or later on character will use powers as well.
So far, it is a good start to the DS2 adoption and I hope it will continue to stay good.
Check it out on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/devil-survivor-2-the-animation
Work has held me back from finishing this post of the last episode of Mysterious Girlfriend X but I was able to get some time to finish so here are my thoughts on what is a incredible episode.
This last episode is a interesting one as it is a few chapters from the manga being shifted around but shifted in a way that it helps builds on the theme of this episode, while also ending on a very heartwarming scene that concludes this season but hints at the possibility of a sequel, if they ever green-light it. the first part focus on Tsubaki’s sister, Youko, and it about time she got some screen time. She has this look to her that she fully knows that Tsubaki is going out with someone and the revel of her past love life sorta explains how she knows. She too was in an awkward relationship with a boy and probably knows how it feels. The talk between Urabe and her was a interesting scene since it like the girlfriend meeting a family member only not actually knowing that they are a couple.
The last part of the episode was visiting the decease mother and it was a touching scene in many ways. For one it gave us a glimpse at Tsubaki’s family beside his sister. His father is still around and looking pretty old and his mother is no longer with them as they are visiting her grave. This could had been all well and done with but Urabe hears this and is interested in the fact that Tsubaki’s mother isn’t around. The best I can assume for Urabe’s reaction is that her mother has a special place in her life and was surprise to hear of Tsubaki’s decease mother. This leads to Urabe and Tsubaki visiting the grave so that Urabe can show her respect. Next thing you know, Urabe asked Tsubaki how he felt when his mother died when he was young. He doesn’t recall but a little saliva exchange helps show that he was sad when she wasn’t around. It seems like an obvious answer but I think Urabe wanted to know how it feels to lose a mother, to actually feel that feeling from the person you love. That is where the power of the drool bond comes in.
The last scene of the episode is both incredibly bizarre and wonderfully touching. It is when the two do their usually routine but then Tsubaki wants to take it to the next level by both of them exchanging their drools at the same time, almost like kissing. The scene is very weird with both of them sticking their fingers in each other months but it a interesting scene since it is almost like a kiss. The scene literally glows with heartwarming colors of pinks and light blues, showing transition in the relationship as Urabe puts it at the end of the episode.
The episode ends with a good note with Urabe declaring that their relationship is going to advice and they could also face other challenges that could put a strain as well. It was a nice gesture to end this season like this while being able to set up a season 2 if the studio is able to. The adoption of one of the most unique series in romances has been handled very well and could change the image of Hood Studio if they move away from their pretentious shows they made before. I was happy to watch this show from beginning to end and hope that a sequal would come soon.