Tenpo Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi Episode 2

October 9, 2007 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Tenpo Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi | Leave a comment
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Yookay! Where episode one left off is where we pick up. After a little intro from Yukiatsu’s cheerful friend Kumoshichi. These two beasties are known as Youi and instead of, you know, killing the humans, they end up fighting with each other. Both of them dematerialized, but apparently aren’t dead.

Yukiatsu runs off and falls through a loose plank into the river. Shotty feudal japan planks -_- Anyway, he’s picked up by the South Edo Magistrate members who had sent Saizo, Abi, and Edo to find him. The talk to Yukiatsu about joining the Bansha Aratamesho to fight these Youi, but Yukiatsu is unsure. Probably because he’s been running from this otherworld that the demons come from.

Oh, that reminds me. Saizo, that strapping young samurai with the paper fan? Yeah. Much like Edo, he’s a trap too. Saizo is a girl.

AGAIN. Outa. That little floater child runs off to that trash heap. People need to put a fence around that or something. We get to see a little flash back about Outa being chosen as a sacrifice to the Mountain God (that Dinosaur looking beasty). However, his father chickened out. This angered said mountain god and now he follows Outa, looking to take back his sacrifice.

We find out as Yukiatsu’s powers awaken again that Outa’s father was absorbed into the mountain god. As his powers further awaken Yukiatsu materialized twin axes, and they are oh-so-cool. The two axes form into one golden axe and deliver the fatal blow to the mountain god.

It was a fun episode, I liked it. It feels, sort of…you know. Plain. But since no new Shigurui episodes come out for awhile, and I have a lot of down time between Fall 07 releases, I guess I’ll keep watching.

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Tenpo Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi Episode 1

October 4, 2007 at 12:12 am | Posted in Tenpo Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi | 1 Comment
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Funny thing about this anime. I was actually looking for Ayakashi, you know, that one about ghost stories. But I couldn’t find that one. So I settled for this one. XD Same name, righto? Lol.

Also in my Shigurui episode 1 review I said my rule of thumb about anime made by Madhouse. Well, this isn’t made by Madhouse, but BONES. You know what? Bones is a hit-or-miss company for me. Wolf’s Rain was good. I’m not really a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist. Darker than BLACK is supposed to be great. And I pretty much dislike all of Eureka Seven.

So this anime will be a surprise since I can’t prejudge it by the company! 😀

I tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. It starts off with kids praying for a good harvest when a demon appears for pretty much no reason. You know why I liked the demon, it reminded me of the big point beast from the Gantz Dino arc (That was a manga-only arc, by the way.)

The story changes to a town in which we meet a homeless woman and child begging for scraps outside a bathhouse. Yuki, a young man employed at the bathhouse watched the yakuza of the area chase them off before returning to work.

Inside, surrounded by sweaty naked men, Yuki dishes out water for the men to bathe in. He over hears the Yakuza boss talking about how the town is infested with homeless, or floaters as they call them. Seemingly on purpose, Yuki lets his bandage show making the Yakuza boss suspicious. It turns out he has the two tattoos of a floater who’s been caught outside of the ghetto.

After insisting he’s not a floater Yuki does the most detrimental thing he could do to his case. He does a flying duck and roll out the window and runs away.

The scene changes to Yuki near the shore selling worms. After this he begins walking and runs into the homeless boy he saw in town. The boy was digging, Yuki assumes he was looking for food and tries to drag him away. He screams bloody murder and his mother shows up.

The scene again changes to a mountain man, Abi, and a trap cross-dressing man, Edo, who are looking for Yuki, who’s real name is Yukiatsu.

Again the scene changes to the homeless boy digging again. This time he’s approached by Saizo, a feminine and young samurai. Yukiatsu thinks that he is after the boy for being a floater and sends Saizo into the mud through some badass Bruce Lee moves. Lol. >_>

After taking the homeless floater family to stay with his friend, Yukiatsu finds that the boy has run off. To do what? Dig. Kids…sheesh.

This time he digs up what, to me, looks like lava. It’s not. It’s some kind of…memorizing different dimension. Remember that demon from the beginning? Yeah. He appears shortly after.

Abi and Saizo show up to try to fend it off, but with little luck. Yukiatsu gets beaten pretty badly and disappears in the mud only to do this…dramatic rise up-and-float thing. Apparently his powers have awoken! Oh, how nice. He does a number on the demon, but does not defeat it. The episode ends with yet another demon showing up.

I thought it was pretty good. It sort of seems like a generic shounen sort of thing to me right now, but I think it has good potential to get interesting.

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