Warning: This post contains some NSFW imagery/nudity.
What’s the show? Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master, Episode 11.
So how’s this episode? I’m not sure I’ll have much to say in this review, while a lot happens it’s the kind of thing that can be summed up really quickly so it doesn’t exactly make for the most compelling of review material.
Starting off promising I see, you really know how to reel them readers in, huh? I’m just being honest…
Well what happens in it? The youma invade through the portal, there’s a lot of them, way too many for Asuka to seal individually. So Katsuragi comes up with an amusing plan by using 4 of the girls as bait to lure all the youma to a central location so Asuka can seal them all at once. The plan works and so it’s just Fubuki and the talking youma to deal with. As expected Yumi decides to take on Fubuki and we’re treated to a genuinely heartfelt series of flashbacks interspersed between their fight.
What are the flashbacks about? Well first of all there’s a lengthy and emotional one showing a young Fubuki witnessing her youma mother being “sealed away” by her shinobi father and for a scene that involves two people we’ve literally just met it carries a dramatic weight and power that even brought a tear to my eye. Then throughout we see the early days of Fubuki living with Yumi and Grandfather Kurokage and while their short and simple snippets its the way their intercut with the present-day fight and the accompanying music that really makes this scene shine!
And what else happens? Um, that’s kind of it. I did say that while a lot happens it can be summed up quickly. And it’s hard to fault the episode either, its paced very well is (for the most part) well animated and is entertaining throughout. The one long-standing complaint is that some of these action heavy episodes don’t have enough fan-service and while that’s technically true of this episode too I didn’t miss it as much as some other episodes because everything else was so good.
So overall thoughts then? The best thing that this episode does is cement two sides of a fight where I don’t want either side losing. Not rare for an anime but this show does it exceptionally well by feeding us more and more back story with each subsequent episode rather than one of my most hated tropes of “oh your about to defeat the villain, here’s there life story at the last minute so you suddenly feel bad.” No, we here we understand Fubuki’s extremist motivations more and more each week to the point that she’s no longer a villain but just a sad, lonely, frustrated and angry little girl who lived in these feelings for over a decade until she can’t do anything other than lash out. From that perspective this episode is great and it’s with a mix of excitement and trepidation that I look forward to next weeks episode!
Previous Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master Reviews:
Naughty or Nice? – Episode 1 Review
Naked When Wet – Episode 2 Review
The Hottest Hot Springs – Episode 3 Review
Fan Disservice – Episode 4 Review
Battle Of The Boobs – Episode 5 Review
Putting The Flash In Flashback – Episode 6 Review
Mistakes Of The Past – Episode 7 Review
Grope Expectations – Episode 8 Review
The Naked Truth – Episode 9 Review
Soaking In The Secrets – Episode 10 Review
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