Collaboration: Dororo Episodes 11 & 12: I can’t believe we won’t be able to hear the OP anymore (AND ANNOUNCEMENT)

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Ignore the fact that we went 3 weeks without a post. Or rather, don’t because obviously you can see that there’s been nothing for 3 weeks. Or maybe you can’t because you don’t read my posts? ARGH!

Well, either way, the excuse this time is that I was too busy. Don’t worry, we’ll catch up.
(Episodes 11 & 12 of Shield Hero was great too, check it out here!)

AND OF COURSE, BEFORE Y’ALL LEAVE THE POSTS RIGHT NOW, HERE’S THE ANNOUNCEMENT:
INCOMING NEW COLLABORATION! NOT JUST ME AND THE DUMBO THIS TIME, WE HAVE TWO NEW CHALLENGERS! LOOK FORWARD TO THE POSTS THAT WILL 100% NOT BE DELAYED THIS TIME! I THINK!

Right, now those of you who want to leave can leave now.

(Please don’t leave ;.;)

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

*cough* Gotta get the post going. You know the drill by now.

The legend:
Can’t believe I got so busy we didn’t post for 3 weeks
Can’t believe he tried to bully me for 3 entire weeks while I was too busy
Someone writing a post at midnight yet again

1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?

Plyasm:
Very nice. Animations continue to be at the quality you can expect from studio Mappa, and the plot has definitely thickened to a high. I can’t wait till I watch episodes 13 & 14.

Astral:
Wow… it’s been a few days and i’m still reeling from this set of episodes. I mean seriously… and I thought the Mio arc was intense. The confrontation of feelings and emotions that has been brewing for 12 episodes finally reaches a peak as Hyakkimaru finds himself face-to-face with his family. And wow… I really can’t describe with words how absolutely fantastic these episodes were. Both of these episodes had me absolutely on the edge of my seat, and i’m so very excited that we’ll be getting another 12 episodes!!!

 

As Astral said, we would be getting another 12 episodes. That’s right, not only is Shield Hero having another 12 episodes, so is Dororo. Our journey with Hyakkimaru is not over yet! I’m so glad it’s a two-cour and not a rushed one-cour.

2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)

Plyasm:
It fit my expectations! We saw Hyakkimaru vs his father, and even more than that, Hyakkimaru vs his brother as well. His mother continues to be the poor soul tormented by her guilt, and I didn’t expect her to stab herself at the end.

Astral:
I knew a confrontation was coming. I’ve seen the signs for weeks now. But never did I imagine things would escalate this far, or end up this crazy. From heart wrenching drama to breathtaking action, these were a couple episodes to remember.

This series has continuously blown our minds away with each episode, and I think it’ll probably not change going into the second half, knowing MAPPA.

3. How does this episode compare to the source material? [Only for stuff seen/read before]

Plyasm:
I expect some sort of explanation or more exploration into what the goddess of mercy has been doing, and how it relates to that statue, and we hopefully will get more thicc plot.

Astral:
I don’t even know anymore. After a climax like this, I can’t even fathom where things can possibly go anymore.

Wow, Astral just gave up using his brain altogether. To be expected, but still, I’m disappointed.

4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?

Plyasm:
Probably to Tahomaru’s decisions to fight his brother. He turned his sword against his brother as well as his own morals.

Astral:
What would other people react to differently, huh…? That’s a tough one. I think… well, I for one was initially upset at Tahomaru’s decision to oppose Hyakkimaru, but after thinking it over, I do kind of understand where he’s coming from, even if I don’t like it much. Maybe that’s just me overthinking things though.

Wow, OK, I honestly didn’t expect Astral to have been able to come up with reasoning like this, but it seems, ladies and gentlemen, that Astral does indeed have the bare minimum of intelligence.

5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?

Plyasm:
I really like Tahomaru over these two episodes, to be completely honest. He did what he had to do in order to bring the greater happiness to his people. His utilitarianism is arguable, but he did what he believed was right, even going as far as to brandish his blade against his own brother. He has also seen quite a bit of character growth, from being sheltered to making an important decision despite it being against his personal morals, he has truly grown.

 

Astral:
Hyakkimaru really shone in these episodes. It’s always great when he gets character development, but when it rains, it pours. His growth, his thoughts about his newly-discovered family… everything is just piling on each other, and he really grew a lot just through these episodes.

Not much to comment here, he didn’t really make a bad choice, Hyakkimaru has indeed been through a lot and grown a lot.

6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?

Plyasm:
The fights against the fox spirit thingy was definitely the high, in terms of visuals and animations but for the high of plot point I would choose Hyakkimaru’s mother stabbing herself, as well as the greenish reveal of the goddess statue. What does that colouring mean?

Astral:
Man, seeing Hyakkimaru fight is always a high point, but the fight between him and Tahomaru, though short, was definitely a highlight. So many emotions and tensions were swirling during this scene, it was both well-written, and well-choreographed.

Oooh, I completely missed that scene. I was too busy thinking about Tahomaru’s decision to appreciate the swordplay between the two. RIP Tahomaru’s right eye though.

7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)

Plyasm:
Low point would definitely be animations for certain scenes but hey, we can’t have everything, sacrifices has to be made(JUST LIKE HYAKKIMARU HOHO)

Astral:
Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything at all. It was perfect.

8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?

Plyasm:
None really, but the utilitarianism being perpetrated throughout by both Daigo and Tahomaru and even his mother is something I can feel. A lot of times, if you are in a authoritative position, you are forced to make decisions that go against morals “for the greater good”. It may not be something you like, and you might feel shit about doing it, but sometimes you just gotta do it.

Astral:
That’s another tough one… With everything that went down in just two episodes, it’s hard to pick just one point to touch on.

….so? Just list them, dammit! Instead of giving us nothing to go on…

9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?

Plyasm:
If I was tahomaru, honestly, I would have done the same, given the same circumstances. To make an entire country suffer just because of your own selfish moral high ground sounds…bad. (Please don’t scold me ;.;)

Astral:
I think the situation that really took me the most by surprise was when Hyakkimaru’s mother betrayed him by breaking the final seal on the demons. All through the show so far, we’ve seen examples of strong women, from Mio’s kindheartedness, taking in so many kids and caring for them as a mother would, to Dororo’s mother sacrificing her body and strength for her daughter’s sake. I think in Hyakkimaru’s mind, this had built up an impression of what a “Mother” should be, yet when he finally found his own, she cast him aside. If I were Hyakki… I probably would have broken down pretty bad, then.

????????????????????????What? Hyakkimaru’s mother broke the seal on the demons? What’s Astral on about now?

10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:
Is this Kurama?
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Astral:
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I loved this sequence. The power of her words combined with the music, and the framing, was just excellent.

Iz good choice. I can’t even say anything bad about it.

Well, that’s it for the post for this time, look forward to the collaboration coming soon!
Thank you all for reading!!!!!

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Collaboration: Dororo Episodes 7 & 8: Dororo never ceases to amaze

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DID SOMEONE SAY…DORORO??!!

Hihi! Very sorry for the late release. Astral was busy for a bit, and then I was busy for a bit, and things just ended up being dragged till now. Either way, what matters is that we made it here, right?…right?
*Hopefully this never happens again.

Before we begin, if you want to check out the reviews for episodes 7 & 8 of Shield Hero, the link to that post is here!(Click it! Check it out!)[Will update once Astral’s post comes up]

Now, after the great episode 5 & 6 for Dororo, it really is quite hard to top that. The emotional value and quality of animations for those episodes were just spectacular. And yet, episodes 7 & 8 does not disappoint and still amaze me in different ways.

To fill in more details, it’s time to bring out the questions!

Legend:
Me
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Me as I’m painstakingly editing this post to hopefully get people to comment :<

 

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    Very nice episodes. 2 seperate stories, with episode 7 linking up much more to episode 6 than 8. However, they each have their good merits, and the flaws of episode 7 were complimented nicely in episode 8.
    Astral:
    I freaking love this show. While episode 7 wasn’t quite what I felt I needed after the insane ride that was the previous episodes, Episode 8 brought it right back into form, and I seriously just love this show so much. The characters are so good, the animation is unbelievably good, and the artstyle is lovely. There’s almost too much to comment on, but it’s all amazing.

    I have to agree with Astral here. Dororo did so much right in episode 8. Well worth the slight dip in quality in episode 7.
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    Well, apparently the lord and his “new son” can wait. For now, we continue on with Dororo and Hyakkimaru’s journey. To be honest, this makes me really think there’s going to be 24 episodes. Which would be amazing. Please, MAPPA?
    Astral:
    Like I stated above, Episode 7 was a bit of a letdown for me. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it didn’t quite do it for me… but Episode 8 made up for that pretty well, so it’s all good.
    Astral is a spoiled kid!!!!!
    For real though, I can’t find any problems with these two episodes. There are some issues with episode 7, but honestly, it isn’t that big and are easily complimented by what episode 8 achieved. So yea, I can’t understand why he would think that way.
  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why)
    Plyasm:
    Can’t even guess now. But I hope to see much more good stuff like what has been given to us so far.
    Astral:
    At this point, I don’t even know anymore. I thought maybe we’d see more of Hyakki’s father/brother in these episodes, but that certainly wasn’t the case. Maybe the spider lady will come back at some point? Maybe a stretch, but that would be cool.
    Oooh, I would love if we can see some of the previous characters again in some way. I agree with Astral on this one.
  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    Probably to the spider ghoul’s relationship with the man. To me, it feels very surreal, and is actually a sharp contrast to what was shown in episode 6, which is humans being cruel to other humans. In their relationship, they have shown the fact that even monsters are just trying to live(some of them) and not all of them wants to kill others. Yes, there are also “good” monsters.
    Astral:
    This is one i’m not sure about. Maybe i’ll ask a question instead… was it ok for them to let the demon spider go? Not only does she have something that belongs to Hyakkimaru, but also consumes human vitality. Though she seems to be changed, or at least not your typical demon… what do you guys think?
    Pretty sure the spider was just a ghoul and not a demon. There are ghouls and demons in the world, and they are different. I think.
  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    Saru. I like the way he speaks(not your normal Japanese speaking) as well as his relationship with the nee-chan. His entire existence reminds me of “The Jungle Book”, unironically. Just a very nice character overall, and definitely the better of the kids when compared against a certain Dororo.
    *SARU IS THE BETTER SOUNDING NAME FIGHT ME
    Astral:
    Man, this show really has a pair of powerhouse lead characters. Both Hyakkimaru and Dororo are just so great to watch. Every episode it’s very difficult to choose between them, since they’re both very interesting and mysterious in their own ways. But, that’s a good thing.
    Astral the big cop out boi!
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    Hyakkimaru recognising the relationship between the spider ghoul and the man, as well as the fight against the centipede demon. First up, seeing the spider ghoul’s soul change colours from red to a lukewarm orange from Hyakkimaru’s vision was just heartwarming. Second of, HOLY SHIT, I cannot believe they hand animated the freaking centipede. That shit is long and large, the amount of work put into it must have been insane. All the budget saving from episode 7 definitely went into episode 8.
    Astral:
    That demon fight in episode 8 was A+ golden sakuga with a side of whipped cream. Watching that enormous thing flowing so smoothly was just… Mwah! So good! The animators at MAPPA seriously need a raise for what they’re doing in this show.
    ^
    Just remember, someone had to hand animate that. Not use a poor modeled 3DCGI, they had to draw every leg of the centipede, every inch of it’s body. Geez.
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Although I personally did not mind it, the animation and pace in episode 7 was not the best. But, as said above, these kinds of episodes have to happen in order for episodes like episode 8 to happen too. Not every studio has all the budget in the world.(*cough* ufotable *cough*)
    Astral:
    Episode 7 was a bit slow for me, i’m not sure why. I still enjoyed it, but it felt like there was a bit too much excess downtime where characters were just kinda standing around doing nothing.
    Again, Astral is right here, but can’t blame MAPPA.
  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    Can I be pretentious here and say the man’s decision to save the monster? No? Damn.
    Alright, I can relate to Dororo not killing the spider ghoul. Clearly, she is not a threat to the people around her based on everything that has happened so far.
    Astral:
    I really loved the scene where Dororo was talking to Saru about his parents, and comforting him. We don’t know what’s really up with Dororo’s folks, but seeing the poor kid crying silently later on was so touching…
    Aww. At least Astral has a heart.
  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    If I was the man, I would honestly not stick around the spider ghoul. I mean, sure she has proven herself to be nice after all, but at that particular moment when she first revealed herself, I would be scared. Plus, I honestly don’t believe in the same things as the man. He has a very idealistic view.
    Astral:
    I won’t question the guy who picked up the Spider lady. After all, finding a sickly woman collapsed at the side of the road… I think a lot of people would be tempted to help. However, after finding out she’s a demon monster who sucks people’s souls? I’m not sure if I’d have been able to stick around with her after that…
    Seems like oddly, we both thought of the same thing this time.
    *I swear we didn’t look at each other’s answers when we wrote this.
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:

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Same as last time! We had the wheat field, and now we have a cliffside pathway. Also, this scene came directly after something…

Astral:

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I just love the shading on the rocks, the layered steam in the air, all contrasted in front of the blue sky.

Astral chose a nice screenshot, that’s for sure.

And now for something I couldn’t fit into the question and answer format!

I CANNOT believe Hyakkimaru said Dororo’s name. I died for a moment and came back when he said it. That was so good!!!!!!!!!

Like, I’m actually in blissful shock right now. That was really good.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to more Dororo and writing about it.

And hopefully this time we wouldn’t be late, heh.

Tell us what you thought about these two episodes yourself below!

Collaboration: Dororo Episode 4: Breaking the sword…and the trapped soul

Before I begin this post, thank you all for the likes and views! My dead blog is actually reviving…haha.

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REVIVE, REVIVE!!!!

Time for the next one! In other news, I might be able to finish up a post that has been in draft for ages soon. Yes, I’m actually writing blog posts again! Wow! Amazing!

Anyways, this episode is already the 4th, meaning we are 1/3 of the way there, or 1/6 if we are getting a 2-cour. (I doubt we are only getting one cour though)
That said, Dororo has managed to maintain it’s high quality episodes jam packed with T H I C C P L O T. I’m loving it.

Shall we get to the episode review already?
If you are looking for episode 4 of Shield Hero, of which I actually have some interesting thoughts on too, it’s over at Astral’s blog here. Read it! It’s a good episode too! As always.

As always, the legend:

Me
That one stupid guy that I’m collaborating with
Also me

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    Dororo still remains an incredible series, with amazing action direction yet again as well as great plot. I really just found myself fully enjoying the 20 minutes of watching this, gripped by what’s happening on the screen. Very nice.
    Astral:
    Well, we’ve got a rather interesting episode this week. A pretty good one, to be sure, but one that was rather different than the previous episodes we’ve had. Definitely as bonkers, however i’m not entirely sure where I stand on it as a whole quite yet… Hopefully these questions will help me sort out my feelings.Hmmm. Interesting thoughts from Astral to be honest. Didn’t expect him to be so conflicted.
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    Well, their journey did continue. However, it seems the monk is no longer with them. Bummer. But then again, I guess it would be pretty cheap if they have someone as strong as that monk with them…
    Astral:
    I think this episode was extremely different from what I was expecting, especially given the context of the previous episode. What happened to the old monk? Not even a mention of the prosthetics maker this time? It seems almost a bit disjointed from the main story that’s been building up so far.
    To be honest, yea, I feel Astral here. However, I think it’s pretty natural. The last episode was probably an arc by itself. They have already concluded introducing the prosthetics maker, and having the monk with them just wouldn’t make any sense, given how the monk is currently.
  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Only for stuff never seen before]
    Plyasm:
    Well, now that Hyakkimaru got his hearing back, I can’t wait to see what he does with it. What would the ultra-hyper Dororo have to say about it? Even though their journey is steadily moving forward, I can’t help but hope it continues forever, while still wanting Hyakkimaru to get all of his body back at the same time. Next episode, I expect the lord to start to interfere with them, as the ending scene seemed to suggest.
    Astral:
    At this point… I don’t have a clue, honestly. With this episode coming out and distorting most of what I thought was going on so far in the show… I don’t really have any Idea where things could go from here.
    Pffft. Astral just not even thinking anymore from shock. Classic. Also stupid. 😉
    Astral is a stupid counter: 11
  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    Hmmm. Probably to the guy’s persistence to get the cursed sword. I thought it’s actually quite understandable, since he has been broken since long ago. The sword’s desires have long since taken over him and therefore he isn’t human anymore. The fact that the guy didn’t slaughter his sister actually surprised me, I half expected him to go berserk just to get to his sword again.
    Astral:
    You know, I’m not really sure on this one… Perhaps the samurai brother having to kill the architect. A lot of times in our lives, we’re forced to do something to protect the things we care about, only to find ourselves bogged down deeper and deeper into the muck by what we’ve had to do.Hmm. Interesting choice by him, to be honest. The mental struggle by the samurai brother is something, that’s for sure.
  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    It’s actually Dororo this time! Whoohoo! The little bugger has finally done some good things. Such as moving the plot along. Or resisting the pull of the sword. Or just overall being pretty darn cute this episode. I’m starting to like him.
    Astral:
    Most of the focus of the episode this time was on the Samurai brother, to be honest. His own personal character arc was pretty interesting. Heading to war for duty and honor, killing an innocent man in order to protect his sister, and becoming possessed by the demonic weapon and destroying everything he had been trying to protect… I kinda wish we could see more of him, honestly.

    Oooh, he chose the samurai brother. I actually wanted to choose him. It’s interesting, really, I still don’t know the fate of the brother or the sister.
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    The first fight between the swordsman and Hyakkimaru for sure. The action direction for this part was brilliant and I just couldn’t take my eyes off the action. Very nice.
    Astral:
    Again, the action. This show handles action with a touch and a care that is rarely appreciated these days. Everything feels so deliberate, every strike and movement has meaning, and finally being able to see Hyakkimaru go blade-to-blade with someone was just awesome.

    I see we are in agreement here. Very nice. If you are not seeing Dororo, you are missing out on this great action.
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Hmm. Hard to say. Overall this episode was wrapped up nicely, but I guess it would have been nice to get more closure to what happened to the sister. She had a rough life.
    Astral:
    My main complaint with this episode is that it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense given the context of the previous few episodes… it feels like we’re missing part of the story, and that keeps bugging me while watching it.

    He has a point, but as I’ve explained before, it isn’t too much. I expect them to give more context next episode.
  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    I’m rummaging through my brain, but I really can’t think of any for this episode. Damn.
    Astral:
    Hmm… i’m not really sure on this one, actually. Lemme take a raincheck this time…


    This is a draw on the copout. RIP.
  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    Being Dororo when Hyakkimaru is coming at you(or the sword). If it were me, I would probably run just like Dororo. Hyakkimaru is one scary person when he’s seriously trying to kill you.
    Astral:
    I’ll go with when Dororo got himself possessed by the sword… Honestly if that happened to me, I’d probably be trying a bit harder to get someone to help me out. He was kind of complaining at the sword, but I would have probably at least tried calling out for help of some sort.

    Haha, Astral’s right for this. Dororo was kinda dumb, but still, maybe his speech was sealed?
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:
The accidental flasher.

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I’m just kidding, yet again. It would actually be the last scene with the paper cranes. I love the symbolism here.

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Astral:
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So Astral chose the fighting scene huh. Understandable, but I still like the paper crane symbolism more.

More fun facts!
I still kinda remember how to make paper cranes. It was during a lesson in…secondary school I believe? Either way, it was a lot of fun, and I know you need to start with like a square paper and everything.
Have the wikihow link for how to fold paper cranes in case you are interested.

And this is a bit late to say this now, but Dororo is actually a re-adaptation of an old series. I really like what they are doing, considering it’s been…50 years since the original anime showed. Damn. It’s about as impressive as the Hisone to Masotan(Kitsu link)’s ED being a cover of a 50 year old France Gal song.(link to that as well here, I love the dance!!!)(link to original song)

Either way, that’s about it for this episode. We both had different feelings about this, what did you think of this episode yourselves? Would love to see.

Collaboration: Dororo Episode 2: The blind, and the blinder

Welcome all! Thanks for all the support for the collaboration so far!
Honestly, I half expected 0 views since my blog has been dead for so long but nope, you are all amazing people.
*Except for the fact that I didn’t really get a lot of comments, I want m o  r e… But let’s not be greedy now.

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Have a smiling Dororo as thanks for all the support for both me and Astral so far!

Anyways, as you can see from the title, yes, I am doing the second episode of Dororo! Whoo!
You know, I kinda requested to get the first episode of Shield Hero since my blog was more dead than Astral’s, but I sort of regret it now. Dororo was so good…
Can’t cry over cried milk now. Let’s get right into the review itself!
(Oh and the second episode review of Shield Hero is via the link here. Please read it too! Second episode of Shield Hero was just as good. It’s just that I’m biased towards Dororo.)

Same as previous, here’s the legend:
Me from the past
The copycatThe stupid
Me from the present

Hello, Plyasm from the editorial department in the brain here. Seems like the copycat has taken some defense against my jabbing of his copying from the last episode review, so now, let’s switch up the counters a little. (And come on, this is fun.)
Astral is a stupid counter: 4 [Inherited from the Astral is a copycat counter]
Astral is a copout counter: 1
Now, resume the review!

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:

    As good as the last episode. Action sequence was great, animations was mostly good, soundtrack too…I am still a sucker for the opening and ending songs. The plot progressed quite a bit this episode, and I like that. Overall, this episode was as bonkers as the last, so if you haven’t watched Dororo yet, do it NOW.
    Astral:
    I asked for more of the blind bard, and I was not disappointed at all. I’m glad he’s come back into the story, and seems to be here to stick around for a while. He’s cool. Apart from that, our nameless protag finally has a name!!! Very exciting. Also, did I mention that this show is absolutely nuts? Every single moment has so much going on, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with what’s going on at any given time, and at the end of the episode I feel almost out of breath. Ply will probably complain about me mentioning this as well… but it’s hard to talk about the show without mentioning the OST. It is just amazing. The OP is so good; I get chills every time I hear it, and the ED is just so dang good, as well.No, I won’t complain about you mentioning it. Instead, I’ll complain about how excited Astral is in writing this. So excited, his writing became incoherent. Tsk.
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    The episode definitely met my expectations. There was more characterisation of the now named Hyakkimaru, we got more insights into what actually happened to him as well as what he can actually see. Very nice name for the main character. Dororo is beginning to grow on me as well.
    Astral:
    CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! My favorite thing ever, basically. I’m a sucker for character moments, as you guys probably know… and we got a lot of them this episode, interspersed between the insanity, of course. Dororo backstory, BAM! Return of the Old Man, BAM! Cameo from prosthetics guy, BAM! Name for our nameless protag, BAM! Constant character moments really help the episode flow just right.
    Not much to say for this one, except for WATCH DORORO PLS KTHXBYE XOXO ❤
  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why)
    Plyasm:
    I’m expecting the trio(with the addition of the monk) to meet up with the prosthetic limb maker, who, I believe, is probably the one who brought Hyakkimaru up after he was sent away. We will probably see more character development for Dororo as well? But most importantly, I’m very interested in what exactly Hyakkimaru got back.
    Astral:
    He got back his Nervous System, ya noodle. That was pretty obvious. Upcoming scenes of Hyakkimaru learning how to deal with pain/feeling? Also, what’s he gonna get back next? If it’s a 13-episode show, will he kill 1 demon per episode, the final one being a showdown with his father? Only time will tell…
    No it wasn’t obvious, you dolt. All we saw was some kind of shock, how do you know if it isn’t an organ or a limb? If it isn’t the nervous system, you are going to have to bash your head against the wall.
    Astral is a stupid counter: 5
  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    This is a little hard. Probably when the people saw the weird dude with the bell? For me, I was actually already thinking that the “monster” was harmless. Mostly because, well, the monk didn’t kill it the moment he “saw” it. Other people might have had the same reactions as Dororo and thought that the “monster” was what the villagers were talking about.
    Astral:
    I thought it was pretty clear when we saw the lady initially that she was trouble… I mean, look at those eyebrows! But… If I were Dororo, and knew that Kyakki was blind, but clearly only shows hostile behavior towards demons and ghouls, I don’t think I would have stood in his way when he went to attack her. But I think to a lot of people, that might have made more sense to do.
    “Hurr durr I’m smarter than the kid”-Astral 2k1819
    lor0jqg

    Astral is a stupid counter: 6
  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    Hyakkimaru still for me. Him trying to show concern for Dororo even though he doesn’t really know what’s happening was the sweetest thing ever. And god damn the reactions he has to some things is great.
    Astral:
    I still really like Dororo. His constant energy and scheming is both adorable and hilarious, and i’m excited to learn more about his past hinted at in the episode. What happened to his parents, what lies in his past, etc.
    I’m still of the idea that Dororo, although his name is on the anime, isn’t the real main character. Hyakkimaru is so much more interesting to me, and I am frankly, just not all that interested in Dororo, even if I like his character.
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    Again, the fight scene. But…this time, I’ll pick something else over it. I believe, the high point of the episode is actually when Hyakkimaru finally gave his name. It was a great moment, and his name was very nice, hence it’s the high point for me. But still, the fight scene was amazing in it’s own right as well. (A fight in a bamboo forest is just like every kung fu movie ever made!)
    Astral:
    I’m also gonna say the fight scene, but I’m going to highlight a different piece of the fight. I love how Dororo uses it’s environments and set pieces in the battles. In the first episode, Hyakki used the bridge as a weapon against the monster; in the second, the monster used severed bamboo as a weapon against Hyakki. It’s not just a battle between Monster and Man, it’s a battle of wits and skill, not to mention determination. Very well done.
    Clearly, Astral didn’t read what I wrote before writing the word “also”. I clearly said I picked something else over it! Not reading in 2k19?
    Astral is a stupid counter: 7
    *I like his choice though, pretty good
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Still the same possible improvements as last time. Animations are a little shaky at times, but at this point it feels more like a charm than anything.(To be completely honest, at this point it’s probably an intentional decision so that the transitions is smooth, the action scenes brilliant and overall cohesiveness is good.)
    Astral:
    I kind of feel like my biggest gripe with this episode isn’t really much of a gripe at all. I think it’s possible that they could tone down the frenetic pacing just a bit, to help the audience cope a bit better with the ridiculous chaos happening on-screen… but that’s just a minor gripe, and I still like the show even with the bonkers pacing.
    The pacing is just right for me though… I don’t feel like anything is really that rushed, they just skipped over parts that might drag the story down without adding much. Every scene in the episode so far has had a role to play, even the one where they ate fish together, which shows that Hyakkimaru is capable of emotions and also display some of their character interactions between him and Dororo before we actually get to the next part in the story.
  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    Dororo’s reaction to Hyakkimaru not doing anything against the bell “monster” while raising his sword against the “lady”. To be completely honest, I would be fooled too, not just Dororo. Ah shit, does that make me as much of a fool as Dororo?
    Astral:
    I think I can actually kind of relate to the villager’s reluctance to let go of the demon… though horrendous and cruel, the demon had, in fact, brought quite a bit of prosperity to the village. Having to think of providing for their families and children when times are hard, it would be easy to be tempted by the promise of easy wealth.
    I actually have to sort of agree with Astral here. I can sort of understand the villagers’ decision to do this. Still though, it’s stupid to cooperate with a monster no matter what.
  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    I would pick the faceoff with the “lady” the second time round. The freaking dude just let a demon escape! He even made up some shitty excuse that all the villagers will die if he didn’t help, even though in the end, it’s all greed. If I was Hyakkimaru(and had hearing), I would have sliced this dude right then and there. Sheesh, what a piece of trash can.
    Astral:
    I have to wonder at Hyakkimaru’s decision to allow Dororo to follow him around. Clearly, he’s always been a bit of a loner, so I do find it a bit strange how accepting he is of a kid suddenly hanging around him, even if he can’t hear what he’s saying. In his shoes, maybe I would have tried to shoo the kid away, since I would know that running into monsters again is likely, and the kid would be in danger.
    Astral is a stupid counter: 8
    Hyakkimaru can’t see if Dororo was a child in the first place, stupid. Furthermore, he’s not the one being a loner based on his thoughts, it’s just that no one really stayed around him for long, except for a few. So he was probably intrigued by the soul that decided to stay near him. And since Hyakkimaru believes in his own abilities so much(judging by his actions and behaviour), I doubt he would cast another person away.
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:
Can I use the opening again? No? Then I’ll use the ending.
I mean, come on. The ending is just as beautiful. See for yourself:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDow6LWVRYw

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Protect this smile.

Hyakkimaru’s smile. Too good.
Astral:
The fight scene in the forest. Holy cow, was that some stellar animation, and the way they used the set pieces was just fantastic. I loved every moment of it, and it deserves some recognition.

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Woah, nice choice.

To be honest, MAPPA killed it with the opening and ending animations.(*cough* If you can’t tell by how much I’m just milking it for pictures *cough*)
This show is going to be a nice watch throughout the season. I think.

And that’s about all!
Overall, the episode was as good as the last, and I definitely look forward to more. Meanwhile, Shield Hero has been pretty amazing too, so I’m glad our choices for this season were good.

Astral is a stupid counter: 8
No change to the “Astral is a copout counter”.
I expected Astral to do better now that I’ve converted the counter but…shake my head. And don’t forget, if Hyakkimaru didn’t get his nervous system back in the next episode, Astral has to bang his head against the wall 😉

What did you guys think about the episode? More importantly, did you enjoy it as much as we did? Let me know in the comments below.

-A loving the opening song Plyasm

 

Message from editorial department in Plyasm’s brain:
There’s actually a reason why the title of this post was called Blind and the Blinder. Stems from what the monk said about Hyakkimaru and his hearing–that they can see what normal people can’t see, and that normal people are sometimes more easily tricked. This makes the normal people more blind than the blind people in a sense. Well, not that I actually have any deep life lessons here but I’m sure you guys can figure something out.