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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Shigofumi Episode 1 Screen Caps

The anime opens as detectives find a man’s body in the courtyard surrounded by dilapidated abandoned buildings. Then we see Fumika dressed as a postal worker, land on a rooftop enfolding her wings, her staff named Mayama, complains that Humans are a bother and should just say what they need to say before they die. But Fumika corrects it saying that some things can only be said after death. The scene shifts to a deserted bowling alley, Kanaka is constructing a rocket while Ayase makes fun of his writing as she sits and reads his notebook. Kanaka is about to confess to her when she receives a call, her father has been found dead. He waits for her at the police station but the police are taking Ayase back to her home so Kanaka goes back to work on his rocket. When he get’s back to the bowling alley Fumika and Mayama appear before him, informing him that they have a letter from Ayase’s father addressed to Ayase’s lover.

This anime is based on a series of light novels by Ryo Amamiya three volumes have been released so far. I liked this first episode very much, so many shows take a few episodes before they grab my imagination but this one had me hooked after the first ten minutes and by the end of the episode I’m already looking forward to the next. The story seems almost slice of life, horror, with a death god which we’ve seen a lot of in recent anime, Bleach, Death Note and Shinigami no Ballad. Mayama the talking staff adds a touch of comedy. I must say when it’s my time to go I hope I’m escorted off by Rukia, Momo or Fumika and not Rem. If the story quality stays as good as this episode I’m sure I’ll stick around for the rest of this series.

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4 Comments:

Blogger G2 said...

Bullying kept coming up as a theme in many of anime series. Is it that bad in Japanese high school I wonder? Episode 6 was pretty disturbing. I could not finish it. Can't wait for number 7.

2/18/2008 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@G2 I'm a couple episodes behind but bullying is a common theme in Japanese school dramas and anime/manga. I have no idea if Japan has more problems with bullying that other countries, I'd be interested to hear if anyone knows from experience. I do know that there suicide rate is slightly higher another common theme in their fiction.

2/19/2008 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger G2 said...

I just finished watching episode 7. It helped to shed a light on why she shot her father in the first place. It seemed to me that he carried a similar profile as....Howard Hughes- OCD about cleanliness. :) I am kind of tired about bullying theme. Are you? Since you've been following Japanese culture much longer than I have

2/20/2008 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@G2 I am kind of tired about bullying theme. Are you?
It's not my favorite theme and used lots in school dramas and anime, it's a writer's crutch for fast character development, we get the bully character, the character too weak to stand up for themselves and then the hero character that intervenes. The great thing about anime is the characters are given the opportunity to change. An evil character may turn good or heroic even, over the course of the show.

2/21/2008 02:42:00 PM  

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