Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episodes 2 + 3: Remaining One Step Behind

Review Episode 2:

As I said when reviewing episode 1, I’m just not feeling this. It isn’t actually bad, but the characters aren’t really clicking for me and I’m still pretty disconnected from the events. Despite the show spending five minutes having the characters sitting around introducing themselves I couldn’t actually commit any of their names to memory and mostly I’ve got the ‘loud and annoying one’, ‘the sullen one’, ‘the spear guy’, ‘the new guy’, and ‘the most boring guy so obviously he’s going to be the leader type guy’.

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Basically they are getting all worked up about time potentially being changed and maybe a war starting, but I just don’t care and am not invested in this conflict. It doesn’t help that they themselves seem to only care in as much as they’ve been told to do something about it. They don’t seem personally invested in the conflict. Oh well, next episode.

Review Episode 3:

Great, we’ve got the loud guy and the boring guy butting heads Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars style while the others looks on and do nothing. And still the only thing they care about is serving their master so they lack any actual agency of their own which keeps the audience at arms length from the events.

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There were some actually quite pretty scenes this week and less times when the characters felt like they were obviously popping out of the scenery and the fight sequences remain impressive. I’m neither particularly liking nor disliking this show at the moment. I kind of want to like it but I’m just not there yet.

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It would probably be nice also to know what the villains intend to get out of all of this as that might make the conflict something I can actually care about.


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4 thoughts on “Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episodes 2 + 3: Remaining One Step Behind

    1. Some people seem to be really enjoying it, but others are just kind of not feeling it. Possibly having more familiarity with the source would help, but for me there’s not a lot of appeal here. It isn’t terrible, but it isn’t good either.

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