No Guns Life Episode 5: Introducing the law

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It looks like this series is finally cooling down from its somewhat rapid-fire opening, so it’s fleshing out its world some more. This week’s episode largely focuses on the government infrastructure centered around managing Extended while establishing Juuzou as a reluctant cog in this process. I think that this information is nice to see, and I like that Juuzou is effectively treated like a more active criminal informant.

Tetsurou fears the crab

It’s interesting to see Tetsurou harboring lasting impressions from the previous arc. It’s in like with his character, and it gives him room to become more resolved, I suppose. It’s a reaction I would not have expected to be there, but it’s a good reminder.

Juuzou goes off alone

I’m cool with the idea that Juuzou and Tetsurou are two sides of the same coin. They have similar motivations, but Tetsurou is still new to the world. It’s a good way to set Juuzou up as his future mentor within the series.

Juuzou insists on finishing his tune-up

I really liked the fake tension in this scene. Juuzou understands the situation with EMS, and he knows he’s not in any immediate danger. However, Tetsurou is new to this and doesn’t know anything. So, the lack of communication between the two is creating the real tension in the scene, since Tetsurou has been shown to act impulsively on incomplete knowledge.

Kronen arrests the suspect

I do like the slight misdirection in this episode with the appearance of the Hug Bear. In reality, that prisoner is the one that is under control, but he enters the scene as though he’s the rogue element that Juuzou needs to handle. It gives Kronen a decent entrance as well, since it isn’t the guy that Juuzou is being tasked to find.

The last prisoner is revealed

Part of me suspects that this guy is going to have a past with Juuzou.

No Guns Life Episode 4: Saving people

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Cunningham calls Anne useless

Maybe I’m being too dramatic, but this week’s episode felt questionable to me. I felt like I was okay with the development that it seemed to be going for, but many of the decisions didn’t sit well with me. To be fair, one of the larger complaints I have with the episode is with regards to Anne, and it could very easily be overturned in a subsequent episode. But I think the assessment still stands.

Anne is fine with being a tool

I got the sense that Anne and Ende were meant to exist to counter Tetsurou’s renewed purpose in life. They were okay with being used as tools as long as it furthered their personal objectives, while Tetsurou flatly rejects the idea of letting others use his power. However, I don’t think that message has enough time to get across, so the girls seem largely wasted.

Tetsurou runs out of power

I guess the episode never truly makes it clear that Anne is dead, but I think that it’s too sudden if she’s really gone. I honestly like the idea of punishing Tetsurou for insisting on his way, but I think this goes too far. Anne as a character has no real chance to develop, so her death seems too much like a device. Combined with Ende’s cheesy survival in the end, it’s just a hard pill to swallow.

Tetsurou attempts to stop Ende

In addition to that, I think that Tetsurou would have come off a lot better if he had relinquished control in the end rather than having it yanked away from him. I could be persuaded on this, though. It indicates that he has a long way to go, and it does technically align with Juuzou’s statement about Tetsurou being more selfish. But I think it’s hard to get a sense of what people are thinking when they say one thing and do another. That level of contradiction made the episode harder to follow.

Juuzou asks for Tetsurou's help

Another example of that is Juuzou’s trigger. It’s cool to see it finally get used, but Juuzou immediately contradicts the scene by stating that he hasn’t accepted Tetsurou yet. In the same breath, he insists that only people he accepts can touch his trigger. I can’t tell if he’s just being overly standoffish or something else.

Tetsurou wonders about his control

I did like seeing this scene about Tetsurou’s control over Juuzou. Anything that breaks the ambiguity in this episode feels welcome to me.

No Guns Life Episode 3: Protagonist change

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Tetsurou is still recovering

I feel like this week’s episode took a sharp left turn, and I wonder where it’s going with it. I definitely didn’t expect Tetsurou to turn around and take over Juuzou when he refused to help without compensation. I guess we’ll be learning about Tetsurou first hand, rather than through a drawn-out explanation. Honestly, I’m still not sure what to make of this development, so I’ll wait until next week to see how it goes.

Kids are attacked to get to Tetsurou

Cunningham really escalated his tactics. His diabolical scheme of buying all of the cigarettes from last week seems tame in comparison to tearing extensions away from kids. Still, I liked how the episode presents it as a potential case for Juuzou before he pieces it all together. I appreciate a villain that sends an indirect message.

Tetsurou takes over Juuzou

Well, that kind of happened. I am a bit curious about it, though. We’ve already heard that Juuzou’s extensions are special, since he got them during the war. There’s a later scene where Tetsurou is shot with poisoned bullets, and he notes that he doesn’t have perfect control over Juuzou. It’s a scene that’s easy to brush off because the effect of the poison is a perfectly logical explanation for that feeling, but it makes me wonder how much control he actually has.

Tetsurou can still see

This scene has no business being as funny as it is. I can’t believe how much the series is steering into the jokes about Juuzou’s head, but I still think it’s amazing.

Tetsurou saves Ende and Anne

I thought this show would largely focus on taking on the Beruehren Corporation, but this week’s episode makes me wonder if it’s more focused on saving Tetsurou’s fellow experiment kids. Maybe Tetsurou is less brainwashed because he’s the CEO’s son or something? This scene made it seem like Anne and Ende just didn’t know any better, so they followed instructions.

No Guns Life Episode 2: The quest for Tanegashima

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Juuzou assaults a train

This series is surprisingly fun for how it looks. I can’t believe I just watched an episode in which the bad guy’s master plan was to buy up all of the cigarettes that the main character liked. That’s a special type of evil. As a result, this series seems more like a mix of serious and ridiculous, rather than just silly, and I think it benefits from that overall.

Juuzou reaches out to Tetsurou

Watching Juuzou in action was cool. So far, he seems like a typical brawler with explosive fists you’d see in a video game, but it works given his appearance. I’m a bit surprised at how easy it was for him to save Takerou, though. It makes you wonder why it couldn’t have happened at the end of the previous episode.

Mary saves a girl

This week’s episode also delves more into the anatomy behind the Extended with the introduction of Mary, the mechanic. The concept behind them isn’t too crazy (and might be arguably simplistic), so I don’t really have much of a comment there. Now, I just wonder how an Over-Extended is supposed to be different.

Cunningham threatens Juuzou

It looks like we’ll be joining Juuzou in a crusade against the entire Beruehren Corporation. Cunningham probably isn’t their best representative, but he certainly knows how to make an entrance (and an exit).

Juuzou recovers from the battle

One thing that I think is interesting about the series is that it makes me question what people say on screen in a way that doesn’t feel overtly subversive. Juuzou claims that he doesn’t have a dependency on the Tanegashima cigarettes, but he acts like someone experiencing withdrawal. It makes you question how much of that was a bluff.

In addition to that, Tetsurou is introduced as the son of the CEO of Beruehren right as Juuzou is mentioning how much the corporation covered up the story. It makes you doubt that particular piece of information until it’s later confirmed.

No Guns Life First Impressions (1): Pull the trigger

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Juuzou sets off

Well, this is not a premise I would have ever seen coming, but I think the series overall seems to work so far. I feel like some of its gags are a bit overplayed, but the episode was pretty entertaining nonetheless. I like the noir-ish setting and the potentially sci-fi idea of the Extended (even if the name is ridiculous). I’m coming in blind, though, so I’m not sure what to expect from here.

Juuzou talks about the world

The series takes place in a post-war civilization where people are allowed to enhance themselves, becoming the “Extended”. The main character, Juuzou Inui is a former soldier with a gun head who now lives as a Resolver, which is basically a detective for cases involving the Extended. We pick up with him as he takes on the case of an orphan named Tetsurou, who apparently has the ability to take control of Extended.

Juuzou talks about his job

I think the first episode does a decent job of setting up its world. It explains the Extended and introduces Juuzou before jumping right into its main story. Maybe it’s just the oddness of the premise, but I didn’t feel particularly confused about what was going on.

Tetsurou is prevented from escaping

Juuzou himself seems to have a reasonable head on his shoulders (had to be done). He’s effective as a detective, and he handles himself pretty well. Additionally, I like the idea behind Tetsurou. I assume he’ll eventually join Juuzou based on the opening, but he seems to be coming from an interesting background. I look forward to seeing how that ends up playing out.

True identities are revealed

The part that I found questionable in the episode was some of the humor. Don’t get me wrong. I liked a lot of Juuzou’s silly moments, like when he’s kissed at the beginning of the episode and such. However, I had a problem with the running joke that everyone freaks out when they see his head. In a world where people are randomly changing parts of themselves, I find it hard to believe that people would react so strongly to one thing in particular.

Tetsurou seeks freedom

All in all, I think this could be a fun ride. It leans heavily towards the serious side when it comes to tone, but there is a lightheartedness to a few of the scenes. The characters seem promising so far, and I’m curious about where they will go.

Suka Suka Episode 12: One last thing

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Why didn’t anyone warn me about this ending? Jokes aside, I have to admit that I have an unnatural bias for bittersweet endings. Sure, the events of this episode seemed pretty tragic, but I liked how everything was framed. I think I harped a bit much on information gaps in the end, but I really did enjoy the episode overall.

Did I miss something? This line suggests that Willem considers these beasts to be former humans that he knew. Before, Rhan only suggested that beasts were a biological weapon based on humans. The fact that the dug weapon worked on beasts would also make sense if beasts were genetically based on human DNA. Maybe that’s a logical conclusion to draw, but I feel like there are plenty of other possibilities. So I wonder if I’m missing some supporting information.

Honestly, this whole “I can only fight” routine is nothing new, Willem.

Isn’t this the first time we’ve really seen Rhan fighting? It feels a bit weird to immediately show her being defeated by her own overconfidence. I guess it gives Willem a good excuse to save the day.

Who is this guy again? Was I supposed to remember him?

While this is a nice sentiment from Chtholly, I don’t understand the decision she’s making here. If she doesn’t choose to go back now and save Willem, what will happen to her? Will she be stuck watching the world with Elq forever? Last week, Elq made it sound like Chtholly was already done. If she already can never interact with the real world again, I don’t see how this is a sacrifice.

Poor Nephren. When Chtholly’s mind started deteriorating, it was a big dramatic event. Nephren’s case seems like an afterthought.

Have we ever really been told anything about venenum and what risks are associated with using it? Maybe I’m forgetting something, but this all sounds like “generic bad thing” will happen if too much venenum is generated by one person.

And we’re finally back to the beginning. I’m starting to understand why people were yelling at my laughable misunderstandings early in this series.

You see…it would be nice to know why this Jedi hand wave is enough to save Nephren.

Stop! Don’t you play Scarborough Fair again! This isn’t fair!

I’m a sucker for endings like this.

What can it mean?

Okay, I laughed at this a little harder than I should have. That baby totally got suffocated and lost consciousness. We’re all agreement, right?

Anyway, I guess this scene is suggesting that Chtholly was reborn in another life. It seems like a bit of a cheap consolation prize, but I don’t really feel strongly about it.

Final Score: 8/10 (Maybe 7.5)

Suka Suka Episode 11: Maybe not

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Yup, I stand by what I said about this show last week. Nothing tragic to see here. I guess I feel a lot better about the explanations from this week’s episode. Maybe I finally know what’s going on in this series (don’t kill me, LN veterans). And yeah, I noticed the preview for next week’s episode which showed the scene from the beginning of this series. I guess now I know who the red-haired girl jumping out of the airship is…

This sounds like the kind of answer I would give.

I don’t know how to react to statements like this because I’m constantly reminded that Chtholly is losing her memories. Is she lovestruck or just getting worse?

I actually remembered who Eboncandle was because Willem specifically named him, but it was a shaky memory at best. This reminder from Willem is probably warranted.

So much for that plan…

What is the sound effect that’s playing in this scene? It sounds like it’s supposed to be Willem’s back breaking, but he seems fine after it happens.

She looks familiar. Also, Chtholly’s new hair change doesn’t seem to bode well.

For how dramatic that cave fall seemed to be, Willem and Chtholly managed to get out of it pretty easily. I was expecting some fighting. But more to the point, this is your fault, Willem. You shouldn’t have proposed to her before the final battle was finished!

This reveal seemed more casual than I expected. Let me see if I got this. The war that Willem participated in was against the visitors, led by Elq, who was defeated by Lillia. The visitors were attempting to eradicate humanity, and the humans turned into beasts after winning the war. Did I get that right? It would explain why everyone hates humans and “disfeatured” so much.

This feels like something that wouldn’t need to be stated in a world like this.

This is actually a good internal conversation to explore the question I had last week about Willem’s proposal. I was curious how much of Willem’s proposal was genuine and this hallucination brings up some fair points. In many ways, Chtholly acts as a proxy for the regrets Willem has from his previous life. It calls a lot into question.

Is this the game over?

Willem can still take on a beast by himself?

Suka Suka Episode 10: Everything is solved

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Well, this certainly seemed like an uplifting episode. I definitely didn’t see any flags that would suggest that tragedy may be approaching! We just got some nice confessions for this love story! What could possibly go wrong? The big reveal of the episode wasn’t too surprising. I guess I should give the series credit for not explicitly stating it and instead giving really painfully conclusive evidence. Either way, it looks like next week is going to bring everyone into battle. I recall Grick saying something about it being unlikely that another beast would attack them because they had fought a territorial one recently. I guess not…

I guess it makes sense that they wouldn’t assume that Willem is a human. This screenshot seems like it would be pretty useful outside of this context.

We’re back to this, I see.

Based on what I’ve said in earlier episodes, do I even want to know the answer to this question? Also, I’d be more critical of Rhan’s impression of Willem, but they’ve made it a point to show us that Rhan has been researching the beasts.

While this is a fun joke and all, it’s later revealed that Rhan and Nopht aren’t following Willem. Why is this even relevant?

I was initially wondering why this argument was happening, but I guess most people in this series are used to being in the floating islands. Therefore, it would make sense for Grick to be this confident in his experience with underground exploration. I guess the question still stands, though, since Willem quickly tricks the commanding officer into listening to Grick.

She looks familiar. Also, nice name.

Are you starting to realize something about Chtholly, Willem?

This can’t be good.

Wait, really? That was easy. I can’t believe he just found the sword in storage. Was the scene right before this one meant to mislead us into thinking that Lapidemsibilus was still underground?

What could this mean? If I had any doubts that beasts were formerly humans, they’re gone now…

Come again?

I’m really curious about Willem’s mental state here. I’m inclined to believe he’s being genuine when he says this stuff about wanting to live for Chtholly. He just realized something pretty big, so it’s possible that he also realizes that he can get through it with Chtholly’s help. However, I’m wondering if that’s a bit too convoluted…this could just be a knee-jerk reaction to an unstable mental state.

Suka Suka Episode 9: Ghosts

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The reveal in this episode was pretty interesting and I’m hoping I get to talk a bit more on the concept of identity as the show goes on. I don’t really have anything specific to say about the rest of the Chtholly stuff in the episode. I think the show has been working for me so far, but I can’t pinpoint anything specific about it that I would use to describe it when recommending it to others. But it’s probably still a bit too early for that. Plenty of time left in the series, right? This is totally a happy series! I’ve been saying it all of this time!

I thought we were done with this, guys.

This statement makes me really think that Almita was in no danger last week. Literally everyone treats Chtholly’s actions to save her as a waste of time.

So, are they being taken over by another personality or are their personalities and memories getting reset? From Ithea’s explanation, it seems to be the latter, but it doesn’t explain the red-haired girl. Also, this is a pretty casual reveal for a somewhat important point (that I was definitely not spoiled on before watching).

Hiding things from Willem? This won’t end well.

Back to normal?

I think I complained about Chtholly’s memory loss initially, but I think they’ve gotten a bit more subtle about it as time goes on. Here, it’s pretty obvious that she forgot who Collon is, but no one really calls her out on it. I wonder if they’re building to some big moment where Willem reveals that he’s noticed everything.

Am I thinking too much about this scene? It seems like a throwaway line from Willem, but it suggests that Chtholly’s new interest in sewing might be coming from…other things.

Hah! I knew it! I much prefer this style of presentation over having someone say some random line like “what’s wrong?” or “you having trouble remembering” every time Chtholly has her little hiccups.

Wait, are those initials? Is Chtholly putting those there so she can remember who everyone is? That’s kinda cool and kinda sad at the same time…

Happy…Trollmas, everyone?

So the only point of that side excursion with that character I’ve already forgotten was to bring us these dresses? I’d say that’s acceptable.

To me, identity is a really fun topic, and I think there’s something to be said about the ideas that are being introduced in this series. I’ll wait to see where it goes before I make any more comments on it. The general idea is asking at what point we distinguish one personality from another and whether that can be called death.

Suka Suka Episode 8: Seeing red

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Honestly, I couldn’t really get into this week’s episode. A lot of the plot points introduced in the episode seemed a bit convenient, which makes the entire thing seem forced. I’m still curious about what’s happening to Chtholly, though. It’s really hard to gauge whether things are going well for her or not. That aside, I liked the fact that some of her memory loss scenes in the episode weren’t explicitly called out (like when she forgets Almita’s name). I wish there were more moments like that.

I can’t really blame Chtholly for this. How can she even see up there? Also, this question makes me wonder if the memory loss is the reason Chtholly forgot to add the pepper in the first place.

This seems like a cool guy.

I’m guessing from Willem’s reaction that these ruins are a place from his past.

Has Chtholly been staring at an uneaten dessert this entire time while waiting for Willem to show up? If you’re going to complain about his tardiness and then immediately leave, why haven’t you already eaten your food? Is it so the audience can see it? I think it is!

That seems extremely convenient. Also, what does that even mean? If Chtholly is losing memories now, then I’m assuming it doesn’t bring them back.

So was that meeting from last week about coming up with an excuse to keep Chtholly out of the field ultimately pointless?

I was going see if I could come up with some complicated reason to explain why Ithea was being kept out of the frame when Willem was sleeping, but it turned out to be simpler than I expected.

Ouch…poor okusama.

Wait…are they actually using lovey-dovey stuff as a way to cover up Chtholly’s psychological changes? I can’t tell whether I like that or not…

Heh…casually suggesting that humans are trolls. It’s probably not intentional, but the double meaning in the modern day makes this scene funnier for me than it should be.

Wasn’t this the same girl that randomly hurt herself in the second episode? Are we sure she was really in any danger?