Hey guys, Chuckster96 here! Mushishi Zoku Shou 2 has finally started! So what has this wonderful franchise got to offer us? Mostly great narrative and detailed graphics.
Before I get to the good stuff, let me tell you just what makes this franchise so unique. First of all, although the episodes themselves tend to be slow paced, you are engulfed every second in the story presented to you every episode. I have yet to find a moment where there seemed to be a lack of plot development. So they make very good use of the twenty-something minutes they get every episode. Second, you could jump in (more or less) without really watching any previous seasons. I do not recommend this myself, but you can understand almost any given episode (with a few exceptions). Most episodes consist of their own, short story, making this an easy show to ease others into without much hassle. There is also a bit of development throughout episodes, however it may be as little as the introduction of a character or something of the sort; except for the storyline of Ginko’s Origin. That is the only storyline that significantly develops every few episodes.
Starting with episode 1, we start off with a continuation of the Ginko’s Origin storyline. Although it did take a little for the excitement to build up, it was all worth it. We see Ginko develop a friendly relationship with Suguro, which makes the ending a lot more surprising. I was not surprised by the ending, however I was still expecting it to end on a slightly happier tone. Still, the Ginko Origin episodes tend to end as this episode did, so nothing really new.
The tension in the second half of the episode keeps you waiting for the moment when someone messes up but at the same time hoping it doesn’t happen. Then, you get this scene:
If you can’t figure out the implications of this scene, let’s just say it’s the one thing we didn’t want happening throughout the episode. Or, if you enjoy watching others screwing things up, you were laughing your ass off.
Episode 2 moves back out of the origin story. I had a little trouble figuring out what was going on at first, but that’s a good thing; that’s what was supposed to happen. The big reveal was like a mini epiphany and made the episode that much more enjoyable. However, once again we have the one person given the task to not screw up, screwing up big time; this time deliberately. I can’t really say I would blame the guy who screws up though, I would have probably done the same thing not giving a dam
Aaaaand, last but not least episode 3; I feel so conflicted about it though! The story is very well executed and you get such a strong attachment to the characters, you can’t help but feel like bad late into the second half of the episode; with the dialog between the old couple.
I have a soft spot when it comes to stories like the one in episode three. Don’t ask me why, I’ll never know.
Anyway, that’s the first three episodes of Mushishi Zoku Shou season 2! come back for episodes 4-6. Remember there’s always more where that came from so go check out the show yourself. It’s all about the narrative, Chuckster96 OUT!