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- Released By: BOST TV
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- Running time: 24
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Ballad of a Shinigami
Ballad of a Shinigami Episode 3
By John Eriani
May 05, 2008
Release Date: December 03, 2007
Ballad of a Shinigami Episode 3
What They Say
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Although high school entrance exams are coming up right after summer vacation, Kantarou wants to go on a trip instead of studying. When Tomato, the class committee member, finds out about this, Kantarou explains to her that it is to fulfil a promise he made with his late grandfather. Usually Tomato would not hear of it, but for some reason, she says that she wants to go with him. The two of them ride a train bound for Kantarou's grandfather's hometown in the countryside, but the sun sets before they arrive.The Review!
Momo takes a backseat this time so a young man and his friend can look for grandpa's treasure. Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Ballad of the Shinigami's third episode is a little different compared to what has preceded it. There doesn't appear to be anyone about to die with more of an adventure story. Kantarou's grandfather passed away a while ago and when his mother and Kantarou start cleaning up his stuff they discover a box addressed to Kantarou and in it is a letter with a small map. The letter asks Kantarou to play a game and a crudely drawn map shows where some "treasure" is buried.
Kantarou's grandfather is a rather big fan of video games and he plays them all the time right up until he passed away so his request doesn't seem all that strange. To fulfil his grand fathers wish Kantarou decides to skip the upcoming study camp, much to the annoyance of his child hood friend Tomato. Tomato decides to tag along with Kantarou; they travel via train and bus to his grandfather's home town. As they travel we find out more about their relationship and how Tomato even though she disapproves of the journey has come prepared to look after Kantarou.
Her reasons for this are rather obvious to anyone but Kantarou.
Along the way Kantarou keeps seeing a young girl and boy who eventually help lead them to the treasure. Momo seems to be helping Kantarou in some small way probably as a request from his grandfather but she never makes it clear that this is the case.
While there are parts of this episode I enjoyed such as the relationship with Kantarou and Tomato I couldn't find anything to really keep my interest. The logic behind Kantarou's grandfathers request escapes me and it became rather boring to watch. The animation is still as good as before and the music is intentionally light with a few comedic tunes accompanying some of the nice relationship moments. It's a less depressing episode that's for sure but maybe I just need some sort of real drama to stop me from watching the timer run out.In Summary:
While this episode is not the best, it does have yet another sweet budding relationship but there is little for fans of Momo here. So far this show has been about the secondary main characters rather then the title star and while that is fine, this episode just didn't really give me much to connect with. There is nothing particularly wrong with this episode and it shows Momo is kind to pretty much anyone she has contact with but it's still not that interesting at least for me.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
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