The fallout from the return of Sen's brother may not be quite as bad as initially thought.
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Episode 10: The Prison of the Evil Eye
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The return of Yoshihiko a week earlier than planned ni the previous episode certainly threw things for a loop, especially since it was presented as him being far more aware of what's going on than originally suspected. And that he may actually not be the big bad guy of it all as well, though he's not exactly a trustworthy character that you can easily believe. His return has thrown the girls into a bit of a tizzy, especially since there's a chance they could face some serious repercussions from their actions, including sneaking into the summer residence to steal files and information, but the fact they're not dead yet indicates he has a better plan for them.
An interesting part of the episode focuses on an internal angle as we spend a good bit of time inside of Muneakira's mind. He's being manipulated by Gisen at this point to create the pact and she's causing all sorts of problems for him by throwing the various girls at him that he hasn't entered into a pact with so far. It's a very smutty piece at first since they're all naked, though with appropriate ink splotches, and they're coming onto him in a very big way. Having Sen and the others make an attempt to rescue him in the mindspace sphere is fun, though they're fully clothed for it, but in the end it just makes them realize they can't save his mind until they can save his body. So they have to break out a few others before they can make the big attack to rescue Muneakira.
Getting this group to work together isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to begin with, even less so with all the stresses going on, but they're all focused on getting Muneakira back so it all does come together eventually. The jailbreak scenes and the action for it flow very well, which admittedly isn't a surprise since the show has done so well with it so far. But like any group attack on a place, or a breakout in fact, there's a lot of attrition as people fall off to hold back others and deal with various attacks that come their way. There's a lot to like with the action here and Samurai Girls hits a lot of familiar things we've seen in past fights. What changes it up a bit is that the settings are different since it's in Yoshihiko's layer and it's an interesting blend of ancient traditions and technology. It really feels so much more natural than how many shows play it, a blending that works in such a way as to not seem forced or obvious. And that earns the show big points.
While Yoshihiko's plan isn't exactly good in a way, it's definitely one that you can understand and see the reason for his methods. He's not a good guy in any sense, but seems to fit more the role of a man who has gone in the wrong direction to do what he feels to be right. Though not a fully fleshed out character, he's less of the standard cardboard villain one might usually get. Having everything come to the point where the girls must put their all into rescuing Muneakira and come to some good realizations along the way may be predictable but it works very well here. Samurai Girls continues to be a fun series that amuses highly with the amount of ink splotches it can have from episode to episode. This one uses a ton, which makes me hold out hope that we get a good uncut version of it someday to see, as well as having the censored version simply because they did it so well.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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