With Kuniko’s execution at hand, will Metal-Age arrive in time to save her?
What They Say:
SHANGRI-LA is the story of a young woman fighting for her survival in a real "urban jungle." Only 18 years old, Kuniko Hojo finds herself at the heart of the battle for humanity's future when she discovers that the government which rules Atlas intends to continue marginalizing the less-privileged masses outside the tower - by force, if necessary.
Follow Kuniko and her rag-tag group of guerrillas, Metal-age, as they fight for survival in the amazing surroundings of a bustling metropolis reclaimed by nature. Even in this superheated future, both bravery and the human spirit can persevere and—hopefully—win.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The end of last episode saw new prison warden, and Atlus CEO, Ryoko order Kuniko’s execution for causing a disturbance. This causes an uproar with the inmates, including Rena, but they are powerless to do anything about it. Takehiko begins a plot to break Kuniko out by tunneling under the prison, but the work is slow going, and the day of execution is fast arising. As this is happening, Momoko makes “one final visit” to the prison, to see Kuniko and deliver her ceremonial burial clothes, but sometimes all is not as it seems.
Shangri-La seems to now be building to the final confrontation, and it has been quite the ride so far. The script has been tight, and everything has moved at a breakneck pace. I am really interested to see where it is going to go now that it appears Kuniko and Mikuni are finally going to meet. Perhaps we will also finally learn what is so special about the three blades that Kuniko, Mikuni, and Kusanagi carry—not to mention find out why Ryoko refers to them as the Wind, Moon, and Sun. I am also interested to see the outcome of Ryoko’s ultimate goal, as we are beginning to see that take shape as well. As each episode passes, we see more of her sadistic side, and it is getting easier to root for her eventual downfall.
As a final note, I should mention that Crunchyroll seems to be offering this simulcast title for free as a bit of an advertisement for their membership services. So you do not actually need an account to watch it before it drops into their general video collection.
Though not a lot of ‘time’ passes in this episode, plenty of plot threads are seemingly starting to come together as it looks like the series is heading towards its climax. What has come so far has been a lot of fun to watch, and I am really looking forward to upcoming confrontations and the eventual outcomes. I can only hope it matches what we have seen so far. Recommended.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles