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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru

Uraboku Episode #16

Uraboku Episode #16 Review

By Chris Beveridge     July 27, 2010
Release Date: July 25, 2010


Uraboku Episode #01
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The arrival at the primary residence brings about... more cast members. Well, there is a clan of them after all.

What They Say
Yuki Giou is a high school student with no relatives, living in an orphanage who ends up meeting a beautiful young man, Zess who somewhat inspires his nostalgia. We are on a journey to discover the past between these two men.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yuki's time at the main mansion has been a bit problematic as we saw in the last episode but it gets more so in this one in a different way. While sitting down with Takashiro and being complimented for appearing to be prepared compared to when they last met, Yuki finds himself meeting more members of the Giou clan that are here and that are tasked to deal with him in various ways. The first is Tsubaki, the younger sister of Ibuki, who also happens to look after Masamune, a young man who is an apprentice necromancer that's working to become an important part of the mansion guard. Tsubaki and Masamune have a fairly standard relationship where Tsubaki is outgoing and happy with everyone except for Masamune as she treats him fairly blandly.

Just what we needed. More cast members.

Yuki's time with Takashiro after that introduction is important as Takashiro reveals that he has some Duras in himself. Relating about the Lost Spell and its power of immortality, he makes the far larger revelation to Yuki that he's actually been alive for about a thousand years now because of the Duras that he carries in himself and because of the way he hasn't transformed or been reborn like Yuki and the others have. It's all quite a shock to Yuki but he takes it in his best deer in the headlights way that he can. Takashiro explains the basics of his reasoning behind why he continues on with what he does as well as the scale of the fight he's in, but it's the other revelation about his relation to Yuki that starts to change things for Yuki even more as yuki starts to grasp that he may not be what he thought he was when it comes to his life and his past memories that have slowly been seeping through.

Yuki's girlish nature shines through here as he proves to be very understanding of what Takashiro has to say and he's very concerned about the life that Takashiro has to live because of the Duras in him. He openly asks what it is that drives Takashiro to do what he does and this leads to a good understanding of the scope of the fight through a memorial to those who have fallen before. Yuki is also given some comfort in understanding what it is that Kanata/Reiga has gone through in that the memories of Reiga were far below the surface, not something he was aware of, and that his friendship with Kanata was real. In a way, that feels even worse for Yuki because he has to deal with someone who was open and honest with him about everything without realizing what was inside him. He can't openly hate everything about Reiga because of it and instead just has to deal with Reiga himself, and hopefully find a way to push Reiga below the surface or expunge him entirely so he can save Kanata.

In Summary:
Uraboku does a fair bit of revelations throughout this episode, though it starts off awkwardly by insisting on introducing yet more characters to the mix that will have minimal impact overall in the remainder of the series. Or they'll be a key piece at some point but without the necessary connection for the viewer because of the minimal amount of time they've spent on it. On the plus side, Takashiro spends a lot of one on one time with Yuki and explains some key things to him that helps set a few things straight and adds some honesty to the discourse. Though I'm not sure Takashiro knows how to be honest anymore after all this time and it's just his telling of events that may not match up with reality. And we get an obligatory deer in the headlights moment from Yuki which is always required for the Uraboku drinking game.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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