FIRST OF ALL. I REALLY apologize for missing the review for episode eleven because I had a family emergency to wrap up last week. I really couldn’t find time for any sort of anime. Second, Because I read the manga, I generally knew what was going to happen so again I apologize for skipping out on some of you anime only watchers.
FINALE EPISODE of the series brings us tons of action, awesome dialogue and emotionally charged scenes. Unlike Akame ga Kill that brought us one of the most unsatisfactory endings, Donten ni Warau is an example of a manga series that has one of the best anime adaptations ever. While it does rearrange some of the scenes for dramatic effect or proper main story-sub story coherence, the show has been really well presented overall. This is mostly thanks to the wonderful mangaka/original creator of the story that set such a well thought out plot. The show definitely gave us a proper start to finish and much needed closure. Pacing was just a bit quick for the episode… I mean, they could have gone for thirteen episodes and dragged it out but budgeting and producing… semantics.
The episode mainly focuses on the Kumo brothers exorcising the Orochi from Soramaru plus the final epic battle (that we knew was coming), to destroy the Orochi. I love how the characters parallel each other, from the Kumo brothers to the Yamainu and even the Fuma. From Tenka and Sousei to Rakuchou and Soramaru to Tenka and Shirasu and Soramaru and Nishiki.
I’m actually really impressed the mangaka found time to throw in some Chuutarou development, latching it into Kagami’s sardonic view on life to form yet another result where the Kumo charm has worked its magic.
“From now on, let’s laugh, cry and live… under the sunny skies.”
The happy ending in the anime felt a lot different from the manga. The manga is definitely a lot stronger in terms of pacing and emotionally build-up because you literally feel all the characters grinding along every day since Tenka’s death in the story. When things pick up near the end, the resolution is really cathartic and it seems almost bittersweet in a fairy-folktale-like way whereas things are super super happy and lovey dovey in the end of the anime.
In terms of animation, I didn’t really have a problem with the anime style though I still think they could have been a bit more meticulous with the detailing. The manga art style is A+ after all. Not much of the score soundtrack jumps out at me except the ending song but we’ll see once the actual album is released. If random songs on that playlist remind me of scenes of the show, the score can be considered as somewhat a success though I can’t bring any particular melodies to mind that evoke Donten’s own signature sound.
Last Random Thoughts
The cast was definitely stunning even though I found Tsubasa Yonega’s voice slightly irksome as Chuutarou at certain times. I really wish they could stop casting Yuki Kaji into EVERYTHING because a lot of people were comparing him to Kou from Ao Haru Ride which literally finished in the prior season. Nakamura Yuuchi NAILED Tenka and is a huge reason why Tenka came off as such an amazing character to me. I’m a bit upset Maaya Sakamoto wasn’t cast as Botan cause her and Kenichi Suzumura as Hirari would have the fans go CRAZY. After all, how cute would it be for a married seiyuu couple to voice an actual couple in anime? TOTES ADORABLE!!
Favourite Character- Still Tenka
Most Badass- Sousei definitely.
I hope you guys enjoyed my blog post series for Donten ni Warau because I certainly enjoyed tuning in every week to watch the Kumo brothers. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ll tune into future recaps, reviews and commentary soon. =)
What are you pondering today?