March 08, 2007
But the lure of money brought in by the first show (just take a look at all the figures from it that are out there... heck, I even have one) was too strong. And thus, Ikkitousen - Dragon Destiny has been whelped and let loose upon an unsuspecting public.
Maybe they moved away from their tried-and-true style? Could they have possibly turned this into a GOOD series without us being aware of it?
Ah. No, no they didn't. I suppose I should applaud them for their restraint; they waited a whole 51 seconds before they hit us with pantsu. (UPDATE: for the record, the first series had the first pantsu sighting 23 seconds into the OP! Not even the show itself, but the OP!!!)
It seems the producers realized what side their bread is buttered on. Hakufu, that airheaded ditz of a lead in the first series only appears in this episode as a still on a computer screen. Instead, the entire first chunk of the show is devoted to Ryumou Shimei, the semisadistic, eyepatched, meido-becostumed fighter that was a major secondary character the first time around. She's attempting to recover something from a shrine... something familiar...
We then cut to a different school, just filled with even more fighters, and, oh look! THEIR leader happens to be a wimpy, "I-don't-want-to-fight" type who, like Hakufu, has the soul of a Great Leader in her. Oy. Fortunately for her (and for those of us who are trying to get through this show), she's protected by an able Lieutenant, Kan-u Unchou:
The show goes on to introduce us to the various other main characters, none of whom are on screen more than a minute. Guess you have to expect that in a first episode of this quality level, but c'mon! There are five or six new faces, as well as one retread from the first show, that whip across the screen... get out the paper, you're gonna have to take notes with this one.
So far, I-DD (I see what you did there, person-who-named-the-series) seems to be a disappointment, but it IS still early: it could easily get worse. From what I've read, this series is going to follow the manga somewhat more closely than the original did (though, not having read it, I have no way of knowing if that's correct). In any case, I'm sure not recommending this to anybody... call it my own secret shame.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 08, 2007 05:08 PM (+rSRq)
And, hey, pantsu! How can I lose?
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 09, 2007 10:30 AM (uj4NK)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 09, 2007 03:11 PM (+rSRq)
Now if only they'd put that much effort into, oh, the plot...
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 09, 2007 06:27 PM (GQv1b)
The original Hakufu, for example, was very powerful, but died very young. She doesn't know anything about what's going on at the start of the story because her mother was trying to protect her from that early death.
So they're all acting their parts in this play; some of them are trying to break free of their fates, others are actively trying to bring another cycle of the war to completion.
Oh, and four of the characters are dragons. You've met three of them, but it takes a while before they are all revealed. The fourth hasn't shown up as of volume 10 of the manga.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 09, 2007 07:38 PM (uj4NK)
"Plot? We don't need no steenking plot!"
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 10, 2007 01:50 AM (86QII)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 10, 2007 11:54 AM (uj4NK)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 10, 2007 06:41 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 12, 2007 11:33 PM (uj4NK)
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