How do you rate Episode 9 of of
Shinobi no Ittoki?
This week, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag, but maybe not so much Shocking because of how I felt about the first few episodes.
So from a plot point of view, I have no idea what happened in the episode The real problem. This outright war between Koga and Iga needs to have casualties (or at least major consequences) for it to feel meaningful, since the toothpaste wasn’t put back in the bottle after we got into a kinetic conflict. Killing Yumika is appropriate in terms of its narrative importance, so it fits the bill. Also, the last few episodes have delved into her background and shown how solid she is as Iga’s leader – both heightening the impact on viewers and increasing the pressure on Ittoki to take over when she leaves. Position.
The problem is…it still feels a little off balance on the other end. The fight is technically appropriate, but it’s not nearly as tense or exciting as a battle between robot ninjas and normal ninjas. They’re bland, generic fights interspersed with buzzy dialogue between a lot of supporting characters we don’t know or care about. Also, Kousetsu’s revelations seemed to distract rather than add to the drama, a shocking twist that pulled me out of the present rather than illuminating past events. In addition, the villain suddenly revealed the ability to control from a distance… Strange? So far, so much of Ninja World has been technical in nature, and the sudden emergence of such powerful magical powers was an unexpected moment that gave me more of an order as a writer than anything else.
Grant is the co-host People are on the Blade Licking Thieves podcast and the Super Senpai podcast.
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