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Post by takenoko » Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:12 pm

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Last episode rating: 5 /5 (6 votes)

Man, another great episode. Good solo story as well as a big step forward in the main story. For an early episode, it's pretty well paced in my opinion.

Has Rei always had a skull on his jacket?

Meant to ask in the last episode, but who is that lady in the bar? I remember looking up a person named Kurehi and seeing her related to Bakura, but does she do anything besides sit there and look pretty?

Bakura, you put the photo in your bad hand! Maybe it's a robot Makai hand or something.

I think these bittersweet episodes really play into Rei's style. Kobayashi is a great writer, but she didn't understand who he was or what his strong points were. The line "Rei's the kind of guy who's smiling superficially." (Not finalized translation) perfectly encapsulates the his character. Rei's not Kouga, he's not the Golden Knight. When Rei saves people, he leaves behind the destruction and sadness that comes with the aftermath of having their lives being touched by the presence of Horrors.

Contrast this with Rei's naturally positive and go-lucky attitude. He has to maintain this facade, otherwise he wouldn't be able to endure with the things he goes through on a nightly basis. It's like Kouga's early stoicism but flipped to the other setting.

Context changes everything. Meeting with the kid's dad beforehand made Rei hesitate, but at the same time, it allowed him to know what to do after the battle. Otherwise, for Rei, that kid would have been just another Horror that he cut down. At least with the knowledge of who the kid was, Rei was able to meet with the dad and maybe give him some closure.

Now for the main plot, they offed ?Okina? already? Dragon Knight, that sounds cool. I'm guessing he's one of those former good guys turned villain types. Have Yuge Tomohisa and Haga Yuria ever starred together before? I don't remember. Aoshima Kokoro (Alice) is cute, but I really want to see her take some voice acting lessons. She kind of reminds me of Fire-1's actor. Looks good, but the voice isn't the strongest.

Anyway, another 5 for me. Looking forward to the next ep.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 03 released

Post by XIII » Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:27 am

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Bakura, you put the photo in your bad hand! Maybe it's a robot Makai hand or something.
Probably like Takeru in Yami wo. Or is it that same hand that Takeru lost and they are hinting that he is Takeru, thus trying to connect the bridge again, conspiracy theory at 5 everyone.

I have been impressed by Dragon Blood so far, I normally try not to pay too much attention to the dialog while timing in terms of what is being said, but some words just stand out at times and draw you off track from what you are doing. Such as the horror asking what his wish was. That intrigued me as I dont really remember much outside of Retsuden 12 in a horror asking what someones wish was. Then with the follow up of "I dont want to die" I think it was really set the time for the most basic of wishes, but it was handled really well.

I did wonder how they were going to fill the last 5 minutes of the ep after the battle was done, but it was nice to get some of the main story plot out in the open and reveal the big bad for the series. Although I do feel the "knight gone bad" routine is getting a bit on the stale side, could do with something else in future series.

And I still hate that ending song, soo bad
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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 03 released

Post by takenoko » Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:49 am

God, if Bakura is revealed to be old Takeru and that Ryuuga and Rian are Taiga's parents, that would be the most ridiculous thing.

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Post by XIII » Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:01 am

as ridiculous as Ryuuga getting his eyes restored by his mums tears?
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Post by takenoko » Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:03 am

Nooooo. I had forgotten about Yami...

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Post by DaVinci030 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:45 am

How the f**k did Zero regenerated his Soul Metal from the bullet shot?! No idea. Give it a 5.

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Post by Mandalori » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:18 pm

takenoko wrote:God, if Bakura is revealed to be old Takeru and that Ryuuga and Rian are Taiga's parents, that would be the most ridiculous thing.
Well, Yami and Gold Storm are supposed to happen after Kouga's story, so it won't happen.
XIII wrote:as ridiculous as Ryuuga getting his eyes restored by his mums tears?
Call that Makai Magic. It's not like it was free healing or eyes trading without surgery (since he does say that it's his mother eyes after the exchange).

The songs are growing on me, I kind of like them now.

So it was a Dragon egg. I guess that make sense, given the title.

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And Rekka is coming back. Probably my second favorite Garo character after Rian and Ryuuga (who both share the first place).

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Post by The M » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:38 pm

When the bullet was piercing the rain in the beginning my first thought was "Sweet dreams are made of this "

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Post by Kurokage X » Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:46 pm

I'm getting the feels with this episode, self repairing soul metal sounds pretty awesome so 5 for me
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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 03 released

Post by mholden020 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:54 pm

Mandalori wrote:
takenoko wrote:God, if Bakura is revealed to be old Takeru and that Ryuuga and Rian are Taiga's parents, that would be the most ridiculous thing.
Well, Yami and Gold Storm are supposed to happen after Kouga's story, so it won't happen.
Not to mention that Ryuuga's armor was the Saejima armor before it was cleansed during the Gold Storm movie...

That episode kicked right in the feels. I need to go back and re-watch the first Garo season to see how Rei was portrayed because I remember disliking him at first, but he's become one of my favorite characters. That whole episode was phenomenal.

So the Dragon Knight fellow...how many times is that actor going to appear in the Garo universe in some way? It definitely seems like he's been in each season at least once!
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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 03 released

Post by takenoko » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:17 am

What are you talking about? Yuge Tomohisa was only a guest in episode 8 of the first season, and you would have missed him if you blinked. Are you thinking of another actor maybe?
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Post by TokuCasual » Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:31 pm

I feel this is a return to form for the franchise. I haven't felt this way since the first two seasons. To an extent Makai No Hana.

Out of the gate, we get 3 strong episodes, that work as both standalone but also building up the main plot on the side. Standalone stories have been the franchise highlight, I'm glad this season reminds itself that. Rei is an awesome character, and he really shines here.

The father and son story, with that tragic conclusion, hits home. An easy 5!

Looking forward to next week, as the main arc comes across. Dragon Knight vs Makai Knight.

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Post by Catastrophe » Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:34 pm

This was a really great episode. I think some of the issues with some previous seasons was that one spends too long getting to know the Horror before the knight turns up and slays them. This works for Rei because not as stoic as Kouga so having him interact with the dad is in character. I don't feel like you could do these every week without it becoming contrived, but as a one off it's really nice.

I forgot up until know that Rei had both his girlfriend and mentor murdered by Barago before the first season, so Alices observation probably means that Rei is still carrying the burden of that. Hopefully this series gives the guy some form of a happy ending.

Tomohisa has the Dragon Knight is pretty boss. He's always amazing in anything he is in. Looking forward to next week with it looking like the plot is going to kick into gear.

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Post by chronoxiong » Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:55 pm

This show has been killing it. I have enjoyed each one and have felt the message it has been trying to display. We actually got an episode where we feel bad for the humans who become Horrors. That guy they have does look like a younger version of Rei when he had the short hair too. And yeah, I'm really glad Rei has his own series. This feels refreshing to watch.
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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 03 released

Post by Alessar » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:43 pm

Catastrophe wrote: that Rei had both his girlfriend and mentor murdered by Barago before the first season,
I thought that was his dad? I thought his dad was a butler (like Gonza) to a Makai knight who died without an heir. But Rei could use soul metal. There was a whole plot point in the first season that Rei wasn't in the "makai geneaologies" so they didn't know who he was. (Kinda think they expected there to only be a few knights ever back in season 1, but as of season 2 it was more like there's a class of "noble" grade knights with more distinctive armor and family bloodlines, and uh, generic CGI duplicate knights...)

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