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(Three episodes watched):|
A show about twelve flamboyant assassins, each with a unique fighting style and set of weapons, could easily be rather shallow and passé, with plenty of fighting but little else. But Juuni Taisen has managed to keep me fairly interested, perhaps because we have gotten a good deal of insight into one of the competitors and she largely tells the story herself via the thoughts that cross her mind. One problem I have: are 'Boar' and Toshiko Ino the same person, just twelve years apart? Toshiko once had a red-haired sister who was her father's choice as the next contestant in the Juuni Taisen match, which Toshiko was not happy about. But the sister apparently became so kill-crazy that she went insane and had to be kept in a cage. Another thing that annoys me is the notion that wild acrobatics can make a person impervious to bullets, even at point-blank range. It's hard to both suspend disbelief and accept notions like that. But a strange twist at the end of episode one--about the last thing one would expect--kept my interest alive and I think I will watch episode two as well.
I wonder how seriously I am supposed to take this show. The entire population of a major city has been eliminated somehow just to give these twelve fighters an urban battleground? The winner will have 'any wish granted'? What sort of organization could possibly be behind such a thing? Some of the fighters seem very un-combative and would rather just negotiate a truce. Apparently it's not uncommon for them to cooperate early on, by forming little teams, even though this will ultimately be a last man standing contest. But the characters are colorful and I can't help wondering what's really going on.
There seems to be a trend to this show (possible spoiler): any character who seems to be ascendant, who seems to have figured out how to defeat his/her opponents, and who we get to know fairly well--that character doesn't have long to live. It's actually kind of neat, though the effect may wear off after awhile. We get to know each of these colorful characters then have the rug yanked out from under us. This show has gotten more intriguing to me with time, which doesn't happen often.
Last updated Tuesday, November 21 2017. Created Sunday, October 29 2017.
|Official Japanese Series Web Site||http://12taisen.com/|