Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood

Title:Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood
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Notables: AOI Shouta
ITO Ayasa
1931: the 15th Shogun, Yashinobu Tokigawa, continues to wield absolute power, thanks to a monopoly over the special natural resource known as Ryumyaku. Naturally, there are those who are dissatisfied with the current state of affairs.

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4284#628]
(One episode watched):

Well, when the premise described above is revealed to us, I figured that surely this show would be about freedom fighters resisting the cruel dictatorship of the Shogun in this alternate history. But after watching episode one my impression is that maybe the Shogun and his people are the good guys. Judging from a map, it would seem that France (or was it Italy?) has taken over Kyushu and is screwing with Japan by importing wild animals that can be transformed into deadly human/animal hybrids known as 'Changelings'. I had to deduce a lot of this myself because episode one doesn't exactly make it clear. What are Changelings and why are they dangerous? Episode one did not say. Main character Sawa, who is gruff, distant, but beautiful, is apparently part of a ring of secret agents fighting this illegal trade. She's actually a Changeling herself (I think) who is out for revenge for her brother who was killed by another Changeling. She works with several fairly colorful fellow agents, seen above. Asahi is the little girl who thinks Sawa is her older sister even though she actually isn't. This was all seeming fairly interesting until the obligatory action scene, which managed to trash most of my curiosity. I bristled at the all-too-common 'swords are better than guns' bit, and the bizarre bulletproof umbrella and repeating crossbow. The intrigue which had been building largely melted away. Another problem is that I never really became convinced that these people are any better than their opponents. If it had been made more clear just what's going on and who's good and who's evil (and that fights would be handled realistically), perhaps I would be willing to watch some more, but that didn't happen. This just seems like a shallow good guys vs. bad ones sort of show.

Last updated Tuesday, April 06 2021. Created Monday, April 05 2021.

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