Senkou No Night Raid: I disappoint

This is the story of the bad guys.  The guys who made innocent people starve with only a bag of rice to live off of.  The guys who made men work for a single hot potato and a bowl of soup.  The potato usually went to the wives and children.  The setting is a conflict where all sides are at fault.  Where everywhere you go, people starve and bleed.

This is Sakurai Kikan


I first would like to show my disappointment about the protagonists.   They decided to make it all fictional with espers.  God dam it, they put a fucking obeisance in there too.  Time limit.  Gah.   Not to mention racial diversity.

The girl is a telepath

The black haired azn is a conservative teleporter

The dark skin dude (I do not know race) is a see-right-through-you-and-the-walls-around-you

White guy?  hard to explain.  Basically he can bend matter into a different direction.  Hmm… kinda of like Vector Change from To Aru Majutsu Index.

Motorcycles weren’t invented yet… right?

Next are the forms of transportation.  The roads were shit back then.  The cars were decent.  But motorcycles?  I doubt.  They made a lot of buffed up tech.

The Disappointment of Haruhi Suzumiya

But none the less it was just introductory.  It is definitely playing its cards in the way that Darker than Black did.  Having the protags work for the baddies.  The protagonists rebel and escape.  Ah yes, indeed like the Darker than Black kind of scenario.  Boring indeed.  But at least the character have good coordination.  At least it isn’t totally fiction hard core like DTB.  It made some interesting (and actually convincing) conversations in between the action that paint the circumstances of the war. I actually say that this anime will not be very entertaining.  First impression score:



9 Responses to “Senkou No Night Raid: I disappoint”

  1. 10 April 2010 at 11:25 am

    I get the feeling that this won’t be Japanese revisionist history but regardless having this complex and dark era treated this way still feel negligent. I respect the A-1 disclaimer but nevertheless with the significance behind what I’m watching hard to keep from thinking about it will keep me from enjoying this show unless it somehow improves its quality greatly.

  2. 2 blindability
    10 April 2010 at 11:51 am

    Is it bad that I found it moderately entertaining? Though I have to admit I’m terrible with history and time periods so that’s probably why it was so easy for me to watch and enjoy it, haha.

    Poor Poro; you were pretty excited about this one too, weren’t you?

  3. 3 Topspin
    10 April 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I wasn’t sure with this one either. If I ignore the “history” angle and just treat it as it’s own thing, it’s a little more enjoyable. But it didn’t really suck me in like Darker than Black or FMA did.. maybe because I’m just burned out by the sheer volume of superhuman-centric anime lately. They’re bloody everywhere, from Bantorra to Railgun.

  4. 4 hissatsu
    10 April 2010 at 12:08 pm

    “Motorcycles weren’t invented yet… right?”

    Wrong. Motorcycles were invented in the late 1800s. There was nothing rare or made up about them by 1931.

  5. 5 Son Gohan
    10 April 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I think some people approached SnNR with the wrong expectations. You expected an historical drama about Japan’s invasion of China in the 1930s but this is no documentary. This is just a spy story with an unusual setting and fantasy elements. They still touched upon the connection between the Japanese government and the Kuomintang but they probably won’t go much deeper than that.

  6. 6 BoozerX
    10 April 2010 at 9:26 pm

    As a anime it was a good first episode.
    There are a lot of history books out there.

  7. 7 Poro
    11 April 2010 at 12:26 am

    I know, I know. But my argument of shitty roads still stands. >:3

    @Son Gohan
    The dialogue about the watermelon was more legitimate in the sense of background portrayal. XD The connection between the Kuominwhatever and the Japanese government was a reference but you’re looking at the wrong thing for reference of the actual situation. Of course, this was coming the summary said “takes place in 1931 during the Japanese Occupation”. But the real thing that the production team went for was to portray how jacked up China is at that time. They made the buildings desolate. They made subtle potrayal in the difference between the rich and the poor. (Read the Good Earth by something something pearl) The sub characters and the protags really gave some interesting lines that hinted of the situation.
    “What is under the cover [under the covered “meal”]” -chinese watchguard chewing leaves
    “Don’t look you’ll get hungry” -the white guy that can dodge bullets.
    Perhaps it isn’t much but think about how this was said. You’ll definitely see how subtle yet powerful that line was.

    No really! I didn’t know that there were billions of history books out there! ZOMG!
    But yes this was a pretty good episode that left a good amount of foreshadowing. That’s why I gave it the extra .199999999

  8. 8 Poro
    11 April 2010 at 12:30 am

    I was very very annoyed by the esper genre use. They are everywhere (“”\_(O_o)_/””)

    Yes I was excited! I had Too-much-super-powered-freaks-in-my-anime-watchlist fatigue syndrome. This just worsens it.

    Exactly how I feel.

    Sorry about the reverse order of comments everyone xD

  9. 12 April 2010 at 7:54 pm

    If they had motorbikes in WW1 I sure they had them then. 2 wheels are easier than 4 right?

    Anyway I liked it, was more serious than some of the other shows so far although I havent watched Rainbow yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Welcome to Bokutachi no Blog. That's "Our Blog" in Japanese. Our Anime Blog, to be exact. And if you landed to this page by accident, probably in search for ecchi stuff, then you should regret to have hit this page. Don't worry, this blog is children-safe and no misdemeanor acts here. Sorry, you bald, middle-aged perverts. But thanks for the hit anyway.

Blog Extra


%d bloggers like this: