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Sengoku Collection / Parallel World Samurai Episode #24 Anime Review

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Life on top of the mountain only serves to show you other mountains.

What They Say:
The life of an Idol is wearing thin on Ieyasu, she is currently at the top of the Idol World and the work is non-stop. Will this adventure be her last?

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a very surprisingly fun episode involving young Amago and her life at the school with the sandbox, I have to admit that my curiosity is really high for how the show is going to end out with three episodes remaining, this one included. The series has had a lot of ups and downs with some fantastic works mixed into it, and it’s hinted at where things can go at times with some of the background and minor nods here and there. But it hasn’t firmed things up too much in the second half here or in the last few episodes. So having the show cycle around to Ieyasu at this point is an interesting choice to be sure.

While Ieyasu has had a very good run as an idol, which she wanted, it’s all starting to wear on her now and she’s feeling listless. She still puts on a heck of a show and does it with full enthusiasm, but once out of the spotlight, she’s wondering what’s next, such as hopefully a vacation or something else to change things up a bit. What ends up changing things up is coming across a young man working in the building that she befriends to some degree after a small incident. Where it turns even more interesting is that he separately comes across a woman in red that some thugs are looking for only to have him and Ieyasu see her falling off of the roof not long afterward. And the two of them end up with some video footage explaining what happens, which sets them to righting this wrong.

This leads to a mild but fun little adventure for the pair, giving Ieyasu a chance to get out into the world as she follows him trying to solve things and avoid the thugs. While there is some minor but fun little action here and some really neat visual designs in places, it’s mostly just a piece that helps to paint that Ieyasu is looking for something different out of life and has seemingly found it, if only for a little bit, by doing this. Of course, while it all plays out well, there’s some mild little twists along the way that you can really take a couple of different ways about the events and what they truly mean. In the end, it’s a fun little tale about Ieyasu that shows us how she’s held up after all this time.

In Summary:
Sengoku Collection manages an episode that while good is one that you can ultimately call fine. Which is an odd way of saying it, but it comes down to the fact that it does a lot of the things I like when it comes to visual presentation and style and delivers Ieyasu effectively but it loses me on the story a bit since there wasn’t all that much there to it. It has some neat little moments and the characters work well but it doesn’t engage as much as some of the other ones do, or even the previous one which was a great way of doing war as kindergarten students. Seeing what Ieyasu has been up to is welcome though and the adventure is simplistic, stylish and fun but it all feels just a touch hollow.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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