I have some mixed feelings regarding Tenma’s character. His shikigami are pretty cool, but I feel like his little boy mentality will kill his screen time. We spent the majority of the episode watching Tenma being afraid of bugs. Let’s be honest here. A lot of us are afraid of bugs and centipedes are some of the creepiest ones out there. Tenma’s introduction didn’t really have a lot going on. The dude wants to honor his parents by showing off his skills in Edo. This resonates with Jinbei because of his samurai mentality. Jinbei tries to help Tenma over his fear of bugs by making him get used to being around them. I will tell you right now that it is a horrible way to do things. There is no way that I would ever want to be around slugs and snails. Even seeing those words in this article is making me uneasy. I guess that there really isn’t a fantastic way to get over your fears because you kind of just have to power through them, but I don’t see myself ever getting over my fears. Is that a bad thing? Yes it is. You should never let fear, especially one as irrational as mine, interfere with your life. I just know that no matter how close I am to a person, if they put a snail in my face, then we would have a problem. Onto Tenma because he actually matters. The guy showed the conditional courage thing that most characters end up having. They are still afraid in normal situations, but they can rise to the occasion when people are in danger. Classic character arc.
Current Opinion of the Show:
I am enjoying this series. Tenma is an interesting character, but the thing that excites me is the fact that we are basically done with the character introduction episodes. Obviously, we will be getting to know Mugai next week, but his episode will obviously have its fair share of plot progression thrown in. I could do without the girls constantly being thrown into sexual situations. It isn’t enough that they give Oharu’s chest a spotlight in the opening. They had to have her knocked down with water all over her during a battle. On that note, these people are way too calm when the bugs are attacking. Have they forgotten everyone that has died up until now? The only explanation for this that I can think of is the reliability thing that Jinbei was talking about. You have to be a warrior that is so powerful that the people behind you feel safe. Aside from that, the structural damage is way too intense. I don’t know how there are any buildings left standing in Edo. The last thing that I have a problem with are the attack names. I have watched my fair share of shounen, so I am used to attacks having names, but could Jinbei do something besides yelling out “Always be ready for a fight”? That isn’t even an attack name. Criticism aside, I do like this series and I am really looking forward to seeing what is up with this Mugai guy.