Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Episode 8


A weeb, an otaku, or something else entirely? No, no. It’s probably one of the first two. Avid watcher and, now, writer of all things anime, I’m pleased to make your acquaintance. Though our waifus and husbandos may differ in the future, I’m hopeful we can remain friends or, at the very least, not become bitter enemies. It’s a pleasure.

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  1. zztop says:

    Apparently most of the character backstories shown have been anime-original expansions – in the source novel, character origins are condensed into a single profile page at the start of each chapter; they’re very basic explanations and have no bearing on the main plot.
    Ex. Boar’s profile in the novel merely states she tricked her sister out of being a participant; the anime embellished that mere statement into a lengthy history.

    Fun fact is that Rabbit was never given a profile page in the novel, leaving his origins a mystery there. It’ll be interesting to see if the anime tries to give him a backstory.

    Also here’s an official review of the source novel from Anime News Network, The reviewer disliked it, calling it a shell of a story with too much redundant narration.

    • APlus says:

      That was an interesting review, to the say the least. So many of these backstories have essentially taken 1-2 lines and turned them into 10 minutes of flashbacks and characterization. That’s incredibly cool, at least from my perspective, as someone who mainly watches anime rather than reading manga/LNs.

      It looks pretty clear that there’s some sort of disdain with the book. Learning about the characters in the anime has become the primary source of entertainment for me, so it makes total sense that taking that away could leave a hollow shell of a novel.

      This also gets my really excited about Rabbit though… Leaving it a mystery or expanding on it both seem like they could be interesting, depending on how they’re done. This might just be a case of Nisio dropping the ball, which pains me to say as a loyal fan. From purely anime though, it’s another great work!

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