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Spiral - Vol. 2: Disarming Fate

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Shingo Kaneko

The thrilling mystery anime series SPIRAL follows the adventures of Ayumu Narumi as he investigates the disappearance of his older brother Kiyotaka. When his search leads him to a shadowy organization known as the Blade Children, Narumi becomes implicated … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Anime
Director: Shingo Kaneko
Release Date: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Spiral - Vol. 2: Disarming Fate

Now we find out who is right - and who is dead.

  • Jul 18, 2006
Pros: Kickin’ it up a notch I see.

Cons: Still rather “meh” about everything.

The Bottom Line: These Blade Children have serious issues.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I’m actually on episode 15 in this series. I’ve just been extremely lazy about it. You can’t start here, so I suggest you rewind to the start. Don’t want to be all baffled, do we?

Two years ago, Kiyotaka Nerumi, famed pianist and esteemed detective disappeared off the face of the earth in search of the Blade Children. Now, the Blade Children have surfaced for Ayumu Nerumi – and it seems they want him as well. But for what?

Episode 6: Ayumu and Hiyono are still going over suspects from the previous episode. It has now become a battle of wits – who will win? And who will…die?

Episode 7: Ayumu has his catch, but the battle between him and the murderer isn’t over. Another battle of wits is to begin, ending with a hostage and a way for Ayumu to either come back stronger or simply fall apart in the face of adversity.

Episode 8: The bargaining chips are on the table, and if Ayumu can get himself out of his downer mood, perhaps he’ll be able to think of a way to save Hiyono.

Episode 9: Ayumu Nerumi, back in action! He and Rio are at it once more in a decisive battle. First they must settle the terms, decide the rules, and hope luck and brains will get them what they want. Ready, go!

As interesting as things are, I am still getting bored from time to time. It’s mostly all the talking. In something like Dragon Ball Z or Naruto they explain their attacks, right? Sort of the same thing, instead it’s an explanation on someone’s logic and thought processes. “I knew you were going to do this and so I did this,” sort of thing. Verbal chess in hindsight. Anyway, I find that to be a little annoying after a while. Explaining how you escaped certain death is one thing, but babbling on about one’s luck and faith in oneself gets old after a while. And on the subject of annoying things, I am pretty tired of the brooding guy who has all kinds of ability yet has no confidence in himself. Been there, done that, not new. Sorry. Oh well. Kudos to the uniqueness of the murder in #5.

Also, though Hiyono is cute, she is way, way too carefree around people who have the capability to cut her throat in a second and not think twice about it. It’s just so unrealistic. Yes, I know it’s a cartoon, and yes, I am aware of the concept of suspension of disbelief, but if we’re going for logic and such here, then that sort of cancels itself out doesn’t it? However, she almost redeems herself with all that singing. It’s just cute and amusing when everyone always mutters “weird song” after she finishes a verse.

I guess I don’t really have a preference to Japanese or English. I don’t have any major problems with the English version, as everyone does their part and no one sounds too awkward and such. Whatever floats yer boat. I do, however, love the outtakes that you get. Usually there aren’t any extras on anime DVD’s that I find interesting enough to mention (after all, we’re all just there for the anime, not the extras). I am the biggest sucker for outtakes ever and I get angry when a movie doesn’t have any. Anime doesn’t count, but I’ve never heard voice actor outtakes before so I was highly amused with the whole idea.

Music is still good, though they seem to be using the same pieces without a whole lot of variation. The opening song still may make your eardrums bleed because of the crazy high-pitchedness. I still don’t like the very beginning, but the rest I can handle. I’m not going to rush out and slap it onto my MP3 player though. The ending song is a lot softer and can mellow you out after a tense episode. I’m a fan of Hiyono’s little song though.

The animation is still pretty good, though it can be a little awkward at times just for the simple fact that everything is so serious and then someone like Asazuki will have one of those slightly exaggerated looks going on. Seems rather out of character for him. Hiyono I can get; her switches aren’t surprising unless they’re in the face of certain death. Then it’s a little too much.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Well, time to move on to the next volume!

Episodes in Volume 2:
6. Blind Spot in the Web
7. The Choice of the Nonbeliever
8. Day of the Defeated
9. All Things That are Possible to You


Previous Volumes:
Spiral - Volume 1: What Are the Blade Children?

Future Volumes:
Spiral - Volume 3: Shooting Fallen Stars
Spiral - Volume 4: Sharpening Wit
Spiral - Volume 5: The Melody of Logic
Spiral - Volume 6: The Notes of Truth


Viewing Format: DVD

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