Kiba – episode 19

August 9, 2006 on 11:24 pm | In Kiba | 10 Comments

“The Land of Darkness”


“Noa! Awaken the tool inside!”

A new arc already, in the sense that we’ve got a change of scenery affected from the hub world of Kiba. There are several good things about this episode, the first being that we get to see Zed’s mother in flashback (remember how she’s supposed to be important?) and we can begin to comprehend that Noa is what one of my friends would call a “toolio”.

Zed and Roia leave Karbuhu. So too do the last exiles of Karbuhu. Back in Tempura, Zed and Roia receive ridiculously light punishments and are charged with delivering Kis (the fellow whom you thought killed in Neotopia some episodes ago) back to Neotopia so that he may be brought to justice.
Scenes interspersed throughout demonstrate that Noa is incapable of independent thought.

Neotopia is easily the most vanilla country ever. They couldn’t design an interesting city to save their lives, and their asinine and arbitrary laws make it a ridiculously boring or dangerous place to live. It’s a crime to sleep in and to not eat your vegetables there. How any children manage to grow up into brainwashed servants of state is beyond me, because the whole damn system is biased against people under the age of 12. Hopefully Sagiri will be able to save Noa from stupidity because she doesn’t take things at face value. Sure, Noa, these people have saved you from a life of excruciating pain because Calm hates you, but that’s no reason to go around being a moron with a key spirit.

The other aspect of the episode is Task, the land of Tasker (isn’t that convenient?). This land is where Roia’s “dead” parents hang out and where beasts roam the land and fire dogs launch their heads at opponents. It’s all so marvellously novel that I couldn’t be taken in by cries of foolishness: sometimes you’re just immune.

With the introduction of Task, we might get a final story. After all, there are only seven episodes left after this one, and we need to get somewhere in this series. When you watch something on a weekly basis, you truly come to understand just how much wastage of story goes on.


  1. Haha, I love how you keep bashing this show and still keep watching it ^_^

    It’s a pretty addictive show for all its faults, I have to admit. I’ve been wondering why I like it as much as I do… Maybe it’s because so many shows these days are highly pretentious and/or very obviously designed to manipulate the audience, and I don’t see too much of that in Kiba.

    I can’t say I approve of the sudden revival of that Neotopia kid, though. I hate takebacks like that. At least make the death scene look a bit more ambiguous if you’re going to do that.

    Comment by Walter — August 10, 2006 #

  2. IIRC Kiba is actually supposed to be 52 episodes, which explains some of the pacing.

    Comment by Dagger — August 10, 2006 #

  3. That news is like I’ve been stabbed in the heart, like signing a contract and then realising some months later that it was a contract with Satan redeemable for your eternal soul. I’m in it for the long haul, I guess.

    Walter: Come on, they saved him from a fatal stabbing wound so that they could kill him! It makes perfect sense!

    Comment by Alex — August 10, 2006 #

  4. Yeah, I can’t believe Noa’s such a moron. Maybe those vegetables are laced with BRAIN-WASHING DRUGS.

    And is it just me, or is Roia looking more curvy this episode? Not really in the T, but the A…

    Comment by MechR — August 10, 2006 #

  5. There was a lot of attention paid to Roia’s backside in this episode, yes.

    Comment by Alex — August 10, 2006 #

  6. 52 eps is OK; just as long as it doesn’t turn into one of those never-ending series. Wrapping the current situation up in 5-7 eps would have almost certainly felt rushed.

    Actually what I found interesting in this episode was that apparently shardports take time and can be “shot down”/redirected. I think so far there hasn’t been any indication of them not being instantaneous. But I guess there hasn’t been anything to say that they were instantaneous, either; it just looked that way.

    Comment by Walter — August 11, 2006 #

  7. They need 52 episodes for Zed to turn evil, then become good again, then Roia turns evil too and they finally wrap everything up.

    Comment by golthin — August 11, 2006 #

  8. Walter: I think it’s funny how poorly protected shardports are. Anyone unrestrained can just jump right into one!

    Golthin: Thanks for that! Now I can give it up at any time I want. I just don’t wanna.

    Comment by Alex — August 15, 2006 #

  9. Umm… o_o Like someone said above, why are you watching this series if you think it’s dumb? (At least, that’s your response to the show that I’ve gathered from your review…)

    I agree that Kis’ sudden reappearance was kind of weird…But I don’t see how this series was a total waste of my time. o_o If anything, I’d really love for it to be one of those “never-ending series” you speak so condescendingly of… Lol.

    If you don’t like the series, then just stop watching it. Retard.

    Comment by Drentide — August 11, 2008 #

  10. I would like to point out that this post is two years old at this point.

    Comment by Alex — August 11, 2008 #

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