Despite the excess of commercialised anime we have right now, Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 is fighting the good fight to keep the spirit of campy 2000’s anime alive. Let’s take a look at how this episode was in this review.
Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 Overview
Battle Game in 5 Seconds is a Death Game style anime produced by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions in collaboration with Studio A-CAT. Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions is known for producing several well-known anime series of the past, such as Monster and Pokemon, to name a few. On the other hand, Studio A-CAT is mostly an unproven commodity. The series is based upon a web manga written by Saizou Harawata.
The series is known by multiple names, some of them being- Battle in 5 Seconds After Meeting, Dea5, and Deatte 5-byou de Battle in original Japanese. If you want to catch up on our previous reviews of the series, you can do so by clicking here. This episode is thus also known as Deatte 5-byou de Battle Episode 10.
– Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 review does not contain spoilers –
Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 Review- Plot and Characters
If you have watched any amount of shonen anime created in the 2000s, think Bleach, Naruto, or even Code Geass, you are well aware of the concept of “characters that were only introduced to be killed off in the future”. Such characters are used for a variety of purposes, and the most important of them is creating a sense of loss and danger without sacrificing any of the main characters. They work fine, although sometimes such characters tend to be very easy to catch in some arcs.
Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 confirmed the existence of such characters and killed some of them to increase the tension in the episode. It worked, but the show wasn’t fooling anyone with its schtick of “Team Green sticks together”. We knew they were going to die, and we knew that nothing would happen to the main characters. It’s anime, what else do you expect? The opening does a good job of creating some confusion about which characters will impact the story because half of them are already dead.
Akira is a straight-up psychopath who couldn’t care less about who lived and died as long as his secrets remain safe and he safely gets to the next round. He has been playing with the entire cast, and it feels like the series isn’t going to end well for him if he keeps to his ways. Tatara is a fascinating character if a little stereotypical. The show has now found a way to make her overpowered, so expect shenanigans there.
Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 put a spotlight on Shin Kumagiri, the pro wrestler turned death game participant. His character is a simple yet effective one. He is the “I’ll protect everyone I can because someone protected me once” guy. It’s a simple outline that works great in a diverse cast, so I’m happy that this is the direction the show goes with his character. Rin Kashin, though, is the wild card of the show, which she demonstrated by killing a major henchman in the last episode. I’m not sure, however, that enough time is left to explore her character in the show.
Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 has simplified the plot and put the main characters against each other. Things are heating up here, and I even enjoyed Tatara’s battle with the Evil Grandma. Sometimes, all one needs to see is a thoroughly despicable character getting their ass handed to them by a good guy. It is something that this show always seems to deliver in spades, so I’m excited about what comes next.
Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 Review- Art and Music
Throughout the previous two episodes, the animation quality has been great, and there’s nothing much to complain about here. I am glad that the animators were able to shake off whatever was wrong with the animation in the show and were able to improve it by a lot. The show looks great when it sticks to hand-drawn panels frames and 2-D art. It’s the 3D that creates the major issues in quality, and the biggest offender is the animation of Ichi, the Team Red Boss.
The sound and music don’t warrant a mention. They aren’t good enough to be remembered in the following years, but they are still fine tracks that don’t warrant a complaint or a rant. My blood still starts to boil when I hear Mion’s voice, but that’s probably just me. The voice acting is also perfectly fine, otherwise.
Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 10 was a fine offering by the show, which is setting up for either a show finale or a second season. The die is cast, and the moves are made. All that remains is to wait and see if the show sticks its landing. I have my hopes, but I’ll hold off on making any predictions right now.