Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 Review: Like Death Note, but Worse

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 was the definition of a mixed bag. There were parts that I didn’t enjoy very much, but some other moments made me excited to have watched this far. Let’s find out what worked and what didn’t in this review!

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 Overview

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 Title

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 MeetingDea5, 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 11.

– Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 review does not contain spoilers –

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 Review- Plot and Characters

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 Akira vs Kuroiwa

Indulge me for a moment here. One of my favourite tropes in all of anime and other forms of media is the continuous one-upmanship. It is always tremendously fun to watch the protagonist and antagonist go against one another while making counter plans after counter plans. It feels very satisfying to notice some smaller scenes having a huge effect at the end of the battle due to the butterfly effect it caused. I am a fan of smart protagonists and antagonists who share this particular dynamic.

Another trope that goes hand-in-hand with the trope mentioned above is the “All according to Keikaku.” An OG meme that came about due to a fan-sub of Death Note, it features the “everything is happening due to a plan that the hero/villain made up” story thread. Both of these tropes were popularised by the mega-popular Death Note, a show that clearly influences Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11.

Ichi Battle Game

While I’m not a fan of Death Note (sue me, I don’t care), I appreciate its impact on anime and why it is a cornerstone in western anime culture. It has inspired several others to be like itself, for better or for worse. Death note was at least somewhat able to pull off these threads, which we can not say about most other copycats. Is Battle Game in 5 Seconds one of those copycats?

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I think not, since I consider it to be more of a throwback to that era of anime. As a throwback, it had to employ some of the traits and quirks of mid-00’s anime. It chose to do the one-upmanship and Keikaku tropes in Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11, an effort that largely went to waste. While there were enough pieces in the plot to make things work, I can’t help but think that Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 took the easy way out.

Young Ichi Battle Game in 5 Seconds

We left the last episode as Akira confronted Kuroiwa as Yuuri and the gang went up against Ichi. Both matches were built upon a solid foundation and had a good range of abilities scattered throughout them. The Akira-Kuroiwa battle was the one that used the two tropes, while the Yuuri-Ichi battle went to the sad past of the two brothers. The former was formulaic and didn’t tell us much about any of the characters, thus suffering. The latter was fine in concept and execution, making it the superior section of Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11.

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There weren’t enough breadcrumbs to follow in the Akira-Kuroiwa battle, making it seem like both of them were pulling trump cards out of the wazoo. There was also some inconsistency regarding Akira’s powers, which is particularly abhorrent as the show has spent a lot of time explaining its machinations. It was still a fine fight, but it would have served the show better to avoid these particular aspects of storytelling.

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 Ichi vs Yuuri

The decision to make the Ichi-Yuuri fight the final thing in the season is peculiar, and it seems like the story isn’t ending anytime soon. While I doubt there will be a second season, there’s at least the web manga for us to consume. Overall, Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 was a fine episode that tied a few loose threads and gave us some answers for the show’s future. Only the final episode remains now, and it should be interesting, to say the least.

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 Review- Art and Music

I’m not going to mince words here. The art in this particular episode was the worst in the series so far, in a series full of awful art. The mystifying decision to use both 2D and 3D animations on-screen simultaneously is seriously off-putting. Ichi looks like a cardboard cutout, and the movement is as janky and shaky as ever. Battle Game in 5 Seconds is the worst animated anime I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen Dragon Ball Super. There isn’t much to say about the music here. It is passable and not dumpster fire like the animation is.

Verdict

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 did not seem like the penultimate episode of an anime. It looks like Studio A-CAT are out of the $20 they invested in their animation department, and the show looks like it. The plot is coasting by without anything of interest happening. I am sorry for the Death Note comparison, although this is still better than the last arc of Death Note.

If you liked this review of Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11, you will also enjoy our review of the last episode in this season, available right here!

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SUMMARY

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 11 did not seem like the penultimate episode of an anime. It looks like Studio A-CAT are out of the $20 they invested in their animation department, and the show looks like it. The plot is coasting by without anything of interest happening.

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