The spy vs spy with a side of romance returns with Love Of Kill Episode 2. Did the series improve from its less than adequate beginning? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s get right to the review!
Love Of Kill Episode 2 Overview
Love Of Kill, or Koroshi Ai as it is known in original Japanese, is an action and romance anime that’s airing as part of the Winter Anime 2022 season. It is an adaptation of a Manga of the same name written by author Fe and is being adapted for the medium by the studio Platinum Vision. Platinum Vision has made several action and romance anime in its past, including Servamp and Devil’s Line.
The anime is being directed by Hideaki Ooba, a veteran of the industry who has been involved with the productions of D.Gray Man and Hunter X Hunter Greed Island. This episode of the show is also referred to as Koroshi Ai Episode 2. You can read our review of the previous episode in the series here.
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Love Of Kill Episode 2 Review: A Decent Return
Beginning with the important point- the second outing was significantly better than the first one. The pacing felt much more natural as the episode focused on a singular incident instead of jumping around with an unnaturally fast pace without much of a setup for its plot. The story felt much more grounded and centred, and the show has seemingly embarked on a multi-episode arc, with this episode serving as its jump-off point. For what it was, this episode was good.
This time around, there was more action as we saw Chateau, the female protagonist, try to complete the task that Song started in the last episode. Association with Song leads her to some unfortunate circumstances as we learn more about the forces behind the male protagonist. Love Of Kill Episode 2 kept the romance on the sidelines, which turned out for the better for the pacing as well as the storytelling. This was a very balanced episode, overall.
However, there are several things slightly off with the show, which by themself wouldn’t have been big deals but cumulatively bring the quality of the show down. The first and most glaring of these is the art style. The show’s animation is rough and unpolished, even though it generally doesn’t look bad. The characters are shaped weird sometimes, while you may find some off-putting character designs at other times.
The movement is also weirdly clunky, and it is hard to put the finger on what exactly went wrong here. Some of it is obviously artistic liberty, and that’s not what I want to criticise here. Instead, it is the general lack of attention paid to certain areas of the show. While lack of a huge budget certainly is a detriment, that’s not enough to make or break a show. Many shows can and do impress with a limited budget.
Then there’s the weird character who speaks with a foreign accent and has no mouth. What is his point? Is he supposed to be the comic relief? Aren’t comic reliefs supposed to be funny? Am I missing the joke? Also, if the female main character is supposed to be a spy, isn’t she supposed to be more competent? Why is she now okay with accepting Song’s help after rejecting all his advances in the previous episode? I’m sure all these questions have pretty obvious answers, but the show has yet to give them to us.
Love Of Kill Episode 2 was decent, but the show so far has had a very rocky beginning. What’s worse is that I don’t see it ever getting much better than it is, as even though the show has teased a lot more to come, it hasn’t built enough trust yet for anyone to believe that it will fulfil those teases and deliver on the promises. We’ll see what the future holds when we get to it.
Love Of Kill Episode 2 was a decent outing and an improvement from the first time we saw the show. There are things to improve alongside entire parts that need to be fixed, but it was good for what it was.
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