The series has taken a nosedive in the past few episodes, and it is doubtful that Love Of Kill Episode 9 would be able to rescue it from those depths. Did it even try? Let’s try to find that out in this review!
Love Of Kill Episode 9 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 9. You can read our review of the previous episode in the series here.
– Koroshi Ai Episode 9 Review does not contain spoilers –
Love Of Kill Episode 9 Review- Why Would You Do That
Beginning with the question asked in the opening paragraph (shame on you for not reading it, by the way), the show did at least try to rescue this particular storyline from the dumps and attempted to deliver an action-packed episode full of mysteries and surprises. The keyword there is “try”, however. The show did put out a supposedly great outing by its standards, but it falls apart with even the tiniest amount of scrutiny. Such is the tale of this show, one steps forward and two steps back.
The show has an overarching mystery that has been teased for a while, and for once, it seemed like we were close enough to taste the answer. However, the show didn’t have time for reveals and confrontations in this episode. It was more focused on gunshots and knife fights, and while they were fun enough to watch, they didn’t have enough substance in them to justify this centrepiece episode. The show does what it can with the budget it has, but the end result doesn’t always end up looking great.
The biggest issue with this particular episode was the plot, which has been hugely inconsistent and moronic in this arc. First, the show teases the death of two characters and kills neither of them. Then it introduces a faction of killers who are out to get Song, who caused all this mess to begin with. The need to introduce Chateau’s boss, his wife and Jim in this situation is still unclear. If it turns out that they were only involved for the purpose of fake-dying, then the plot is even worse than described right now.
Then there’s the issue of the villains that we just met properly in the last episode. The show tries to portray them as a dysfunctional family full of killers, something like Killua’s family in Hunter X Hunter. The signs of abnormality are pretty obvious from the start, and since they are somehow involved with Song, they are hiding something as well. However, this entire story has been mishandled so much that not only does their dynamic not make sense, it seems like a plot contrivance just to get Song out of this sticky situation.
While Love of Kill Episode 9 wasn’t as bad as some of the previous outings, the stink of them still hasn’t washed off. The show keeps making these awfully paced decisions with its plot that don’t make sense tonally or logically. The pace is quickening as the show reaches towards its end, but how good of an ending can it be if the way there is so rocky and full of plotholes? The show wants to be this epic action-romance anime featuring bullets, deaths and spy shenanigans, but none of its ambitions seems to translate properly to screen. This could be seen as a decent effort to regain its footing, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Love of Kill Episode 9 was a slight improvement over the previous episodes, but the plot is still nonsensical and the characters even more so. Let’s hope that this turns into a positive wave for the show.
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