There was a definite air of danger and sobriety about Sonny Boy Episode 10, even more than usual. Sonny Boy is an unusual anime, to begin with. Add godly powers and metaphors, and you get a show whose metaphors are hard to decipher in five watches, let alone one. Let’s see how this episode did!
Sonny Boy Episode 10 Overview
Sonny Boy is based on an original story written by prominent director Shingo Natsume, previously known for directing shows such as One Punch Man. Studio Madhouse is producing it, the powerhouse anime studio behind absolute classics such as Hunter x Hunter, Death Note, and No Game No Life!
If you would like to refresh your memory about the happenings inside Episode 9, or if you’re new to the series and Episode 9 is the first one you decided to watch, you can check out my review of Episode 9 of Sonny Boy here!
– Sonny Boy Episode 10 review does not contain spoilers –
Sonny Boy Episode 10 Review- The Plot
Sonny Boy has provided us all with all the tools necessary to figure out the entire meaning and purpose of the show. It’s just that deciphering them is proving to be as difficult as it is for the kids to figure out “This World”. There are signs, symbolism, metaphors, and logic tests crammed into every single episode to the extent that each episode is almost too much to take in at once. It is still entertaining as all hell, though.
Sonny Boy Episode 10 seemed to be tying some of its plot threads neatly, with God showing up and instructing a certain Gravity user to kill War itself. Through the rather clever use of a hitherto unknown power and its user, we were able to gain a lot of insight into the characters and their inner workings. We can see the arc that Asakaze took throughout the series, although its quality still has to be scrutinised.
We also see Nagara and Mizuho learn how the powers of the cats work, and there is a very potent line somewhere about not knowing what our purpose is in this world. There’s a reason why Mizuho is my favourite character, and it is because of lines like this. We must also say something about getting blamed for thrusting hundreds of people into an endless abyss without ever realising you were responsible. If Nagara shares this blame with a cat of all things, maybe there’s a flaw in the students’ logic.
With Sonny Boy Episode 10, we seem to have reached an end with a few storylines, including the one with War and the unrequited love of Asakaze. The episode ended with a real sense of finality, the likes of which we knew the show has been capable of since Episode 6. The end is upon us, and I don’t know how to feel about that.
Sonny Boy Episode 10 Review- The Characters
One would think that introducing a new character this close to the show’s ending is a bad idea. Sonny Boy Episode 10 would tell you otherwise, with the new character being one who has been in the background in the entire season, finally getting some spotlight to shine. Her power is also very interesting, leading to an intense confrontation at the end of the episode.
Asakaze’s arc of being manipulated into being the chosen one by Ms Aki was frankly the worst arc of the entire show. It made very little sense when it first started and has subsequently made less and less sense every time it has been mentioned. Aki also doesn’t have any depth to her character, making her just a one-note bad girl. She has a mystery about her, though it is of the kind that will probably be “solved” in a throwaway line in a future episode. I’m not too fond of her or this section of the story.
Nozomi has slowly grown to be a fascinating character alongside Nagara, appearing very genuine in almost all of her interactions. She has great chemistry with the entirety of the cast in the show. Conventional wisdom would dictate that this and Asakaze’s love for her mean that she would suffer a gruesome death in the finale, but I would hope not. She, alongside Nagara, Mizuho, and Rajdhani, deserve better.
Sonny Boy Episode 10 Review- Art and Music
Sonny Boy Episode 10 featured an insert song that fits very well in the scene that it accompanied. The songs of Sonny Boy have that 2000s alt-rock feel to them, the Sum 41 and Smash Mouth kind. It is very successful in capturing the very specific feeling of being alive in those days, which one can only summarise as “nostalgic”. I enjoy the soundtrack very much, though your mileage may vary. The animation was fine, nothing to write home about there. Just your usual Sonny Boy fare.
Sonny Boy Episode 10 was phenomenal in answering some questions it asked us before and then asking us several new ones after answering. It was an uneasy watch at times as it confronted people with their mortality and the consequences of their actions. Then again, when is it not an uneasy watch?
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