Episode 11

Put away your fangs and start munching on some garlic, because your sweet nights of vampiric vibe are officially over. call of the nightDoom’s harbinger is here, and she’s got one hell of a nicotine addiction. As a fan of the manga, I was very excited to see how the anime would approach this part. While narrative ambitions had already encroached on the series’ laid-back atmosphere and slice of nighttime hijinks, Anko’s introduction delineates the most daring change in call of the nighthis priorities again. So while I’ve found this adaptation to be fairly successful so far, there’s no guarantee it’ll be able to handle this descent into drama and horror. Fortunately, however, I can report that the fucking anime nailed down this episode.

Also, I have to make it clear that Anko is my favorite character in this series, so I have to deal with some innate vertigo at finally seeing her in color and in motion. However, this bias goes both ways, as I also definitely assessed this episode with a sharper critical eye than usual. They had to do my grim detective right, after all. And the change in tone of his introduction was enough on its own to allay most of my concerns. The usual saturated palette immediately gives way to a dull layer of sepia. Gone is the twinkling of stars and the glow of windows, replaced by empty skies and stark silhouettes. The viaduct looms overhead, suspended like a diegetic, claustrophobic piece of film, burying Anko’s hunched figure deeper in shadow. Only cigarette embers illuminate her face, and as she stands, with the pronounced effort of a grown human, she gently distorts the space around her and Ko. In other words, c It’s a cool-as-hell scene, deliberately ditching the show’s familiar aesthetic to instill a sense of unease. ‘Cause if there’s one thing a Monogatari Series pedigree teaches you is how to properly present a terrifying woman.

Anko’s dinner date with Ko is also filled with humor. An air of danger and mystery hangs over their conversation like cigarette smoke. In fact, allow me to step onto my highly cancelable rostrum for a paragraph and say that we need more smoke in our contemporary fiction. I have little fondness for the actual habit, but as an aesthetic enhancement in visual media, it has underrated versatility. First, there is an inherent eroticism in the act of smoking a cigarette – the oral fixation, the focus on the delicate hands and finger movements, the intimacy of lighting one for yourself or someone else. else – and the people who made this episode get it, thank goodness. Anko is hot because she is tired and smokes a lot, not despite that. Second, smoking is imbued with cultural meaning and symbolism; here, obviously, he delineates the border between the adult (Anko) and the schoolboy (Ko). And my third point is how great a visual aid it is that naturally makes any scene more interesting to watch. The smoke anchors the tenor of their discussion. At first, when it’s playful, Anko blows smoke rings, but as she begins to take an interest in Ko’s behavior, he drifts towards the ceiling in a difficult spiral. So yes, you should write and draw more characters with cigarettes. I am deadly serious. Just because habit kills people in real life doesn’t mean we all shouldn’t be able to enjoy the sight of a sexy chain-smoking gumshoe.

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After Anko’s bully game, it’s kind of weird to go back to some goofy school intrusion antics. call of the night, however, is aware of it, and it’s actually Mahiru’s entire motivation. Almost as if he had read ahead in the manga, he can sense their idle youth slipping away from them, and he wants to make memories with his friends while he can. It’s really, really sweet, and it makes the creepy punchline all the more gruesome. Although it focuses on vampires, call of the night hasn’t been a “horror” series so far. It dabbled in genre aesthetics where appropriate, but The Missing Professor is our first example of a real, albeit tragic and pitiful, monster. The anime, again, changes its style to fit this 180 tone, drawing the teacher with an exaggerated scuff that stands out from the rest of the background. The effect isn’t always what you want – the episode’s B half takes crude animation shortcuts that don’t come out well – but overall the show does a good job of creating life-and-death tension. for a story that had previously been allergic to doing so.

Anko’s respawn ends call of the nightThe sea changes with a debonair flair and a distinct taste of melancholy (and cigarette-tinged blood). One of the show’s strengths is the way it eschews vampire lore for its own lore that better suits its characters and thematic goals. Here it means that instead of a wooden stake, Anko brings down his prey with a hug and the promise that he can die as a human. The precise mechanics of this one are less important than the feelings and images it evokes. Anko acts more like a counselor than a killer, but there’s still a firm grip behind her gentleness. And her last comments to Ko betray that she has a much more personal interest in hunting down these vampires than her usual nonchalance suggests. In his sepia-tinged world, the crimson glow of blood stands out all the more.

Plus, this close-up of his barely visible jugular might be the most exciting embellishment the anime has done so far, and that’s saying something.

Anyway, I don’t think I could have asked for Anko’s anime debut to go any better. The adaptation includes everything that makes it cool, compelling, and creepy, and it complements those qualities with a buffet of rich visual and tonal accents. More, Miyuki Sawashiro is an absolutely perfect cast. There’s a pleasantly exhausted drawl to the way she almost insults Anko’s flippant speech, but she also identifies her inner ice at specific moments. With a flick of the lighter and a rustle of his coat, Anko enters Ko’s orbit as a powerful and deadly addition to call of the night motley crew of insomniacs. The vampires have finally met their killer, and this episode leaves audiences thirsty for more details on both sides.

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Episode 11 – The Call Of The Night