The eleventh episode of Otherside Picnic returns to something I’m a little more familiar with, after adapting an episode from a part that I haven’t read yet and an anime original episode. We’re finally getting chapter five adapted.
American soldiers are stranded in the Otherside, so Sorawo and Toriko take it upon themselves to help them out.
As I’ve mentioned, this episode adapts chapter 5 of the light novel: “The Operation to Rescue the U.S. Forces at Kisaragi Station”. That chapter title also serves as a pretty good synopsis. I would say it’s a bit on the nose, but we do also have “Attack of the Ninja Cats”.
Yep, Sorawo and Toriko return to the Otherside with the intent of rescuing the American soldiers. As they try to escape, they find themselves being pursued.
The light novel chapter begins with Sorawo, Toriko and Kozakura having a meal together, as Sorawo’s way of making up for that time she abandoned her in the Otherside. Of course, the anime as changed the order of events, so we don’t actually get too much Kozakura. Which is unfortunate, because she is particularly great in the light novel.
Besides that, the passage into the Otherside pretty much goes the same way in both versions. The general gist of the chapter from the light novel is here.
This should be where Sorawo picks up her M4 CQBR for the first time, but because the anime shifted events around, she had before now. Apparently they’re just going to ignore that, though, as Toriko has to show Sorawo how to fire it. You know, despite the fact she has already fired it before… at least in the anime.
The light novel has a lot more talk about attachments for the rifle and a bit more information on the Gorgon and Owlbear vehicles. I can understand why that was cut out, though.
Talking of the Gorgon, it looks a lot more impressive in the light novel. It’s one of the few illustrations we get, and it looks beastly. Probably far too complicated to animate properly, though, hence the version we get in the anime
The phenomena threatening the soldiers in this episode are described as “mossmen” in the light novel. The anime doesn’t particularly give that impression, though. They seem more like “mudmen”. Either way, they’re a threat.
But its what appears right at the end of the episode that is the biggest cause for concern: Kankandara. Next episode is going to be quite something.
I don’t have any major issues with this episode. It does a decent job of portraying the story from the light novel. It’s not identical, but it will do.
Next episode looks like it will be the last one. As such, I’ll be writing a review next time.