Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood Episode 12 Review

The final chapter of the first season comes to a close with Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 12. I say the first season because episode 12 left the door open for a season 2. I’m not saying there will be one, but the story will allow for it. After what I just watched, I’m not so sure that I’ll be up for another season.

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How was the story in Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 12?

I feel like Joran the Princess of Snow and Blood episode 12 suffers from the shortcomings of the previous 11 episodes. At the beginning of the season, the anime tried to be a little too clever. There was so much going on that we didn’t get a chance to really get invested in the characters.

Now that we’re at the big blow off, Sawa Karasumori’s big confrontation with Jin Kuzuhara is lacking in emotion. The scene ultimately devolved into what I hate the most when watching anime. I felt like I was watching voice actors recite their lines because that’s what they’re supposed to do.

“Isn’t that what they’re supposed to do?” Technically yes, which is the best kind of correct by the way, but it means that the anime doesn’t fully reach it’s potential. I should’ve loved how Sawa Karasumori and Jin Kuzuhara left things, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was frustrating.

That was a small part to the episode. What about the rest of it?

If it was disappointing how the final face off between Sawa Karasumori and Jin Kuzuhara went, I got mad with how the story ended. Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 12 ended with one great big disappointing moment. If you don’t want a spoiler then stop right here…

I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT’S HOW THEY KILLED SAWA KARASUMORI!!! What a pathetic ending to someone who deserved to have somewhat of a happy ending. Getting stabbed in the back in the middle of a busy street? Really? What a letdown.

What did Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 12 get right?

The highlight of episode 12 was in how we got to see the Japanese government fall. It’s been a slow build up to this point but we finally got the satisfying end to a corrupt government. The Shogun was exposed to be a frail old man desperate to stay alive while society devolved into chaos. There was only one way for things to go from there.

It was satisfying to watch Kuzuhara kill the Shogun. It’s been a long time coming. The Shogun’s end was very much like the ending to any other out of touch despot. A capable adversary finally makes it to his room to exact the judgment that’s waiting for him.

What did episode 12 get wrong?

I’m not going to repeat myself from a few paragraphs before. I’ll just say that I was not a big fan of how everything ended. I’m not even that excited that Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 12 left room for a season 2. I don’t care that Asahi was saved by using some of Sawa’s blood and gained her strength. I was too angry at the time to care.

Besides the issues with how the story ended, I can’t think of anything that was too disappointing. I think I was too focused on how upset I was over the ending. It was everything I could do to not just turn the episode off.

Is Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 12 worth watching?

Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 12 might be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Because of this episode I would not recommend watching this anime season. I can’t believe this is how it ended. I’m still mad about how Sawa Karasumori died. That was a pathetic way to say goodbye to her.

It’s enough to make me sour on Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood. Up until this point, it was a middle of the road anime. It was something that was worth watching if you wanted a change of pace. Not anymore and I’m sorry to say that.

Now go watch some anime!

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