Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood Episode 3 Review

Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood Episode 3 - Tsukishiro works for Janome

Is it just me or are things moving a little quickly?

Some people might take issue with that line. I’ve seen some criticism of this anime as not being all that interesting. To them the plot is moving too slow. When I saw that things are moving a little too quickly I am referring to the dude that got revealed to be a girl, Makoto Tsukishiro, turning out to be a double agent.

Considering how Tsukishiro was acting this actually wasn’t that big of a reveal. She’s been trying to convince Asahi to kill Sawa Karasumori. There’s also been several moments where Tsukishiro has been shown to be not quite working towards the same goal as Nue. I just wish this reveal had happened after we got a little more invested in the plot.

What’s the problem with having Sawa Karasumori take down more of those human-beast hybrids? Why not build up the feeling that the three executioners for Nue had a history together? As of right now, I’m sitting here thinking why anyone would trust Tsukishiro at all.

Let me contrast Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood with another anime I recently watched that has a similar dynamic to it. For my birthday this year I bought Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal. I’ve seen it multiple times on Youtube but with no full length video left up on the site I’ve been starved for it. For those who might not know, Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal is an OVA that’s the prequel to the Rurouni Kenshin anime.

In Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal there’s a character by the name of Iizuka who is the intelligence officer. He’s so smart that he ends up betraying his comrades to the Tokugawa Shogunate. This betrayal doesn’t become apparent until the second half of the OVA. By that time enough had gone on to make the betrayal mean something and you cheered as Iizuka met his end.

I don’t have that same level of emotion watching Tsukishiro be revealed as one of Janome’s minions. There hasn’t been enough backstory built up for me to care. I get that Tsukishiro is supposed to be one of those anime characters that you’re not supposed to trust, but I never trusted her in the first place.

I do think that there’s a bigger issue in all of this. There’s not a side in this fight that’s easy to cheer for. Both Janome and the Shogunate appear to be bad actors for different reasons. Right now I’m cheering for a revolution to take place.

Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood Episode 3 - Sawa Karasumori showing concern for Asahi

There is someone who I can get behind in all of this. Sawa Karasumori is a sympathetic character with her backstory and her drive to get revenge. She also appears to actually have a compassionate side for those who are victims and in need of help. She’s not the cold-blooded assassin that she presents herself as.

Is Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood Episode 3 Worth Watching?

I didn’t feel like I was cheated out of twenty something minutes by the time this episode was over. It’s not a bad anime episode. I just didn’t feel like enough time was given to fully develop everything that’s gone on. It’s like we’re already supposed to know all of the intricacies to everyone’s relationship already.

At this point I’m still on the fence about Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood. I like the way the anime looks and sounds, I’m just not convinced it progresses as clearly or logically as it should. We’ll see if things get better as more episodes come out.

Now go watch some anime!

-Nathan

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