Gangsta episode 9 review
Gangsta is back for another episode, and in this one we see the conclusion of the big Twilight party along with learning a little more about the duo that are terrifying Twilights across the city. However, all of this comes with a caveat…
The animation in this episode is bad. I’m not going to spend the entire review talking about how bad, but suffice it to say that I spent most of the episode distracted by it, which is never something an animator wants. It was especially bad when I could tell that something was off even during an action scene, where there is supposed to be enough motion blur and movement to cover up some of it. I don’t know what’s happened (either the budget has tanked or they rushed to meet a deadline) but at some places it really distracts from what could be great scenes.
Alright, so the animation wasn’t great this episode, but there are other moments that I want to mention because plot-wise it was a good episode.
The episode picks up where the last left off, with Ally finishing her song at the party and Worick and Nic fighting Anti-Twilights. Things get interesting when we see that Ivan Glaziev, a member of one of the other four families has blackmailed a twilight in order to convince them to murder the Cristiano boss. That plan backfires when Galahad, one of the Cristiano’s hired Twilights, absolutely demolishes him, and we see Ivan bring in the secret weapons to finish the job.
This is where we see the two horrible twilights, which have been killing their own kind, in action for the first time. Erica, who is most surely the sibling of Delico (Mr. Monroe’s bodyguard), and a little boy with supernatural strength wreak havoc upon the party, killing dozens of Twilights. It’s obvious that these two will become the main antagonists, but with only a few episodes left, I hope they have time to flesh out their characters.
Nic and Worick finally make it back to the party, just in time to save Ally’s life from Erica. The ensuing fight is interesting, but ultimately held back by the lackluster animation. I kept thinking that if this was anything like the first big twilight fight in the series, it could have been much better. Regardless, we do get a bit of information regarding Twilight ranks. Galahad calls Nic a “faker” and then explains that Nic only climbs the Twilight ranks by overdosing on the drug Celebrer, which numbs his pain, and kills higher ranked Twilights in the process, thus increasing his rank.
And speaking of rank, we finally get to see our first S rank when we see a Twilight from the guild show up to save Nic and Worick from the dangerous duo that has slaughtered the party. Ginger is incredibly fast, and as an S/5 rank, she is the first person to scare the two antagonists, and they take off into the night.
At the very end of the episode, we see Ally’s brother has joined forces with the Corsica family and other leaders of the underground, but we don’t yet know why…
So all in all, it was still a good episode plot-wise, and the pacing is still very good, but the animation really takes away from the action scenes and more dramatic scenes. Hopefully next week will be better and we can learn a little more about the Corsica’s master plan!