A pandemic has swept the world ravaging the populace. Once infected, a violent mutation turns normal people into powerful monsters with an urge to spread the virus further. A cure might be possible, but only if someone survives!
Kathleen Funada has seen the world crumble around her, but her resolve remains. She will survive and see that a cure for this terrible disease is found. It started in Venice and spread quickly around the world. Those infected have become monsters that hunt the remaining humans, desperate to spread the virus further.
Back in the Edo period, a samurai who has taken the fall for his lord and a disgrace shinobi are being exiled from their kingdoms when a freak storm destroys the boat they are travelling in. Next thing they know, they awaken in a strange world with unnatural looking buildings. They find another person who transforms into a huge monster that attempts to kill them. Luckily, a girl arrives with a taser and incapacitate the beast. She invites the samurai and shinobi back to her camp. They could certainly use some strong fighters.
What did you think?
Hmmm! Where to begin with this one? I picked Gibiate as one of my shows to cover this season and as I’m only going to cover three, I was hoping for a good one. So far, the jury is out. I will say that I enjoyed the art style. It has a very retro late nineteen-nineties feel to it like Ninja Scroll. The CGI, however, is not so good. I still don’t understand why studios continue to push them when they look so out of place in an anime.
Right, let’s talk about the story. We have a global pandemic that turns people into monsters, which I am fine with and it’s actually one of the reasons this appealed to me. We have a samurai and a ninja ripped out of their time and brought to the future. Well, I love samurai and ninjas so this should be great… shouldn’t it? That’s what I thought. I don’t love the time travel element to this and I found the way everyone just accepted that they were from the past to be infuriating. Why even have it be a thing if it’s not going to be a thing?
What have you learnt?
One of my criticisms of Deca-Dence was how much it gave away too soon. It wasn’t loads, but it was enough to annoy me. Well, Gibiate is pretty much the poster child for too much too soon so far. This episode should have been focused on the two warriors in the wrong time trying to survive and find answers. We didn’t need an explanation at the beginning of the episode, in the middle of the episode when Kathleen found them, and then at the end of the episode when they met the doctor. This could have been a cool opening with some insane fights and crazy monsters. I am a little worried about this one, but hopefully, it can find it’s feet once Sensui has a sword.
One more thing. If you’re going to claim that the monster’s form is determined by a person’s DNA, don’t try to claim that race is a factor. There is no genetic marker for race. I knew that beforehand, which is why it pulled me out of the story, but if you didn’t it wouldn’t take long to research that and find out what DNA can tell us. That goes for the writers too. Do your research. Stuff like that really annoys me. I once read a book where someone flew from Nigeria to Egypt in thirty minutes and then it took twelve hours to get to London. It’s easy to Google stuff like that and I will admit that I didn’t read any more of that book.