Juuni Taisen Zodiac War Episode 1 Review: Even Boars May Become Pigs After Seven Generations

Episode Highlights

Flashback fight scenes: I have to say the fighting scenes with Boar and her little sister when they were young was super well done! I was pleasantly impressed with the use of CGI in general. It looks very smooth.

Boar’s earrings: Very clever and creative way to make her look like the zodiac sign she represents. And needless to say super fab and stylish as well.

Themes & Trivia

Crystallized poison: When the referee is telling them that they swallowed poison, he mentioned that the name of the poison is ‘joseki’. Joseki is actually a move in the very famous game of Go, and it’s the studied sequences of moves for which the result is considered balanced for both black and white sides. But the use for it relate to the poison in the show, is because in Japanese, () means “fixed” or “set” and (seki) means stones, giving the literal meaning “set stones”, as in “set pattern”. Pretty clever, no?


I was quite impressed with the first episode. The design and the art style of the characters along with the flow of action and animation is amazing. Every fighting scene shown so far was so well made and the CGIs were so smooth that I wanted to scream. This anime is written by Nisio Isin, the author of the Monogatari series that had quite a peculiar plot and narrative style.

I liked how they revealed the way each character will kill. The warrior of the Boar killing BOUNTFULLY, the warrior of the Rabbit killing PSYCHOTICALLY. This anime can make a killer fighting game. The costumes and the characters are just perfect for it.

Also, can we all agree that the Rabbit is the sexy gigolo loco version of Xerxes Break from Pandora Hearts? Come on, the design is so similar. I mean they are even missing the same eye for f%^k’s sake.

I would like to root for the Rooster girl… I refuse to call her chicken like everyone else because I feel like I am bringing myself down. I mean, I have no clue about her skills and what she can do in general, but since I was born in the year of the Rooster and since 2017 is the year of the Rooster, let’s give her some support. BUT, I like the necro-Rabbit gigolo, the Ox- smart hot looking guy and bitch-Boar much more so far. The Rat looks like an interesting guy as well.

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