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Gleipnir: Season 1 Episode 9 “Staked Claims” – Recap/ Review with Spoilers

Shuichi and Clair’s group encounter gatherers who are perverted, dangerous, and ready to fight – thus leading to Yota revealing his skill.


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Director(s)Yoneda Kazuhiro
Writer(s)Inotsume Shin’ichi
Aired (Funimation)5/31/2020
Introduced This Episode
Morita?

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The Search Begins – Shuichi, Yoshioka, Clair, Ikeuchi

Using Ikeuchi camera lens and Shuichi’s nose, the search begins for the crashed space ship. A task that might be the group’s focus but, as individuals, other things lurk. For example, Ikeuchi is trying to prove his worth and push back against the idea Shuichi is so valuable or noteworthy. This is especially an issue for him when it comes to Yoshioka, who feels the need to address Shuichi’s memory loss but doesn’t find the right moment. Which, by the way, even if she did, considering Clair is nearby, she might get involved. I mean, who knows if maybe she caused Shuichi’s memory loss? We don’t know when it started.

A Perverted Stranger – Koyanagi, Yota, Morita

While searching for the ship, the group encounters Morita, a centipede monster, and he blocks the group as they try to escape him and his group. Unfortunately, they don’t move fast enough, and this leads to Koyanagi getting captured and groped. Thus leading to Yota having to reveal his power which is… increased strength.

Yeah, it’s nothing flashy. His backstory is that he used to fight a lot in high school to defend his friends, and so it seems his wish was for more strength to defend those he loves. Leading to Morita’s lower jaw being broken.

Who/What Are You? – Shuichi, Yota, Clair

But Morita isn’t the last one they have to deal with. Another one soon pops up, and Yota’s strength is nothing to them. Which makes them setting their sights on Shuichi, due to seeing Clair entering them, a serious red flag for Yota is perhaps the strongest of the bunch.

Highlights

A Fearsome Set Of Villains

We’ve been villain deprived for quite some time on “Gleipnir,” and though Elena’s group lurks in the shadows, they don’t appear this episode. Instead, we get a bunch of perverts who seem rather powerful. Though it is really their boss who deserves recognition. While we aren’t sure of their name yet, considering the beasts we saw, them following him makes him fearsome. Add in him pulling out one of his own teeth to show loyalty to an underling who was beaten up, that makes him rise above what was expected.

On The Fence

Underwhelming Fights

Maybe it is because Yota lacks flash or presence, but I thought the fight between him and Morita was dull. Granted, Morita was all talk and no real strength but, I was seriously hoping for more considering how good the Hikawa fight was, when the show began, and even how good the Sanbe battle was.

A Fearsome Set Of Villains - 84%
Underwhelming Fights - 73%

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