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Even though I'm still undecided about Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, my curiosity won't let me write it off just yet.

It'll have to be one more episode for Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, as I still have mixed feelings about it.  On the one hand, I'm still kept interested in the premise and the overall dark atmosphere of the story.  It's an interesting take on the Battle Royale scenario, and it shows especially well in this episode.

Whilst I wasn't crazy about the artistic choices for the fight scene - could have done without the grey screen filter -  it was well done.  Properly choreographed,  well-animated and exciting to watch.  Given the premise, the action has to be done to a certain level of competency and on that front I'm sure.  All this is well and good, however the style was a little off-putting at first and I must admit, it feels like it was being over-directed; possibly what could happen to the series later on.

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We're slowly getting the bits and pieces of the story, and with it come a new character and some info on the existing ones.  Our new character, a lolicon doctor by the name of Sumeragi, enters in a strangely comedic way.  He gives off the feeling that he's going to be playing both sides of the game as both Iwai's guardian and a shady spectator, much like Mephiles Phisto from Blue Excorist.  He also managed to sneak in some comedy into the episode, whenever he was on screen which makes him a little more suspicious in my eyes and we'll have to see what he'll do in the future.  For now, he reveals some information and acts as a guide to Kiri.

Whilst the introduction of the lolicon professor was the main event of the episode, we get to see a little bit of the sisters we met in the first episode.  The Byouinzaka twins offer us a twisted yet loving sibling relationship, which doesn't come as a shock but rather an expectation with the series.  Before anyone asks: yes the scene with the injection was quite creepy and disturbing, but my threshold for something like that is pretty high, so I let it be.  This was the dramatic part of the episode, and something we might be seeing a little more of from Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge.  It borders on the over-dramatic but it works with the story.

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Two episodes in, and Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge has done with the initial legwork.  We're now up to speed on the death game ahead of us, and what's left is to meet the remaining contestants over the upcoming weeks.  There's no sense of things being rushed, and that gives me a little more confidence in the series.  So why do I need a third episode to decide? Just to see if Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge's story convinces me it'll stay interesting.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge Episode 03 Preview

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