Oh boy, Rose Guns Days just keeps getting better.
(As Season 2 contained parts of two different years, I’ll split this post into two sections.)
End of 1947: (Caleb arc end)
“I’ve got to become a dragon… I’ve got to become a dragon…”
One of the most interesting things of the Caleb arc is Rose’s development, through Meijiu’s brilliant manipulation. Seeing Rose learn to defend herself and her ideals was a stark contrast to the previous Season, in where she practically left everything to other people. This is where I really came to like Rose as a character. Not that I didn’t like her before, but she kinda felt like the odd one out in the great cast of Season 1.
Rose. The sweet, pure, innocent girl running Primavera, now with bombs!
Initially, the explosion scene with Claudia and Wayne shocked me. I sat there, absolutely stunned. Though, before my emotions started building up and boiling over, I remembered the fact Wayne had survived, and was alive in 2012. At this point, I had the thought that Claudia hadn’t survived, thus bringing more conflict. Now, this ended up not being the case- a theme that Season 2 seemed to keep up. I’ll go into that more in 1948.
The final stand, and the “Night of Roses and Guns” was absolutely brilliant. I absolutely loved every moment of it. Whether it be Leo fighting off an entire group of men, to Rose and Wayne confronting Caleb and Miguel, nothing failed to keep me on the edge of my seat. However, there is one scene that stuck out to me; Miguel being “dismissed” by Caleb. There was some real emotion behind that scene, and I can’t deny it did hit me. I also really liked the comparisons between Wayne and Miguel, fighting for who matters to them, being Rose and Caleb respectively. I thought that was one hell of a send off for that lunatic, and a fitting one at that. But… again, I’ll bring this up in 1948.
In any case, when it came time for Leo to leave, it felt really surreal. By that point, I’d really come to enjoy Leo as a character. We even had some romance between him and Rose shown, which only made the idea of that magnificent bastard leaving even more somber. I really hope we get to know some of the things that go on while he’s away, but I’m sure they won’t be lighthearted. Anyway, I look forward to when he returns. There’s no way he isn’t coming back.
1948: (Wandering Dogs arc begins)
We start off with some very fancily dressed versions of the characters we’ve come to know and love, showing their growth and the changes that have happened since 1947… then a girl gets hit by a car. Okay then.
This is how we meet Zel. Our focus for this part of 1948. I’m very curious to see what she is, exactly. It’s obvious she’s still on the very edge of her current self, and whatever she was beforehand. That girl that keeps showing up keeps telling me Zel wasn’t associated with a good bunch of people.
At first, the new three really didn’t interest me much. I had a strong feeling I wouldn’t like Charlie and Oliver, but that I’d probably be rather neutral on Nina. I was absolutely wrong on all accounts. Charlie and Oliver are absolutely hilarious, and Nina isn’t bad either. Zel is also on her way up, rather quickly! The Wandering Dogs crew really is quite a contrast to the crazy fights of 1947, in that they have to work hard just to pull down a single guard. I’m really, really liking these guys. From their gags, down to their dynamic of being rats. Having Wayne look over them really shows how much he’s grown as a character, as well.
Skipping over a bit here, sorry about that, writing this at like 3 AM ^^;
The idea of The Soy Sauce War as a whole is really interesting, as is the idea of food culture. So many conflicts are resulting from this, and I’m really interested to see where that goes.
Now, this is where I want to talk about Season 2’s refusal to kill a character off. Caleb surviving just made sense, I couldn’t see him going away so easily with all of the focus on his ideals compared to Rose’s. I figured that had happened, and the same for Amanda. But- Miguel living kinda rubbed me in the wrong way. I actually kinda had to pause for a minute and question what the hell Ryukishi was thinking, considering how much Miguel’s “dismissal” meant death. We’ll have to see what becomes of him later on. Another thing I wasn’t expecting-
I’m sure this trend of absolutely never killing a character won’t go on for much longer, as it seems Season 3 is going to be filled with hardship for the Primavera members. I am very much looking forward to (and am slightly afraid of) Rose Guns Days Season 3!
(Side note: Seeing old man Wayne was great, even if his design makes him look like an old, washed up 70’s pornstar. )