Musings and Reflections – Spring 2016 Week 13

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Ep. 11)

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     Eye candy – that’s what the episode was. Wit Studio just knows how to visualize elevated emotions. The soundtrack also managed to deepen the meanings of the scenes very well. Sadly the story is not so polished – somehow the fact that Ikoma after his fall is not only safe and sound but he even hasn’t lost his glasses makes all his emotions feel a bit stale. Biba somehow managed transform from very dangerous and therefore bound and guarded prisoner to unbound controller of the scene, as if not one guard was able to escape all the panic and deal with him. Some effectiveness was lost transitioning from “gotta save everyone as fast as possible” to “nah, I’d rather cut my hair”. Anyway, with all pros and cons, the show deserves praise for being enjoyable. I’m already in my mind savouring all the visuals of the culmination. Even if the story’s end fails to impress, it’ll certainly look pretty damn good.

Sakamoto desu ga? (Ep. 11)

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     I’m very unsatisfied. Just how dumb people must be to want to go one-on-one with Sakamoto after countless times of failure? Why would anyone guess that a slightly melting snowball has some gunpowder within? Quite weird that we didn’t get a whole shot of Sakamoto’s snowman (I guess, snowwoman), if she was that big of a deal. Directing is also a bit lacking – any motion is just minimal and you can clearly see that it’s pretty much just manga panels with very little motion added. The whole episode is just a slow build up so Acchan could face Sakamoto (and lose miserably – how else?) thus maintaining Fukase as a grand villain who uses others to achieve his goals. Still, we have already seen countless times how Sakamoto overcomes everything and anything, so even starting to develop possible matches is leading virtually nowhere. I just haven’t seen anything that would point into Fukase being the least bit dangerous for Sakamoto or Acchan being even marginally competent to do anything. Oh well, looks like the next episode will be the last.

Flying Witch (Ep. 11)

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     I don’t know what the writer was thinking (and eating) to come up with a living (I guess?) and flying whale made of rocks that used to have some people living on it. Nonetheless, it was quite stunning. Even the CG of the whale looked pretty well. Yes, you can perceive that it’s not hand drawn, but it blended well with everything but gave the whale some otherwordly quality. I guess these days when CG still can’t replace the usual animation, it works the best when used to emphasize some creatures or things that are a bit alien to the majority of the setting. Speaking about other things, bringing Anzu back was a great idea – this town is just too small for all the characters not to run into each other from time to time. The episode managed to include moments of everyday life and some magical stuff – the main qualities that make Flying Witch a bit unique compared to other slice of life shows.

Flying Witch (Ep. 12)

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     Well, not very finale-esque, but I guess that’s only appropriate for a slice of life series. Many of the side characters earned a glimpse though overall nothing exceptional happened. Some fabric shopping and sewing looked very mundane, but that was bested by another appearance of pretty random creatures – earth fish that can also be air fish and like sake with some snacks. You probably can’t get more random than that. It would be hilarious if they can’t live in water. Still, weird as they are, they fit in the world of the Flying Witch and organic atmosphere which the show can clearly boast of is one of the crucial characteristic of a slice of life series. The show ended, but shots during the end-credits just screamed asking for a one more episode dedicated to the festival. And not only that – a second season would be a great present for anyone who enjoys healing anime and manages not to see Flying Witch as boring.

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