Musings and Reflections – Summer 2016 Week 3

Orange (Ep. 3)

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   I wonder when Kakeru will get a green uniform jacket. Yes, a black sweater works well making Kakeru look still a bit of a stranger to the group and marking him as having troubles, as much as suicidal thoughts as the later part of the episode showed. Another quite bothersome thing definitely is Naho and her letter reading. Is it too difficult for her to read everything at once and memorize the key events or if she doesn’t have faith in her memory writing everything down like a ‘to do’ list? By the way, I find it a bit weird how many regrets older Naho has and thinks all of them are worth mentioning to her younger self and being mended. I already mentioned that the show doesn’t stray very far from usual tropes of anime high-school romance but that doesn’t really bother me. This time happens the same thing – romantic relationships of teenagers doesn’t usually last that long and Naho will probably have many chances to approach Kakeru, not to mention that only a start of dating don’t really set anything in stone. Somehow, all this stuff doesn’t feel that cheap and overused. I don’t know how they do that, but I still quite like it.

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep. 2)

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    A bit more balanced episode this week. Unlike the OVA that was all action or the first episode when things happened but it was quite difficult to care about them. Now the majority of the episode covered just talking and becoming acquainted better with Alisha and Sorey. The fight scene felt very cohesive and, well, just the thing Ufotable is capable of. The general direction of the story felt very predictable and already used countless times. Of course Sorey has to follow Alisha and become a Shepherd. That’s the point of the whole story. Also, I understand that Alisha can’t see or hear the Seraphim (and why Sorey can and how he ended up with the Seraphim is another interesting topic for the anime to cover) but how did she not notice that Sorey was talking not only to her? Well, maybe the guy just has talking with himself problems, apparently having lived all his life alone. Not to mention that one guy probably couldn’t take care of the whole village. Anyway, this week even if nothing outstanding happened, the flow of the episode seemed just right and I just hope the show will not tarry too much until Sorey will become the Shepherd and the real story will begin.

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep. 3)

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     I’ll probably say nothing new as slice of life shows often don’t have anything specific that can differ from one episode to another and just work by creating a pleasant atmosphere. Amaama to Inazuma is no different in that aspect. The first half was memorable only because it portrayed a pretty childish conflict as seen by adult and as there aren’t that many anime that deal with parenting issues, dealing with problems of children is not the most common sight, and showing something like that is always welcome. As a side note, Tsumugi with her hair covered with her sweater looked very much like a person with a Daifuku mask (or whatever that hilarious thing was) from Nichijou. That and some more serious family bonding matters ensured many smiles during the episode. I think it would be about time to introduce some new character and that should not be the problem since the OP features number of them.

91 Days (Ep. 3)

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    Starting from the end, the soundtrack still remains spot on. The funeral scene certainly did add some gravity to the show. Vanno as a character didn’t appear that interesting but it’s good to see that the effect of his death depends not from his role in the show but from his relationships forged some time ago – the show gets some points for realism. Everything else – I got to admit that sometimes it’s still difficult for me to remember which character has one name or another and that doesn’t enhance the enjoyment of watching. But hey, it’s far from being as confusing in this aspect as Baccano, so that’s ok. Another slight drawback seemed to be animation at certain places. Generally the show looks really good, but sometimes you just can’t not notice frame rate dropping almost to the ground, and when it’s paired with just sketched out faces of people that are farther away you don’t get a very pleasant experience. Anyway, the situation between the mafia families gets hotter and hotter, especially with some not very stable guys around, so all those things beg to be overlooked.

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