Musings and Reflections – Summer 2016 Week 5

Orange (Ep. 5)

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     So, the elephant in the room that is all the time travelling stuff finally got addressed. Yet I can’t really say that that part seemed organically embedded in all the narrative. Just like you can’t simply cut a part of Steins;Gate and paste it in any high-school romance anime. Further explanations that are bound to happen may seem even more alien and I’m almost getting worried about it. Apart from that pretty strange element in terms of all the mood of the show I still continue to watch Orange with a smile on my face. Yes, it’s nothing special, but the group of friends just feels so genuine and lively. When love comes up in such a close knit circle some not very happy things may occur but these guys look very able to withstand it and to help each other whatever the cost. Returning to the time travelling, if the theory of multiverse is really true, I feel grateful because in some universes Naho will (hopefully) end up with Kakeru while in others she will remain with Suwa who is sure to have earned much respect.

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep. 4)

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     When I try to listen to the dialogue and think I inevitably remember some RPG. The storytelling also clearly points out to the source material – all the NPCs (especially Mikleo and Lailah) assume guiding roles and tell the protagonist what he should do at a particular moment. I wouldn’t be very surprised if any of them would start telling which button combination I should use for Sorey to do one thing or another. And still I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not. Sticking to the original usually is a fine thing but I don’t know if this particular story as it is is suitable for anime medium. Final fight looks to be Sorey versus that Lord of Calamity (in other words a huge dragon) that will probably be an achievement in terms of CG in anime. CG in this show definitely looks as amazing as it could probably look anywhere but frankly for me it still doesn’t look organic with the 2D characters. Maybe Ufotable should have decided which they should do – a full CG anime or a usual one. In most cases nowadays CG is very easy to spot in any anime and if it isn’t used to create a specific feeling of dissonance within the world of the story it doesn’t really help to create immersive atmosphere, just as it’s with this show.

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep. 5)

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     A new character any time brings much freshness to a show and Amaama to Inazuma needed it. For now Yagi’s appearance wasn’t anything special but a possibility of some versatility in the narrative and opportunities to progress the story that happens between cooking lessons is a welcome addition. I wonder if I could decipher one particular segment of the OP and guess that Yagi will befriend that one friend of Kotori. Cooking with more characters may be an improvement. Another improvement that already happened – it was the first time as I remember that Kouhei and Kotori messed up something beyond repair. That adds a little more to the realism as truly pretty much anything that involves baking or cooking may turn amiss if you are inexperienced or don’t pay close attention. Anyway, the show still doesn’t fail to bring a smile upon my face because of little exaggerations – you don’t usually become so excited when something you are doing succeeds but the characters seem totally immersed in their work and experience every little success to the fullest. Truly, what can be better than to see someone so overjoyed when their efforts pay off so well?

91 Days (Ep. 5)

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    91 Days returns to the mafia business. This episode again showed how complicated that might be – yesterday’s enemies turning into uncertain allies for an offer of a very risky and nearly impossible job to be done in exchange, a brother is content with sacrificing his sibling for the good of the family without even consulting others… Yep, it’s a spiderweb and a marsh that the characters should walk very carefully. And of course Angelo can’t forget his revenge. Probably the most important development lately has been Nero’s notion that “Avillio certainly won’t betray us”. I would be glad if it would be possible to make our revenger content while also retaining Nero alive. Well, since don Vanetti is out of the reach and the fourth member of the killing party is yet to be named, Nero’s friendship is one of the most important treasures of Angelo. Out of all I watch this season, this show certainly has the most potential to make things interesting and to drive the story any way it wants while retaining the right atmosphere and this beautifully complicated world of mafia.

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