Musings and Reflections – Summer 2016 Week 8

Orange (Ep. 8)

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   Starting with the most obvious unsatisfactory thing of the episode – do you really have to rely on the most cliché scenes when the girl stumbles and the guy catches her and then there’s an awkward moment of silence? Thinking about the relay – isn’t it something related with competitiveness? Yes, the reason for all of the school sports events is to bring enjoyment and team spirit but achieving a positive result against your peers is not the least of concerns. Then is it possible for a group of friends (of whom one doesn’t even know how to run) to monopolize the relay when there clearly are better choices all around? And other students seem to be happy about their diminished chances of winning. Weird. Finally, I can salute the idea that you shouldn’t rely on external influences too much when deciding your choices in life but when the odds as high as someone’s life, wouldn’t it be wiser to at least look for potential helpful advices in the letter instead of blundering blindly around and risking upsetting Kakeru even more? Well, it looks like too many rhetorical questions this time but I can’t omit the last one – if all the friends wrote letters to their younger selves wouldn’t it have been a better idea to write about collaborating from the start? As I said – Kakeru’s life is at stake so not taking every opportunity to improve the situation seems not that smart.

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep. 7)

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     Actually I’d rather watch another Berseria chapter. The long awaited tornado with dragon within proved to be anything but worth waiting and thinking what will happen. Especially knowing that the anticlimactic part was put after the much more interesting episodes does not make the series more enjoyable by any means. That forest spirit that looked straight from Mushihi (except being 3D) didn’t cause any problems either. Well, even if the thing looks almost like a spermatozoid, I expected at least some fighting. The plot probably progressed far in terms of the original story but the progression didn’t make any impact. The better part is that Mikleo was shown to have more humanity. It’s never easy starting from the virtually the same point and seeing your peers outracing you by far why you just sit pondering what you should do. Making his own decisions and trying to become useful is a pretty mature choice though I don’t know yet if going alone was a wise decision. Still, he’s too important a character to die so one way or another everything will come out alright. On an unrelated note, I’m starting to miss Shirayuki.

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep. 8)

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   I can’t say I’m a fan of seafood and squishy and slimy things in general so this time the food part left me pretty indifferent. The meal looks alright but I’d rather choose something else. Well, that’s just personal preferences. The part that was a bit more to my liking was the idea that some things may need only a bit of patching up and you don’t need to throw them away and start everything anew. In this sense bags pretty much equate to relationships. There are other anime this season (and not this season only) that I enjoy more than this show but I really appreciate the various range of things you can get from pretty much every episode. If you prefer you can watch Amaama to Inazuma only for the cooking part – for learning about Japanese cuisine or just for fun, – you can get some stories about a single parent, about doings of a little girl and what happens when the worldviews of them both clash from time to time or finally you can extract just some sincere truths of how the world works and what should be done in order to become a better person.

     91 Days this time only managed to give a recap, and not the best of its kind. Recaps don’t really have to be a despised thing but when you only manage to glue some footage that doesn’t feel smooth at all and don’t add anything new, you get a thing that is shunned not without a reason. Oh well, maybe this production hiccup will be the first and the last. By the way, the only recap that I can say I enjoyed was that of Kara no Kyoukai.

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